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EYC Cruiser's Update

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The cruising seminar season concluded with a great talk from EYC Cruisers Greg and Vicki Shea on their 7-year circumnavigation. How do you compress seven years into two hours? Greg and Vicki did a great job, and the standing room only crowd was mesmerized.

Spring is here! Is your boat ready yet? Yeah, we know about the arctic blasts, so we've moved the first cruise back a bit.

We're looking forward to our first cruise, the Icebreaker Cruise. This year, we're going to sail across the bay to be the guests of the Kent Island Yacht Club, located on Kent Island, just south of Kent Narrows. (N38° 58.03’, W76° 14.82’). We will have a buffet dinner on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. that will include beef tenderloin and fried chicken. A cash bar will be open before dinner. Cost is $25 cash including tax and tip. Slips will be available, or you can come by car. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (517-332-4473) is the cruise coordinator. Before Sunday, April 27, let Terry know if you're coming, and if you're having dinner. If you want a slip ($25, plus electricity), then he'll need the name and dimensions of your boat. The recommended route to KIYC by boat, is to approach the Narrows from the south (Prospect Bay), as the north channel (off the Chester River) is subject to shoaling. Plus you can avoid the drawbridge. If transiting the narrows, slack tide is best!

This year, we're going to have a number of spontaneous day and weekend cruises. There will probably be one or two in May. So check the web page and watch your email. Sign up for emails here.

Mark your calendars and make plans NOW to attend our annual Memorial Day weekend event (May 25-28): at Granary Creek off the Wye River, with fun, frivolity, games and dinner ashore at the beautiful Wye Island NRMA. EYC co-hosts this event each year with the Chesapeake Bristol Club and the Magothy River Sailing Association. Come by land or by sea. More details here.

This year's Leukemia Cup (May 31) will have a cruising class sailing race, as usual. This is for boats that "don't normally race." There will also be a Power Cruisers Event, a "Predicted Log" contest similar to a road rally. See www.leukemiacup.org/md for more information. Go the EYC Racing web page to register.

PLANNING AHEAD

For the 4th of July, we're heading for Georgetown on the Sassafras River, staying at the Georgetown Yacht Basin. The fireworks are on July 4. You can anchor out or get a slip (410-648-5112). We'll probably stop at Rock Hall on the 3rd for fireworks, too, and in Bodkin Creek on the return leg. Organizers are Bob and Diane Heaney (410-573-1540).

Remember the Baltimore Sailabration in 2012? This year, September 6-16 is the Star-Spangled Spectacular with more tall ships, three appearances of the Blue Angels, and various other hoopla and folderol. You should reserve a marina slip NOW, at least for Friday and Saturday nights (9/12-9/13). EYC Cruisers will be staying at Henderson's Wharf in Fells Point (Call the marina at 410-732-1049 to make your own reservations; slips are $2.50/foot/night; one night's refundable deposit required). From Henderson's, you can walk or take a taxi or water taxi to the Inner Harbor.

The Cruising Committee meets monthly in the conference room on the 4rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All EYC members are welcome to attend. 

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EYC Cruise Committee 2013 Summary Report

Submitted by Cruise Committee Chair Bob Arias, 16 October 2013

In addition to an active cruising schedule, the Cruise Committee worked on several outreach activities this year. Our goal was to raise awareness of, and participation in, cruising events among the entire EYC membership, especially among new members, young members, and people new to cruising.

Outreach activities included the following:

  • The production and distribution of a color brochure ("Cruising with EYC") early in the year. The brochure is available at the front door of the club.
  • A well-publicized and overwhelmingly attended season kickoff potluck dinner at the club in March.
  • Several new powerboat-oriented events
  • An afternoon "graduation cruise" on members' sailboats for junior sailing students and their families. Five families participated and a good time was had by all. Since several of the families were not EYC members, this provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the club to nonmembers. We look forward to expanding this event next year.
  • A "new member cruise," which had to be cancelled due to schedule conflicts. The Committee desires to help the club focus on integrating new members into its activities, including cruising.

In 2013 the Cruise Committee coordinated close to 20 on-water cruise events plus a number of club-based social events. Some events were “come by land or sea,” enabling members to come by either boat or land yacht.

We hosted several pot luck dinners and seminars on boating topics during the winter, which were well attended. The annual April Icebreaker Cruise/Dinner was held at Deep Creek Restaurant. This year's rendezvous locations included the Magothy, the Rhode, the Severn, the Wye, the Rappahannock, and the Chester Rivers and Baltimore, St Michaels, Rock Hall, Chestertown, Cambridge, and Plum and Whitehall Creeks. We’re happy report that quite a few new and younger EYC members (or at least new to cruising) have joined the cruisers ranks.

The Thursday evening cruising ‘rendezvous’ at the club for dinner has grown in popularity with 20-30 cruisers participating each week. At least 3 impromptu weekend cruises started at these dinners.

Cruise Committee members include Bob Arias (Chair), Kathy Arias, Roger and Cyndy Feldman, Rob and Carroll Greve, Bill and Anne Sieling, Bob and Jan Miller, and Wally and Jean Gribbin. Commodore Malkin and Vice Commodore Miller often attended and were very supportive. The Cruise Committee meets on the third Thursday of most months and meetings are open to all. We have received excellent input from some non-committee EYC members who have participated in our meetings.

We've moved the 150-name cruisers' mailing list from the chairman's computer to a central server. This will enable designated Cruise Committee members to communicate with cruisers anytime from anywhere. After finding "My EYC" to be inadequate for our communication needs, we are using "simplelists.com" effectively. Many thanks to Nancy Noyes and Ed Wells for helping us to accomplish this task. Next, we will work on automating cruise signups.

As cruising activity expands within EYC, the Cruise Committee has discussed the need to form subcommittees/work groups (e.g., communication, publicity and event planning) to conduct the committee's work efficiently and effectively, as well as accommodating different cruising styles such as day trippers and power cruisers.

"Thank you" to all the volunteers who acted as cruise coordinators and anchor boats this year. These include Wally and Jean Gribbin, Roger and Cyndy Feldman, Paul and Judy Chatterton, Cynthia Palmer and Jim Brooks, Cindy Hooper and Colin Watmough, Bob Clopp and Prue Clendening, Dennis Jay and Julia Newhouse, Rob and Carroll Greve, Pete and Jane Chambliss, and Bill and Anne Sieling. Note many are "new" on this list. And a special thanks to Kathy Arias for helpful advice and putting up with my crazy ideas.

A note regarding the chairmanship: I have served in this position for many years and believe it's time for a new chairman. We need new blood and new ideas. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the Cruise Committee Chair and to work (and play) with so many dedicated EYC member volunteers and staff. Kathy and I will gladly remain on the committee to assist with the transition.

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