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.
To get the excitement going about our first fundraising regatta, Leukemia Cup, EYC will be hosting a Wednesday Night Racing Leukemia Cup Launch Party. This will be Wednesday, May 11, from 5 – 9 p.m. in the clubhouse and on the lawn.
The evening will feature live music by Roger Carlsen, Jeff Goldring, and the November Blues Band. The grill will be going and a bar in the newly remodeled Aft Deck, in addition to the regular bar and dining menu in the clubhouse. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter’s Leukemia Cup Regatta.
For those who not aware, the Leukemia Cup Regatta originated at EYC 24 years ago and regattas are now held across the country. This regatta is something we should be very proud of as a club and should celebrate and support.
Shhhh! It’s a secret! But our goal, with our partner-in-crime Annapolis Yacht Club, is to rally with more Chesapeake Bay yacht clubs in 2017, the 25th year of Leukemia Cup Regatta, and to out fundraise San Francisco Yacht Club. Stay tuned!
So come on down to EYC the night of May 11th and support Leukemia Cup! If you have a sailboat, there is still time to register for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, which will be Saturday, June 4. You do not have to be a regular racing boat to participate, there are lots of classes.
If you don’t have a sailboat, there are lots of volunteer opportunities, and you can find them at http://eastportyc.org/team-eyc. Information and registration will be available on May 11 during the party or check out http://eastportyc.org/leukemia-cup.
For those looking for a fantastic cruise this month, be sure to check out the Memorial Day Weekend Wye River Rendezvous. EYC rents the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area Lodge and Facility on Granary Creek—a gorgeous location!—and holds a fabulous weekend of fun, games, and great food. Several other clubs in the area participate in the rendezvous, so this is a wonderful opportunity to meet kindred spirits. Families are highly encouraged to participate and with all the fun activities there is something for everyone. All the information and registration can be found here, http://eastportyc.org/wye-island.
To keep your boat safe and bountiful this year, the Blessing of the Fleet will be held on Sunday, May 8, 2 – 4 p.m. We are fortunate to have the Reverend Jeff Paulson to officiate and bagpiper Randy Welch returning again this year for the ceremony.
Those who have boats at the EYC marina, please try to "dress" them or display your burgee proudly. Bringing your boat to the club for the event? There are rumors of an award for the "best dressed" vessel parading past the club. Stay tuned for details. The Blessing begins at 2 p.m. with a memorial to those we have lost during the past year and continues with an individual blessing for every vessel in the marina and on the premises, as well as those moored and passing nearby.
If you can’t bring your boat to the club for the event, never fear – once again there will be vials of blessed water to take away and share with your vessel wherever she lies.
Just as we all love our boats, we love the water that enables us the joy of boating. However, as in any good love affair, both parties involved must take care of the needs of the other. There is no doubt in my mind that EYCers love the waters that surround us, and to ensure that we take care of those waters I have appointed a special committee.
See you on the water!
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.