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Our Travel Channel show aired about three weeks ago.  Chef George was a total star.  Travel Channel Food Paradise Super Sandwiches - it will keep airing over time.  Watch the segment, click here.   Pretty cool for Annapolis and the Boatyard!

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Busy Fall at the Boatyard and Eastport.  The Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum was a sell out success on Sat. Sept 17th and a record amount of money was raised to support their educational programs.  As you may recall it’s our Parrotthead event with members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band joining other singer-songwriters from Florida and Nashville.  This year’s line-up included Coral Reefers Peter Mayer and Doyle Grisham joining John Frinzi, Scott Kirby, Jim White, Aaron Schertz and Peter’s son Brendan Mayer.  JB’s close friend songwriter/author Tom Corcoran and Radio Margaritaville DeeJay J.D. Spradlin were also here to hold court.  

Just before the Beach Bash, G and I went to Montauk, Long Island for a day of fishing the “blitz” and then went to see Mayer Kirby Mayer play at the Stephan Talk House right nearby.  The false albacore (baby tunas) were blitzing and catching them on light spin gear and fly rods was amazing.  The Talk House has been a bucket list item for a long time.  Iconic place. Check off!  And very close to Paul McCartney’s home in Amagansett—didn’t get a check off an invite for tea from PM though.

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The week of our trip to Long Island Jimmy Buffett was here at the Boatyard for lunch - crab dip, conch fritters, Maryland crab soup and crab cakes.  After lunch I joined him and US Naval Academy friends sailing on their schooner Summer Wind and a replica of the Yacht America.  He loved the crab soup and crab cakes of course and a tour of all the Boatyard artifacts including several concerning him.

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Then we went to England to visit with G’s family and friends.  Had great visits to the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Harrods - that's G in the caviar bar - Buckingham Palace, Churchill’s War Room, Windsor Castle – Eaton, the boarding school many GB Prime Ministers have attended where the boys wear tails.  We also had dinner at Sexy Fish and after dinner drinks at Annabel’s with my Alex. Brown & Sons mate David Weaver.  No pictures at Annabel’s I was told after taking the one below - too many celebs hang out there.  (Google Annabel's – it’s worth a look - editor's note:  WOW!)   Also lots of great food in pubs and Indian restaurants. Last up, we visited Rye on the coast.
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A lot of travel - don't stop now!  Off to Livingston, Montana for singer-songwriter Scott Kirby’s wedding celebration. What a great town and the people there were an amazing lot and way too much to write about.  Some fishing on a spring creek off the Yellowstone too.

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We returned home and bought a boat.  A 1994 Dettling.  Only about 19 were built on the Eastern Shore on a Ray Hunt hull.  More to come about the boat—a long story.  We are excited.  She spoke to us.  

We visited San Fran for the National Sailing Hall of Fame induction at the Saint Francis Yacht Club and sneaked up to Napa. A few vineyards and meals in Napa and Yountsville.  French Laundry- did go inside to beg for reservation.  No luck but we can say we’ve been there!  Check off bucket? - don’t think so.  But I did finally get to eat at an In N Out Burger—amazing – big check off!

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Finally, my Fall fly fishing trip to Craig, Montana - talked about  last year too!  Normally 20s, 30s and 40s –this year 68 degrees.  Good bye glaciers.  See me and a Big Mo Brown trout along side the beautiful bluffs. 

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Now we are pretty current - and yes our Maryland Crab Cakes are shipping on-line.  Click here to order the Boatyard crab cakes.  All Killer No Filler.  Great Holiday gift for those who have moved away and want the real deal....remember the cool Tshirt to go along with it....and the fleece, hats, mugs and all other cool Boatyard gear.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

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PS  We will soon premier a very cool film we produced (January/February, we'll let you know) – by T2P.tv – on the MRE-Maritime Republic of Eastport.  I must say it’s amazingly good. (Great job Bruce and Ashley).  Does anyone know Robert Redford?  (think Sundance?)

Cheerio for now!

Did we pass along that we are now shipping overnight our Maryland's Best Crab Cakes across the country?  What a great gift for your Uncle Louie’s birthday.  Go to our website to order the Boatyard's all-killer, no filler crab cakes online!

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We are all ready for the Boatyard Regatta today.  Weather looks great.  Big after party at EYC with Misspent Youth.  If you can’t sail come to the party - $10 donation at the door.  We hold it to benefit C.R.A.B. – Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating –which gets those with disabilities out sailing.  Thanks to Mount Gay Rum for their very special red hats, Heineken for the shirts and financial support, SpinSheet Mag,  Annapolis Volvo, North Sails---and all of our other generous supporters. 

The Boatyard participated in the Governor’s Cookout promoting locally produced food purveyors and restaurants/caterers.  We partnered with Patrick Mahoney of Wild Country Seafood serving up their soft crabs for soft crab BLTs.  Amazing  -I think the most popular item there.  Here are some shots of Governor Hogan, Chef George, Patrick, Georgie, me and our great team.  Fun time.  Hope we can do it again.

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We went to Montana for four days of photography training in Yellowstone by famous photographer Tom Murphy.  If you have seen any of the iconic photos from the Park they are by Tom.  Georgie and Fin learned and I was Sherpa.  Tom had us in the Park at 6 AM when the animals are out and back at 9:30 PM  for after the sun set shots.  G and F are shooting (by camera) black bears and scenery.  Then we fly fished for trout on the Madison two days.  Great photo of our guide and friend Patrick who works out of Craig Matthew’s Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in West Yellowstone with G and Fin.  They are both getting pretty good at it.

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We took son Fin to Tabor Academy on Buzzards Bay in Marion Mass. to sail on Tabor Boy, their 100 year old schooner.   Fin is strutting his stuff by jumping off the mast.  He will be a brand new freshman there in two weeks.  We visited Newport and the NYYC’s Harbor Court for dinner.   Dinner and sunset at Harbor Court.   Of course we had a meal at the Clarke Cooke House (the “Candy Store”) - it never ceases to amaze me being in the business.  It is the real deal.  It was the weekend of the Candy Store Regatta - the old Bucket Regatta - the Newport version of what we do in St. Barths in March.  Also had coffee at the Coffee Grinder on Bannister’s Wharf - where a Boatyard burgee hangs. (I always enjoy Newport and contrasting it to our Annapolis - both are great.)  Then we went to Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod and popped to Nantucket to visit with my old Alex Brown friends David and Traci Weaver, while Fin was sailing.  Of course we visited the Beachcomber in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.  One hour wait by noon.  Iconic!!  Short season but they sure make hay when the sun shines.

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Good to be back though in Annapolis and enjoy the double rainbow.  Went to see Paul McCartney at Verizon Center and were there for his sound check. He’s amazing - 2 hrs 45 minutes rock’n.  And then Donovan Frankenreiter with pal Dave Gendell at Ramshead.  He, G. Love, Matt Costa and few others are in the surfer, singer, songwriter Jack Johnson clan.  We were all set to drop a few surfing phrases on him - shred the gnar, in the green room, etc taught to me by Dave and Fin - but didn’t get to.  And lastly we attended a wonderful wedding where Eastport icons - Mssrs. Wolfe and Sadler where doing the shucking of some Wellfleets from Cape Cod and Raspberry Points from Prince Edward Island (“PEI”) Canada.  Tasty. 

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Wish good luck to Dave Gendell and me sailing Juice - our Alerion Express 28 this Saturday in our regatta.  All tuned up as of last weekend!

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Next up - the Boatyard Beach Bash on Saturday, Sept. 17th at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum.  It’s our Parrotthead event - we have JB’s Coral Reefers Peter Mayer and Doyle Grisham joined by John Frinzi, Scott Kirby, Sunny Jim White, Aaron Schertz, Brenden Mayer and others.  Also author, song writer Tom Corcoran, JB’s close friend will be here with us as raconteur.  But wait, there’s more! Radio Margaritaville’s Dee Jay, J.D. Spradlin, will be here as emcee.  What a night!

Oh did I mention the Boatyard is now shipping nationwide our famous Maryland All Killer, No Filler Crab Cakes online?   

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Well our 11th Bands In The Sand for and at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is in the books.   What an evening it was!  1,650 on the beach on a beautiful evening watching The Wailers (Bob Marley’s old group), Misspent Youth and Mad Planet.  The event sells out in days now and we are so pleased it has become an important part of the area’s zeitgeist and life style.  Thanks to our sponsors, Committed to the Bay Committee Members, co-chairs and attendees.  Besides making a lot of friends for the Bay the evening raises over $250,000 net of expenses for the great work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

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Related to Bands In The Sand--Have you been out on the Bay? The clarity shows amazing improvement- over 10 feet down the Bay.  People are now snorkeling which they haven’t done in years. And underwater vegetation is at levels we have not seen in a very long time.  This provides shelter for critters etc., and the fishing for Rockfish (striped bass) is OTT.   Some of my family out with Tom Weaver - professional sailor, charter boat fishing captain, Eastport pirate and voice of the Boatyard on WRNR 103.1 FM, our local station.  We hooked up with over 60 fish (all on the surface with light tackle) and brought 8 back to the Boatyard right out of the water for dining - sautéed, blackened and old Bay style and served with Flavio’s Mediterranean topping.  Yum.  Fresh rockfish - two hours out of the Bay! 

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Been to several recent concerts.  Last night at Ramshead On Stage was Gregg Allman.  He was amazing of course.  And a large band with virtuoso talent.  Here he is at the piano, and when he was married to Cher.  My friend and trainer Harry Legum came away with a pick and set list - groupie extraordinaire.   We are soooo lucky to have Rams Head on Stage here in Annapolis.  Along with the US Naval Academy, it is among our best assets.   

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We also went to the Filmore in Silver Spring for Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti.  Both were amazing and an easy to get to venue.  (First pic is Ziggy and the second is Michael).  Ziggy is as good as his Dad was in my opinion.  And Michael’s walking through the crowd all night is very neat.  He has such a loyal cult following.  Both Michael and Ziggy gave the crowd long talks about everyone from all walks of life and different types getting along with one another and  looking after the planet - it’s the only one we have.                                                                                                                                      

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Our next lifestyle charity event is the Boatyard-Mount Gay C.R.A.B. Regatta for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating for disabled sailors.  It’s on Saturday August 20 - a fun, family-oriented pursuit-style race and after party at EYC with Misspent Youth - the best rock cover band around.  Hope to see you at the party even if you can’t sail that day.

On the Boatyard honor front, we've received an award we think is just great.  Humans at Sea named the 10 Best Bars for Sailors in the U.S.  We were number two in back of IYAC in Newport.  We love IYAC so glad to be number two to them. b2ap3_thumbnail_Kevin-humans-at-sea.jpg And being a shameless promoter please know that we are now shipping our Best In The State crab cakes nationwide.   Click here for the info that appears on our site.  Send your out of state friends and family a gift they will always remember.  Boatyard crab cakes.

Our famous Boatyard crab cakes can now fly - we ship anywhere in the continental US!  

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The Boatyard has four large lifestyle events each spring-fall.  The 15th Annual Boatyard Spring (Catch and Release) Fishing Tournament is in the books - third Saturday of April each year.  15th !!! that’s half as long as my investment banking career.  Longest fish 46 5/8” was caught by my old Alex Brown colleague Paul Mellin.   Congrats Paul.  The experts said that there were so many 40 plus inch fish out there because they are from the Class of ’03 which was a huge year for juveniles - young of the year - “buzz words.”  If you haven’t been to the after party do so next year.  It’s an amazing outdoors event which is the official first day of spring for fishermen with a great band, Dvibe and Conga, and a super charged crowd.  Great work to all that made it happen - especially our incredible group of judges led by Joe Evans who somehow are able to so professionally and calmly look at the media with pics of the fish laid next to the Boatyard’s 48 inch measuring stick and decide the winners.  Thanks to all the many the participants, our generous sponsors lead by Anglers Sports Center, the CBF volunteers and my incredible Boatyard management team –this event is honchoed here by Office Manager Paula (“let’s get going boys”), Bar Head Kevin, Chef George and GM Ryan.  Proceeds go the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association MD and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp.  See pics below and many more and results on our site under events-fishing tournament.  Click here for results, photos & T2P.TV's video.  

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I included some pics from my recent annual bone fishing trip to the Abacos with friends from my old career.  We go to the Black Fly Lodge which is about as nice as it gets.  Bone fishing with a fly rod is challenging but the flats, guides, boats and accommodations are the best.  Chef Devon never ceases to amaze.  Black Fly is fully booked all the time-small wonder.  The big guy is my great friend Tim with whom I ran Investment Banking with for years at Alex. Brown.  He can cast way too far into the wind and my excuse is that he is 6’ 4”.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4840.JPG Wednesday Night Races start tomorrow eve (due to late Blog posting tomorrow night is 2nd race of the first season Ed.)-  Click here to watch the series!)  The AYC Wed Night Sailing Race Series has been going on forever.  See the pics of our “film” boat (on her trailer) from which T2P.TV films the races which are immediately shown at the Club and the Boatyard along with Chef’s Wednesday Night Race all beef tacos.  Don’t forget that in Annapolis and especially our neighborhood of Eastport the weekend starts on Wednesday.  T2P takes our boat to Newport, Block Island, Key West and other sailing centers to film regattas.  I get texts from many saying “I just passed the Boatyard boat on Route 95.”

Next up for us is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s  Bands in the Sand on Saturday June 11th.  Special guests are The Wailers from Jamaica - Bob Marley’s old band.   Last year we had Kevin Bacon and the band he has with Brother Michael.  Tickets go on sale on May 2nd this year on the CBF site and sold out in 6 days last year so don’t wait (special update since PZ is so behind - only 100 tickets left as of yesterday! Ed.).  I never knew I had so many friends last year.

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We took this picture today over at Quantuum Sails here in Annapolis.  Dave Gendell and I ordered new “crispy” sails for our Alerion Express 28, Juice.  We plan to sail her in more regattas this year, with kids always.  Shown with us is Jason who handled our order for Quantuum and of course Quantuum’s Terry Hutchinson,  our great friend and rock star sailing pro who, besides Dave and me, takes Juice out with the family.

 

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I close with this Blog’s piece of art from the Boatyard walls (you smiling Georgie?).  Kevin and I just now hung a sculpture from David Wegman of St. Barths who I mentioned last month.  It’s only been up for an hour (well that was last week anyway! Ed.)  Free drinks for the first person who can find it.   

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Boats are being splashed here in Annapolis — hot damn.  Juice, an Alerion Express 28 that Dave Gendell, Terry Hutchinson and I sail with our families -covered up for the winter,  just this week unwrapped and ready for her new sails, running rigging and first family sail.  Can boats smile?  I think so. 

 

 


We had a wonderful event here at the Boatyard last month.  Years ago the City of Annapolis created beautiful bronze plaques for 19 members of the “Annapolis Maritime Hall of Fame”- locals who over the years had done so much for our local Maritime industry.  Since these plaques had no home we were asked if we would hang them in the Boatyard.  We did and then held a wonderful reception for the honorees, families or their descendants.  What a list:  John Trumpy, Jerry Wood, Captain Weems, Arnie Gay, Bruce Farr, Adm. McNitt and many others including our Emcee for the glorious event, Gary Jobson.  Thank you Gary, and Brad Cole, who carried the water in getting the event organized and word out to the honorees and their families.  These pix taken by our friend Ken Tom.

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We had held our third Cuba Night featuring  T2P.TV's Ashley Love and the wonderful video she took after sailing in the first ever regatta to Cuba (since the Revolution anyway!).  What a crowd of Cuba-files and those wanting to go!  Here is the poster that we sent out advertising the event.  Oh and of course we had Hemingway daiquiris and mojitos along with Chef George’s Cuban fare.  A great night-packed!

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 Just returned from the St. Barth's Bucket Regatta two days ago - nothing like St Barths and the Bucket Regatta where mega sailing yachts race around the island one way, then the other and also a wiggly course.  We sailed with our friend Donald Tofias on Wild Horses one day and here is a group picture of Georgie and me along with Donald and our old friend Andy Green, tactician.  We especially enjoy the Yacht Hop where a crowd goes from yacht to yacht med-moored on the quay.  Here we are partying on Perseus 3, a Perini/Holland designed 58.6 meter sloop.  Also below are several pictures of the yachts from one race day when we took out a chase boat with our friends the Cowies and Rosenbergs, and a picture of the power yacht A, owned by a Russian banker I am told - very unique design.  Oh I didn’t mention that Sting was on the island.  Saw photos but no personal sightings.  Had my approach to him all practiced up since we saw him in his Broadway musical The Last Ship - darn!!

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While at Eddys for dinner (Jimmy Buffett’s and other locals favorite restaurant) we had a good  talk with owner Eddy with Georgie and I (his father started Le Select where JB wrote Cheeseburger In Paradise long ago after he sailed into St Barths for the first time in the late 70s as I recall).  He introduced us to artist and song writer David Wegman (pictured with us at Eddys) with a painting we bought right off the wall to hang in the Boatyard.  We visited his studio where we bought a sculpture of a mermaid and other paintings also to be hung here.  We were flattered when said he knew that one of his paintings was already at the Boatyard and had come by to see it when once in Annapolis.  Of course he sang us a few songs on his very old guitar (dating back to the Civil Way he says).

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From the all-things-must-end department, see the picture of the “Great Wall of Eastport” being demolished just down Fourth Street from the Boatyard. The old Hopkins furniture warehouse will be the site of some nice attached homes on Chesapeake and commercial spaces on Fourth.  Good going local architect Leo Wilson on a really attractive design.  We are very supportive of attractive, well designed and properly scaled in-fill development projects.  We look forward to the project being completed in 14 months and to selling our delicious crab cakes to the new owners and tenants.

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March Full Moon party this week and the our last  Angler Night  next Tuesday which roll right into our  15th Annual Boatyard Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament in just over two weeks.  This is the “official” first day of spring for anglers with the outline of the winner’s fish being hung on the Boatyard’s ceiling beams for all time.  Now that’s bragging rights. 

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