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2016 Cruising Major Events (Dates and locations subject to change—stay tuned!)
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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).
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!
NEW: Flotilla Friday Happy Hour! Join us the last Friday of the month, 6-8 p.m. in the bar.
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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.