September 1, 2016: Wow! Where did the summer go??!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this summer evaporated for me in the blink of an eye. I keep trying to tell myself the best boating weather is still to come, but the easiness of summer living will be missed.
The summer activity that I will most miss at the club is all the kids learning to sail with the Junior Sailing Program. I LOVE the herds of kids around EYC, seeing the patience and enthusiasm of the instructors, and seeing the EYC fleet of boats out on the water with the little skippers. Congrats to the Junior Program on a great summer program! Now that school is back in session, high school sailing will be once again operating out of EYC after school.
As I mentioned, fall brings the best boating weather, and the Cruise Committee has a host of wonderful events planned. I so wish I had the time to join the Labor Day Long Cruise to some of the greatest spots on the Bay—Oxford, Cambridge, St. Michaels, Chestertown, and Rock Hall—AND a crab feast at one of the oldest seafood companies in the Chesapeake, J. M. Clayton Company. Such fun! Remember, you can always join up with the On the Water crew by land yacht.
September, with cooler temperatures and bigger breeze, heralds in the championship racing season and EYC will be hopping with a couple big events — Annapolis Labor Day Regatta, I-505 East Coast Championship, J/30 North Americans, AND the inaugural J/70 Corinthian National Championship. WOW! EYCers are involved in all aspects of these important races — from organizing the events, race committee, and racing. Please be sure to check out the details of these events so you will know what to expect around the clubhouse and marina and how you can get involved. Super exciting regattas and lots of which to be very proud!
Heads Up! With summer winding down and fall looming, the end of the year is approaching and lots of important events and deadlines of which everyone needs to be aware and that require action.
The EYC Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 12. Last year the membership voted to allow electronic delivery of the Annual Meeting packet. For those interested in this cost-saving and green option, please note that you must Opt-In by October 1 by filling out the Opt-In form on the member side of the website. If you do not fill out the form, you will receive the Annual Meeting packet via snail mail.
Proxy forms for the Annual Meeting are also available on the member side of the EYC website. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please ask a friend to represent you. Be sure they have a proxy form with your signature authorizing them to vote on your behalf.
The Bylaws Committee, with Past Commodore Scott Miller as Chair, is starting to meet and are looking for input about issues members feel need to be addressed, which may require a Bylaws change. PC Miller and the committee members joining him, will be serving for the next full calendar year, so as to enable the committee to work long term on some of the bigger issues that have been raised, such as the EYC governance structure and nominating process.
Last, but not least, the Board received the first set of recommendations from the BOAT crew (Better Operations Advisory Team). BOAT is entering Phase 2 of their analysis of EYC from the 30,000 foot level and will be researching deeper into particular areas. The Board had a first look at the list at our last meeting and are thinking about how best to implement the information. Stay tuned.
There are several recommendations from BOAT that will be acted on immediately. A couple are administrative, but one that club members will see soon is the removal of the outside concrete bar from against the bar windows. Members are not utilizing the space. Instead, we will purchase some café height tables, move the high top tables and chairs toward the clubhouse and create three seating levels on the deck and gain as many as 20 more seats — in the spot on a beautiful evening we all want to be. Great idea!
Lots going on! So as the summer winds down, be sure to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and lovely breezes, grab a couple of friends and a bottle of wine or two, and go for a sail. The seasons change too quickly and time marches on too fast. Seize the day — or night — and go for a boat ride. It’s at the heart of what we do.