Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Tom Jackson

 To the ESSA community,

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the passing of Tom Jackson. He passed away this Monday morning, January 23, 2023 at the age of 83.  

Although he struggled with several health issues, his passion for sailing was boundless and he actually said it was what was keeping him alive. In the 20 years we have raced against him I think we only beat him 3 times. He always set the bar high and made us all better sailors trying to catch him.  He loved the sport of sailing, the camaraderie it fostered and was always the first to congratulate you when you had a good race. 

He enjoyed winning but always believed in fairness and equality between sailors. He believed in the history of ESSA and supported its growth while maintaining sailing traditions and fundamentals.  ESSA has lost a great friend today as well as a sailing legend.

We will pass along the funeral arrangements as soon as we learn of them. 

Thank you. 

Paul & Kristin W.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Change of Watch Dinner, Saturday January 21, 2023, 5PM


Change of Watch Dinner

Saturday January 21, 2023, 5PM

Cambridge Yacht Club, 1 Mill St., Cambridge , MD

Cost: $50 person, Cash Bar

This is an opportunity to pay your membership and racing fees.

Click here to RSVP 

Please RSVP even if you "can't make it."

Schedule of Events


Saturday, January 21, 2023, 5:00 PM

Change of Watch

Welcome Reception, Cocktails, and Check-In.

$50 per person payable at the check-in desk., cash bar


6:00 PM

Garden Salad – plated & served Blue Cheese, Ranch, & Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing on table Dinner – BUFFET – Roasted Chicken Grilled Salmon in lemon butter Sliced Roast Beef in Aus Jus Mashed Potato Vegie Stir fry White Rice Bread & Butter on Table Dessert: Platter of Cookies & Brownies Coffee Station Iced Tea & Coffee to be Served

Change of Watch Ceremony

7:00 PM

Installation of the 2023 ESSA Bridge

Thursday, December 8, 2022

ESSA Notes for December 8, 2022

 Here's what's on the table

  • Arrangements for the "Change of Watch Dinner Meeting" is in planning. Standby for more details.  
    • Save the Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
    • Location: Cambridge Yacht Club
    • 5 PM reception
    • 6 PM Dinner
    • 7 PM C-O-W ceremony
  • Membership
    • ESSA members, skippers, and crew should complete your membership application and submit your fees Click here for the membership form.
    • Skippers complete your Racing Applications and send your check to the Treasurer as soon as possible. Make his job easier do it now!
    • Single Member Annual Fee      $40
    • Family Member Annual Fee     $50
    • Racing Annual Fee                   $70
  • Wednesday or Thursday? The Choptank Fleet is polling skippers to consider changing race night from Wednesday to Thursday. results of the poll will be broadcast. No change will be made until the Choptank Fleet Meeting in April.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Membership for 2023: Time to join ESSA

To all Skippers and Crew,

It is time to submit your membership forms and fees.

Skippers should encourage all crew to become members.

Click here to access the printable forms.


Single Member Annual Fee      $40

Family Member Annual Fee     $50

Racing Annual Fee                   $70

Friday, November 18, 2022

Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, Saturday, November 19, 2022

 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

Black Diamond Catering, 

219 S Fruitland Blvd, Fruitland, MD 21826

Phone: (410) 749-6961


Check-In & Cocktail Hour - Cash Bar

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Welcome & Dinner

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Special Meeting to approve Membership fees (10 minutes)

Entrée-Buffet Beverages Iced tea and water Cash Bar (set up in main room) Beer, wine, and liquor

Presentation of Awards

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Choptank Fleet Tangier Fleet Special Awards

ESSA Annual Meeting of Members

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

ESSA Bylaws -Proposed Changes Nominations of Officers Election of Officers Change of Watch Ceremony

See you there