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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 t2p.tv, 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!!! 

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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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!   

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OMG I forgot—went to NYC and saw Hamilton. Do it please. Amazing is such an understatement.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.) 

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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.

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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:

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

OMG our bartender boss just came to me and said a customer had complained that I had not written a blog in a while. And I thought no one cared. So here it comes…..

We were in St Barths for the Bucket Regatta. I wrote about it last year so won’t go into much detail. But it never ceases to amaze. (Go on their site - 2015 St Barth Bucket Regatta - and read the recaps with pics.)  35 elegant yachts up to 58.6 meters in length with rigs 15 stories high there for their owners to enjoy sailing their yachts, their friends and partying in an incredible place.

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The Yacht Hop on Friday night is always a highlight where you walk from awesome yacht to awesome yacht for drinks and hors d’oeuvres - some with themes from an Elvis impersonator to Latino night.   Here are some pics from St Barths—good view from a typical villa, waiter as Superman who brings out the bigger than magnum sized bottle of rose’ at La Plage, a few Bucket yachts in action, picture from the Yacht Hop, air show of WW II aircraft again at La Plage, our great friends the Goobeys dancing at the Baz Bar where Jimmy Buffett was hanging too, etc. 

 

 

 A week ago we held A Toast to Terry Hutchinson, our local super rock star sailing pro upon his being chosen for the second time the Rolex Yachtsman of The Year.  Gary Jobson presided as emcee and showed the fantastic film he had produced for the New York Yacht Club ceremony.  Dave Gendell, Terry’s best friend, gave an amazing toast and Alderman Ross Arnett read a proclamation from the Mayor of Annapolis declaring the day Terry Hutchinson Day. Terry’s whole family was present (as were most local big time sailors) and we were all sharing tears as well as Boatyard pint drinks. Congratulations again Terry, we were honored to host the ceremony.

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This past week we held our last of three Angler Nights at the Boatyard. They are evenings largely organized by my bud Joe Evans and the local chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. They are held January-March and are great for shedding cabin fever, sharing fishing tales and watching a great film - over Boatyard pint drinks and delicious food—and a lot of buck a shuck oysters from the watermen down the street in Eastport.

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Several weeks ago we had the second of two Eastport Nights at the Boatyard with entertainment by Those Eastport Oyster Boys.  A picture is of the one held during St Paddy’s week and shows Oyster Boy head Kevin Brooks with an Irish friend singing an Irish drinking song.  Another picture shows the Oyster Boys leading a conga line throughout the restaurant.  We called the St Paddy’s week evening Up The Republics - Ireland and Eastport (I am sure most of you know that Eastport is called the Maritime Republic of Eastport.) Kevin and I are talking about more Eastport nights in the future.

 Upcoming events include the 14th Annual Opening Day Rockfish Tournament  and gaga Awards Party on Saturday April 18th - attend the party even if you don’t fish.  It’s in our parking lots; it’s huge and features D’Vibe And Conga 4-8 PM.  Breaking news is that at our 10th Annual Bands in the Sand beach party for and at The Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Saturday June 13th , the Bacon Brothers Band will perform.  Come be 1% of separation with Kevin and Michael.  They have a great sound.

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 Off to the Abacos to fly fish for bonefish Monday.  I’ll bring back some photos of fish caught (or maybe of the ones that got away).  Hardcore four days of searching, casting and hopefully hook-ups.

Fish On!

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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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!

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!!!!

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

 

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. …

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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