As I sit here writing this message, I am thinking about you as a member of the Back Creek Yacht Club. We come together to enjoy our passion of boating on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay from the Annapolis middle Bay to points north and south exploring her many glorious rivers and creeks. Whatever we do and wherever we go whether rafting up at anchorages or tying up at marinas, we have splendid times because to quote John Oberright, “It’s all about the people”. It’s about you – you are the Back Creek Yacht Club!
With the Corona Virus affecting us both as individuals and as a Club, we are making some necessary adjustments to our way forward. Effective today through July 2020 all scheduled club events are cancelled. As all of you surely know by now, the governors of the DMV states have requested the closings of all non- essential businesses. Further, meetings larger than 10 persons are prohibited and social distancing is the order of the day. Over the next four months we will monitor the health situation and hopefully before the summer’s end we can resume some of our scheduled club activities.
Meanwhile, Justin Tindale, our Fleet Captain, would like us to remember that we all have boats and we can still go places and get together on the water albeit at a distance. To this end, I am announcing that he would like to put together, over the next four months, a few weekend cruises to local destinations. Once there, we would anchor out and enjoy the scenery and your company. These events will be announced in the usual way on the website and by email. All members are invited to come along. If any of you Salty cruisers have some clever ideas along these lines, please contact Justin at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and share them with him.
Now, if you have WEB feet, Bob Higginbotham, our Webmaster, is putting together a Communications Committee to help with website page design, publishing a newsletter, and other member focused communications. Then contact him about lending a hand, contributing ideas, pictures, etc. mailto:email@example.com
I would encourage you to keep in contact with your fellow club members via phone, email, or video conferencing to make sure all is well with them and to offer any assistance if needed.
In closing, I would like to share with you a picture that Molly Stone took several years ago around this time of year. When I look at this photo it always brings to me a feeling of Spring and the hope for wonderful days to come.
Until Pat and I seen you on the water, stay safe, keep well, and have some fun.
As your Commodore for year 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe New Year.
We enter our 19th year as the premier virtual yacht club on the Chesapeake Bay with our club continuing to flourish bringing fun and camaraderie to the membership through our many social land and on-the-water events held both in our home sailing port in the Annapolis area and in Stuart, Florida.
For 2020 we have a great team of Officers, Committee Chairs, Event Directors, Board of Governors and many Members working diligently to plan, organize and host more than 40 events this year! I would especially call your attention to the following members:
Be sure to check your emails and the club website regularly for all the exciting upcoming events planned for YOU this year! In addition to our bi-monthly events, we have four special events for which you should definitely mark your calendars. They are the highlights of the season!
Since we are a hands on club, I would also like to ask that if you plan to attend an event and would like to have some fun giving a hand, please contact the event Host or Director to see what you can do.
Pat and I are looking forward to sharing a splendid boating season of Fair Winds and Following Seas with you.
Best Wishes and Up the Creek!
Tom Bernhart, Commodore