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Lots of pictures here. If you’re a fly fisherman for trout Montana is where you want to be. Montana in November on the Missouri out of Craig, Montana is really where you want to be. No one on the river and trout have forgotten what fishermen look like. Days are short and it’s chilly so it’s time to eat. Fishing with tiny flies for typically 17 to 23 inch rainbows and some browns. The 20-23 inchers just take off down river and you have 30% landing percentage as most will go crazy and throw the fly. I did mention chilly yes? It was 20-25 degrees and went to a high in the 30s.   So I had on 6 layers and was pretty comfortable. It just took a while to hit the head out on the river. The pictures are taken on the Missouri, our float boats, a typical rainbow (the guides don’t want you to even touch them so no grin and grip pictures), Rusty holding court at dinner, all of us at Headhunters Fly Shop and so on. We will be there again next year, fish on! Brrrrr. (Don’t go it’s too cold and you will spook our fish).

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Montana followed the Meeting of the Minds in Key West. It’s the Parrotthead meeting held each year at the Casa Marina Hotel for 1,500 (I think) tried and true (sorry Jerry Jeff) Jimmy Buffett fans from the Parrotthead Clubs nationwide. It’s nonstop music for four days and lots of Margaritas and Land Shark Beer.

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We sort of do it low keyed attending just certain acts and enjoying our favorite Key West restaurants - Louie’s Backyard, Blue Heaven and our great friend Scott Kirby’s Smoking Tuna. Also Garbo's Grill fish taco truck parking just across the street from the Smoking Tuna.  Amazing fish tacos and burgers.  Always packed and you are lucky to find an outdoor table. We had some nice meals with our Coral Reefer friends, Mike Utley, Pete, Brendan and Jim Mayer and Roger Guth - wonderful people. Jimmy played with his Coral Reefer Band and he surprised me.  I thought he would do a selection of songs from his current tour which would have been fine but he blew the crowd away by playing his entire first album from the early 70’s - A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. It included a number of solos. Great work JB! G and I got away with Moe on a little lifestyle cruise-beach walk, dolphin chasing, looking around and fishing.

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We had a wonderful sail with our friend Donald Tofias on Windswept. Picture of our boy Fin at the helm. Thanks Donald - see you in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta.  b2ap3_thumbnail_Sailing-on-Windswept.JPG  b2ap3_thumbnail_fishing-kw.JPG

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Boatyard! We are blessed with the best staff, customers, purveyors, neighbors in Eastport, and sponsors and attendees of our four lifestyle charity events. Thank you - we love you all.         Arrrg    DF

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Already November 1 - the fall season in Annapolis is amazing. (view off my deck - love the fall light.)

Unlike up north (like ahhh Newport) our season is long and fall is THE time for sports.  Super regattas – last week end we had the USODA Opti Atlantic Coast Championship at AYC with over 200 young sailors and their parents.   We were a proud sponsor and had the photo boat front and center on the course with photographer Tim Wilkes and of course tug Captain Stevie Mac driving for us.  Check out the crazy photos (Click here) the kids had fun making in the TapSnap booth.  Annapolis also hosted the Annapolis Fall Classic where the Storm Trysail Club ran the race committee.  We had the C & C 30 sailors here for their class party on Friday night.  It’s the new offshore keelboat one design class - boats are so cool. And then there was USNA Homecoming where the Mids beat Tulane.  The town was hopping.  Fall is also best for breaking rockfish (stripers or striped bass for those of you who don’t live here.) G and I went out with Joe Evans - and there were blitzing fish attacking Bay anchovies around Tolly Point.  See pic of Georgie with her rockfish and me casting. Thanks for taking us out Joe.

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In September we held the last Boatyard event of 2015 (whew-my team is tired!) -the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum to fund their wonderful education programs for area school kids. (So many of them have never been on the water and know so little about the Bay, the environment and history of the area.) It was an amazing night with a sellout crowd, great food and drinks from the Boatyard and Painkillers from Pussers - and what a musical line-up.   The John Frinzi Band from Florida had 5 of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers join them (pedal steel Doyle Grissom, keyboardist and Musical Director Mike Utley, lead guitarist Peter Mayer, bass guitarist Jim Mayer and Peter’s son guitarist Brendan Mayer.  Also we had our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, New Hampshire, Maine and Montana (part owner of Key West’s Smoking Tuna Saloon.) 

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Our event was part of a tour that Scott, Peter and Brendan made late summer.  Above right is picture of them at the Stephan Talkhouse in Amagansett, Long Island where Jimmy Buffett joined them (he lives nearby in Sag Harbor).   BTW Paul McCartney has a summer home there - below, Paul there sailing his Sunfish in Amagansett.

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Lastly, here is a picture of the Alex. Brown flag hanging in the Boatyard. Red and white flag with B. It flew over Alex. Browns clipper ships dating from 1800.  I worked there for 30 years after business school.  It was an amazing firm and we had quite a run.  One of the reasons I picked the Boatyard name was so I could use the B and put it in a burgee with the same colors as the Alex. Brown flag.   So one can say I have worked under the same flag/burgee for 44 years now. Here is our burgee:

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Thanks to all who attended or sponsored our four large outside charity events: Opening Day Catch and Release Rockfish Tournament to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation MD and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp; Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands In the Sand; Boatyard Regatta to support C.R.A.B (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) for handicapped sailors; and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

And thanks to my amazing staff for being amazing. We couldn’t do these events without them.

All for now. Beautiful weather here.

 

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School’s back in. Yuk. But summer was super here.

A few weeks ago we held the Boatyard Regatta for C.R.A.B., the third of the Boatyard’s lifestyle charity events.  It’s a family friendly pursuit start race of 92 boats on a post card day and a major league after-party with Misspent Youth, the best cover rock band in these parts.  See pics of Dixon getting the crowd singing along and our crew Dave Gendell and daughter Abby and Fin and me.  Dave’s still got it and we won the third place trophy on our Alerion 28.  The cause is  C.R.A.B. - Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating - which gets our friends with disabilities out sailing on specially designed sailboats with coaches.  Great day and great cause.  Thank you sponsors, skippers and crew, party goers and volunteers.  Mary Ewenson and her Spinsheet crew is the brain trust for the event.

 

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Next up is Saturday, September 19th for the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum.  It’s a Parrotthead type affair with five of JB’s Coral Reefer Band of amazing musicians plus the John Frinzi band from Florida and our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, Livingston, Montana and Maine.  We bring in Mike Utley, Music Director and keyboardist for the Coral Reefer Band, guitarists Peter, Jim and Brendan Mayer and pedal steel virtuoso Doyle Grisham.  If you haven’t attended it’s a pretty amazing evening of music from sooo much incredible talent.  The party gives you a great chance to rap with the artists and tell your best Buffett concert story.  Like remember when it poured that night at Merriweather and we were sliding down the hill on the lawn??   The AMM brings in 3-4,000 kids to learn about oysters and the ecology of the Bay. Please buy your tix early so you won’t be calling me with a please-get-me-in.

  We called up to Rockport Maine (two weeks before!) and rented a Beneteau 44.5 and a captain named Tug and sailed Penobscot Bay Rockland, where we visited neighbors the Freitags in Tenants Harbor, to Buck’s Harbor thru Eggemoggin Reach on a beautiful day, to SW Harbor (also dinner in Bar Harbor by car) where we visited with our friends the Groobeys.  Then to Castine, Belfast, Camden and back to Rockland.   See pic of me shopping for lobsters for Chef George’s wicked good lobster rolls and the view of Buck’s Harbor and coming into Castine.

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Five of us went on the National Geographic exploration ship Endeavor for a week in the Galapagos.  It’s an amazing trip in so many ways. Seeing what Darwin saw on the islands where the animals adapted to the particular ecosystem on that island - it’s like a laboratory. Of course hiking to see the huge tortoises, blue footed boobies and so many birds and snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, amazing fish—they keep you so active - 6 AM for the photography education hike.  Super service, food and naturalists talks.  It’s worth the connecting flights to Ecuador and then early flight to the islands.  See pics from son Fin.  His GoPro got a work out. 

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Fall is wonderful on the Bay--the weather, breaking fish, great wind, the Boat Shows, USNA football, the Arrrg months for Oysters.  See you here I hope.

 Oh I almost forgot –the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show filmed here all day today.  Great crew, great fun.  More on that to come and we'll keep you posted on the air date!

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Darn spring and summer it’s so hard to find Blog Time — two issues:  it’s when all of our life style charity events take place—Boatyard Opening Day Catch and Release Fishing Tournament, CBF Bands In The Sand, Boatyard Regatta to benefit C.R.A.B. and then right into Fall and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum - AND  there are sooo many fun things to do on the Bay in this Land of Pleasant Living.  Sorry for delay - I know you have been inside waiting for this!

The Tournament seems eons ago. Weather was great and we had, as always, a huge after party. The results and pics are on our site under Events. Check it out.

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The biggie was Bands In The Sand, our big beach party for and at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  If you haven’t attended you should.  It sold out in seven days this year.....1,450 people on CBF’s beautiful beach here in Bay Ridge.  The Boatyard serves amazing food and beverages to this crowd and we have a huge stage with three bands.  As it was our 10th, we had Michael and Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers Band.  It was special hanging with the band at the Boatyard for lunch and talking to Kevin about the environmental issues concerning the Chesapeake Bay, his charity SixDegrees.org (check it out), and how we started the Boatyard and its mission and commitments.  Kevin is a very smart, aware and charitable fellow and it was a pleasure hanging with them during their stay in Annapolis.  Michael and Kevin did some public service videos for CBF which are really cool.  Here is a picture of me at lunch explaining to Kevin how we have to lessen nitrogen, phosphorous and silt in the Bay.   He was a great listener.

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The third band is always Misspent Youth who we think is the best rock cover band around.  They leave it all on the stage,....check out the pictures of the crowd when posted (soon!). Just amazing - a huge crowd dancing like they know how as far as you can see. Thanks to all involved this year- sponsors, Committed to the Bay committee members, CBF staff, my awesome Boatyard team, and all attendees—we raised $243,000 net of expenses.  Annapolis rocks.

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Lastly here is a picture of the voice of the Boatyard on WRNR, Eastport’s pirate Tom Weaver. He has done all of our ads for years and his voice is recognizable by any who listen. Yes the Boatyard is where local pirates hang out. His last ad with my son and his two buddies had this advice: "to err is human; to arrrg is pirate" (Tshirts arrive in a few weeks).  Which is Tom -- left or right in the pic?

 

 

 

Off to the next adventure!

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OMG our bartender boss just came to me and said a customer had complained that I had not written a blog in a while. And I thought no one cared. So here it comes…..

We were in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta. I wrote about it last year so won’t go into much detail. But it never ceases to amaze. (Go on their site - 2015 St Barth Bucket Regatta - and read the recaps with pics.)  35 elegant yachts up to 58.6 meters in length with rigs 15 stories high there for their owners to enjoy sailing their yachts, their friends and partying in an incredible place.

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The Yacht Hop on Friday night is always a highlight where you walk from awesome yacht to awesome yacht for drinks and hors d’oeuvres - some with themes from an Elvis impersonator to Latino night.   Here are some pics from St Barths—good view from a typical villa, waiter as Superman who brings out the bigger than magnum sized bottle of rose’ at La Plage, a few Bucket yachts in action, picture from the Yacht Hop, air show of WW II aircraft again at La Plage, our great friends the Goobeys dancing at the Baz Bar where Jimmy Buffett was hanging too, etc. 

 

 

 A week ago we held A Toast to Terry Hutchinson, our local super rock star sailing pro upon his being chosen for the second time the Rolex Yachtsman of The Year.  Gary Jobson presided as emcee and showed the fantastic film he had produced for the New York Yacht Club ceremony.  Dave Gendell, Terry’s best friend, gave an amazing toast and Alderman Ross Arnett read a proclamation from the Mayor of Annapolis declaring the day Terry Hutchinson Day. Terry’s whole family was present (as were most local big time sailors) and we were all sharing tears as well as Boatyard pint drinks. Congratulations again Terry, we were honored to host the ceremony.

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This past week we held our last of three Angler Nights at the Boatyard. They are evenings largely organized by my bud Joe Evans and the local chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. They are held January-March and are great for shedding cabin fever, sharing fishing tales and watching a great film - over Boatyard pint drinks and delicious food—and a lot of buck a shuck oysters from the watermen down the street in Eastport.

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Several weeks ago we had the second of two Eastport Nights at the Boatyard with entertainment by Those Eastport Oyster Boys.  A picture is of the one held during St Paddy’s week and shows Oyster Boy head Kevin Brooks with an Irish friend singing an Irish drinking song.  Another picture shows the Oyster Boys leading a conga line throughout the restaurant.  We called the St Paddy’s week evening Up The Republics - Ireland and Eastport (I am sure most of you know that Eastport is called the Maritime Republic of Eastport.) Kevin and I are talking about more Eastport nights in the future.

 Upcoming events include the 14th Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament  and gaga Awards Party on Saturday April 18th - attend the party even if you don’t fish.  It’s in our parking lots; it’s huge and features D’Vibe And Conga 4-8 PM.  Breaking news is that at our 10th Annual Bands in the Sand beach party for and at The Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Saturday June 13th , the Bacon Brothers Band will perform.  Come be 1% of separation with Kevin and Michael.  They have a great sound.

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 Off to the Abacos to fly fish for bonefish Monday.  I’ll bring back some photos of fish caught (or maybe of the ones that got away).  Hardcore four days of searching, casting and hopefully hook-ups.

Fish On!

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