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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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_bonefishing.jpg 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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