The commodorette and I just returned from floating around the Eastern Shore for 2 weeks. Always lessons galore from such a trip -- including, of course, ones you'd rather not have had! First, that business about changing impellors annually? Very good idea as it turns out. Our generator impellor went and with temps forecast of over 100, anchoring out with no AC was hard to imagine. The good folks at Cambridge Yacht Maintenance replaced the impellor and then had us on their bulkhead for 3 nights. Why the extended stay? Well, anchoring out and being agile around the boat would mean a healthy back. Mine went out our first day in Cambridge. Being flat on my back for 3 days gave me a chance to think about the true meaning to "Back Creak" YC! Alas, I survived and despite the record heat, we had a great time away, some of it spent with BCYC friends.
This time away also reminded me of the hard work which BakYakkers do to stage club events. A belated thanks to all of the people who helped with the annual cruise in June , especially Dusty and Candy who organized and oversaw things but also to everyone who helped with the daily events - those I remember include Karen Kranzer, Madi Yates, Michelle Sanger, the Lovings (who organized and hosted a golf event), the Campbells, the Pentanos, Harriet Lytle, Jo Rhys (fabulous ice cream sundaes and cookies in the shape of a burgee with club colors on them!), Mary Ross, the Beyers, and Ray Blake and Brenda Riple y (who got her picture in Proptalk posing by a fabulous cake symbolic of the cruise them e , "American Spirit". About 60 people participated in the cruise over the week's time, including nearly 50 at Fairlee Creek. This great Cruise week was followed by the July 4th weekend at Langford Creek. We had to miss this due to a family emergency out-of-state but as I recall, John Loving and (SOMEONE ELSE - WHO?) did a great job as chefs one day and John and Pam organized an educational event based on their travels on the ICW. Still more examples of "It's all about the people."
And speaking of people . . . we still have lots of water and land events remaining for get-togethers.. A raft-up in Leeds Creek got postponed due to excessive heat but in the near future we will have:
Lobster Feast, August 20 at the Stones.
Labor Day event in Oxford, September 3 - 5.
Octoberfest on the Water, September 17.
Crab Feast, October 1.
Mid-week events and other land events will also be happening.
Aside from all of these social events, the business of the running the club continues. The biggest single change on this will be our move to a new web site, with Mary Bowie serving as the web master. Expect a much longer explanation about this in a month or so.
In the meantime, it's all about the people - who want to be "Up the Creek."