January 1, 2014
A few days ago, someone asked me what were my goals as Commodore for the coming year? I thought a moment about that. Every Commodore and everyone who serves on the Board does so because they believe that Eastport Yacht Club is a special place, with a special character that they want to protect and make the Club prosper. Each year, however, requires something different for each Board.
After years of getting prepared for our new Clubhouse and a year of getting used to how to run and finance it, we need to change our focus. A Club, especially one as unique as ours, is much more than a Clubhouse, restaurant or bar. It is the people and things we do together that make EYC.
December 1, 2013:
Welcome to the holiday season and time for my favorite EYC event, Lights Parade. Pete Chambliss and his elves will once again make EYC proud by turning our club into the center of Christmas in Annapolis.
The festivities started with the 2013 artist’s reception where Ramon Matheu’s pop art interpretation of the parade was very well received. Yours truly will be waving to crowd on Saturday the 14th from the Light House. Watching is fun, but being part of a team that decorates a boat will give you a whole new perspective. If you have never been on a team or decorated your boat, I encourage it.
October 1, 2013: For those looking for a party, we are inside two weeks and counting down for the biggest party of the year, The Boat Show Bash. The event will once again take place on the Saturday of the US Sailboat Show, October 12 this year. With three bands, great food and MountGay as sponsor, no EYC member should miss it. Better yet, volunteer some time and get a discounted ticket.
September was busy month for our Race Committee. They ran a race course for CBYRA Race week, ran two days of racing for the J/22 East Coast Championship and were part of the team that put on the Hospice Cup. After a little breather during the boat shows, things heat up again as EYC hosts the J/70 Fall Brawl (10/19-20) followed by the J/80 East Coast Championship (10/25-27). Talking about those J/80s, next year EYC will be the host for the J/80 World Championship.
November 1, 2013: For me October is all ways an interesting month. As a yacht broker, I awake from 2 straight weeks of boat shows and find the month is half over without a single other thing happening. Of course that is never the case as regular and club life continues.
A couple highlights were the Boat Show Bash and the impromptu James Spithill talk. This year’s Bash was unfortunately accompanied by near-horizontal rain. Those who braved the weather were treated to a fantastic party though. The scene under the tent was right up there with the best of EYC parties. Thanks to Alex, Sanford, the rest of the volunteers and Bill and the staff for pulling it off given trying conditions.
September 10, 2013: It’s been a busy couple of weekends at the club with more to come. A couple of items have come to my attention that I would like to share some thoughts on, as well as ask for cooperation with.
As many of you saw, we had a tent out back all weekend. This was the location for a fabulous Saturday evening wedding and our crab feast on Sunday. In addition we had outside events on Saturday and Sunday in the dining room. This is a rare circumstance when so many things hit on the same weekend.