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Tonight is the first Angler’s Night at the Boatyard.  What’s that you ask......if you’re an avid local angler it’s a big deal.  It’s cold out and cabin fever has set in bad. “I shot a hole in my freezer."—J Buffett.  So 40 or 50 come to the B Y at 6pm for $3.00 drinks, $5.00 apps and buck-a-shuck oysters and talk fishing.  It’s also become an unofficial meeting of the local Coastal Conservation Association membership. They and some of our friends from the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Ches. Bay Foundation talk sustainability and the health of the local fishery and what we can do to make it better.  We also show a great flick—there is a lot of good fishing media out there. Tonight’s is “Bluefin on the Line.” Our next Anglers Nights are Tues, Feb 24 and Tues, Mar 31.

This Thurs is our annual  "We're Not in Key West" Party for those sailors who are not at Key West Race Week.  We have a band, drink specials and photos taken this week on the Race Course.  Also we give prizes for those wearing flip flops.  Well not “we” since "we" are flying down to Key West tomorrow afternoon to hang with the sailors at Kelly’s and right down the street at our dear friend Scott Kirby’s bar, Smoking Tuna.  He will be singing the next two nights starting at 5:30 pm.  Of course followed by dinner at Louie’s Back Porch.

When will the fun stop you ask?  Next week on Wed, Jan 28 is Cuban Night.   Our friends at t2p.tv (they film and narrate Wed Night Sailing Races and many major regattas) sailed to Cuba (1,000 miles) last year and photographed their journey.  We will show Part 1 next week and then do a Part 2 in Feb or March.  Executive Chef George will be serving an amazing authentic Cuban menu and Head Bartender Kevin will be serving some special Cuban cocktails. BTW we had this scheduled before the President’s announcement.  

Then Thurs, Feb 12 we will celebrate our good friend Terry Hutchinson’s second Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. A huge deal!!! Our great pal Dave Gendell will emcee. Come raise a drink to Terry and dance to the The Shatners - a rocking band.

I’ll stop there but just mention that March will have the Full Moon party on Thurs, Mar 5, Eastport Night with Those Eastport Oyster Boys on Wed, Mar 11 and Maguire’s Irish Pub on St Paddies Day.   Then its Spring and time for our Fourteenth Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament and Party on Sat, Apr 18.

On a not so fun note, we close Sun eve Feb 1 for maintenance and cleaning and we reopen on Fri, Feb 6 at 11 am. It’s all hands on deck to make the B Y shine.

Four winter looks off Eastport - Canadian Geese off my dock - cassoulet anyone?  Photos of a cold winter sunrise and low tide, a beautiful winter sunrise and my favorite called “everything grey.”  Lastly a photo of The Oyster Boys leading the Conga Line through the Boatyard during the The Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE) Tug of War celebration recently where they awarded the proceeds to this year’s charitable recipients.

All for now, hope to see you at some of these events.  Up the Republic!!   (“MRE signoff”)

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From Dick's Desk - Upstairs at the Boatyard

I’m tardy on blog says our office manager/cfo Paula. I’m sure everyone is waiting in anticipation I reply, right? J

Had a great trip to Montana fly fishing for big trout out of Craig, Montana in late October. If you’re ever in Montana fishing with guides, ask them where and when do they go to fish for fun by themselves. Most frequently they will say the Missouri in late October early November. But they will say make sure you bring your layers - it can be quite cold. It’s pretty amazing - big powerful fish under tiny sips of small flies. You catch a lot more on sub surface nymphs but forget numbers and fish dries all day. Fewer fish but “magical” as our best buddy and ex guide of the year Rusty says. Here he is holding court at dinner. Discussion topics - fishing, Russia’s real motives, how Lawrence and a few others carved the Middle East into “countries” with boundaries that don’t work after WW I, great books, and fishing, fishing…. Thanks to my old Alex Brown partner Tim for organizing the trip, great dinners and superb wine.

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The Boatyard hosted artist/author Cindy Fletcher Holden recently to give her lecture and slide show from Cindy and Robert’s epic sail to Portugal, Africa, the islands. She gives a great talk that you CAN do a trip like this. She also has great paintings from the trip, note cards and a book too. Holiday gifts? Pic is of Cindy and Robert and always a full house for them in our private room in the Boatyard Market. Cindy did a lot of our Boatyard art and lettering - including the amazing wall mural going down our driveway to the back lot.
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Winter means the end of rockfish season on the Bay but it also means Angler Nights at the Boatyard.   The dates are on our site in January, February and March (Upcoming Events). We come to eat, drink, tell fishing lies and watch a great film. Coastal Conservation Association and DNR Joe Evans give us updates on the state of our fishery. Did I say we swap fishing lies?

This winter we are also doing a Cuba night in January (and maybe Feb/Mar too). T2P’s Ashley Love will be showing slides and talking about their recent trip. And yes legionary Captain Dave (Toots) Dunigan will be assisting - who knows what he might say. A flyer will be posted soon.

Did you follow the crab cake contest? The Baltimore Biz Journal recently took 32 nominees for Best crab cake in the area. It included everyone who is known for a great crab cake. The Boatyard made it to the finals vs Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore. It was David vs Goliath and we couldn’t beat the Baltimore juggernaut. We were proud to come in second of 32 nominees. The First Lady hasn’t been there for their crab cake yet - we still hold that honor. As well as the Baltimore Magazine best crab cake in the area honor-- the only restaurant in Annapolis to be included.  Very grateful to all of you who supported us in the vote!

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Happy Holidays to all and thanks so much for visiting the restaurant, sharing it with friends and generally making the Boatyard the place we love – committed to a healthier bay, sailing fast, fishing with friends and happy kids!

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This year’s Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Saturday, September 20 was pretty amazing.  It was a beautiful night and over $50,000 was raised to support AMM’s rich educational programs.  We had four of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band – lead guitarist Peter Mayer and his son Brendan, band leader and keyboardist Mike Utley (“Mister Utley”) and pedal steel guitarist Doyle Grisham - the one Coral Reefer who has been on all of JB’s albums since his first in the 1970s (btw all of JB’s 1970s album covers hang in the Boatyard vestibule - if you haven’t noticed).  The Coral Reefers joined the John Frinzi Band.  Peter and Brendan were on a mini tour with our close friend Scott Kirby. The three of them had just played at the Stephen Talkhouse near Montauk, Long Island (very close to Paul McCartney’s home there (am I music groupie or what?).  While there Peter, Scott and Brendan fished with my Montauk guide, Bryan Goulart, and visited with Jimmy Buffett who was surfing.  See pictures below of Peter and Brendan at Beach Bash – the father-son team playing with Scott moved everyone......also a shot of all four Choral Reefers with John Frinzi.  For more photos visit the Boatyard Beach Bash under Events on our web site.  And please come to the sold out event next year- but don’t wait to buy your tickets please.

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Here's a few pix of this past Full Moon party at the Boatyard.  It’s always on the Thursday eve closest to the Full Moon date.  We alternate between the D’vibe & Conga and the Shatners - lots of dancing...........specials on Mt Gay rum and certain beers.  Come howl!
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Today is the last day of the Sailboat Show and thanks to the Show for all it does for all local businesses.  I went by the Show and saw the Gunboats this morning.  Wow! hot or what?  Friend of ours bought the 55.  So cool.

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Took too short a trip to France after the Beach Bash - Paris and then drove south to Burgundy and Provence. Here is a pic from Cassis.  Very cool little port with neat little Euro boats.  Then had a great dinner in Marseille and it reminded me of the sign below about being a pirate.  Arrrg.


 
 
 
 
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       All for now. Power Boat show and then just locals.  Thanks to all for the biz and support.

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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.

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 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.

 

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 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!!!!

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.”  b2ap3_thumbnail_pirate-drinks-up.jpg

 

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From Dick's Desk - Upstairs at the Boatyard

June 6th and 9th 2014

"Dick, 'write the blog'" says my team......

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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.  

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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.

 

 

 

 

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 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. b2ap3_thumbnail_DF--Jack-Johnson.jpgWe 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.

 

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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.”

 

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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.

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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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Two Anglers Nights down and one to go.  It’s March 25, a Tuesday eve at 6 pm for Happy Hour and tall fish tales (called “swapping lies”) and a great flick at 7 pm  called Tributaries - check it out on line at Tributaries Film. Here’s a pic from the February Anglers Night - great vibe. Staying on the Anglers theme - the Boatyard’s 13th Annual Opening Day Catch & Release Rockfish Tournament is Saturday April 19th - it’s become the first official day of Spring for us fishermen. Below are pictures of last year’s awards and after-party with D’vibe and Conga playing. Again Anglers Sport Center is our Presenting Sponsor - thanks to Charlie and Jane!

But before all that it’s about time for our 10th Annual Maguire's Irish Pub on St. Paddy’s Day where the legendary Bartender Jeffrey P. Maguire becomes “Owner for the Day” and the Boatyard becomes Maguire’s Irish Pub. Jeff was voted Best Bartender in Annapolis for years prior to moving to Chestertown.  As “Owner for the Day” he orders Chef George to prepare an amazing Irish menu and Kevin to stock some great Irish beers.  He will be serving drinks in his free Maguire’s Irish Pub commemorative pint glass.  And the Jess McQuay Trio will be playing 5 til 9 pm.  So come see your old friend Jeff Maguire starting at 4 pm on St. Paddy’s Day - we bet he still knows your name.

And we have a big Hockey Brunch on Saturday, March 15 at yes, 6:30 am after the big local hockey league tournament. Thanks to Brian Sailer, Bret Campbell and Geoff Ewenson for organizing. The menu, being St. Paddy’s weekend, includes Irish bangers and mash with onion gravy, creamed chip beef and butter milk biscuits, French toast, home fries, bacon, and on and on.  And of course $2.00 bloodies and mimosas before 10 am.

Speaking of hockey!! “I shot a hole in the freezer, I think I’ve got cabin fever” -- yes we do in Annapolis! We had snow on Monday and are so ready for Spring. Wednesday Night Races start the last week of April and filming guru Bruce Nairn is working on getting the Boatyard’s official film boat ready already.  See pic below. Oh it will feel good to watch the races from the boat with a cold beer and a warm summer breeze. As you know we bring the films to the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Boatyard right after the races to show them -- and have a compilation running in the bar at the Boatyard all the time.

It will be here before we know it - but I may have to run to the Islands for “bar research” first, if it’s ok with you. J

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From Dick’s desk—Upstairs at the Boatyard

Here is the view from my deck - my neighbor, Former Major Ellen Moyer, is tending to a lot of Canadian Geese - feeding them quality corn –I’m sure much appreciated on these mornings with single digit temps.  Ellen is known to protect every living thing including flies, mosquitoes and mice - creatures that most of us would not feel bad about eliminating.  Thank you Ellen!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all for attending The Boatyard’s Not In Key West Party - during Key West Race Week.  It was impossible to walk in the bar area and Box of Rain raised some good money for their wonderful mission of helping at risk kids learn life skills through maritime activities. We kicked in $500 from our proceeds and they did great on their raffle.  Thanks Kelsa for coordinating and of course to SpinSheet for helping us publicize.

 

 

 

 

 

Angler’s Night this past Tuesday was standing room only.  Buck a shuck was huge. –our shuckers had sore hands for sure!  From 6 to 7 pm the drinks and fishing stories (read “swapping lies”) were going hot and heavy.  The movie, Waypoints, was superb.  It’s so cool to have us fishing friends all suffering from heavy doses of cabin fever hang out and talk about the upcoming season.  Thanks to PropTalk for publicizing, Joe Evans as main instigator, motivator and organizer and to CCA MD for rallying members.

Our next date for Angler’s Night showing the movie Predator is Tuesday February 25th-.

Don’t forget our 13th Annual Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament is Saturday April 19th— no “honey do” lists that day - spread the word!!

 

 

 

 

Cuba – returned last weekend from 8 days in Cuba.  It’s easy to go on a legal trip now and DC8s leave every several hours from Miami.  What to say — its worthy of several glasses of good wine and a long discussion and I certainly can’t do it justice here.  It’s one of four remaining socialist countries (I believe the others are Vietnam, North Korea and China - somewhat).  I do feel very sad for those who had to leave their beautiful homes during the Revolution and understand their anger - many of which are now museums or house multiple families. Since the government owns everything and takes in all income and then doles it out, there is not the abject poverty that you see in other locations in the Islands.  The people are very friendly, it is clean and very safe and there are no illegal drugs.  The restoration of the beautiful old buildings is being done slowly and with care.  The Spanish are building large resorts on the North Coast in partnership with the Cuban government.  The cuisine is nothing to write home about as of yet and the Yelpsters would have a field day.  The huge downside to the Socialist economic system is that there is very little upside for innovation and or hard work.  It appears to me that those making the most income are involved with earning tips from tourists. Also it appears that a lot of money is given by Cuban Americans to their relatives who remain there.  It’s a fascinating and fun place to visit and study and the rum is good.  You can buy amazing “street art” for incredible value.  I trust that our governmental political differences will someday be resolved and it will truly open up for Americans - like cruise ships - help!  This will benefit the Cuban economy but it might be less interesting to visit then.  Who knows? – so go soon.  See picture which is as typical as it can be.

 

BTW the Boatyard closes this Sunday eve for our annual four days of maintenance and cleaning.  We will reopen at 11am Friday, February 7 - all brand spanking clean. 

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From Dick’s desk—Upstairs at the Boatyard

Yes it’s certainly winter with this past week’s record breaking wind chill temps.  A lot of my neighbors in Eastport were scurrying to turn off the water to their outdoor faucets only to find them already frozen solid.  Glad my boats are on the hard and the bubbler is on by the old wooden work boat that likes it better next to the dock.

Not too much sailing and fishing going on but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of related fun activities.  Please check them out on our web site under Upcoming Events. 

Thursday, January 23rd is our annual “We’re Not in Key West” Party for those of us who didn’t go to Key West Race Week.  Who needs the sun, blue water and Schooners Wharf anyway?   We have live music by D’Vibe & Conga at 7 pm, and remember, Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm.  There are prizes for those wearing flip flops.  Most important is that part of the proceeds will go to Box of Rain which is wonderful local program.

Box of Rain is an Annapolis-based 501(c)3 organization that offers maritime programs and opportunities to disadvantaged Annapolis youth ages 9-14 in order to nurture self-esteem and develop life skills that lead to positive contributions to the community.  Box of Rain was formed in May 2003 to honor the memory of Lee Griffen and his life and passion for sailing and his community. Since the program began, Box of Rain has had a positive impact on the lives of more than 500 children and their families.  So come party with a purpose on Thursday, January 23rd.

Now for you anglers.  This will be our third year of holding “cabin fever” Angler Nights in the back “Market area” at the Boatyard—where all the fish are hanging and raw bar is located.  The dates are Tuesdays, January 28th, February 25th and March 25th.  Come at 6 pm or earlier for Happy Hour Specials and Meat Loaf (“Mom the Meatloaf!") Night - plus half-priced bottles of wine with dinner.  The movie begins at 7 pm—we have several great ones for this year.  And of course the fish tales get better as the night goes on - “I swear it was 53 inches if it was a foot!”  “The blitz was so amazing you couldn’t hear anything other than slurping fish.” “I caught red drum right off my dock this year.”  “I caught a 24” pickerel last week and I wish I could tell you where but I am sworn to secrecy.”  

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**We had the 2013 Tug of War Victory Celebration at the Boatyard recently and since the Davis Pub–Boatyard “Eastport Bars” team (and overall Eastport vs. Annapolis) was victorious, the Tug of War Trophy for 2013 is proudly hanging downstairs in the main bar for the year.

**You may have seen that the Boatyard came in third of ten finalists in the The World’s Best Yachting/Sailing bars contest held by Scuttlebutt Europe –the big sailing online media source. The Boatyard as first in the U.S.  Thanks for all your votes.  First place went to One Bar Playa Blanca in Lanzarote,Spain. 

**We have new fleece and hoodies in our retail store - check them out.

All for now—off for 9 days in Cuba tomorrow.  I’ll post my travel report next time.

 

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Happy Holidays to all and thanks for a great year!

Many have asked how we came up with the “points of interest” hung on the boom from an old wooden boat out in front of the Boatyard.  I think we have 40 some locations with directions from here that the “lifestyle committee” (my buddy Dave Gendell and I) came up with after several beers.  We chose locations that sailors and in some case windsurfers and fishermen hang out.  So you have the local Bay favorites—St. Michaels, Solomons, Oxford and Hampton; other sailing/lifestyle locations in the US—Newport, Charleston, Key West, Marblehead, Southwest Harbor, Mackinac Island, New Orleans, San Fran, San Diego and Columbia River Gorge and more;  many international locations—Bermuda, Havana, Hobart, Azores, Halifax, St Barths, Antigua, Tortola, Fremantle, Cowes, North Shore-Oahu, Palma de Mallorca,  Porto Cervo and more; and then a few other favorites Soggy Dollar Bar, Bozeman, Austin, Jackson Hole and Montauk.   We left off so many great places and the lobbying has begun as it should.  Like how could we leave off Jamaica? —Bob Marley for goodness sake.  Thanks to George Davis and sign designer Brendon for locating the wooden boom and making it happen.  Brendon came up with the “Margaritaville-direction- In Your Mind” sign at the top. We have wanted to get this done forever-it’s up!

Speaking of points of interest, voting is hot and heavy for the World’s Favorite Sailing Bar conducted by Wight Vodka and Scuttlebutt Europe.  We are currently in third place on the list of ten finalists—behind One Bar, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.  If you would vote for us that would be great--at  www.scuttlebutteurope.com/sailors-bars.html   

All for now—Christmas shopping.

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Well it’s winter weather in Eastport, Annapolis here on the Bay and the local sailors and fishermen are here squawking about the summer’s stories—the regatta they won except for the foul the judge didn’t see and the rockfish that stripped all the line off their reel and kept on going.  I especially love the winter gray days where the Bay is gray, the sky is gray, the ships anchored in the channel are gray-and the only color is the red and green blinking of the lighted buoys.

We held two recent events in November in The Boatyard Market private space.  The first was for John Page Williams being anointed by the Governor as an Admiral of the Chesapeake. John has been a dear friend and longtime Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior staffer.  Chief of Staff to the Governor, John Griffin, presented the citation.  70 of John’s friends, family and admirers were in attendance for a buffet feast and First Light Lager (John’s skiff is First Light) in a First Light Night commemorative pint glass.  A slide show of John’s life scrolled on the high def projector and screen. Congrats to John!  See the buffet menu and photos under “Private Events” on our site.

The second event was a talk and slide show given by Eastport’s Cindy and Robert Holden on a recent two year cruise on their sailboat to Spain, Portugal, Africa and the Caribbean.   The talk entitled “Open Ocean, Colorful Castles and Cute Camels” was attended by a more than standing room only crowd.  The highlight was how they integrated into the communities they visited.  Were we all planning our cruise that we may or may not take?  Cindy Fletcher Holden is a well-known local artist who painted the Hemmingway’s fishing boat Pilar that hangs in the Pilar Bar in the Boatyard Market space.  She also painted the boatyard painting that hangs over the main bar and of course the pictures on our bathroom doors of the labs that identify the girls and boys rooms.  If you haven’t seen them please notice them on your next visit.  Her biggest piece for us is the long Chesapeake Bay mural in the alley into our back lot.  If you haven’t seen it –go on the very amusing recent film on YouTube where Eastport’s own Oyster Boys are shown pointing to many of the critters on her beautiful mural as they sing.  It’s on our site under “Eastport Events - Eastport Oyster Boys….. Somewhere on the Gulf of Eastport”.

All for now- come visit us and see the newly lighted Boatyard Holiday Tree outside on the corner of Fourth and Severn.    

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_crab-regatta-dick-and-dave-with-kids.JPGWe are excited about the launch of our new web site-thank you Paula. Hopefully you will spend a bit of time on it and give us feedback. It’s now mobile friendly (goodbye old flash art--the yellow car zooming off, and sail boats and fish moving around—well it was cool last gen.). We will be adding a lot of photos and keeping it current and hopefully fun and informative. Chef George will be posting his daily specials each morning, so for those of you who yearn for his lobster and corn chowder –now you can see when it’s being served. The site has dates of all of our upcoming events and will also show pictures of the ones we have just held—so look for your pic. 

Wow what a great warm weather season. Thanks you all for coming to the B Y so frequently and for supporting our four big charity events. Please look under “events” for next year’s dates and photos are posted under “gallery.” The Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament was windy on the Bay but was sure good after-party weather. Can you believe this next year will be our 13th annual? CBF Bands In The Sand topped over 1,300 people on the CBF Beach and raised over $150,000 net to Save the Bay, a natural treasure. The Boatyard C.R.A.B Regatta was amazing sailing weather and the party rocked—all love the Mount Gay hats and Heineken shirts. Dave Gendell and I participate with our Alerion Express 28 Juice each year (he drives and I supply lunch.) The Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum brought in Coral Reefers Doyle Grissom and Mike Utley, John Frinzi and his band from Florida as well as Jim Morris. It rained but no one cared. Stand-by for an even bigger line up next year.

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