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Cruising

Eric Langer

EYC Cruiser's Update

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CRUISING EVENTS

Plum Creek Pot Luck Picnic Saturday, (August 22):

Bob and Kathy Arias will host their popular potluck picnic on their deck on Plum Creek, off Severn River, beginning at 1600. Come by land or sea. No reservations required. Bring your dinghy to go ashore. Bring your drinks and an appetizer, entrée or dessert to share. Water, plates, utensils, tables, chairs, and a grill will be available on the deck. If you have easily transported folding chairs, bring them, too. 

Plum Creek (39° 03.73’ N, 76° 34.77’ W) is up the Severn River, about 9 miles from EYC, past Round Bay. Set your course at 330 degrees, but honor the channel markers (or follow the airplanes to BWI). Go past red day mark “12” off Cedar Point, turn to port into the first opening to Valentine and Plum Creeks. (If you pass green “13,” you’ve gone too far.) Favor the port side at entrance, then turn to starboard at the fork (where the community beach is) into Plum Creek. Look for the gray and white house to port, 50 feet over the water, with Fiddler’s Green flying the EYC burgee.  There's at least 10 feet of water all the way.  Feel free to anchor in Plum Creek, including overnight. Or come by land yacht (1112 Ridge Place, Crownsville). Park in the driveway or on Ridge Place.

Hot weather note: The deck will be shaded, and the air conditioning works. Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call him at 410-923-3094, 410-925-3033 cell.

Labor Day Weekend to Cambridge: 

The Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association (CBSIA) invites you to a Labor Day Weekend Crab Feast! (sponsorship change-other clubs invited).  Sunday, September 6 Happy Hour and Crab Feast at J. M. Clayton Co. 

Clayton’s is the oldest, most-respected seafood company in the area, and we’ll be getting crabs directly from their watermen.  Starting with Appetizer Happy Hour (includes BEER tasting) at 4:30; optional plant tour at 5:00, followed by the Crab Feast at 5:30.  Bring your favorite appetizer to share, as well as some of your favorite brews to share.  Then it’s all you can pick and eat crabs, corn on the cob, and watermelon; bring your own beverages, as well as crab tools.  Attend the crab feast by land (108 Commerce St., Cambridge MD) or sea.

Tie up for free at seawall inside the creek (no services) or reserve at Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin (410-228-4031).  Sign up ASAP for the crab count.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (C: 703-623-1068; H: 410-956-0207) name, number of people, and # eating crabs. Cost ~$35, or $10 if no crabs; collected at the event (cash only).  

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

Announcements:

Participate at EYC

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!

Looking for Pictures

We've noticed lots of photographers at recent events. For the annual end-of-season pot-luck party in December, Bob Arias creates a slide show. So collect your best shots in high-res (500 KB or better) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.