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Cruiser’s Annual Holiday Pot Luck, Thursday December 10:
Cruiser’s Winter Seminar Series
The Cruising Committee is active year round, and we will continue our winter seminar series events scheduled for January, February and March. This year, we’re planning (specific dates TBD):
- January 2016: Hurricanes and Climate Change on the Atlantic: Dr. Wm C Boicourt, Center for Env Science, Univ Maryland Horn Point (Invited, confirmed, date TBD).
- February: Ghosts of Eastport’s Ship Building Industry-A Walking Tour of Our Local Industry - Remnants under the Gentrification. TBD
- March: Creating a Sustainable Waterfront-What YOU can do to save the bay! (Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Speaker TBD)
Additional Seminar Topics:
- A view of the Bay – "Experiences of a Harbor Pilot”
- A view of the Bay – "Working waterman’s World.”
- Cuba Libre: Team up with House Committee with Cuba theme- menu/drinks
Change at the Helm
Thanks to Bob Arias! Making Sailing Inclusive. After over 10 years of unflinching service to EYC and ~7 years as the Cruising Committee Chair, Bob Arias has decided to step down. Bob has donated his hard work, time and leadership-way beyond the call of duty- to improving access to sailing and cruising, not just for EYC but for all Bay sailors. He was given an award in 2015 for making sailing more accessible, and he’s been focused on getting people into sailing and out on the bay, including the St. Johns Students’ sailing events, the Leukemia Cup, the Memorial Day rafts that have gotten even more clubs involved.
Bob’s continuity, creativity and advocacy for cruising brought us strong support with the EYC board, and his new ideas for PR and creative communications media strategies have been vital to getting the Database of Cruisers and our email list server together. Perhaps most important, he continues to make sure everyone feels welcome. He’s opened his home for the yearly Plum Creek Cruise, and while he’s still very active in the club and the Committee, he’ll be letting others do some of the heavy lifting, for a change.
Welcome to our New Cruising Committee Chair: We’re fortunate to have a natural organizer and enthusiastic sailor taking over the Cruising helm! Gregory Kelly Ph.D. is Operations VP at a nationally recognized biotechnology company. In his Sailing Bio, Greg writes he “came late to sailing, started soon after moving to Maryland about 10 years ago; fell in love with the sport after a spectacular Friday evening sailing visit to Annapolis.”
When not racing their Lightning, Greg and his wife Bonnie enjoy exploring the Bay on their Beneteau 34 and the occasional bareboat charter. Off the water Greg is the Senior Vice President of SoBran Inc., a mid-sized professional services firm providing scientific and technical support to government agencies, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical firms. He spent the first half of his career doing cancer research in a Department of Energy laboratory in New Mexico. In addition to his work, Greg is a VP of the Greater Baltimore Council, Boy Scouts of America and is the Chairman of the Board for Building STEPS™ a Baltimore-based nonprofit that helps intercity youth get into college with the skills to graduate. He and Bonnie both originally hail from the Pittsburgh area.
Give Greg and Bonnie a warm welcome!
Participate at EYC
Looking for more cruising? Got an idea for a cruise? This year, we had a number of spontaneous Pop-Up Cruises (day and weekend). 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).
Thursday night “Cruisers Night at EYC,” beginning at 5:30: Look for the big table! Discussions include impromptu cruises, get a crew/finding a berth
Participate on Cruising Committee: Meets monthly in EYC conference room 7:30 p.m., 4th Thursday of each month (Thursday May 28th and June 25th). All EYC members are welcome!
Planning for 2016 Cruising
Cruise planners needed:
- Planning this year to focus on ‘destination’ activities (Example – last year’s 4th of July with fireworks and winery tour in Georgetown MD).
- Recruitment a main goal
- Outreach to families with children for Family Friendly Cruises
- Outreach to EYC members that do not own boats
- Possible day-sail opportunity followed by picnic or BBQ at the club
- Planning for a long cruise (7-10 day) in 2016
- Coordinate our calendar with local festivals and activities.
- Need active outreach for March Potluck
Looking for Pictures
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.
EYC Cruise Committee 2015 Summary Report
Submitted by Bob Arias, Cruise Committee Chair, 5 October 2015
In 2015 the Cruise Committee coordinated about 10 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 the Kent Island Yacht Club. This year's rendezvous locations included the Sassafras River, Baltimore, the Severn, the Wye, Choptank, and the Chester Rivers, Cambridge, and St. Michaels. We’re happy report that quite a few new and younger EYC members (or at least new to cruising) have joined the cruisers ranks.
We also did some "outreach" type activities, such as a day cruise of Junior Sailing graduates, and providing many boats for the St. Johns College sail picnic. We should plan to do more of these next year
Two sets of people deserve special recognition. Rob and Carroll Greve have essentially acted as co-chairs, running several events, and filling in during my absences. Eric and Lynn Langer have assumed the role of "vice chairmen for communications," handling much of the publicity to the rest of the club, such as the VFB articles and web site content.
Cruise Committee members this year include Bob Arias (Chair), Kathy Arias, Rob and Carroll Greve, Bill and Anne Sieling, Bob and Jan Miller, Brad Merry, Terry Otis, Rob Gauthier, Eric and Lynn Langer, George and Mary Lou Siegle, and Julia Newhouse and Dennis Jay. Commodore Miller and especially Vice Commodore Ersts often attended and were very supportive. The Cruise Committee meets monthly and meetings are open to all. We have received excellent input from some non-committee EYC members who have participated in our meetings.
We now have a 200-name cruisers' mailing list at simplelists.com. This allows designated Cruise Committee members to communicate with cruisers anytime from anywhere. When we have a "popup" cruise or need to make a last minute change, this proved useful. We need to work on automating cruise signups.
A continuing problem has been declining participation in cruises. Some cruises had few people, but some were well-attended. The Wye cruise was down to 90 this year, despite having 3 other clubs invited and perfect weather. The Cambridge crab feast was well attended because we invited 3 virtual clubs (BCYC, MRSA, CBC); EYC had 50 of the 125 attendees. Another difficulty is getting people to lead cruises. And it's always a challenge to accommodate different cruising styles such as day trippers, younger families, and power cruisers. We need to keep trying new things!
"Thank you" to all the volunteers who acted as cruise coordinators and anchor boats this year. Others include Wally and Jean Gribbin, Terry Otis, Bob and Jan Miller, Bob Clopp and Prue Clendening, Pete and Jane Chambliss, Brad Merry, and Kathy and Bonnard Teegarden. And a special thanks to Kathy Arias for helpful advice.
Regarding the chairmanship, I am happy to report that Greg Kelly has volunteered, along with his wife Bonnie, to serve as cruise chair next year. Greg and Bonnie have attended many cruises this year and have assisted the Marina committee extensively (their boat is there). Greg and Bonnie will provide some fresh perspective and new ideas to the EYC cruising community. 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, and expect most of the committee will offer to remain, also.