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.
As we close out the year several long term-committee chairs will be stepping aside to make room for new leaders and new opportunities. Our collective thanks go to: Ed Wells who has effectively guided the IT Committee through many rounds of upgrades and new releases; Chief Lights Parade Elf Pete Chambliss, who has carried on the spirit of the Holidays; The EYC Foundation’s Stephanie Duncan Troxell, for her steadfast leadership of the Foundation; and last, but certainly not least (especially in my household) is Marsha Malkin, who has guided our Race Committee for the last six years. Good luck to their replacements and all 2014’s incoming Chairs.
Speaking of committees, in 2014 you’re going to be hearing a lot about J/80 Worlds Committee. Chair Sharon Borland will be guiding the club in this endeavor. There will be many opportunities for individual volunteering as well tie-ins with entire committees. Like the heydays of Santa Maria Cup, this is an event the whole club should get behind. Along with fun there will be some sacrifice. There will be plenty of advance notice, but count on some inconvenience in the marina and parking lot during the actual event.
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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago some technical issues, not necessarily of our making, prevented many from getting the Tuesday Newsblast email. I had written an article that issue. It was also posted on the Commodore’s Blog, but not everyone goes there, so I am repeating some of it here.
September 1, 2013: Summer is over, but that only means things are about to get real busy. The local racing scene heats up with major regattas from the first of September through the middle of November. For a racing sailor and Annapolitan this is best time of the year. Sandwiched in between racing events are several EYC cruises. a town hall meeting, two full weeks of boat shows (including our 7th annual Boat Show Bash), a pig roast and first-ever out door movie night.
Among the upcoming events is Hospice Cup XXXII, an old standard in the region which a race-management team from EYC and AYC has taken on for the first time this year. We’re proud to add Hospice Cup to our list of successful charity events including the Leukemia Cup in June and the recently concluded CRAB Regatta in which folks are encouraged to raise more than a sail to benefit others. The date is September 21, and registration is open, including for a special Hospice Class for those who don’t normally race. There also are some ancillary fund raising events in support of the regatta; keep a lookout in the Newsblast and on the website for notices of these.
|Sat Dec 14 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
|Sun Dec 15 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Lights Parade Skippers' Brunch (Dining Room Reserved)
|Sun Dec 15 @ 4:00PM - 05:00PM|
2nd Annual EYC Cookie Exchange
|Tue Dec 17|
|Wed Dec 18 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM|
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
|Wed Dec 18 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM|
|Sat Dec 21 @11:00AM - 01:00PM|
Children's Gingerbread House Building Party (Dining Room Reserved)
|Wed Dec 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Merry Christmas! Club Closed Today
|Tue Dec 31 @ 7:00PM - 01:00AM|
New Year's Eve Gala: SOLD OUT
|Tue Dec 31 @10:30PM - 01:00AM|
New Year's Eve
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