Just when thoughts of sailing entered our minds, January turned cold again. However sailing season is only two and a half months away. Board members and Committees are busy making plans for an exciting 2017 season. Sailing related opportunities are ever increasing as the time draws near. We encourage all members to submit their membership renewals and enjoy the many advantages of being a part of our sailing community.
I stopped by the Club on Wednesday before the first race seminar. The boats all looked secure as they quietly waited to get back into the water. It was nice to see a bald eagle fly overhead. The eagle seemed to be watching over our gear and making sure all will be ready for spring.
I also attended the race rules and tactics seminar held at ISC last month. The wind was up and halyards were making their music. They slapped against masts anxious to hoist sails once again. It was good to see so many ECSC sailors enhancing their knowledge on all things racing and getting ready to go sailing once again. We’ll be on the water sooner than you think.
Our 2017 sailing season is just a few months away! As you know we have several social events that are pre-set for each sailing season. These events could not happen without our trusted volunteers leading the charge by hosting them. Work Credits are provided to volunteers that spend their time to make our club more enjoyable. Below you will see a list of the already scheduled events and the openings I have for recruitment opportunities. You will have my full support!
|Sun. 5/14 - 11:30 am||Mother's Day Brunch||Mike and Katie Smith (Pending Confirmation)|
|Mon. 5/29 - 3:30 pm||Memorial Day Cook-out||Open|
|Sun, 6/18 - 11:30 am||Father's Day Brunch||Kidd Family (Pending Confirmation)|
|Tues, 7/4 - 3:30 pm||Fourth of July Pig Roast||Steve and Sarah McQueen (Pending Confirmation)|
|Sat, 8/5 - 5:30 pm||Lobster Fest||Eric Jones (Pending Confirmation)|
|Mon, 9/4 - 5:30 pm||Labor Day Cook-Out||Open|
|Sat, 10/14 - 5:30 pm||Chili Cook-Off||Open|
Sat, 11/4 - 6:00 pm
Please let me know which event you would like to host
Hello Eagle Creekers,
We have a few big jobs ahead of us this Spring and hopefully they can get started at the club opening work-party. Below are three of the majors projects ahead of us.
Any and all help with these projects will be greatly appreciated and make the club more user friendly.
Anyone with an unmarked dinghy or kayak at the club must remember to put current stickers on your boat. As I mentioned in last months article those unidentifiable boats will be going away this Spring.
Don't forget, during Winter you need to come out to the club on a regular basis to check on your boat. Many tarps get filled with snow/water or get blown off entirely. It is up to you to protect your property.
One last thing, when coming out to the club in the Winter I would suggest locking the gate back up as you enter. This will keep unwanted guests from entering the club and shorten your time checking on your boat. Always lock the gate when leaving.
|5/20-5/21||Mayor’s Cup||Regatta, catering, band or DJ|
|6/10-6/11||Flying Scot||Regatta, catering, no band|
|7/8-7/9||ECSC regatta||Regatta, beach party|
|9/16-9/17||Governor’s Cup||Regatta, catering, band/DJ|
|9/30/17||ECSC Championship||Regatta only|
|10/14-10/15||Hornback regatta||Regatta only|
All ECSC Annual Dues statements were mailed on January 18th. You should have yours by now. Please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received yours.
17 member have sent in their information along with their checks and those checks will be deposited on 1/28/17. Please respond as early as possible so that your forms don’t get lost in the shuffle and so that you receive your 2017 boat & trailer decals as well as your keys in a timely manner. The main gate key - 16 - will remain the same for the next year so only request that key in the event that you need some extras.
Our Harbormasters have included an additional form in the mailing this year which is to be used if you wish to change your slip for the 2017 season. This form should help to make that process go more smoothly. To those of you who did not have a permanent slip, please indicate your desire to have one in 2017 and we will make every effort to make that possible this season. If you are requesting a slip for the first time, please complete a separate check for the slip fee. This check will be held until we are certain that you have been assigned a slip (usually by mid to late March). If by chance you are not assigned a slip, this check will be returned to you uncashed.
Jane and Christy
The season starts with the Geist Spring Laser Regatta, where valuable experience is gained through racing against some of the best Laser sailors in the Midwest. This is typically a great season starter and the first time on the water in competition. This April regatta provides our team with great early season training while they wait for the first I-LYA Junior Regatta in June at Berlin Sailing Club. The season quickly gets busy in June with six regattas in the month! Mentor Harbor, Sandusky, Edgewater, and North Cape. Many miles are going to get put on the tow vehicles that month! July consists of three regattas with one of them being I-LYA Junior bay week. The I-LYA Junior season ends with two regattas in August at Hoover and Erie. In September, we will go to Lake Lemon for the Lake Lemon Regatta. This has become traditionally the last outing for the Juniors, and is always loads of fun.
The summer sailing camp plans are nearly finalized. The camps are scheduled for the week of June 19-23 and June 26-30th. The registration forms should be on-line shortly. Stay Tuned to the Sail Camp Page for more information. I was hoping to have them up by now, but ran into a little snag.
Safety and Education
MEMBERS URGED TO GET INVOLVED
Anytime there is a large organization there are complaints. Why are they doing that? They should be doing more! Can't we get better ------. Well, the answer doesn't lie in the above statements; it lies in your involvement.
The club is run by a relatively small segment of the membership. It is not run that way by choice. It is because all of the committees depend on volunteers. In order to have a better club YOU must participate. This is not the time to be bashful. Ask yourself, "what can I do to help". You don't have to be a professional. Just be willing to pitch in. Call any of the committee chairman listed on page two and volunteer your service. We can make this a very exciting and fun filled club if we all do what we can.
Very true words that were written 45 years ago! Seems to this current Telltales editor that these words apply not only to our lovely Sailing Club, but to many aspects of life... So, the only change I would make to the previous text is to bring it into the 21st century and suggest that you email your committee chairs if you can find the time to volunteer. Visit the Racing Page and sign up for Race committee duty. Come to the Race Meetings and Learn how to help the racing program. Email Kenny and volunteer for our many work projects and work parties planned for 2017. Contact our Social Chair and take on chairing a social event. These activities are not only fun, but you earn valuable work credits to apply to next years dues.While we are a private sailing club, we have always accepted all comers regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or even sailing ability. Follow a few of our basic rules, help out when you are able and you are welcome to enjoy the hidden gem that we call our oasis - Eagle Creek Sailing Club. Rick Graef Publicity