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Late March in Eastport (brrrrr) and the Sock Burning Party at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is this Saturday.  We had a warm-up last night here at the Boatyard with the Eastport Oyster Boys and some of their Irish friends entertaining the crowd at our “Eastport Irish Up the Republic (We like it this way!) Night.”  Friday for St Paddy’s Day we bring back legendary bartender Jeff Macguire for what we call Macguire’s Irish Pub.  We rename the Boatyard for the day (yes, Kevin gets on the roof to cover the sign up with a Maguire sign!) and have Chef George’s amazing Irish fare, special Maguire pint glasses and great entertainment.

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Speaking of Eastport, later this Month at the annual Annapolis Film Festival we will premiere the film we produced, “21403”, about the Eastport zeitgeist.  As previously mentioned it was filmed and edited by, the sailing film company that uses the Boatyard Film Boat to film the Wednesday Night Racing Series in Annapolis and regattas around the country.  (They tow the Boatyard boat from Key West to Newport.)   Bruce Nairn and Ashley Love did an amazing job on the Eastport film.  After the Festival, we need to decide what to do with the 25-minute film.  We think that Maryland Public Television will be interested in it.  We will show it a number of special showing nights at the Boatyard and we have other ideas for special Maryland/Eastport “experience” events.  More to come…..

Georgie and I went to St. Barths twice (and not enough)-  January and February.  How is debauchery defined? - see pic of Nikki Beach on Sunday afternoon!  I’ve mentioned before that we shipped an old fishing skiff back from St Barths when we first opened 16 years ago, and it hangs on the wall in the Boatyard’s main dining room.  Here is a pic of me sitting on a sister skiff after sailing with our great friend Donald Tofias on Wild Horses. Speaking of Donald, we attended his 70th at La Plage and here is G and Donald at the party. I didn’t know that G filmed me lip synching Hound Dog at the party (editor's note: it's very entertaining and as soon as I learn how to embed it, you'll see it too!).  I have spent a lot of time over the years chasing tarpon on the flats.  On Lorient Beach, there were 20 or so baby tarpon swimming through our legs on the beach.   And finally, a view from our villa which is like most on the island.


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We had the kickoff party at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for sponsors and the Committed to The Bay Committee for our now huge Bands in the Sands event in early Feb.  Here at the party are the “Four Banditos”  (Gendell, Hutchinson, Legum and yours truly).  Bands in the Sand or “BITS” will be held on the CBF Beach on Sat June 10th.  It sells out in several days now and is an amazing event.  We will have Los Lobos as the special guest band as well as Misspent Youth, our local favorite dance-til-you-drop cover band.

Victor Wooten Trio. Five time Grammy award winner virtuoso bass guitarist Victor Wooten was brought to the Boatyard by his fan and guitarist Harry Legum. They all loved our world famous crab soups and crab cakes. Thanks Harry.

Our Angler Nights held monthly in Jan, Feb and Mar to get local anglers through the winter have been SRO (standing room only). Thank you Joe Evans, CCA MD and Chesapeake Bay Magazine!  Not sure the pic is great but see the fishing film on the screen.  Talk about a “we never saw it but it had to be 50 inches” night.  And our monthly Full Moon parties are always fun.  See me acting out.  Thanks for the pic Georgie!

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We got back this past Sunday from taking our new/old 1994 Dettling 48 down the Bay and ICW as far as Charleston.  See various pics of Georgina at AYC the evening before we left, heading down the Bay, in the ICW and on the Megadock in Charleston.   Charleston has amazing restaurants, architecture and a great vibe, as you know.  Here are some pics from last week.  Simon Lont helped us learn the boat....that's Simon and I celebrating another successful day of instruction.

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Back to the boat soon to take her to Florida and across to Hopetown, Abacos where she will reside in April-June. Neat boat-she spoke to us “Buy me-I want to have fun with appreciative people.” We did and she’s happy.

Our Maryland’s Best All Killer, No Filler Crab Cakes are shipping frequently overnight nationwide - Yes! All Killer, No Filler.  We are pleased to be joining Foody Direct’s Network.  Check them out: FoodyDirect - very cool company founded by Brad Koenig, an ex-Goldman Sach’s partner with whom we at Alex Brown worked on the Microsoft IPO.  Small world - paths always seem to intertwine.  FoodyDirect finds the very best iconic food dishes nationwide and offers them from their platform and shipped overnight delivery.  We are proud they are including the Boatyard’s crab cakes.  Thanks Brad. 

All for now…..  I love my job!!! 


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!


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!!


PS  We will soon premier a very cool film we produced (January/February, we'll let you know) – by – 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!


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?   


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!  




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.



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.



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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