May 1, 2016: Halleluiah! We are back on the water!
Rockfish season is open, the Ice Breaker Cruise is history, Wednesday Night Races are back, NOODS are here, and Beer Cans begin May 6th. Yipppeee!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but a day out on a boat on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay just sets the molecules in my body in the right order.
April 1, 2016: Despite burning our socks with snowflakes flying, happily spring flowers are blossoming, the osprey are busy rebuilding their nests and folks are down to single digits in their countdowns for splashing boats. In this season of renewal and growth, EYC is bursting with new ideas and events that are going to flower in spectacular ways. So exciting!
The Cruise Committee just launched their new Flotilla Friday and the first sea trial was a great success. During Flotilla Fridays committee members will be in the EYC bar during Friday happy hour talking about our upcoming on-thewater events. This committee is actively taking the lead to organize and inform EYC members about all the water-based events happening — just as the House Committee does for the clubhouse-based events, the Cruise Committee will do for our on-the-water events.
February 1, 2016: The start of a new calendar year always brings new year resolutions, goals for the coming year, and planning. We have been doing just that at EYC.
We held an All-Chairs workshop the morning of Saturday, January 9. Every committee shared three issues they are concerned about related to EYC and three goals their committee is working on in 2016. It was a very useful morning and a great beginning to improving communication between committees and working together better and smarter.
Many of the issues raised are ones we have been facing for a long time — the lawn getting too much use for the grass to establish, lack of a long-term parking solution, Rainy Day fund very low, and no capital reserves.
March 1, 2016: YAY! My favorite day of the year is upon us! The Burning of the Socks! Whoo-hoooo! The blessed day is Sunday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. Bring your hosiery to EYC to roast and toast the first day of spring with your fellow club members over a beer and some oysters. Also feel free to bring a couple new pairs of socks for the Lighthouse Shelter.
This rite of spring, which was birthed in an Eastport boatyard and is now celebrated around the world, is not to be missed! I am hoping for an appearance of the heralders of spring—the osprey—so that we have the sights and sounds of spring in Eastport, which means boating season is right around the corner!
January 1, 2016: Wow! What a month it has been.
To begin, I want to say how proud I am of Eastport Yacht Club and the overwhelming call to immediately throw open our doors to our neighbors at Annapolis Yacht Club after fire destroyed their clubhouse. We did just that and hosted the Frostbite race the next day. Getting on the water and gathering together afterwards—events that are the crux of a yacht club—was what many people needed to begin the healing process.
And while Annapolis Yacht Club rebuilds its clubhouse, AYC members will be welcome at EYC as our guests. I hope everyone will welcome them with open arms and hugs. However, please be assured that EYC members are the #1 priority of the Board.