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The 2014 Cruising Season has come to a close with one big event still remaining.
End of Cruise Season Pot Luck Party. All cruisers are cordially invited to a Pot Luck Dinner at Rob and Carroll Greve’s home, 1028 Harbor Dr. (Annapolis Roads) on Thursday, 11 December at 6:30 p.m. Bring a dish to share and BYOB. Bring any “mystery silverware,” unidentified grandchildren, or other items which were left on your boat. Questions? 410-990-1642
We need pictures! If you have some photos you’d like to share from the last year’s cruises, please send them digitally to Bob Arias by December 4. Bob will make a slide show to be presented at the pot luck party, and you’ll get a copy. (Minimum file size 400 KB, for clear display.) You can put your pictures on CD or DVD and put it into the Cruise Committee mailbox at the club, email them to Bob, or put them on a sharing web site such as Dropbox.
Looking for more cruises? Got an idea for a cruise? Next year, we're going to have 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!).
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.
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 Bob Arias, Cruise Committee Chair, 25 September 2014
In 2014 the Cruise Committee coordinated close to 15 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 (twice!), the Severn, the Wye, the Rappahannock, 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.
Two special cruises deserve highlighting. One was a long 4th of July weekend cruise to Georgetown on the Sassafras. We had great fireworks, good eating and even a wine tasting, all without the typical crowds one gets on the Western Shore. Second was the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, with multiple Blue Angels shows, a huge fireworks display, and many visiting ships. (For this, there were crowds.) Both cruises were organized by Rob and Carroll Greve, who deserve special recognition, essential acting as co-chairs.
We also did some "outreach" type activities, such as a day cruise for EYC staff, and a day cruise of Junior Sailing graduates, as well providing many boats for the St. Johns College sail picnic. We should plan to do more of these next year.
Cruise Committee members include Bob Arias (Chair), Kathy Arias, Rob and Carroll Greve, Bill and Anne Sieling, Bob and Jan Miller, Brad Merry, Terry Otis, Rob Gauthier, 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.
Last year, we moved the 200-name cruisers' mailing list from the chairman's computer to a central server. This enabled 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
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. Others include Wally and Jean Gribbin, Terry Otis, Cynthia Palmer and Jim Brooks, Bob Clopp and Prue Clendening, Dennis Jay and Julia Newhouse, Pete and Jane Chambliss, Brad Merry, and Bill and Anne Sieling. Note many are "new" on this list. And a special thanks to Kathy Arias for helpful advice.
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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