What a great day on the water! We had about 100 people turn out for BABA’s 3rd annual Mayo Water Sports Fun Fest. The event is sponsored by Anne Arundel Rec and Parks, Outdoor Architects, East of Maui and Annapolis Community Boating. That means lots of different wind and paddle powered water craft (aka car top boats) were available for folks to try out at Mayo on Sunday, June 29th.
Thank you event chair Mike McCormick and his essential event partners Ann Jackson and Maureen Pritchard for putting Fun Fest together. They took care of all the logistics, worked with AA County staff and our sponsors, and made sure we had a delicious lunch and lots of refreshing drinks to power us through the day. Event sponsor Outdoor Architects (owned by BABA member Mark Storch) generously contributed the funds to provide lunch for everyone at the event. Fun Fest included a Taste of Windsurfing, stand up paddling, kayaking and canoeing, and a slalom & formula racing and tuning clinic for advanced windsurfers. Jon Fleuchaus and Helen Van Gelder took pictures for the blog, and Becky Belogay, Afi Chamlou, Kathy Iseri, Eddie Murawski and Albert Pritchard helped with logistics, lunch, clean-up and whatever else needed doing.
BABA is a strong organization because we have devoted members who take charge and do great work for the club and the community. Thank you all!
Keep reading – it was a fun filled day, and there are lots more pictures too! Continue reading
Lining up for the Le Mans start.
We had a great start to the spring racing season with our annual Gerry Brown Memorial Regatta for Cancer Research at Baltimore County Sailing Center. It was a light-wind day for an enthusiastic bunch of long boarders. BCSC Director Eileen Fahrmeier set some marks for and upwind downwind course and we had a Le Mans style start from the beach. The wind was flukey and dying so the crew completed one race and spent the rest of the day free sailing in Hawk Cove. BABA members contributed about $500 to the Sidney Kimmel Center for Cancer Research at Johns Hopkins. Thank you to everyone who contributed and who came out for the event. It was great to see Jack Ames back out on the race course after a long hiatus. Big thanks to our host, Eileen and BCSC. Check out their website and programs for youth and adult sailing. There’s also a week-long windsurfing camp for kids every summer. Continue reading
BABA Members Clean up the Beach and Park on May 10
Meet Bob Brownlee – New Beverly Triton Park Ranger
BABA volunteers and some friends from the kiting community got together on May 10 for a beach and park clean-up at Beverly Triton. BABA heeded the call from the neighborhood volunteers and spent an hour picking up glass and metal debris from the back of the park.
Tom, Kei and G preparing to enter the forest.
Warren, Matt and Gordon with bags of glass.
We found the beach was relatively free of trash but there were a lot of logs to clear so they didn’t wash back into the bay and become serious hazards to windsurfers, kiters and boaters. Big shout out to Tom Caswell, Bob Catzen, Warren Evans, Kei Imai, Matt Lestina, Guillaume Vernieres, Gordon Wells and our new kiting friends Joe Boyle and daughters Cassie and Julianna, Tim Feeney and Mehdy Rad. Continue reading
BABA season is in full swing and I’m just getting back to posting the pix from the season kick-off party. We’ve already had the Mayo Clean-up, spring Hatteras trip (pix and blog coming soon) and a bunch of BABA’ns participated in the WET/Kashy Fins Spring Regatta in Seaford, VA this past weekend (KONA One is awesome!).
We have the Beverly Triton beach clean-up (May 10) and Gerry Brown Regatta (May 18) to round out the month of May. Whew! Lots of opportunities to work and sail with your BABA friends. Check the website and watch your e-mail for details.
More from the Season Kick-off Party
“BABA Members are missing the boat if they don’t come to this annual party,” says Hatteras Trip Coordinator Coby Leyden. “Food, food, food! A beautiful home with a view of the Severn River, wonderful hosts (thank you Ann & Mike!), the awesome raffle of goodies from our generous sponsors, and most importantly BABA friends and families!” Continue reading
Thanks to all who came out to help clean up Mayo Beach on Sunday, April 19. The daffodils were blooming and the ospreys were protecting their nests as the BABA team and Team Mayo took care of business.
Coffee before work
Bob and Ann listen as Tom sets the day’s goals
Tom Caswell headed up the project and was assisted by Colin Pitts, Fan Pat, Guillaume Vernieres, Warren Evans, Helen Van Gelder, Bill Anderson, Mike McCormick, Ann Jackson, Bob Catzen, Chris Wattengel, Kevin Sherlock, Mick Y (sorry don’t know your last name), and Boy Scout Ernie Seppiayton and his father Ernest. If we missed your name, please reply in the comments – we really appreciate everyone’s help. The Big Bean in Severna Park donated coffee and pastries and Mayo staff brought out donuts, granola bars and water for the volunteers. Continue reading
Mike McCormick and Chris Wattengel
After the elections (and some food and drink) at the season opener party, we recognized several BABA members for their stellar service. Mike McCormick, outgoing chair, was recognized with the Pat Pugh Service Award and a gift certificate to East of Maui. Thank you Mark Bandy and Mark Saunders for sponsoring the award. Mike served as chair of BABA for 2 years, leading the steering committee through simple and complex decisions. He also established the Mayo Water Sports Fun Fest in partnership with Anne Arundel County Rec and Parks. 2014 will be the 3rd year for the event. Last year we had over 100 attendees – half and half between BABA members and members of the public. This event has really helped enhance our relationship with AA Rec and Parks and they appreciate our efforts to help the public enjoy the park, windsurfing and other human-powered water sports. Continue reading
Ann Jackson and Mike McCormick hosted the season opener party at their house on the Severn River on March 22. It was a gorgeous day to take in a view of the water and hang with lots of BABA friends. We had a brief peek at spring in between the big March snow storm and the following week of snow, record low temperatures and slurpee-like frozen stuff falling from the sky. Continue reading
It’s that time of year – the time when we long for windsurfing weather, and the time when we pay our dues.
We pay our dues so we can be part of one of the best windsurfing clubs in the US. BABA has Hatteras trips, regattas, clinics, social events at the beach and a great season kick-off party. BABA members are also working on access to safe, clean, windsurfing launches, introducing kids to windsurfing and helping newbies get to the next level.
So far on the calendar for 2014 we have the Season Opener Party on March 15, and the spring and fall Hatteras trips. Reservations for the spring trip are now open, and you’ve got to be a member to participate! We’ll have more dates on the schedule in the next month or so. Subscribe to the blog and remember check the website for updates. You can download the membership form here.
To remind you about all the fun we’ll have with BABA in 2014 have a look at these pix from last October’s Hatteras trip…. Continue reading
by Tom Beckman
After hearing all the scoop on ABK clinics, I finally did one at Bird Island Basin, North Padre Island, 10 miles south of Corpus Christi. It was a bit chilly, 60’s and falling in the water even with a 3mil wetsuit made me gasp. I have to say the clinic experience was no less than FANTASTIC! There were many great things about the clinic, but what stands out for me is the instructors standing in the water watching me(and the other 27 people) work on skills and giving immediate, to-the-point feedback. My goals were to get into the straps comfortably, going “scary fast”(which I accomplished), do a carve jibe, and light wind “trick jibes.” Continue reading
BABA racers and Meet at the Beach inspired windsurfers scored a big weekend at Mayo for the East Coast Championships on September 21 and 22.
We’ve got lots of pictures and words to share, but in case, dear reader, you don’t make it through the entire post, I’m going to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who pulled together to put on the regatta. As Myles Borash said when asked why he traveled all the way from Boston to compete – he makes a great effort to travel to our regatta because BABA still cares about racing and has volunteers who will work to put on an event, while his local windsurfing community gave up long ago. Continue reading