All for now. Power Boat show and then just locals. Thanks to all for the biz and support.
All for now. Power Boat show and then just locals. Thanks to all for the biz and support.
The Boatyard was the major sponsor of the Chesapeake Outdoor Group’s 12 Oz Regatta last weekend. It’s pretty cool. They provide a bucket of things including four 12 oz cans-root beer for the kids and beer for the adults - from which you have to make your sail boat. (It has to fit in the bucket when it’s completed.) They set up a pretty nifty rectangular tank and fans for wind at the Eastport Democratic Club and hold a very organized and squared away sailing event. (The race instructions must be at least 15 pages long.) Here are some pictures- my boy Fin who won third place in the kid’s event and here he is with the trophy and tuning his boat with his friend Matthew Beagan. Also here is a pic of the rock star grownups with their high tech boats.
The Boatyard C.R.A.B. Regatta is tomorrow, Saturday. We have close to 100 boats and thank you Eastport Yacht Club for hosting the event. C.R.A.B. is Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for disabled sailors in specially designed boats. This is a major fundraiser for them and thank you Frank and Michelle of Annapolis Cars (Volvo and Subaru), Mount Gay –for the coveted red hats and more, Heineken Beer (“bring me a greenie”- as the sailors say), and many other generous sponsor/donors. I’ll be sailing with my bud Dave Gendell on Juice, our Alerion Express, with the kids. It’s a low pressure, fun family regatta with a pursuit start - so one race with each class of boat having a different starting time. And a great after-party at EYC with Misspent Youth playing from 5 to 8 pm - tickets at the door for $10 donation to C.R.A.B.
The pirate’s getting married - ARRRRG! Tom Weaver, Eastport Americas Cup sailor, pro guide fisherman, boat builder, and all around cool guy, is getting married to Regina Welsh tomorrow in Monkton. Regina trains Hunt Cup steeplechase horses as well as being a great sailor. Tom is the voice of the Boatyard on WRNR and also does the marine weather forecast. He just did a new ad yesterday with Fin and Morgan and Lilly Sailer. It’s all about him being the “most interesting man in Eastport” and a pirate—it’s going to be the best ever and should air on WRNR starting Sunday. The kids have done an ad with Tom now for four years since Fin and Lilly were 8. “Stay thirsty my friends, ARRRRG.” ---- So it’s announcing the winners of the regattas at the awards ceremony tomorrow evening and off to Monkton for the wedding celebration.
Then the next Boatyard event is the Boatyard Beach Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Saturday September 20th. Get tixs on the AMM web site. The musical lineup is pretty off the charts. Peter Mayer and son Brendan and Scott Kirby open the event. Peter is the virtuoso lead guitarist/singer song writer for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band - his son Brendan is also a member of the band this year. And Scott Kirby, a great friend of ours, who lives in Key West by way of New Hampshire, is a very popular singer song writer and all around very smart and neat person. After Peter, Scott and Brendan - the John Frinzi Band will be joined by Coral Reefers Michael Utley-keyboards and longtime band leader for JB - and Doyle Grisham - long time pedal steel guitarist for the Coral Reefers — he’s been on every recording Jimmy Buffett has ever done going back to the early 1970s. It will be an amazing evening and a sellout. Heck - we are close to having half of Buffett’s band. Thanks to all of our sponsors, especially KEYW Corp as Title Sponsor.
All for now—it’s Friday!!!!
I need to be brief because Paula is kicking my bum to get the blog written and I am off to Montana tomorrow at 5 am
For the guys: if you go into the men’s room in the original Boatyard (main bar) you will see a wall of Montana pictures, signs, license plates etc.—Montana has been an important part of my life since my fly fishing buddies from Alex Brown & Sons. Tim and Rick and I started going out there in the early 1980s. It’s known as the “world’s last best place.” We used to fish fanatically for a week and stay at no-tell motels -now we stay at Tim’s amazing house on the Madison. He still wants me to fish fanatically, which we do - although I say to him "it’s ok to just sit here and watch the river too". I took my oldest son Alex there when he was 10 and I tied a rope from his belt to my belt so we could wade in the roaring Madison and I wouldn’t lose him in the current. Pretty amazing memories from an amazing part of the world.
We are into the thick of summer now - it’s so nice here on the Bay. Here is a picture of me and Pat Mahoney during an oyster delivery to the kitchen door at the Boatyard. He and his Dad are watermen out of Second Street and Back Creek in Eastport. The Boatyard buys everything we can from their business - Wild Country Seafood....great oysters, soft crabs, rockfish and so on. They keep two Bay Builts at the Eastport Yacht Center - going out at first light and back by about 10 am or so. They maintain a small retail store right in back of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. I’m lucky to live about a block away. They work real hard and are super people. Go meet them if you can and think about them when you are stuck in traffic going to your job.
Here’s a picture of the Eastport Fourth of July Kid’s Parade - it starts up at Eastport Elementary, goes by the Boatyard down Fourth Street and ends up at the Park on Third Street at Chester. Jess Pachler and others from an Eastport parents group organize it. Fourth of July Parade - “Eastport Style.”
A third picture is from this year’s Bands in the Sand gala at and for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in June. It’s held on their beautiful Beach in Bay Ridge. We wound up selling out and could have sold another 150 tickets. The event raised $185,000 net of expenses for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and their great work in preserving the Bay, a national treasure. The picture is taken from the stage - are we having fun or what? Read about the event on our site under events.
And a last picture is of our new frozen Pirate Drinks at the Boatyard — as Tom Weaver’s current ad on WRNR says - order them with an ARRRRG and received a discount -- for all local pirates. Say......I would like a “Pirrrrrrrate Drink.”
June 6th and 9th 2014
"Dick, 'write the blog'" says my team......
We love spring in Eastport. On my way to work—all of 10 blocks-- I passed these Canadian geese and 8 goslings - on their way to the Boatyard Bar & Grill I presume. And the mallards of my dock are teaching their ducklings to exist- one mallard hen had 10 swimming in her wake.
Spring sprung just as we were returning from the Abacos-Elbow Key-Hopetown. What a terrific place. Stayed at the Hopetown Harbour Lodge. Very reasonable-right on the beach-lovely saltwater pool-great frozen margaritas. You rent an Albury 20 to tool around the beautiful waters and a golf cart to ride around Elbow Key for dinner. Hopetown even has a fantastic coffee shop run by a very friendly couple. Besides being a beautiful island it has the very boat friendly Abacos Sound which has terrific snorkeling on protected reefs and wonderful tiki bars. See pics of Pete’s Pub and Nippers. Easy to get to, friendly people, good food, good coffee, safe boating, great bars-go there! And the bonefishing is very decent as a bonus.
The AYC Wednesday Night Races are in full swing and I will take a break from finishing this to go out on our film boat to watch T2P.TV film the evening’s races. We bring them right back to play on the big screen in the Boatyard bar. Weekends start on Wednesday in Eastport in case you don’t know. –Went out on film boat but not a breath of air so we took the boat to Cantlers up Mill Creek for crabs on their deck. Danny – GM- always does a great job.
If you could be an entertainer-who would it be? I would want to be singer/songwriter/surfer Jack Johnson. We got to attend his sound check and attend a pre-concert dinner with him at Merriweather Post Pavilion last week. He got around to greet all of the 15 or so guests. He was there with his wife and two children. After leaving us and right before the concert he went on a bike ride with his kids. I gave him a tee shirt from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a poster from CBF signed by a large group of the CBF staff thanking him for all he does for the environment. (Jack then face-timed Georgie’s son who is a super fan working at Dewey Beach.) (“CJ this is Jack Johnson-how are you man?” –pretty cool to get that face-time call from JJ, yes?) The Boatyard and Jack are both members of 1% for the Planet - a growing list of businesses that pledge 1% of their revenues (not profits) to approved environmental causes. One Percent was started by the owner of Patagonia. The founding principal is that no matter how green you are all business take a toll on the environment-like our staff and customers have to drive to get to us, etc. I reminded Jack that we have an old Patagonia surfboard signed by him to the Boatyard Bar & Grill, fellow member of One Percent-with his drawing of a wave and “aloha.” It’s one of our treasures.
This weekend is our 9th annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands in the Sand - we plan to have 1,300 or so people attend. It’s right on CBF’s beautiful beach. We have three bands, amazing food and beverages. There will be neat Bands in the Sand merchandize for sale and a raffle for a Vespa, beach cruiser, guitar and tickets for Southwest Airlines. If you want to go-buy your tickets now from CBF's site. We hope to see you there.
Next blog we will be looking forward to the Boatyard C.R.A.B. Regatta on Saturday, August 23rd. If you don’t sail in it - the after-party is amazing and open to all.
I’m struggling upon re-entry – just returned from 11 days in St. Barths. We go there during the Bucket Regatta each year during March. The Bucket Regatta is a premier Mega Yacht Regatta that invites owners and crews of the world’s largest sailing yachts to sail in the spirit of wholesome and fun competition. (How to spell “Groupies?”) The Bucket started in St. Barths in 1995 with four yachts. This year there were 38 super yachts competing, 17 of which are tied up Med style at the docks in Gustavia Harbor. It is quite a sight with the smallest at 88 feet to the largest at 216.5 feet, racing two days around the island – over 20 miles - and one day a “not-so-wiggly” course just outside of Gustavia in 20-25 knot breeze which is typical this time of year. We were blown away by Seahawk, a new 190 foot Ron Holland designed Perini yacht with crimson standing rigging. Besides the amazing racing there is the annual Yacht Hop with parties held on board many of the yachts in the Harbor. Here is picture of the party on Seahawk. Also a picture of the boats off St. Jean from La Plage - Tom’s Beach. (St. Jean is right by the little airport and the planes seem close enough to touch – pic below.) Every evening at the Regatta there is a post-race party and Jimmy Buffett, who winters in St. Barths, sat in with the local band. His beautiful daysailor boat, Groovy, wasn’t tied near the Baz Bar this year as he said he was in the middle of “re-boating.”
Speaking of St. Barths - most people who come to the Boatyard don’t notice the 16 foot fishing skiff hanging on a wall in the main dining room –
ok we know there is a lot going on in the Boatyard, but it’s 16 feet afterallL. Anyway it came from St. Barths and was sitting on a beach in the weeds with a “For Sale” sign on it. A nice French fellow sold it to us and said it was his grandfather’s wooden fishing skiff — it’s called La Perle Des Eaux - Pearl of the Sea— come check it out at the restaurant and the picture by it that shows it on the beach in St. Barths.
I typically don’t discuss personal news in my blog—but I must share with you that Georgie and I were married at the Anglican Church right on the quay during our stay in St. Barths. Father Charlie, Vicar, presided. It was so wonderful! If in St. Barths and so inclined, visit the Anglican Church - Father Charlie is an amazing fellow.
Back to the real world - we are less than two weeks away from our 13th Annual Boatyard Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament - Catch and Release. It’s a wonderful event that you can sign up for right here on our site. But if you don’t participate in the tournament, come to the after-party. It’s from 4-8 PM on Saturday, April 19 right here in our two parking lots. You can buy drink and food tix at the door - and for those of you who have attended you know it’s quite a bash. Proceeds go the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association Md and the Annapolis Police Department Youth Fishing Camp. So we will see you here and I’ll write about it next time. All for now. …
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