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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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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!!!!

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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

 

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