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Coming up, after the sailboat show is the annual Goose and Soup Cruise (Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18), returning to Langford Creek off the Chester River (N-39-08.026', W-76-10.646'), for a raft-up. Bring some soup to share and watch the geese heading south. A host boat has yet to be named, but, nevertheless, let the cruise leader know you're coming in case we change plans at the last minute due to weather (it's happened before!). Watch your email for details.
Enjoy the last EYC cruise of the season or come by your Land Yacht and venture to St. Michaels for all the pleasures that neat town has to offer, including OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. OysterFest features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and an oyster stew competition among regional chefs.
As it is Oyster Fest, marina space will have to be spread out so make your own docking reservations. Here are some of the marinas in the harbor:
- Higgins Marina - Higgins is the closest marina to the town center. Two night minimum (because of the festival) and they currently have a waiting list for the festival Make your own reservations by calling 410-745-9303 www.higginsyachtyard.com
- St. Michaels Marina LLC –located on the town side of the creek. Currently taking a waiting list. Contact them at 410-745-2400; www.stmichaelsmarina.com
- St. Michaels Harbor Inn and Marina –, located across the creek from town. Phone 410-745-9001; as of Sept 30, 2015 they have 4-5 slips available; www.harbourinn.com
- Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – if you are a member – they will start taking reservations on Saturday October 17. Call them at (410) 745-2916.
This event is always a good time, especially OysterFest.
Spontaneous Day and Weekend Cruises
Impromptu cruises are always welcome. If you’d like to coordinate one, get the word out by contacting the cruise committee—we’ll send notice through the email server. Expect 1 each month. Watch your email, and subscribe here.
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!
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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 2014 Summary Report
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.