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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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