June 1, 2017
Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call...
As boaters, we understand and often experience the strong and undeniable call of the water. We answer that call in many ways, from just sitting on the deck at EYC, to cruising around river and creeks, to racing across the ocean. Water calms us, challenges us, and renews us.
June is World Oceans Month and is a perfect time for us to reflect upon the power of water in our lives, celebrate our relationship with the water, and rededicate ourselves to protecting our waters.
Check out NOAA’s website for all kinds of fun information about our oceans, how to get out enjoy them and the waters that feed into them, and how to help protect them.
EYC is doing its part to protect our waters. A big shout-out to the Race Committee for their adoption and encouragement of many green practices with regattas—last year Sailors for the Sea certified 6 EYC regattas as gold certified and 2 silver. The EYC Race Committee was recently awarded the first-ever Green Can Award. This award recognizes entities that have made a significant contribution to EYC’s environmental efforts which have long-term impact. Congratulations and let’s keep it up!
Did you know that plastic straws are one of the top 5 pollution items found in the oceans? 500 million straws are used in the United States every day. They are a one-time use product, which never completely biodegrades and is not recyclable. I am proud to announce the new practice at EYC is that you will not automatically be served a drink with a straw. In addition, the straws we are using at EYC ARE biodegradable. By making small changes in our behavior, we can make a positive change for our environment.
The Environmental Committee has several events planned this month to celebrate World Oceans Month, including a screening of the movie “The Missing Catch” on June 14th. Please see their article and the club calendar for more events and details.
Speaking of the Environmental Committee and the oceans, I am pleased to announce that Phil Renaud, Executive Director of the Living Oceans Foundation, will be co-chair of the Environmental Committee with Virginia Tippie Farrell.
This month the eyes of the world, including many EYCers in person, will be across the Atlantic Ocean in Bermuda for the America’s Cup. Annapolitan and EYC waitlister Tucker Thompson is the TV and Public Host for the 35th America’s Cup. We will be having race viewing parties at the club, for dates and times please be sure to check out the weekly e-blast.
The Bermuda One-Two Race this month has our own Vernon and Heather Hultzer on Team Wichard and Trouble No Trouble with Brian Gray competing. The single handed start is June 2nd and the double handed start is June15th. Keep an eye on our EYC teams and cheer them on here! www.bermuda1-2.org
Starting to hanker for some ocean racing yourself? We are exactly one year away from our own Annapolis to Bermuda Race. Plenty of time to sign-up and prepare! Check out the A2B Committee for seminars and information.
If a cocktail in hand, good book, warm sunshine, and good company on the ocean is more to your liking, the Cruise Committee is organizing a charter flotilla in the BVIs January 27-February 3, 2018. There are a variety of boats available at a variety of costs, so pull together a crew that you would like to charter with or let the Cruise Committee know you are interested in joining a boat. Promotional material and details are here.
With very heavy hearts we sent Past Commodore Rick Jackson on his final sail on Sunday, May 28th. A lover of the ocean, an ocean racer and cruiser, Rick was one of the main forces behind the building of our beautiful new clubhouse and was Commodore when we opened it. His gentle ways, wonderful laugh, dedication to his family, and incredible love for EYC and all its members will be very missed.
“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back too the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.” John F. Kennedy
Fair winds and following seas to you all, -- Heather