November. How did we get to November already?
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and getting out on the water to take in the clear, cool days that are always spectacular in the Chesapeake.
November means it is time for the Eastport Yacht Club Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel at 1100, with registration beginning at 1000. Full Annual Meeting announcement is further in this issue. Meeting packets with 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes, Officer and Committee Reports, and other meeting materials are online and/or are being snail mailed to the people that did not opt for the online version.
Thank you to the over 240 members who did opt-in for the electronic version — saving EYC several hundreds of dollars in printing and postage, as well as a few trees!
Please plan on attending the Annual Membership Meeting. Members in all membership categories are invited. However, it is imperative that Voting Members attend so that we have a quorum and can conduct the official business of EYC. We must have at least 20% of the Voting Members, 120 people, to have a quorum.
At the Annual Membership Meeting we will have a State of the Ship report from me and Treasurer Clayton Miller. We will vote on the Executive Board for 2017 and announce the 2016 Volunteer of the Year, in addition to other EYC traditions, business and updates.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please ask a friend to represent you. Be sure they have a proxy form with your signature authorizing them to vote on your behalf. Proxy forms for the Annual Meeting are available on the member side of the EYC website and are in the Annual Meeting packet.
After the Annual Membership Meeting, roll back to EYC for the Founders Day Party. All members who attended the Annual Meeting will get a coupon for a free drink at the Founders Day Party. In addition, Chef Henry will be providing amazing goodies to nosh and there will be drink specials including $3 Mt. Gay drinks and $4 EYC Rum Punch.
The Founders Day Party is EYC's Homecoming and is a time to tell stories, share a drink (or two, or three) with each other, and celebrate all that we love about Eastport Yacht Club. What is YOUR favorite EYC story or memory? Be ready to share it! Have a GREAT picture of an EYC event or EYC members? Bring along a copy to post.
Other events that are happening this month include, Saturday, November 5, the Tug-O-War and the Fish 4 A Cure Fishing Tournament — please see details for both of these important events and join the efforts! Be advised that Saturday night, November 5, we will have limited seating and menu due to the Fish 4 A Cure event, so please volunteer to help that night instead of planning to eat in the dining room.
Sunday, November 13, is the Lights Parade Artists’ Reception when this year’s poster will be unveiled. BTW, Lights Parade registration OPEN. This year’s Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Registration is also open on the EYC website for the Norm Baldwin Fishing Memorial Rockfish Tournament, December 3.
October 1, 2016: As I was settling in to write my October VFB article, I first caught up on my EYC emails and snail mail – both of which contained several wonderful thank you notes about EYC, our members, and our staff. These letters, in addition to a conversation I had last night at the club about all the great work going on in all of our committees (all 20!), served as a reminder what an incredibly hard-working and welcoming club we have.
My favorite section of one of the letters is in the note from Paul “Bo” Bollinger, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, who wrote, “A regatta (CRAB Regatta) that attracts and successfully entertains 85 boats, 221 crew, and 411 party guests for nearly seven hours is truly an accomplishment for any yacht club. However, the EYC Race Committee and Staff made it all look easy while providing everyone with a true sense of being an ‘EYC member for the day.’” LOVE that!
Thank each and every one of you for all the hard work and wonderful vibe we have at Eastport Yacht Club.
Also, please take a moment to thank our hard-working staff who we have kept hopping this summer. Food sales for August were $7,500 better than budgeted and several times we have had full service upstairs and an event downstairs and/or outside.
However, there is an alarming number in August – beverage sales were down from budget $10,000! Tell me it isn’t true – EYCers are not drinking the expected quantities?
Luckily, to harken back to a favorite phrase of our founding members, “there isn’t a problem that we can’t drink our way out of.” I know I can count on everyone to do their part to correct this issue.
Fall is officially here and the end of the boating season looms. However, before we start packing boats up for the season, there are some great on-the-water events this month. The Race Committee’s marathon schedule continues with the first-ever J/70 Corinthian National Championship October 20-23. The Cruise Committee is headed to Baltimore for the Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show October 10-17 (www.mdfleetweek.com) and will wrap up the season with a Frostbite Cruise to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Festival October 29.
August 1, 2016: Happy Summer!
EYC has been hopping this summer! There have been lots of great shoreside events, fantastic racing, sold-out sailing lessons, and time on the water. Just as it all should be during the height of summer in Annapolis.
The inaugural EYC Boomerang Race was a smashing success! Congratulations to the team that has been researching and planning this race for the past two years. The perfect temperature, 15-knot breeze all night, gorgeous crescent moon, and shooting stars made for one of the most spectacular nights on the Bay EVER.
September 1, 2016: Wow! Where did the summer go??!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this summer evaporated for me in the blink of an eye. I keep trying to tell myself the best boating weather is still to come, but the easiness of summer living will be missed.
The summer activity that I will most miss at the club is all the kids learning to sail with the Junior Sailing Program. I LOVE the herds of kids around EYC, seeing the patience and enthusiasm of the instructors, and seeing the EYC fleet of boats out on the water with the little skippers. Congrats to the Junior Program on a great summer program! Now that school is back in session, high school sailing will be once again operating out of EYC after school.
July 1, 2016: An incredibly successful 2016 Annapolis to Bermuda Ocean Race is in the books!
Congratulations to the skippers and crew who participated. All of your preparations and practice paid off. Despite some rough weather with impressive wind (sustained winds in the 30s and gusts to 55 knots) seen by some boats, wrapped and blown spinnakers, and some bouts of seasickness, everyone arrived safe and sound with great sea stories and memories that will last a lifetime.
If you stayed ashore in your nice warm, dry, and stable beds, you can get a great sense of the race from the media blog the committee and racers ran during the race at the Annapolis to Bermuda Race On Board Media GROUP.