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One down and three to go--- the Boatyard outdoor charity events that is. Our Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament (Catch and Release) was held on Sat April 21. It benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association MD and the Annapolis Police Department Youth Fishing Camp. It was a tough day for the large number of boats (131!) fishing wise (why? water too cold? fish still up the Bay and rivers spawning? Every fisherperson has a strongly felt opinion!). So, cool this year that second place was won by a woman (Sara Brown) and third place was won by a youth (Will Muscatello). First place was Rich Vigue at 42.25 inches caught jigging at the Power Plant. The awards party was huge and fun and the tough day fishing was quickly forgotten. Over 1,000 here at the Boatyard eating Chefs George’s great food, music by the Jess McQuay Band and a more than a few adult beverages. Thanks to Anglers Sports Center (Charlie and Jane Ebersberger), our presenting sponsor for all 17 years of the tournament and all of the other sponsors, captains and crews, our volunteers from CBF and my Boatyard team that does a remarkable job. 17 years-- Yikes!!! Click here for tournament results and photos, and click here for FishTalk party coverage.
Deer in our yard in Eastport. We assumed they swam over from Bay Ridge and were tired so just laid there resting and eating all our spring plants.
Paula used to hang yellow stickies on my door saying “write blog”. Now I am currently so prolific she says “keep them short please.” I will - always do as Paula says Dick!! (editor's note: ha ha!)
Every St. Paddy’s Day we turn the BY into “Maguires Irish Pub”. Jeff Maquire was our bartender for years and before us McGarveys after a string of DC pubs during and after college. He won “bartender of the year” for many years in Annapolis. We have great Irish fare and beer, a great band and a huge crowd coming in to pay their respects to Jeff and get their commemorative pint glass.
An amazing place to fish the reef heads; G drives and I fish. We caught a hound fish....nice teeth! Shelling too - well G is better at it. Her catch one afternoon....and sunset at Firefly that evening.
On Tuesday we celebrated two lives. Melbourne Smith, artist and tall ship designer; the designer and builder of the Pride of Baltimore I. Melbourne was a regular here and gave us the original flag from Pride I that flew on its voyage around the world.
The same night we celebrated the life of the world’s most famous fly fisherman, Lefty Krey at Angler Night, organized by our dear friend Joe Evans, Editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. The house was packed. Lefty was a legend, as was his Lefty’s Deceiver fly. I got to fish twice with Lefty and he wrote a Baltimore Sun article about each trip.
RIP Melbourne and Lefty, you'll be sorely missed.
We were really honored (and excited) to be involved with Jimmy Buffett’s concert on Wednesday for the Mids at the Naval Academy. First, lunch with Jimmy and a small group at Superintendent Vadm. Ted and Lynda Carter’s home, then on to the sound check, a meet and greet with the band and other dignitaries, all topped off with an amazing concert-- the Mids said it was “epic.” Two things happened which were truly special. The power went off for 15 minutes after about the fourth song. So, what did Jimmy do? He grabbed his acoustic guitar, went to the front of the stage, called the Mids in tight around him and sang four songs with the Mids singing along. Lesson in improvising during hardship. He’s brilliant!! We were honored when from the stage Jimmy and band leader Mike Utley acknowledged the Boatyard Bar & Grill, our famous crab cakes, and me personally. Thanks, JB and Mike! There are many pictures from the day but the one of Jimmy singing unplugged with the Mids is a big favorite!
Ok Paula, kept it pretty short, but can't forget the Opening Day Fishing Tournament just around the corner - April 21. Captain get your boats splashed, crew lined up and register.
Last Blog was end of December. Now it’s almost spring. Paula asking “Dick where’s the Blog already?” OK, just a few more pics of winter on the Bay. Can’t help myself. How many shades of grey? (Editor's Note: 50?). And one with the Pilot Launch taking Bay pilots to and from the ships anchored in the middle of the Bay waiting to go into the Port of Baltimore. It’s a great career btw! Speaking of ships anchored waiting to go to the Port of Baltimore with this weeks high winds there were 21 ships anchored out there. A record for me.
Have you heard our “Postcards from the Boatyard” 15 second spots on WRNR 103.1 in Annapolis? After years of running 60 second ads by our amazing “voice of the Boatyard” Eastport pirate, sailing pro, fishing guide and boat builder, Tom Weaver, arrrrg, we wrote eleven 15 second “postcards” that Tom and I split recording. They are pretty fun and entertaining (if I say so myself). They cover visits with Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Kevin Bacon, the First Lady, the genesis of our crab cakes and lobster rolls, how we came
State of Annapolis- Boat Shows- check, most regattas- check (J 24s this weekend), USNA football one home game left- check. We will miss the high season at the Boatyard Bar & Grill but the quiet has its nice moments. 57,000 crab cakes sold last year. This year should be higher with our world famous “all killer no filler” Maryland Crab Cakes selling nationwide through the FoodyDirect platform. We're so honored to have been shipping crab cakes, soup and dip throughout the U.S., including Hawaii (know anyone in Alaska?).....introducing the Boatyard fare to friends and family, and newbies everywhere. Right now, "giving" means "getting" something too:
Parties at home, hostess gifts and holiday cheer - shop online and check off your list. Really, what would Thanksgiving be without Maryland crab cakes!
Chill in the air today, first time, damn man! Get Georgina pointed south! She’s at Jabin’s getting first class service - bottom painted and engine fall service. (Rod and Roddy on the job). Then we will have her run south to Fla- Stuart or West Palm. We will fly down and take her across to the Abacos. First stop Spanish Cay then our beloved Hopetown, Elbow Key, Abacos for the winter. We will fly back and forth and when there rent an Albury 21/23 to snorkel and fish and a golf cart to run to dinner and around the island. Firefly -we will be there a lot. And Abaco Inn too. On Da Beach for lunch. Hopetown Harbour Lodge for lunches and a swim. Harbor’s Edge Sat night for the great music. Love Hopetown!!
Our last Boatyard Charity event-the Boatyard Bash for and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum was held mid-September. A beautiful evening with amazing music and most importantly raising $90,000 for the AMM’s rich educational programs. Artists included Coral Reefers Pete Mayer and Doyle Grisham. Also John Frinzi, Keith Sykes, Aaron Scherz, Brendon Mayer, John Patti and Scott Kirby. Click here to see more pics on our website - but most importantly the whole evening's musical talent line up and the “Big Check" below. It was our 13th year of this incredible event on the shores of Back Creek. It always sells out so don’t wait to buy your tickets next year. Fin’s Up.
Plowing thru August - darn, days are getting shorter - but at least I don’t wake up at 5 AM at the first light streaming in. But summers are so great.
So I’m watching the Americas Cup awards presentation from Bermuda (while I am working at my desk) and Tucker Thompson walks out on stage and is the emcee of the whole show. The Boatyard was the first client of Tucker Thompson and Bruce Nairn of t2p.tv to film the AYC Wednesday Night races and other regattas which have been shown at the Boatyard for 17 years (AYC Wed Night Series as well as regattas from Key West to Charleston to Block Island to Newport - all towing our film boat). Tucker has been the front man of this year’s America’s Cup taking the 2016 Cup around the Country all year prior to the 2017 Cup held in June. He did a great job running the Awards Ceremony. Well done TT!
The Boatyard had a fine article on our amazing Maryland crab cake in July’s issue of SouthernLiving.com The South's Best Sandwiches. I’ve mentioned before that we sold 57,000 Maryland crab cakes last year. Our nationwide shipping through our FoodyDirect partnership has been brisk to say the least. Our all killer, no filler crab cakes, soups and dip are $10 off your first order!
2017 will be our 13th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash to benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Boatyard owner, Dick Franyo is on the Board of the Annapolis Maritime Museum and had a vision for a fund/fun raiser with a Jimmy Buffett/Parrot Head theme. Dick is a Parrot Head and looked hard at the Jimmy Buffett's model of selling a lifestyle/entertainment/escapism venue when he started the Boatyard. He felt that this event could be different than other local musical fundraisers and that Parrot Heads would be enthusiastic supporters.
Outgrowing the Boatyard parking lot after three years, the event was moved to the newly renovated Annapolis Maritime Museum waterfront facility in Eastport.
Been gone too long but I’m at my desk and ready to write. And show lots of pics. Chef greeted my return with last year’s totals -- the Boatyard sold 57,000 Maryland crab cakes last year. Whew! And now we are on FoodyDirect's amazing national platform. Look them up and see our world-famous Maryland crab cakes, Maryland crab and cream of crab soups and our amazing crab dip thru their national site. We are proud to be partnering with FoodyDirect and shipping our crab cakes online!
Our 17th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Catch and Release Fishing Tournament was again a great success in April. As usual, an awesome crowd! Featured is the winner Jimmy Moreland with Title Sponsor, Anglers Sport Center owner Charlie Ebersberger. Catch all the results on the Boatyard website. Thanks to all sponsors, fishermen/women and party attendees. It’s the first official start of spring on the Bay.
And two weeks ago, we held our 12th Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands in the Sand Bands. 1,700 people on Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s beautiful beach at the Merrill Center. What a glorious night it was. Los Lobos was our featured national act, winner of 5 Grammy awards. Again thanks to all sponsors and attendees. The mosh pit at the end of the evening with Misspent Youth rocking out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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).
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.
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.
I end with a sad heart and Eight Bells to our dear friend Jim Allsopp. We love you and miss you Jim. One of the nation’s great sailors and an amazing fellow.
Mid Feb and Spring is so in the air - or is it wishful thinking? Paula is kicking my bum to get to work on my part of our 15th Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament - if that isn’t a sure sign of Spring what is? Captains can sign their boats and crew up already-and signups are brisk. It’s Sat April 16th - the official first day of Spring on the Chesapeake. Sign up on our site (click here). Winter has is nice moments too - sunrise in January off my deck.
One of these are Angler Nights at the Boatyard - sorry picture is so dark. But if you could see it you would see 45 anglers at the Boatyard for January’s Angler Night — lots of $1.00 oysters, pint drafts, swapping lies, dinner and watching a great fishing flick. Thanks to Joe Evans and Coastal Conservation Association Md for organizing. Next Tuesday (23rd) is February’s Carpology ! & 2 (click here for trailer) and then March 29thTidewater (click here for trailer). before fishing really starts. Well, except for you diehard pickerel fisher people who are out there now.
Georgie and I took a shortish trip to visit Vero Beach, Stuart and Palm Beach Florida last week to visit friends. In the Rybovich Yard in West Palm is Steve Jobs’ yacht. Pretty amazing. Very new - he never got to cruise on her. His stateroom is all glass running up the bow so the bow waves would break on his forward view. We dined with our friend Donald Tofias who keeps his racing yacht Wild Horses there before he takes off for Antigua and St Barths.
January was St. Barths - above is a shot of Gustavia from a Tradewinds plane - you’ve heard about the white knuckle over the mountain and straight down to the runway landing, yes? Liked the “girls surf too” picture - took a photo to frame for the Boatyard wall.
Speaking of pics. Customers ask where we all get the pictures/art/stuff that hang ceiling to floor in the Boatyard. Answer is - everywhere. I recently took the picture shown here from a photo hanging in Gary Jobson’s office of Gary and Ted Turner winning the Americas Cup. Priceless. Gary said I could frame it and hang it here. Also is a picture of a group of Gordy Allen’s etchings hanging on a Boatyard wall. I’ve known Gordy forever and may own over a hundred of his works. (My usual joke which is getting old - which is that upon his death I’ll be rolling in it. --I know- sick!) Another picture on our wall is WRNR GM Michael Hughes and Paul McCartney. They had tea in Paul’s flat in London and Paul made the tea. Mike, you’re my idol. Then the one of Al and Ginny Franyo in Virginia Beach in 1936 - my parents - I miss them a lot.
Many of you know we close one week every year for cleaning and maintenance. The Boatyard team does an amazing job orchestrating the many moving parts. Thanks to my team. Here are a few pictures from the week. Now everything is fresh as a daisy so bring on the season!
OMG I forgot—went to NYC and saw Hamilton. Do it please. Amazing is such an understatement.
Lots of pictures here. If you’re a fly fisherman for trout Montana is where you want to be. Montana in November on the Missouri out of Craig, Montana is really where you want to be. No one on the river and trout have forgotten what fishermen look like. Days are short and it’s chilly so it’s time to eat. Fishing with tiny flies for typically 17 to 23 inch rainbows and some browns. The 20-23 inchers just take off down river and you have 30% landing percentage as most will go crazy and throw the fly. I did mention chilly yes? It was 20-25 degrees and went to a high in the 30s. So I had on 6 layers and was pretty comfortable. It just took a while to hit the head out on the river. The pictures are taken on the Missouri, our float boats, a typical rainbow (the guides don’t want you to even touch them so no grin and grip pictures), Rusty holding court at dinner, all of us at Headhunters Fly Shop and so on. We will be there again next year, fish on! Brrrrr. (Don’t go it’s too cold and you will spook our fish).
Montana followed the Meeting of the Minds in Key West. It’s the Parrotthead meeting held each year at the Casa Marina Hotel for 1,500 (I think) tried and true (sorry Jerry Jeff) Jimmy Buffett fans from the Parrotthead Clubs nationwide. It’s nonstop music for four days and lots of Margaritas and Land Shark Beer.
We sort of do it low keyed attending just certain acts and enjoying our favorite Key West restaurants - Louie’s Backyard, Blue Heaven and our great friend Scott Kirby’s Smoking Tuna. Also Garbo's Grill fish taco truck parking just across the street from the Smoking Tuna. Amazing fish tacos and burgers. Always packed and you are lucky to find an outdoor table. We had some nice meals with our Coral Reefer friends, Mike Utley, Pete, Brendan and Jim Mayer and Roger Guth - wonderful people. Jimmy played with his Coral Reefer Band and he surprised me. I thought he would do a selection of songs from his current tour which would have been fine but he blew the crowd away by playing his entire first album from the early 70’s - A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. It included a number of solos. Great work JB! G and I got away with Moe on a little lifestyle cruise-beach walk, dolphin chasing, looking around and fishing.
We had a wonderful sail with our friend Donald Tofias on Windswept. Picture of our boy Fin at the helm. Thanks Donald - see you in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta.
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Boatyard! We are blessed with the best staff, customers, purveyors, neighbors in Eastport, and sponsors and attendees of our four lifestyle charity events. Thank you - we love you all. Arrrg DF
Already November 1 - the fall season in Annapolis is amazing. (view off my deck - love the fall light.)
Unlike up north (like ahhh Newport) our season is long and fall is THE time for sports. Super regattas – last week end we had the USODA Opti Atlantic Coast Championship at AYC with over 200 young sailors and their parents. We were a proud sponsor and had the photo boat front and center on the course with photographer Tim Wilkes and of course tug Captain Stevie Mac driving for us. Check out the crazy photos (Click here) the kids had fun making in the TapSnap booth. Annapolis also hosted the Annapolis Fall Classic where the Storm Trysail Club ran the race committee. We had the C & C 30 sailors here for their class party on Friday night. It’s the new offshore keelboat one design class - boats are so cool. And then there was USNA Homecoming where the Mids beat Tulane. The town was hopping. Fall is also best for breaking rockfish (stripers or striped bass for those of you who don’t live here.) G and I went out with Joe Evans - and there were blitzing fish attacking Bay anchovies around Tolly Point. See pic of Georgie with her rockfish and me casting. Thanks for taking us out Joe.
In September we held the last Boatyard event of 2015 (whew-my team is tired!) -the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum to fund their wonderful education programs for area school kids. (So many of them have never been on the water and know so little about the Bay, the environment and history of the area.) It was an amazing night with a sellout crowd, great food and drinks from the Boatyard and Painkillers from Pussers - and what a musical line-up. The John Frinzi Band from Florida had 5 of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers join them (pedal steel Doyle Grissom, keyboardist and Musical Director Mike Utley, lead guitarist Peter Mayer, bass guitarist Jim Mayer and Peter’s son guitarist Brendan Mayer. Also we had our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, New Hampshire, Maine and Montana (part owner of Key West’s Smoking Tuna Saloon.)
Our event was part of a tour that Scott, Peter and Brendan made late summer. Above right is picture of them at the Stephan Talkhouse in Amagansett, Long Island where Jimmy Buffett joined them (he lives nearby in Sag Harbor). BTW Paul McCartney has a summer home there - below, Paul there sailing his Sunfish in Amagansett.
Lastly, here is a picture of the Alex. Brown flag hanging in the Boatyard. Red and white flag with B. It flew over Alex. Browns clipper ships dating from 1800. I worked there for 30 years after business school. It was an amazing firm and we had quite a run. One of the reasons I picked the Boatyard name was so I could use the B and put it in a burgee with the same colors as the Alex. Brown flag. So one can say I have worked under the same flag/burgee for 44 years now. Here is our burgee:
Thanks to all who attended or sponsored our four large outside charity events: Opening Day Catch and Release Rockfish Tournament to support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation MD and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp; Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bands In the Sand; Boatyard Regatta to support C.R.A.B (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) for handicapped sailors; and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
And thanks to my amazing staff for being amazing. We couldn’t do these events without them.
All for now. Beautiful weather here.
School’s back in. Yuk. But summer was super here.
A few weeks ago we held the Boatyard Regatta for C.R.A.B., the third of the Boatyard’s lifestyle charity events. It’s a family friendly pursuit start race of 92 boats on a post card day and a major league after-party with Misspent Youth, the best cover rock band in these parts. See pics of Dixon getting the crowd singing along and our crew Dave Gendell and daughter Abby and Fin and me. Dave’s still got it and we won the third place trophy on our Alerion 28. The cause is C.R.A.B. - Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating - which gets our friends with disabilities out sailing on specially designed sailboats with coaches. Great day and great cause. Thank you sponsors, skippers and crew, party goers and volunteers. Mary Ewenson and her Spinsheet crew is the brain trust for the event.
Next up is Saturday, September 19th for the Boatyard Beach Bash at and for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. It’s a Parrotthead type affair with five of JB’s Coral Reefer Band of amazing musicians plus the John Frinzi band from Florida and our dear friend Scott Kirby from Key West, Livingston, Montana and Maine. We bring in Mike Utley, Music Director and keyboardist for the Coral Reefer Band, guitarists Peter, Jim and Brendan Mayer and pedal steel virtuoso Doyle Grisham. If you haven’t attended it’s a pretty amazing evening of music from sooo much incredible talent. The party gives you a great chance to rap with the artists and tell your best Buffett concert story. Like remember when it poured that night at Merriweather and we were sliding down the hill on the lawn?? The AMM brings in 3-4,000 kids to learn about oysters and the ecology of the Bay. Please buy your tix early so you won’t be calling me with a please-get-me-in.
We called up to Rockport Maine (two weeks before!) and rented a Beneteau 44.5 and a captain named Tug and sailed Penobscot Bay Rockland, where we visited neighbors the Freitags in Tenants Harbor, to Buck’s Harbor thru Eggemoggin Reach on a beautiful day, to SW Harbor (also dinner in Bar Harbor by car) where we visited with our friends the Groobeys. Then to Castine, Belfast, Camden and back to Rockland. See pic of me shopping for lobsters for Chef George’s wicked good lobster rolls and the view of Buck’s Harbor and coming into Castine.
Five of us went on the National Geographic exploration ship Endeavor for a week in the Galapagos. It’s an amazing trip in so many ways. Seeing what Darwin saw on the islands where the animals adapted to the particular ecosystem on that island - it’s like a laboratory. Of course hiking to see the huge tortoises, blue footed boobies and so many birds and snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, amazing fish—they keep you so active - 6 AM for the photography education hike. Super service, food and naturalists talks. It’s worth the connecting flights to Ecuador and then early flight to the islands. See pics from son Fin. His GoPro got a work out.
Fall is wonderful on the Bay--the weather, breaking fish, great wind, the Boat Shows, USNA football, the Arrrg months for Oysters. See you here I hope.
Oh I almost forgot –the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show filmed here all day today. Great crew, great fun. More on that to come and we'll keep you posted on the air date!
Darn spring and summer it’s so hard to find Blog Time — two issues: it’s when all of our life style charity events take place—Boatyard Opening Day Catch and Release Fishing Tournament, CBF Bands In The Sand, Boatyard Regatta to benefit C.R.A.B. and then right into Fall and the Boatyard Beach Bash for the Annapolis Maritime Museum - AND there are sooo many fun things to do on the Bay in this Land of Pleasant Living. Sorry for delay - I know you have been inside waiting for this!
The Tournament seems eons ago. Weather was great and we had, as always, a huge after party. The results and pics are on our site under Events. Check it out.
The Bahamas fly fishing was terrific. Blackfly Lodge on Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. First rate -great food and lodging. Fishing was challenging but no skunk days - bad days 2 bonefish, good days 6 bonefish. Here is a pic of me walking the flats on my good 6 fish day.
The biggie was Bands In The Sand, our big beach party for and at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. If you haven’t attended you should. It sold out in seven days this year.....1,450 people on CBF’s beautiful beach here in Bay Ridge. The Boatyard serves amazing food and beverages to this crowd and we have a huge stage with three bands. As it was our 10th, we had Michael and Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers Band. It was special hanging with the band at the Boatyard for lunch and talking to Kevin about the environmental issues concerning the Chesapeake Bay, his charity SixDegrees.org (check it out), and how we started the Boatyard and its mission and commitments. Kevin is a very smart, aware and charitable fellow and it was a pleasure hanging with them during their stay in Annapolis. Michael and Kevin did some public service videos for CBF which are really cool. Here is a picture of me at lunch explaining to Kevin how we have to lessen nitrogen, phosphorous and silt in the Bay. He was a great listener.
The third band is always Misspent Youth who we think is the best rock cover band around. They leave it all on the stage,....check out the pictures of the crowd when posted (soon!). Just amazing - a huge crowd dancing like they know how as far as you can see. Thanks to all involved this year- sponsors, Committed to the Bay committee members, CBF staff, my awesome Boatyard team, and all attendees—we raised $243,000 net of expenses. Annapolis rocks.
Lastly here is a picture of the voice of the Boatyard on WRNR, Eastport’s pirate Tom Weaver. He has done all of our ads for years and his voice is recognizable by any who listen. Yes the Boatyard is where local pirates hang out. His last ad with my son and his two buddies had this advice: "to err is human; to arrrg is pirate" (Tshirts arrive in a few weeks). Which is Tom -- left or right in the pic?
Off to the next adventure!
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