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The 2014 Cruising Season is now in high gear (or under full sail, if you prefer) with more to come.
This year, we're going to have a number of spontaneous Pop-Up Cruises (day and weekend). There will probably be one or two in June. So check the web page and watch your email. Sign up for emails here. Got an idea for a cruise? Contact any member of the Cruise Committee, who can send a notice to the cruisers' email list.
EYC cruisers are invited by the Corsica River Yacht Club to attend their big event centered around their Annual Regatta over the weekend of July 26-27. There's a picnic with an Eastern Shore chicken dinner (buy tickets in advance here), live music, and much more. Come by boat or car; racing is entirely optional.
On Saturday, August 16, Bob and Kathy Arias will host a potluck picnic on their deck on Plum Creek, off the Severn River, beginning at 1600. Come by land or sea. No reservations required. Bring your dinghy to go ashore. Bring your drinks and an appetizer, entrée or dessert to share. Water, tables, chairs, and a grill will be available on the deck. Plum Creek (39° 03.73' N, 76° 34.77' W) is up the Severn River about 9 miles from EYC, past Round Bay. Go past red day mark “12” off Cedar Point, turn to port into the first opening to Valentine and Plum Creeks. (If you pass green day mark “13,” you’ve gone too far.) Favor the port side at the entrance, and then turn to starboard at the fork (where the community beach is) into Plum Creek. Look for the gray and white house to port, 50 feet over the water, with Fiddler’s Green flying the EYC burgee. There’s at least 10 feet of water all the way. Feel free to anchor in Plum Creek, including overnight. Or come by land yacht (1112 Ridge Place, Crownsville).
On Saturday, August 30, we sail (or motor) to the Choptank River; be careful going through Knapps Narrows if you have a keel, or consider going around Blackwalnut Point. That night, we'll have a happy hour and raftup at 1700 in LaTrappe Creek. Look for EYC boats in the first bight to port, after entering the creek (38º 57' 55" N, 76º 07' 10" W). OR you can tie up in Cambridge for the next day's event:
On Sunday, August 31, we go to Cambridge for a Happy Hour and Crab Feast at J. M. Clayton Co., arranged by Bill Sieling (443-458-5537). Clayton's is the oldest and most-respected seafood company in the area, and we'll be getting crabs directly from their watermen. We begin at 1630 with an optional tour of the crab packing facilities. This year, we're going to start with an Appetizer Happy Hour at 1700, followed by the Crab Feast at 1800. Bring your favorite appetizer to share, and there will a prize for the most creative appetizer, as well as the "SPAM Award" (a remnant from the former Gourmet Cruises). Then it's all you can pick and eat crabs, corn on the cob, and watermelon; bring your own beverages, as well as crab tools.
You can attend the crab feast by land (108 Commerce St., Cambridge MD) or sea. By sea, one can tie up for free at the seawall inside the creek (no services) or rent a slip at the nearby Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin (410-228-4031).
For the two weeks following Labor Day, there will be a Long Cruise South, which we will be doing with our friends from the Chesapeake Bristol Club. The itinerary includes Solomons, Reedville, Irvington (Tides Inn), with a second week including Tangiers and Crisfield. Bob Clopp (see above) is running it!
Remember the Baltimore Sailabration in 2012? This year, September 6-16 is the Star-Spangled Spectacular with more tall ships, 3 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/ft/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 Annual St. John's College Sail Picnic is Saturday, September 20. EYC provides the majority of the boats for this event. If you’ve done it before, you know it’s a lot of fun to meet some of the students, many of whom have never been on the Bay or even to Eastport! If you haven’t, it's something to consider.
The skippers pick up the students between 10 and 10:30 at the Charter Dock of City Dock, downtown Annapolis and go sailing or "gunkholing"-sail or power. At about 1:00 the boats rendezvous at the mouth of Mill Creek off Whitehall Bay for lunch and socializing. The college provides box lunches and water for the skippers and students. The skippers usually bring sodas and simple desserts. Afterward there is more boating until the students are returned to the dock at about 4:30.
Looking for more cruises? Got an idea for a cruise? This year, we're going to have a number of spontaneous Pop-Up Cruises (day and weekend). There will probably be one or two in July. So check the web page and watch your email. Sign up for emails here. And if you want to coordinate one, contact any member of the Cruise Committee, who can send a notice to the cruisers' email list (which contains over 200 names!).
The Cruising Committee meets monthly to plan activities. We welcome all EYC members to attend and provide input and new ideas. We have reserved the conference room on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
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:
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.
|Plum Creek Cruise & Picnic|
Sat Aug 16 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|Labor Day Weekend Cruise|
Sat Aug 30 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|Star-Spangled Spectacular 2014|
Fri Sep 12 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|St. John's College Day Cruise|
Sat Sep 20 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|EYC Marina "Evacuation Cruise"|
Sun Sep 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|Goose & Soup Cruise|
Sat Oct 18 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
|Frostbite Cruise & CBMM OysterFest|
Sat Oct 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
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