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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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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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