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.
As I mentioned, fall brings the best boating weather, and the Cruise Committee has a host of wonderful events planned. I so wish I had the time to join the Labor Day Long Cruise to some of the greatest spots on the Bay—Oxford, Cambridge, St. Michaels, Chestertown, and Rock Hall—AND a crab feast at one of the oldest seafood companies in the Chesapeake, J. M. Clayton Company. Such fun! Remember, you can always join up with the On the Water crew by land yacht.
September, with cooler temperatures and bigger breeze, heralds in the championship racing season and EYC will be hopping with a couple big events — Annapolis Labor Day Regatta, I-505 East Coast Championship, J/30 North Americans, AND the inaugural J/70 Corinthian National Championship. WOW! EYCers are involved in all aspects of these important races — from organizing the events, race committee, and racing. Please be sure to check out the details of these events so you will know what to expect around the clubhouse and marina and how you can get involved. Super exciting regattas and lots of which to be very proud!
Heads Up! With summer winding down and fall looming, the end of the year is approaching and lots of important events and deadlines of which everyone needs to be aware and that require action.
The EYC Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 12. Last year the membership voted to allow electronic delivery of the Annual Meeting packet. For those interested in this cost-saving and green option, please note that you must Opt-In by October 1 by filling out the Opt-In form on the member side of the website. If you do not fill out the form, you will receive the Annual Meeting packet via snail mail.
Proxy forms for the Annual Meeting are also available on the member side of the EYC website. 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.
The Bylaws Committee, with Past Commodore Scott Miller as Chair, is starting to meet and are looking for input about issues members feel need to be addressed, which may require a Bylaws change. PC Miller and the committee members joining him, will be serving for the next full calendar year, so as to enable the committee to work long term on some of the bigger issues that have been raised, such as the EYC governance structure and nominating process.
Last, but not least, the Board received the first set of recommendations from the BOAT crew (Better Operations Advisory Team). BOAT is entering Phase 2 of their analysis of EYC from the 30,000 foot level and will be researching deeper into particular areas. The Board had a first look at the list at our last meeting and are thinking about how best to implement the information. Stay tuned.
There are several recommendations from BOAT that will be acted on immediately. A couple are administrative, but one that club members will see soon is the removal of the outside concrete bar from against the bar windows. Members are not utilizing the space. Instead, we will purchase some café height tables, move the high top tables and chairs toward the clubhouse and create three seating levels on the deck and gain as many as 20 more seats — in the spot on a beautiful evening we all want to be. Great idea!
Lots going on! So as the summer winds down, be sure to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and lovely breezes, grab a couple of friends and a bottle of wine or two, and go for a sail. The seasons change too quickly and time marches on too fast. Seize the day — or night — and go for a boat ride. It’s at the heart of what we do.
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.
Breakfast courtesy of Grumps hit the spot at 0600. Lunch thanks to Annapolis Smokehouse and the afternoon family friendly party was raved about by sailors and their families as being the perfect balance needed in the sailing community to make families feel welcome at a sailing event. As you can see, the biggest obstacle we have is how to repeat this next year!
The next not-to-be missed regatta and regatta party is the Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit C.R.A.B. (or the CRAB Regatta) Saturday, August 20. A pursuit-start regatta, party featuring the rocking band Misspent Youth, at EYC, all to raise funds for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating. A win-win all around!
Speaking of other racing successes, I have to give a shout-out to the Friday night Beer Can Races, and particularly Steve Weber and Judi Kahan, for the fun time Friday nights have become.
If you have not stopped by the Friday night after-race party, you need to make an effort to do so. The vibe is completely family-friendly, prizes and games abound, grill is going with burgers and hotdogs, and the bar and dance floor are open in the Aft Deck. The perfect beginning to a summer weekend!
The next generation of boaters have been busy this summer with sold-out and near-sold-out sailing sessions. Hard to believe, but the Junior program will be wrapping up in the next few weeks. Although lessons will be coming to a close, the Member Access Boating Program will continue. Please see a comprehensive article, with all the details, further in the newsletter.
If the heat is too much for you to be out on the water, there is no shortage of things to do at the Club. The Olympics will be heralded in on Friday, August 5. with a viewing party for the Opening Ceremonies. Also, keep an eye out for the repeat of the standing-room-only presentation by our own Ken Malley, the honorary chair of the USS Zumwalt’s Commissioning Committee, about this first in a new class of state-of-the-art Navy destroyers. The USS Zumwalt will be commissioned in Baltimore October 15th as part of the first-ever Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show, www.mdfleetweek.com.
June 1, 2016: Although we were starting to doubt...summer is here!
Just as the weather is heating up, Eastport Yacht Club is heating up. There is so much going on this month — take advantage of it, get out to the club, volunteer for an event, and come down and fraternize with your friends. I guarantee you will not regret it!
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.
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.