August 1, 2017: No doubt we are in the height of summer. The temperature is at the upper end, thunderstorms are in full force, and enough breeze to sail is doubtful ... or painful. Enjoy it all while it’s here, because fall will be upon us before we know it.
To fully celebrate summer and embrace all that is good about this time of year, we are going to have a HUGE EYC Raft-Up on August 12th! ALL are invited and the more the merrier!!
How this is going to work is a 1200 rendezvous at EYC for powerboats and those in need of a ride. Fleet Captain Chris Chadwick and First Lieutenant PC Scott Miller will direct people-in-need to boats. As boats are filled, they will leave the dock.
We will have a 1230ish arrival time at Clements Creek, so those boats that need more time to get there, or are coming from the head of the Severn River, can meet us there. Clements Creek is between Epping Forest and Sherwood Forest.
We will raft up together for an afternoon of swimming, drinking, eating, and epic fun. Let’s use 1600 as the end time, for those who have had enough sun and fun. However, I fully expect boats to hang longer and for some to stay the night — so pack your toothbrush, if you are up for a full-on party.
Bring some food to share and beverages for the cooler. Rafts and water toys are expected — the more ridiculous, the better! And most important, come ready for an afternoon of fun!
If you are looking for a longer party that weekend, the Cruise Committee will be in St. Michaels for the Watermen’s Appreciation Day. For more details and to sign up for this weekend cruise, please be sure to check the EYC calendar or go to eastportyc.org/st-mikes. I do apologize for selecting a date for the Raft-Up when there was already a cruise, but it is the never-ending problem of summer of not enough weekends for all the fun.
The following weekend. August 19th, is the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit CRAB at EYC. This is a fun, family-friendly pursuit-start race around government marks with a fantastic party following the race. The party starts at 1700 with food and drinks and live music from Misspent Youth. The regatta is always a blast and please keep in mind the whole day is a fundraiser for CRAB. More information about CRAB and additional fundraising opportunities can be found here. www.crabsailing.org
National Rum Day is Wednesday, August 16. This year we are going to celebrate the high holiday with a Cuban Night. There will be Cuban dinner and drink specials and we will salute our fellow Cuban sailors with the installation of the Marina Hemingway Yacht Club burgee at EYC. Whooo-hoooo!
That same night, we will also salute Annapolis’ Sister City of Tallin, Estonia, and our fellow sailors at the Tallin Yacht Club and Kalevi Yacht Club. EYC member Dave Huggins and his wife Eleanor were just at both yacht clubs and — thanks to Jack Morkan, Clare Vanderbeek, and the Estonian embassy — took formal agreements of reciprocity signed by me with them to be signed by their commodores.
And continuing the worldly theme ... the SAP I-505 Worlds Regatta is coming! We will see activity at EYC related to this regatta the entire month of September. Details are starting to come in and we will try to keep everyone apprised as best we can through a variety of messaging systems. This is going to be an amazing event! To celebrate the arrival of the 505 Worlds, each week until the regatta there will be dinner specials in honor one of the registered countries.
Speaking of amazing events, this month we will have a solar eclipse. While Annapolis will only see a partial eclipse, it is a good excuse to take Monday, August 21, off and to head to the club for lunch and the 1443 show.
For more traditional EYC fun, Music on the Deck continues this month with two afternoons—August 6 and 20. The 20th will also bring forth Grillmeister and EYC Keeper of the Log Mark Jones dishing up a Chicken and Ribs Barbecue. A not-to-be-missed afternoon!
In the midst of all of this fun, we are heading towards our Annual Membership Meeting. At the August 27 Financial Town Hall Meeting, the Board will present its recommendation to the membership for the necessary revenue enhancement. Please review the materials on the member side of the EYC website to see the discussion that has been going on this year so that you are informed before we get to the day of the Annual Meeting.
Believe it or not, Labor Day is right around the corner ... start planning for the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta with the Saturday party at EYC and the Cruise Committee’s Labor Day Cruise.
Get out there and enjoy the summer before it is gone!
See you on the water,