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October Oddities

09 Oct 2013 10:55 AM | John Loving


Well, we’re a week into October.  Hope all of you found time to attend the Power Boat Show this past week and/or are planning to visit the Sailboat Show starting Thursday.  Traffic in the Annapolis area was a little crazy last Saturday with both the Air Force-Navy game and the Boat Show going on simultaneously.

Pam and I are now in Solomons, MD for the annual Kadey Krogen Rendezvous.  Lots of fiberglass down here!

In mid September, Pat Bernhart hosted the final ‘water’ Mid Week event on the West River with a Happy Hour and dinner at Pirates Cove restaurant in Galesville.  Many thanks to Pat for organizing a wide variety of Mid Weeks this year.

Over thirty hearty souls braved a driving rain to attend Oktoberfest on Weems Creek.  It’s been a while since “rain” and “Bill and Karen” were in the same sentence (although it used to be a common occurrence!).

Fortunately, they scheduled the event underneath a pavilion…only our Grill Meister Bill was out in the elements.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the next storm was named “Karen”!


Immediately following Oktoberfest, eight boats of intrepid BackYakkers embarked on a cruise to the southern Chesapeake.  Over a ten day period, they visited Solomons, and the Corinthian Yacht Club in Maryland, Reedville, Matthews Yacht Club and the Tides Inn in Virginia.  While at the Matthews Y.C., they met up with BackYakkers Ray Blake and Brenda Ripley who now live in the “Middle Peninsula” in Susan, VA.

Among the members making this cruise were: Richard, Michelle and Erik Sanger, Tom & Pat Bernhart, Wally and Molly Stone, Westbrook Murphy, Jeannie and Terry Bidnick, Madi and John Yates (and Pippin), Jo Rys and John Oberright, Carole and John Campbell and Cindy Murphy (by land).

This was such an enjoyable cruise that BCYC is considering making it an “official” part of the 2014 calendar for next September.

The boating Season Finale will be held at Bob and Gail Higginbotham’s yard (marina?) on October 19th. Those of you with good memories will remember the Season Kickoff  was also held at Bob and Gail’s in early May. 

Rosie Cavin has arranged for a DJ to play country and western music.  So, put on your dancing boots and cowboy/cowgirl hats and get ready to kick up a storm!  Come by boat, car... or horse.

Looking ahead to November, the Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 3rd at the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis.  As always, there will be no charge for this event.

 The  October issue of SpinSheet has a nice interview with our own Vern Penner.  He has a number of very nice things to say about all of you.  You can either pick up a copy, read it online... or read it here:

By the way, the "tow-er" was Guy Collins!

Immediately following the October 19th event, Pam and I will be headed south down the ICW for the seventh time.  We’ll be chugging along at     7 kts for the next four weeks, interrupted by a drive back to Annapolis for the Annual Meeting.

Enjoy the read!



Back Creek Yacht Club


John and Pam

“Compass Rose”


  • 09 Oct 2013 4:53 PM | Juliana Nedd
    Nice one John.
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    • 09 Oct 2013 5:26 PM | Michelle Sanger
      You are the most conscientious computer-literate Commodore I have ever seen in the Club! Maybe some day you will be a famous author, and I will say I was one of his earliest fans! See you and Pam soon!
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