Welcome to the Eastport Yacht Club’s racing pages. Here you will find information on regattas hosted by EYC, links to useful weather sites, and more. If you are interested in the Annapolis 2 Bermuda Race in June of 2015, please use the button on the upper right. CBYRA and EYC club regattas may be accessed using the red "Regattas/Register" button in the upper right corner of this page.
Volunteer to Help Make This a Success
As many EYCers may already know, EYC is partnering with SSA, our neighbors next door for a World Championship Regatta for the International 505 Fleet. This event is sponsored by SAP, a major German company. This event begins with Pre-Worlds on September 21 & 22 followed by the World Championships on September 23-29. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this international sailing event a success. Share the following link with friends, co-workers and family as we need lots of able bodies for this 10-day regatta.
EYC will be the host site of the SAP Sailors Village where daily social events will be held. We want to do everything we can to put EYC and Annapolis top on the minds of the sailors and 30+ VIPs expected to attend.
To accomplish that there are many volunteer opportunities to fill. SSA will focus on the site cleanup and measurement, but anyone with experience with official sail/boat measurements is welcome to sign up, along with those who can help launch boats before races and bring them back on shore at the end of the race day. To see all the volunteer opportunities that need to be filled and sign up, click here. BTW – Volunteers are welcome to join the sailors for free beer each race night.
Record-Setting Leukemia Cup
Jack Morkan & Clare Vanderbeek, Regatta Co-Chairs
[If you're looking for on-the-water race results, check the regatta page at eastportyc.org/leukemia-cup. If you want to know more about the other kind of results from this event, read on. -- Ed.]
Twenty-five years ago, local racing legend (and EYC Honorary Member) Gary Jobson and a handful of other sailors including Nancy Noyes started a little charity regatta to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ("LLS"). That little regatta subsequently spread to more than 45 venues throughout the country, raising more than $60 million for blood cancer research and patient care. In celebration of that accomplishment, EYC's Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee set its sights on making this year's regatta bigger and better than ever. And did we ever!
Things got off to a bang in March with a reception hosted by Governor Larry Hogan and organized by Bev and Past Commodore Scott Burge.
April featured a seminar put together by Race Committee Chair Keith Jacobs to explain how the "pursuit" format would work for cruisers who would be participating in the regatta.
We kicked off May with the new "Clink for a Cure" promotion devised by Sue and Founding Member Ivon Paulin, in which nearly 20 local restaurants offered specialty drinks and donated a portion of the sales to the LLS. And the first weekend in June brought the regatta itself, with spectacular racing conditions and great races overseen by PROs Rob Rowlands and Past Commodore Sharon Hadsell -- followed by the post-regatta Rock-the-Dock party.
No doubt that no one throws a party like EYC, and this was no exception. Kudos and thanks to the many EYC Members who volunteered at the party, not to mention the Committee Members who worked tirelessly for the better part of a year to make it all happen: Special Events Chair Carol Vilardo, Palma Wilson, Hunter and Bill Pieklik, Jenny and Mike Danick, Jack LeMay, Anne Bangert and John Anderson, Carly and Ken Piel, Rear Commodore Liz Filter, Kathy Downs, Virginia Tippie and Sharon Murray.
But what made this year particularly significant was EYC's leadership on the fund-raising front. Annapolis' Leukemia Cup was already in the top 5 nationally in funds raised, surpassing regattas in cities with much larger populations and approaching $250,000 annually. But our Committee set its sights higher for the event's 25th anniversary -- we wanted to set a record! And we did exactly that, with Team EYC leading the way as the First Place fund-raiser and the regatta (and associated events) raising an amount that exceeded $330,000 as of the week following the regatta, with monies still coming in!Read more ...