Groovin’, on a Sunny Afternoon ...
October 1, 2015: As I said in last month’s “State of the Ship,” I begin to miss the Summer as it slips away and the sun goes down a bit earlier each day. That said, these autumn days on the Chesapeake can truly be wonderful. So let’s enjoy the glorious weather, the great cruising time and all the great things the Club has to offer.
Before getting to that, however, I want to put in a plug for something that won’t happen until November but is tremendously important in the life of the Club: The Annual Meeting. This year it will be held at the Waterfront Marriott on Saturday, November 14.
At this meeting we vote on the new Board for the coming year, we hear about how the Club is doing financially and otherwise and we vote on any Bylaw proposals before us – important stuff of which all members should take an interest. Please plan on being there for this meeting and attend the Founders Day party that follows at the Clubhouse.
October is full of lots of stuff, some of which happens at the Club and some just associated with our maritime life. Beginning the month is a “yard sale” that involves not only the normal stuff of such an event but also maritime stuff. Check it out at the Club on Saturday, October 3, and then come around again that evening for the EYC Pig Roast... No, they aren’t roasting the Commodore. But if you like good barbeque, this is your event. Look in the Newsblast or call the Club to make reservations before it sells out.
The Sailboat Show comes to town on October 8 and goes through the weekend followed by the Powerboat Show the following weekend.
As many members will recall, we used to have a “Boat Show Bash” at this time the last few years. After a few years of decreasing attendance due to the increase of other “free” events, we have decided to cancel our “Bash” which was used to benefit our EYC Foundation and a selected charity.
We are making other efforts to support the EYC foundation and the several charities we support but do plan on coming around the Club during and after the Shows to rest and relax while planning your next boat purchase.
We do have one Club event during the Boat Shows and it is our Fall Clean Up on Saturday, October 17. If you have some spare time and want to pitch in to help our building and grounds get ready for the winter, please plan on coming down. Look for notices in the Club and in the Newsblast.
Finally, if you know of anyone who is planning on participating in next year’s Annapolis to Bermuda Race (A2B), then encourage them to attend the Seminar being held on October 31 at the Club. It will be a great primer on how to start getting your boat and crew ready for this wonderful biennial event. It won’t be long until the start of the race in June... OK, you have to get through the winter but if your sailing in the race, start getting ready.
One more item that may be of interest to our members: There have been some articles in The Capital about our Club. Many at the Club were distressed by these articles – as was I. However, it got me to thinking about all the wonderful things the Club does for our Community of which most people outside the Club know nothing.
I approached the Editor of The Capital to point out all the things we do for local charities, support the local maritime industry and efforts we have made on our own property to help the environment. The Editor was very impressed with all that our little Club has done and continues to do and I will look for ways to get these known to the public.
But, as we head into our Annual Meeting in November, I will also hope that we will pause and take pride in the great things we do as Eastport Yacht Club that are more than socializing and enjoying the Bay. EYC makes a difference in the life of our community and for that, I am very proud of our Club. I think all of you should be as well.