February 1, 2014
Native Annapolitans – by the way, that term sounds so fancy. Or is it meant to be the opposite of “cosmopolitan?” No, I guess it is just Greek for “people from the City of Anne.” Anyway, I digress. Native Annapolitans of a certain age talk with reverence of the time the Bay froze over. You can see pictures of it in various establishments around town like Pussers. Well, the way it feels outside now, we may get to see the Bay freeze over again. If it does, please restrain any Club members who try to drive their cars across the Severn!
The good news is that February provides many opportunities to get together at the Club and stay warm. Start with the J/80 Worlds Kick Off party. Our committee for J/80s has been hard at work preparing for the Regatta this September but has also cooked up a great “hand off” party from the last hosts of the Worlds (Marseille, France) to EYC via the web and a party to follow on February 1. This sounds like a great French-themed party – did someone mention that some members would be wearing “French maid” outfits? Personally, I hope it’s just the women who do this but you never know!
The next week we will have the Commodore’s Ball and it looks to be a fabulous affair building on the great party from last year. As many of you will recall, we took the Ball inside our clubhouse and had food stations throughout the place and both decks, with plenty of seating to eat, drink and chat. The bar became the dance floor with a fun band. Personally, I thought it was the best venue we have ever had and am looking forward to hosting this year’s Ball. I encourage you to sign up if you haven’t already. It’s going to be a blast.
A great cure for the cobwebs one might have after the Commodore’s Ball (did I state that gently enough?) is to attend the Finance Town Hall scheduled the next day, Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m., where Treasurer Mike Thompson will go over the projected finances of the Club. Mike has jumped in quickly and is working with Committee chairs – including new Finance Committee Chair Jack Morkan – in order to provide a framework for judiciously using the funds provided by the recent dues increase. It will be instructive – in a good way.
One event I would like to draw to your attention is the second of three EYC Winter Seminars put on by the Cruising Committee on February 22. If you are interested in taking cruises on the Bay and fleeting up with fellow members, please consider attending this event and meeting committee members. The topic of this seminar “GO NOW! How to Sail Simply to the Far Side of the World,” by new EYC members Brian and Clare Barone, will inspire you to set out on a longer adventure as you hear about their cruise to New Zealand.
I need to mention an event that happened recently. Many of you have heard about Ed Wells’ boat catching on fire on January 23. Ed is our Rear Commodore and lived aboard his boat. Fellow member Rob Rowlands (ironically, the previous Rear Commodore) was first on the scene and called 911. Regrettably, the boat was a total loss, along with Ed’s belongings and, most tragically, his cat . Through a terrible event, members came through with offers of help in many forms. The outpouring of support is a testament of what a special community we have in our Club. We are at our best when we are family . This was one of those times. Ed, the folks at EYC are with you and love you.
Well, stay warm folks. Come on down to the Club, enjoy a beverage and hot meal in the warm company of your fellow members as we all work together to get through this winter and to the burning of the socks in March. Cheers!