July 1, 2016: An incredibly successful 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race is in the books!
Congratulations to the skippers and crew who participated. All of your preparations and practice paid off. Despite some rough weather with impressive wind (sustained winds in the 30s and gusts to 55 knots) seen by some boats, wrapped and blown spinnakers, and some bouts of seasickness, everyone arrived safe and sound with great sea stories and memories that will last a lifetime.
If you stayed ashore in your nice warm, dry, and stable beds, you can get a great sense of the race from the media blog the committee and racers ran during the race at the Annapolis to Bermuda Race On Board Media GROUP.
The parties on both ends of the race were fabulously fun. We sent the racers off in style with the renamed Latitude Adjustment party the night before the start. Carol Vilardo and the Special Events Committee outdid themselves organizing, publicizing, and running the party. Wes Wilde and his famous rum punch and the frozen dark ‘n’ stormies kept the huge crowd very happy. And EYC members showed what makes our club so special by having a ball manning the party from start to finish. Thank you to everyone!
In Bermuda, our new partnership with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club was a marriage made in heaven. The hospitality of the RHADC members and staff was phenomenal, the setting to die for, the food spectacular, and the friendships forged incredibly special. I guarantee anyone traveling to Bermuda who stops in at RHADC will feel very much at home.
Warren Dahlstrom, who raced on Schematic, summed up the entire experience the best: “The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club is really the nicest club setting in Bermuda and their hospitality was so overwhelming and genuine. The racers were treated like family as soon as we arrived. From initial docking to meals, cleaning and transportation the staff and club volunteers were attentive, friendly and ever-present.”
Lastly, I must thank Beth Berry and the entire A2B committee for all their hard work. The racers were well prepared and the events, both in Annapolis sand Bermuda, went smoothly. Not an easy task with a new partner and many unknowns to work through. However, everything was done graciously and with lots of smiles. Bravo!
Before the A2B race events were even over, there was already a debrief meeting with RHADC and EYC members about how we can work to improve the 2018 race, how we can forge an even stronger relationship between the clubs, and how we can work together to increase participation in ocean races and sailing in general. We have some great ideas – some of which we'd like to implement immediately. I also know there were lots of folks taking notes about what worked and what needs more attention throughout the event and have no doubt the 2018 Annapolis to Bermuda Race will be off the charts! Start planning now to be in Bermuda in 2018 – I promise you will not be disappointed!
Back stateside, we are heading into the middle of summer and the height of the boating season. Sailing lessons are starting up and we will have lots of kids and their parents, many of who are not EYC members, around the club. Please watch your speed in the parking lot and be sure to say "Hi!" to our instructors, students, and visiting parents involved in the sailing program.
To get out on the water yourself, don't forget to check out the member access program for use of EYC-owned boats and paddle boards. Check out the website for more details.
Also see what the Cruise Committee has planned and join them for one of their on-the-water activities. The License to Chill 4th of July Cruise from July 2 through 10 will highlight the some of the best the Bay has to offer including stops in St. Michaels with Big Band Night and fireworks, rum/whisky tasting at Lyon Distilling Co., Herrington Harbor South with its beach and pool, Oxford and Cambridge for golf and the “Taste of Cambridge.” What fun! Join them for the whole trip or jump in and out as your schedule permits.
July 9th brings the return of the Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge presented by EYC and East of Maui and the premier of the EYC Boomerang Race, an overnight distance race that begins and ends at EYC.
When the Boomerang sailors return the morning of July 10th, they will be greeted with breakfast sandwiches, fruit, muffins and coffee, and of course, Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers and beer. In between breakfast and lunch, there will be family-friendly activities: face painting, balloon making, corn hole competition, and other fun things. Live music, lunch by Annapolis Smokehouse are on the agenda mid-day and at1400 the awards presentation. Be sure to be a part of the Chesapeake Bay’s newest tradition!
See you on the water!