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To Be or Not To Be…. And other Odds and Ends

September 15, 2014: Some immediate housekeeping issues:

  • First, we have the honor to host the J/80 World Championships beginning the weekend after next (Thursday, September 25, through the following weekend, wrapping up October 5). Many Marina tenants have moved their boats to make room for our competitors and the parking lot will be closed both of those weekends. Please look for precise times of the closure in next week’s Newsblast. The Clubhouse WILL BE OPEN… we’re just going to have some inconvenience on the parking end. There will be two handicapped parking spaces available even during weekend hours. Again, please look for next week’s Newsblast for precise information.
  • Second: We need people to start volunteering for the Boat Show Bash in October. I know it is a few weeks away but please, please, please, consider volunteering. Carol Vilardo has been working hard on this all year but has had a real need for folks to step up and help. This is a signature event. Please look on the Boat Show Bash web page or in the Newsblast for an on-line sign-up.

Now, as Monty Python would say, “for something completely different.” Nominating Committee. Our NomCom is in full swing and working very hard. They are on a tight schedule but they want your views. You can sign up to see them at (provide on-line link) or you can email Past Commodore David Malkin or Past Commodore Sharon Hadsell with your views if you can’t schedule a meeting.

I have been asked if I will stand for nomination for another year. I must admit, the answer to that question was not automatic. But I did tell them I would willing to be nominated as there are things I would like to tackle relating to getting more young families into the Club. We have made a start with some improvements to the facility and activities for young families but more needs to be done.  I also felt it was necessary for there to be some continuity to the Board after a great deal of shuffling of Board members over the last two years.

That having been said, no one person is essential to the Club. We have been through a very tumultuous debate over the last few months having to do with changes to the Emeritus membership category (now to be called “Senior members”). A number of members are upset with me either for the manner in which the issue was handled or with the outcome. I understand that. If there are a significant amount of members who think my stepping down will lessen any lingering bad feelings in the Club, I am perfectly willing to do that.

It is an honor to be your Commodore but I do not want personalities to be in the way of the Club resuming its collegial and welcoming atmosphere. If you have views one way or the other, please make them known to the Nominating Committee.

The Eastport Yacht Club is a wonderful place with wonderful people. We put on World-class regattas and teach sailing. EYC promotes a love of the water and the pleasures of boating and it offers a wonderful social atmosphere. We are striving to live up to our Club objectives:

  • To promote and encourage the challenges and rewards of sailing
  • To expand and modernize the concept of Corinthian Yachting (amateur)
  • To develop and sustain interest in and to sponsor competition among watercraft of all types
  • To recognize the role of youth as essential to the vitality and growth of the Club
  • To create and sustain an active social and community involvement

Perhaps I am the Commodore to continue the pursuit of these objectives but perhaps you feel differently and someone else is needed. Either way, I will be here to be part of the Club.

Cheers – 

Important! Please Read!

September 1, 2014:  At a recent Town Hall Meeting on proposed modifications to the Emeritus Membership Category, some members have asked why the Board is involved in trying to make changes to Emeritus. I have been on the EYC Executive Board for four years. Three of those years we have been dealing with efforts to modify the Emeritus Membership Category. In every case, the Board has NOT initiated this effort. It has been an issue of debate and dispute between the members themselves.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 09-01-2014

July Already?

July 1, 2014:  The summer has just officially started but I have to say, I always have mixed feelings about June passing into July. The weather has been great and hopefully that will continue but these are among the best boating days. Still, July has a great many things on the calendar.

The Fourth of July is always great at the Club as we have the best place to see the fireworks that doesn’t involve a boat. This year, however, we have a special treat the day before. In case you had not heard, this is the bicentennial of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key while those nasty British were bombarding Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 07-01-2014

As David Bowie would say: “Ch, ch, ch, Changes”

August 1, 2014:  Even if you have been coming to the Club as regularly as I have, you could be excused for not noticing there have been several incremental changes at the Club with more to come. Part of this is due to the fact that, in a necessary fit of economy, we had to delay several things as we counted our pennies while getting the Clubhouse open. Now, we are slowly putting things where they should be.

What are these things? Well…

Read more: Commodore's Corner 08-01-2014

Volunteers! To Arms!

June 17, 2014: If there is one thing that has defined Eastport Yacht Club over the years it would be... what?

A good party?

Well sure, but think again.

A love of the water and all things boating?

Certainly, yes but I was thinking of something else. I was thinking of volunteerism – not to be confused with malady of being from Tennessee (the “Volunteer State”, get it?).

As a relatively “new” club (we’re only 35 years old), we had to do many things by ourselves, as we could not afford staff to do all the stuff we wanted. We were started by folks in the marine industry so the “do it yourself” attitude was in our early DNA. We have kept that up over the years but I am afraid we are beginning to lose this positive element of our club.

Read more: Commodore's Corner 06-17-2014

Calendar Highlights

Mon Sep 22 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
After School Sailing
Mon Sep 22 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
Kids Eat Free
Tue Sep 23 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM
EYC Bridge Club (Dining Room)
Tue Sep 23 @ 4:00PM - 06:30PM
HS Sailing
Tue Sep 23 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM
J/80 Worlds All Hands Meeting
Wed Sep 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
J/80 World Championship
Wed Sep 24 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Windy Wednesday Happy Hour
Thu Sep 25 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM
Parking Lot Closed for J/80 Registration/Measurement
Fri Sep 26 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Craft Beer Night
Sun Sep 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
EYC "Marina Evacuation Cruise"

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