by Mike McCormick
On Saturday June 25th BABA teamed up with several other sponsors to hold the 5th Mayo Beach Fun Fest. The weather couldn’t have been better with low 80 temperatures, a light North Easterly breeze, perfect water temperature and not a jelly fish in sight.
With 21 BABA members attending and 18 other registrants we had a nice size group for the day. The Taste of Windsurfing class had 12 participants all of whom uphauled, turned the board around and transitioned to sailing position with occasional rapid exits into the water. It was fun meeting a diverse group of new sailors from Russia, Ukraine, Colombia South America, England, Western Maryland …
Mark Bandy from East of Maui joined us again this year offering free SUP demos and a number of different boards to try. Many of the participants took advantage of the opportunity and had some fun in the small chop.
This year’s event tested out the new “Car Launch Area #3”, which is South of the Mayo Park Buildings. The new area worked out just fine with easy drop off by the water, a nice picnic area under trees up the hill and a large grassy area to spread out. It was also nice being a little closer to the bathrooms. This is the new car top launch site during Summer Sunday public days at Mayo Beach.
Thanks to all of our co-sponsors who made this event possible:
- Baltimore Area Boardsailing Association http://www.windsurfbaba.org/
- East of Maui http://www.eastofmauiboardshop.com/
- Outdoor Architects http://www.outdoorarchitects.com/landscape/default.aspx
- In Partnership with – Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks.
And a special thanks to the BABA member who volunteered to setup, handle registration, feed us, mix up lots of lemonade and ice tea, provide equipment for on-land and in-the-water windsurfing tastes and in short made it all happen:
- Ann Jackson and Mike McCormick
- Dave Iseri
- Eddie and Uyen Murawski
- Gordon Wells
- Helen VanGelder and Bill Anderson
- Janice Emerling
- Jon Fleuchaus
- Maureen and Albert Pritchard
- Mark Raginsky
- Mark Storch
- Warren Evans
After many years as a BABA member, it is still fun to get together with BABA friends and to share our fun sport together and with new enthusiasts.