Eastport Yacht Club's annual Lights Parade of Yachts is Dec. 11, and to help anyone interested in participating the club will offer a free decorating seminar tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at 317 First St. in Annapolis.
EYC's Lights Parade, the oldest in Maryland, welcomes all participants, whether they be individuals, businesses, clubs or associations or neighborhood groups. Club membership is not necessary, and there is no entry fee.
Boats of all kinds and sizes are welcome, and this year one of the most unique entries is sure to be the Maryland Federalist, a 19-foot replica of a miniature three-masted ship presented to George Washington in 1788.
Decorations need not be complicated or elaborate; a holiday spirit and the simplest scheme are all it takes to be part of the event.
The decorating seminar, including buffet supper and cash bar, will offer tips on electrical requirements, working with generators, general design advice and other useful information from a panel of experts and veterans of previous lights parades.
The Lights Parade route will be set in Spa Creek between the Naval Academy sea wall and the hospital, with a leg up into City Dock's Ego Alley as thousands of spectators line both sides of the creek.
New this year, there will be plenty of participation prizes, including two pairs of free round-trip tickets anywhere in the continental U.S. from Continental Airlines, two nights each at Loew's Annapolis Hotel and the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott, free gasoline from Eastport Shell, free business cards from Eastport Copy and more.
EYC has established a 24-hour Lights Parade hot-line -- (410) 263-0415 -- to provide information on a multitude of subjects.
Collegiate regatta results
St. Mary's sailors John Baxter, Courtney Cook, Danielle Brennan and Danielle Winner won the 15-entry Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Freshman Championships at the Naval Academy, and Navy sailors took fourth behind Georgetown and Old Dominion.
Meanwhile, in Norfolk, Va., Navy finished first of 16 teams in the War Memorial Trophy regatta at Old Dominion after coming from behind to drive Old Dominion back to second. St. Mary's was third.
Navy's winning crew included David Fagen with crew Melissa Jackson and Fitz Gentry, second in A Division, and Ryan Cox with Heather Keane and Sean Fujimoto, first in B Division.