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.
The parties on both ends of the race were fabulously fun. We sent the racers off in style with the renamed Latitude Adjustment party the night before the start. Carol Vilardo and the Special Events Committee outdid themselves organizing, publicizing, and running the party. Wes Wilde and his famous rum punch and the frozen dark ‘n’ stormies kept the huge crowd very happy. And EYC members showed what makes our club so special by having a ball manning the party from start to finish. Thank you to everyone!
In Bermuda, our new partnership with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club was a marriage made in heaven. The hospitality of the RHADC members and staff was phenomenal, the setting to die for, the food spectacular, and the friendships forged incredibly special. I guarantee anyone traveling to Bermuda who stops in at RHADC will feel very much at home.
Warren Dahlstrom, who raced on Schematic, summed up the entire experience the best: “The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club is really the nicest club setting in Bermuda and their hospitality was so overwhelming and genuine. The racers were treated like family as soon as we arrived. From initial docking to meals, cleaning and transportation the staff and club volunteers were attentive, friendly and ever-present.”
Lastly, I must thank Beth Berry and the entire A2B committee for all their hard work. The racers were well prepared and the events, both in Annapolis sand Bermuda, went smoothly. Not an easy task with a new partner and many unknowns to work through. However, everything was done graciously and with lots of smiles. Bravo!
Before the A2B race events were even over, there was already a debrief meeting with RHADC and EYC members about how we can work to improve the 2018 race, how we can forge an even stronger relationship between the clubs, and how we can work together to increase participation in ocean races and sailing in general. We have some great ideas – some of which we'd like to implement immediately. I also know there were lots of folks taking notes about what worked and what needs more attention throughout the event and have no doubt the 2018 Annapolis to Bermuda Race will be off the charts! Start planning now to be in Bermuda in 2018 – I promise you will not be disappointed!
Back stateside, we are heading into the middle of summer and the height of the boating season. Sailing lessons are starting up and we will have lots of kids and their parents, many of who are not EYC members, around the club. Please watch your speed in the parking lot and be sure to say "Hi!" to our instructors, students, and visiting parents involved in the sailing program.
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!
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.
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.
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!