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EYC Cruiser's Update

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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.

Coming Up:

a Labor Day Weekend Cruise, leading into a 1-2-week-long cruise beginning on the Choptank River.

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 (along with a BEER tasting) at 1630, an optional tour of the plant at 1700, followed by the Crab Feast at 1730.  Bring your favorite appetizer to share, as well as some of your favorite brews to share. 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.

Please sign up so we know how many crabs to catch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call his cell 703-623-1068 or home 410-956-0207. The cost is $35, or $10 if you don't eat any crabs, which will be collected at the event (cash or check to "EYC").

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. We'll be planning some happy hours, dinners, etc., at Henderson's, so a land yacht is also an option, though parking may be problematic. Questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-990-1642.

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.

Interested? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (phone 410-849-3140) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (410-990-1642). Knowledge of Ancient Greek not required, though helpful.

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!).

One idea for such a cruise would be a Marina Evacuation Cruise when marina tenants are required to vacate for the J/80 Worlds! The Cruising Committee meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month at 1930 to plan activities. We welcome all EYC members to attend and provide input and new ideas.

LOOKING FOR PICTURES

We've noticed lots of photographers at recent events. For the annual end-of-season pot-luck party in December, Bob Arias creates a slide show. So collect your best shots in high-res (500 KB or better) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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