Summertime and the livin’ is easy…
June 1, 2014: I think EYC has got its groove back. After a fantastic brunch for Mother’s Day and Blessing of the Fleet, we followed it up with an equally impressive party for the Commodore’s Reception! I think we can all agree that Bill and his staff have done a great job with the events that made for a great time for everyone.
Then, with only a few days to prepare, we had a great turn out for the return of the Blue Angels for Commissioning Week. Good times.
Speaking of parties, we have Spring Cotillion coming up June 5. This is an Annapolis tradition that marks the start of the Annapolis to Bermuda race. The tradition – one that had a different name in the old days – meant that all the work in the yacht yards to get the boats ready for the race was over and a party broke out.
EYC, as the host of the start, carries on this proud tradition that occurs once every two years. It is a great party but Special Events Chair Carol Vilardo is still in need of some volunteers. If you can, please go to the Club website and look for the link to sign up. I guarantee, you’ll have fun.
Those of us who are fathers know that “Father’s Day” is not quite as important as “Mother’s Day.” Nevertheless, we do recognize it at the Club but we won’t have a brunch but rather music on the deck. You Dads should consider ending your day of recognition by cooling out on the deck with a nice cocktail and some music.
But life at a yacht club is not all about parties, is it? No, it is about enjoying the water. To that end, let me give a special shout out to the Marina Committee for the work they have done to improve the transient situation for Club members with boats. We have limited space for transient docking but our crew is working to maximize it.
Some have noticed that a new dinghy area at the far corner of “A” dock (next to SSA) has been constructed to make the formerly “dead corner” useful for small craft. In addition to the convenience, it helps keep the hoist area from being crowded. Other improvements are on the way for dry dockage and for the outer wall but we are working to make the marina as accessible as possible.
Let me take a note on a couple of housekeeping items at this time. As I noted in last week’s posting of my blog “Commodore’s Corner,” we have a Town Hall meeting on June 1. There will be a brief report on our Finances to date and then the group of Past Commodores who have composed the E3 group (EYC Emeritus Evolution) will report on its proposed changes to the Emeritus status. The group has talked to a lot of people and has a proposal that will hopefully be viewed as an equitable modification of this membership status that preserves the status while making some changes.
Secondly, let me remind everyone that towing is in effect for those who either: 1) park in our lot without an EYC parking sticker, or 2) park in unauthorized areas. We had some unfortunate “parking fouls” during Blue Angels and the only reason folks were not towed is because our staff was too busy taking care of us, but these incidents were an affront to all of us who “play by the rules.” Enough said.
OK. Let’s make this “State of the Ship” a short one. Who has time to read when it is summer on the Chesapeake Bay? I hope to see many of you out on the water and then at the Club.