June 1, 2016: Although we were starting to doubt...summer is here!
Just as the weather is heating up, Eastport Yacht Club is heating up. There is so much going on this month — take advantage of it, get out to the club, volunteer for an event, and come down and fraternize with your friends. I guarantee you will not regret it!
First up is Leukemia Cup and the Rock the Dock for a Cure Party.
The Leukemia Cup originated at Eastport Yacht Club and is now in 45 sailing communities — something for which we should be incredibly proud — but with that, comes a responsibility for EYC to support Leukemia Cup in any way we can. Donate to Team EYC or your favorite fleet — several fleets have challenges going on to raise the most money. Come on down for the fantastic party on Saturday night, and/or volunteer for a couple of hours. Go to eastportyc.org/team-eyc to sign up.
On the heels of the Leukemia Cup is the Annapolis to Bermuda Race. You are going to HAVE to attend two parties in the same week! I KNOW each and every one of you can handle this!
The Latitude Adjustment Party, in honor of the race sailors and all those in the industry who work on the race boats, and all of our boats, is Thursday, June 9. Another fantastic party that is quintessential EYC, but as such needs us all to be a part of it. Go to eastportyc.org/latadjparty-volunteer to sign up for a shift.
If you’re provisioning for the Bermuda Race, or just doing your weekly shopping, you can help support EYC’s newest charity, Fish for a Cure, by stopping by Whole Foods in Annapolis. On June 9th, Whole Foods will be donating 5% of net sales to Fish for a Cure, in support of curing cancer right here in our own community. If you’re unfamiliar with the program, visit their site at www.fishforacure.org.
Quite a few EYC members are flying out to meet the racers and enjoy the festivities in Bermuda at our new partner club Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. We will be sure to represent EYC as best we can.
The weekend we are in Bermuda, June 18 – 19 is Summer Sailstice. This is the global celebration each year to celebrate sailing. The Cruise Committee and Junior Sailing Committee are organizing events to celebrate. Join in on one of those events or create your own, just get on the water that weekend and take someone who is new to boating with you. We’d love you to check in on the EYC Facebook page or Twitter feed and let us know how you are celebrating. No better way to officially welcome summer!
In addition to Summer Sailstice activities, the Cruise Committee and Junior Fleet have lots of ways for you to get on the water. Between great cruises, a new and fun Cruisers Cup Race on June 11 — love this! — sailing lessons, and the member access program there are numerous ways to enjoy the water. Check out their articles in this VFB, see their pages on the EYC website, and check out the EYC calendar for events.
Speaking of the EYC website, while you lounging on your boat sipping a cold one, be sure to take some time to explore the EYC website. Nancy Noyes does an AMAZING job with the site and spends lots of time making sure everything any of us could possibly want to know is there. All the club documents, Board minutes, races, cruises, special events, etc. are just a click away. Wondering about the Monday night Pub Night Dinner Special? Go to the calendar, click on the Monday in question, click on Pub Night & Full Menu and Voilà! the dinner special for the night!
Having trouble getting to the Member Only side of the website, just shoot Nancy an email. As with many things EYC, there is on unknown quirk with the member sign-in that requires some of us to sign in twice before it will let us in. Just embrace it, as we embrace many of the quirks of EYC.
While out enjoying the water this summer, please try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science just released in May their report of the health of the Chesapeake Bay and their findings found the Bay in the best health since 1986, and gave it a score of C — obviously still LOTS of room for improvement. Each one of us can help in our own way. Check out the Environmental Committee’s article for some tips. For those of us that have been out, we can report the water is the clearest any of us can remember. You can see several feet down and it’s beautiful!
A big shout-out to the Race Committee and their adoption of re-usable water bottles on the committee boats! Working with the Outfitters Committee, the Race Committee designed and are offering at cost to their volunteers a custom, extremely handsome water bottle. Whoo-hoooo!!!
Lastly, thank you to all who came out for the Commodore’s Reception. I hope you had as much fun as I did! Kudos to the House Committee for the Maryland-themed décor and the staff who out did themselves with the Maryland-themed food—the oyster shooters were to die for, the grilled cheese with crab super yummy, and the soft-shelled crabs a huge hit!
See you at the club and on the water!