July 1, 2017:
"Is it so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...
"Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
"Simply messing...about in boats — or with boats... In or out of 'em it doesn't matter. Nothing seems to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."
"Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it?"
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Isn’t this the truth??
There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats — and we are in the height of the season. I hope you are all out and about in your boats. No matter whether you are going for a lengthy cruise, a day-trip, a cocktail cruise, a Friday Night Beer Can race, a night sail, or just sitting at the dock — just get out and enjoy the water. It will do your soul good. I promise.
If you don’t have a boat of your own or want to try a different watercraft, EYC’s Member Access program is up and running. EYC has fleet of 4 adult and 4 child kayaks, 6 paddleboards, 6 Sunfish sailboats, and 3 J/22 sailboats that members can take out for personal use.
If you want to learn — or your child or grandchild wants to learn — to sail or powerboat, EYC can help you out with that. We have classes for all ages and there are still some spots available this summer.
As just mentioned, 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.
Ready to get on the water? The EYC Cruise Committee has two cruises planned for July. Join them for the July 4th Cruise to Rock Hall, from Saturday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 4th. Crabs, live bands, waterman’s festival, and two nights of fireworks are promised — sounds like a perfect summer adventure!
The second cruise is to Baltimore on Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, with an outdoor showing of “The Godfather II” in Little Italy. Fantastico!
For any of the Cruise Committee trips, members are welcome to arrive by their land or sea yacht. No matter how you are arriving though, please do be sure to sign up on the EYC website.
July 8th heralds the Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge, presented by EYC and East of Maui. This is a really fun race to see and a great one for which to volunteer.
The EYC Boomerang Race returns this month. The overnight distance race, that begins and ends at EYC, was a huge success last year. This year is setting up to be another great success with a full moon scheduled for that night. Nice job Race Committee!
When the Boomerang sailors return the morning of July 9th, they will be greeted with breakfast sandwiches, fruit, muffins and coffee from Grumps, and of course, Bloody Marys, 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 at 1400 the awards presentation. The race last year was the best sailing of the year — don’t miss out!
In closing this month, I would like to send hearty congratulations to Past Commodore Carey Kirk and Tom Speigel on their wedding at EYC this past month. The ceremony was presided over by our own Clayton Miller and his advice to the newlyweds is worth passing along for all of us to use in our own lives: “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.” Lots of love to you both and we wish you many more years of happiness together.
See you on the water,