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From Dick's Desk - Upstairs at the Boatyard


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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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Speaking of St. Barths - most people who come to the Boatyard don’t notice the 16 foot fishing skiff hanging on a wall in the main dining room –b2ap3_thumbnail_Pearl-of-the-Sea.jpg

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. …

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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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Here is the view from my deck - my neighbor, Former Major Ellen Moyer, is tending to a lot of Canadian Geese - feeding them quality corn –I’m sure much appreciated on these mornings with single digit temps.  Ellen is known to protect every living thing including flies, mosquitoes and mice - creatures that most of us would not feel bad about eliminating.  Thank you Ellen!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all for attending The Boatyard’s Not In Key West Party - during Key West Race Week.  It was impossible to walk in the bar area and Box of Rain raised some good money for their wonderful mission of helping at risk kids learn life skills through maritime activities. We kicked in $500 from our proceeds and they did great on their raffle.  Thanks Kelsa for coordinating and of course to SpinSheet for helping us publicize.

 

 

 

 

 

Angler’s Night this past Tuesday was standing room only.  Buck a shuck was huge. –our shuckers had sore hands for sure!  From 6 to 7 pm the drinks and fishing stories (read “swapping lies”) were going hot and heavy.  The movie, Waypoints, was superb.  It’s so cool to have us fishing friends all suffering from heavy doses of cabin fever hang out and talk about the upcoming season.  Thanks to PropTalk for publicizing, Joe Evans as main instigator, motivator and organizer and to CCA MD for rallying members.

Our next date for Angler’s Night showing the movie Predator is Tuesday February 25th-.

Don’t forget our 13th Annual Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament is Saturday April 19th— no “honey do” lists that day - spread the word!!

 

 

 

 

Cuba – returned last weekend from 8 days in Cuba.  It’s easy to go on a legal trip now and DC8s leave every several hours from Miami.  What to say — its worthy of several glasses of good wine and a long discussion and I certainly can’t do it justice here.  It’s one of four remaining socialist countries (I believe the others are Vietnam, North Korea and China - somewhat).  I do feel very sad for those who had to leave their beautiful homes during the Revolution and understand their anger - many of which are now museums or house multiple families. Since the government owns everything and takes in all income and then doles it out, there is not the abject poverty that you see in other locations in the Islands.  The people are very friendly, it is clean and very safe and there are no illegal drugs.  The restoration of the beautiful old buildings is being done slowly and with care.  The Spanish are building large resorts on the North Coast in partnership with the Cuban government.  The cuisine is nothing to write home about as of yet and the Yelpsters would have a field day.  The huge downside to the Socialist economic system is that there is very little upside for innovation and or hard work.  It appears to me that those making the most income are involved with earning tips from tourists. Also it appears that a lot of money is given by Cuban Americans to their relatives who remain there.  It’s a fascinating and fun place to visit and study and the rum is good.  You can buy amazing “street art” for incredible value.  I trust that our governmental political differences will someday be resolved and it will truly open up for Americans - like cruise ships - help!  This will benefit the Cuban economy but it might be less interesting to visit then.  Who knows? – so go soon.  See picture which is as typical as it can be.

 

BTW the Boatyard closes this Sunday eve for our annual four days of maintenance and cleaning.  We will reopen at 11am Friday, February 7 - all brand spanking clean. 

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Yes it’s certainly winter with this past week’s record breaking wind chill temps.  A lot of my neighbors in Eastport were scurrying to turn off the water to their outdoor faucets only to find them already frozen solid.  Glad my boats are on the hard and the bubbler is on by the old wooden work boat that likes it better next to the dock.

Not too much sailing and fishing going on but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of related fun activities.  Please check them out on our web site under Upcoming Events. 

Thursday, January 23rd is our annual “We’re Not in Key West” Party for those of us who didn’t go to Key West Race Week.  Who needs the sun, blue water and Schooners Wharf anyway?   We have live music by D’Vibe & Conga at 7 pm, and remember, Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm.  There are prizes for those wearing flip flops.  Most important is that part of the proceeds will go to Box of Rain which is wonderful local program.

Box of Rain is an Annapolis-based 501(c)3 organization that offers maritime programs and opportunities to disadvantaged Annapolis youth ages 9-14 in order to nurture self-esteem and develop life skills that lead to positive contributions to the community.  Box of Rain was formed in May 2003 to honor the memory of Lee Griffen and his life and passion for sailing and his community. Since the program began, Box of Rain has had a positive impact on the lives of more than 500 children and their families.  So come party with a purpose on Thursday, January 23rd.

Now for you anglers.  This will be our third year of holding “cabin fever” Angler Nights in the back “Market area” at the Boatyard—where all the fish are hanging and raw bar is located.  The dates are Tuesdays, January 28th, February 25th and March 25th.  Come at 6 pm or earlier for Happy Hour Specials and Meat Loaf (“Mom the Meatloaf!") Night - plus half-priced bottles of wine with dinner.  The movie begins at 7 pm—we have several great ones for this year.  And of course the fish tales get better as the night goes on - “I swear it was 53 inches if it was a foot!”  “The blitz was so amazing you couldn’t hear anything other than slurping fish.” “I caught red drum right off my dock this year.”  “I caught a 24” pickerel last week and I wish I could tell you where but I am sworn to secrecy.”  

News items:

**We had the 2013 Tug of War Victory Celebration at the Boatyard recently and since the Davis Pub–Boatyard “Eastport Bars” team (and overall Eastport vs. Annapolis) was victorious, the Tug of War Trophy for 2013 is proudly hanging downstairs in the main bar for the year.

**You may have seen that the Boatyard came in third of ten finalists in the The World’s Best Yachting/Sailing bars contest held by Scuttlebutt Europe –the big sailing online media source. The Boatyard as first in the U.S.  Thanks for all your votes.  First place went to One Bar Playa Blanca in Lanzarote,Spain. 

**We have new fleece and hoodies in our retail store - check them out.

All for now—off for 9 days in Cuba tomorrow.  I’ll post my travel report next time.

 

       HOODIES pullover or zip, assorted colors

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Happy Holidays to all and thanks for a great year!

Many have asked how we came up with the “points of interest” hung on the boom from an old wooden boat out in front of the Boatyard.  I think we have 40 some locations with directions from here that the “lifestyle committee” (my buddy Dave Gendell and I) came up with after several beers.  We chose locations that sailors and in some case windsurfers and fishermen hang out.  So you have the local Bay favorites—St. Michaels, Solomons, Oxford and Hampton; other sailing/lifestyle locations in the US—Newport, Charleston, Key West, Marblehead, Southwest Harbor, Mackinac Island, New Orleans, San Fran, San Diego and Columbia River Gorge and more;  many international locations—Bermuda, Havana, Hobart, Azores, Halifax, St Barths, Antigua, Tortola, Fremantle, Cowes, North Shore-Oahu, Palma de Mallorca,  Porto Cervo and more; and then a few other favorites Soggy Dollar Bar, Bozeman, Austin, Jackson Hole and Montauk.   We left off so many great places and the lobbying has begun as it should.  Like how could we leave off Jamaica? —Bob Marley for goodness sake.  Thanks to George Davis and sign designer Brendon for locating the wooden boom and making it happen.  Brendon came up with the “Margaritaville-direction- In Your Mind” sign at the top. We have wanted to get this done forever-it’s up!

Speaking of points of interest, voting is hot and heavy for the World’s Favorite Sailing Bar conducted by Wight Vodka and Scuttlebutt Europe.  We are currently in third place on the list of ten finalists—behind One Bar, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.  If you would vote for us that would be great--at  www.scuttlebutteurope.com/sailors-bars.html   

All for now—Christmas shopping.

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