Chesapeake Sailing Club
Newsletter of the Chesapeake Sailing Club
Calendar at a Glance
Trust everyone has been having a wonderful summer and been able to take advantage of the pretty good sailing weather we've had. That is, when it wasn't too hot. As I write this, we are on the Eastern Shore (currently at the old Oxford Boatyard Marina, now a Brewers Marina) for a couple days on the two-week late summer cruise. We've had great temps and mostly low humidity so far, although the winds haven't always gone our way if you know what I mean. While we've had some good times sailing, we've done a fair amount of motoring, too. But that comes with sail boating on the Bay, I guess. Anyway, we're having a grand time and if you couldn't be here for it, or at least parts of it, know that you are missed.
This article will be longer than usual as I want to spend a little ink on some realities of our club as discussed at last month's annual business meeting.
It was notable that fewer than half of our local members were in attendance. Obviously, some will always have to miss in any given year but we have to recognize that for more than half to miss our only annual meeting says something. It's also significant that it is becoming harder and harder to find folks willing to step up and serve as officers, requiring that we recycle 'used' officers. So what does all this mean?
As discussed at considerable length at the business meeting, it apparently means that the primary purpose of the club is not as significant in members' lives as it once was in the CSC's earlier days. Per our bylaws, "The purpose of the Club is to advance the sport of sailing and the individual and family enjoyment thereof; to promote the education and technical interests of the membership, and to enhance the social enjoyment and good fellowship of its members." So, by our charter, we are a social club that is built around sailing. And we have to recognize that when we, as a larger group, don't support the planned cruises and/or social activities of the club through our active participation, there is reason to doubt that we are what we once were.
Which leads to the sense of those who were able to attend the business meeting: Although we can probably conclude from the above that the Chesapeake Sailing Club has simply outlived its time and might be honorably disbanded, those present at the meeting are not ready to concede that we are there. At least, not yet. There have been new members joining who are eager to cruise and sail together. There are some ("the usual suspects") who plan their vacation times or personal schedules (if retired) around the two major cruises we sponsor each year. And we have among us many who have formed strong bonds of friendship that we treasure and don't want to see threatened by the disbanding of the club. The bottom line is that those present decided that we are not yet at that point.
So where are we, then? Well, the answer may be something of a moving target. What the membership decided at the meeting was that the club should be continued but that the number of scheduled club events would be curtailed to reflect the reality of the current membership's interests. We will still have two primary cruises, one in the early summer and one in the late summer/early fall. These will be planned for only one week, though, as most do not want to commit to more time than that away. That, of course, limits the range of places we can visit but there is nothing stopping those so inclined to continue the cruise to more distant ports, either. We will also reduce the number of social events during the winter months when many people are away to Florida, Texas, and other exotic locales that aren't anywhere near Annapolis. Those events that are planned will be mostly restaurant get-togethers a couple times during the off-sailing season as the spirit moves. The two main shore events will continue as before: The annual business meeting, where we review the budget and elect new officers, and the Rock Hall crab cake cookout which is always a huge and very fun event for our members and guests.
Where we left it at the business meeting was that there should be other opportunities for getting out sailing, too, and they should be encouraged. But these occasions would be the equivalent of 'pick-up games' where one or a couple boats intending to go out would send out a blast to whomever might be interested regarding when and where, to just get away for a few days somewhere.
So that's the gist or what distilled out of the long discussion we had about the future of the club. Oh, and we did hold elections: Our new Commodore for 2016-17 will be Liz Cingel; V/C will be Sue Whaley; Dave Nance will continue to fill the remainder of Bill Stine's term as F/C, but may need a replacement if their situation changes (or Dave gets tired of doing it ☺); and our Treasurer will remain Dona Force until such time as the Forces move to Florida when I will assume Treasurer duties. The dues remain the same at $30/year, which is a pretty cool price for membership with such a fun bunch of folks. So, all in all, it was a pretty successful meeting and, as always, an enjoyable picnic.
Now if we could only get more of us out on the water....
Vice Commodore's Report
It is time for another crab cake party at Sailing Emporium Marina. This club enjoys getting together when there is food served. The annual crab cake party will be held on September 19 at 3 PM. Some people will drive so we want to give them enough time to get there. The caterer will supply 2 crab cakes per person and Eastern Shore corn at 4 PM. The Nances will bring Eastern Shore tomatoes. If you cannot eat crab cakes let me know and we will cook a chicken breast for you. Plan to bring either a hors d'oeuvre or dessert to share and let me know what you are bringing. BRING YOUR OWN DRINK and a large bucket of ice will be available for you to chill your drink. The cost of the crab cake dinner will be $12 and the chicken breast dinner will be $6.00 Treasurer Dona Force will collect at the party.
The club will supply plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins and chilled bottle water. If you don't like to drink wine out of a plastic cup bring a wine glass. I am taking reservations now and would like to give the caterer enough time to order what she needs so email me with your reservation. To date we have 14 reservations. If you cannot come let me know so I don't have to email or call you.
Make your slip reservation at Sailing Emporium Marina early and note the phone number has changed. It is now 410-639-4126. We will come into Sailing Emporium Marina Friday since we will set up Saturday morning -- help is appreciated -- so join us Friday for a happy hour at the dock. We always have a great turnout for this event and hope to see everyone there.
Fleet Captain's Report
August cruises are always iffy on the Chesapeake what with the lack of wind and the customary heat and humidity, so it was with little surprise that no one was interested in two nights in the Rhode River. Not to worry, I will put it on next years schedule at an earlier date.
The late summer cruise began with the annual meeting at the Belvedere Yacht Club facilities and as I write this, is in full swing with five boats participating at various times. Circe and Trinity began the cruise as scheduled following the meeting with Southern Lady and Ariel catching up with the fleet later. Trinity spent an extra day in Solomons due to a medical issue while the fleet continued on a revised itinerary to Oxford with a stop over in Hudson Creek off the Little Choptank River. We are in Oxford as I write this so the cruise is still in process with Tieve Owna to join us here. As we have come to expect, as soon as the CSC plans a late summer cruise to the southern bay, a hurricane or tropical storm will form in the Caribbean. We are now closely monitoring the weather and positioning ourselves for a quick retreat to our home ports if required. Once again our cruise to the southern bay has been delayed. Maybe next year.
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