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IN THE NEWS
Pick a weekend, any weekend and you have a 3 out of 4 chance that the Cruising Committee has a fun filled activity on the water just waiting for you! June was no exception, if you didn’t participate here is what you missed:
Leukemia Cup, June 4:
50% of the regatta’s Leukemia Cruising Class were from EYC. .
Bob Arias, on Fiddler’s Green, George Siegle on Olive n’ Twist, Rob Greve on Kindred Spirit, Bob Heaney on Following Seas, Pam Ray and Dick McSeveney on Dream Builder, Tony and Kathy Robinson on Windcharm and Josh Young on Forever Young all put on their racing hats to have a ball and do their part in raising money to support blood cancer research. In case you haven’t heard the event raised $220,000, and Team EYC took second overall in fund raising off-the-water race with more than $17,600 raised.
First Annual Cruiser’s Cup, June 11
The first annual Cruiser’s Cup was held on Saturday June 11. A special thank you to Keith Jacobs and the Race Committee for coming up with the idea of a fun, low key race for “non-racers.” The format allows everyone to participate on an equal footing. All boats raced to the “R2” channel marker, the first boat there radioed the rest of the fleet, whereupon everyone turned around and headed back to the start/finish line. The premise is that each boat should be able to cover the same distance back as they did on the way out.
Competition was surprisingly tight, especially for a bunch of “non-racers”. While first and second place were well ahead of the pack, the remaining six finished within five minutes of each other, with the final three separated by less than 20 seconds. Everyone participating commented on how much fun they had. Hopefully that wasn’t the rum awards talking because we hope this event becomes one of the club’s signature summer events.
Summer Sailstice, June 18
The Cruising Committee put EYC on the 16th Summer Sailstice map by hosing a raft-up and cocktail party in Whitehall bay on Saturday June 18th, Founded in 2001, Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice connecting the global sailing community in a multifaceted and multi-location sailing holiday. Every year, Summer Sailstice unites over 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. In 2015, the celebration grew to almost 5,000 sailboats racing, cruising and day sailing in 50 US states and 40 countries.
2016 Cruising Major Events (Dates and locations subject to change—stay tuned!)
License to Chill 4th of July Cruise, July 2 - 10. Enjoy some of the best the Bay has to offer, including stops in St. Michaels (Big Band Night and fireworks, rum/whisky tasting at Lyon Distilling Co.), Herrington Harbor South (beach and pool), Oxford and Cambridge for golf and the “Taste of Cambridge.” Join us for the whole trip or jump in and out as your schedule permits!
Magothy Raft-Up, August 13, 14. Arrive by land or sea. Potluck at Linda Nahin's on Dividing Creek off the Magothy. Always a fun event.
Labor Day Cruise: September 3 - 5 with extension beyond. Start with the Crab Feast at Clayton's in Cambridge, then head north for as long as two weeks. Again, join us for the whole trip or jump in and out as your schedule permits.
Baltimore Fleet Week with Blue Angels. October 10-16. The October Fleet Week and Air Show is a week long celebration in Baltimore that will include the Blue Angels, the Great Schooner Parade and Race and the Fells Point Festival. The week includes visits by multiple US and allied “gray hulls”, tall ships and is capped by the commissioning of the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 first of our newest class of destroyers.
Oyster Fest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michael’s MD. October 29-30. A great way to end the boating season.
Monthly Pop-up Cruises all season! Volunteer to be Cruise Captain to your favorite spot.
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!
NEW: Flotilla Friday Happy Hour! Join us the 4th Friday of the month, 6-8 p.m. in the bar.
Not sure how to display your burgee? Want more info on EYC Cruising Routines? Check out the EYC Protocol section of the Club Policy portion of your club directory. Or click here.
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.