It is hard to believe spring is almost over and summer is almost here. We hope you have been enjoying our social and sailing events. Sailing education programs will be starting shortly. Be sure to come out often and enjoy all of the racing, sailing in social activities offered by your Eagle Creek Sailing Club. Check out the many upcoming activities in this month’s newsletter and on our calendar. Come on out and have fun. you will not be disappointed. Our club continues to prosper with the help of many volunteer efforts. Take a look at the reconstructed L dock for example. It is much stronger and will last for many years to come. We mentioned in last month’s newsletter that the board approved the additional work credit hours for volunteers. Now we are offering the opportunity to volunteer on your own time. You no longer need to wait for a scheduled work party. Some members have already volunteered and completed projects. Please take a look at the sign-up genius for opportunities to make our club grounds better. The link below will take you to the sign-up genius site. This link to Sign Up Genius You may have noticed a new wooden sailboat at slip A01 built by Eliot Spurway.Building a sailboat is one of the most difficult woodworking projects that anyone can do. Eliot did a marvelous job. If you have not seen it, you should stop by and admire his work. This is also the season for the ultra high tech America’s cup race. Those rigs are amazingly fast. Our sailing fun can range from honored traditions to ultra high tech. No wonder I like it so much. Our facilities assessment is continuing with the hope of keeping everything in good shape. One area of concern is the lower picnic shelter. Many of the vertical columns have decayed substantially and something must be done. We know this was the original shelter and holds many fond memories for members. However, the general conditions and housekeeping raise the question of what to do. We must either repair the existing structure, retire it, or replace it with a new structure. A new structure would probably have a concrete floor and look very different. Any repair or replacement should also include requirements for better housekeeping. No club members would be allowed to store masts or equipment in the new or refurbished structure Please contact me or any board member to share your ideas about the better strategy. Be safe, have fun and sail fast. Larry Conrad
Hello EC sailors, hope your season is working well for you. Most Harbormaster projects are complete but there are about 4 boards on the docks that still need to be replaced, three on D dock and one on A dock. please contact me if interested in some work credits. The L dock re-decking job turned out well, thank Dennis Robertson for his design and persistence in getting this greatly needed project completed with the help of some fantastic members. Any one interested in weed eating the sail boat parking lots and up the main hill on either side please contact the Vice commodore, Treasurer or the Harbormaster dept. This would be a grounds committee project where you can earn more than the normal 15 credits. Follow this link for more info. Kenny Chapman
Weekly Series Update Well, we are two thirds through the spring series. Attendance has been kind of light due to the weather.We need more people to come out for Sunday afternoon racing. Wednesday night races continue to be the most popular racing event. Our last race had 19 boats racing. That’s great participation. As of 5/31, Bill Grant is leading the Blue/White fleet and Bob Hickok is leading the Red fleet. Rich Fox is now posting race results on the ECSC Facebook page. Results are also posted on the ECSC web site racing page and on the Regatta or Series web pages. RC Duty Signup We only have 4 weeks left in the Spring Series. Be sure to sign up for Race Committee to remove your “penalty points.” Go to the RC Signup page to sign up. Mayor’s Cup Results Our annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta was a great success, despite the weather. Winds were out of the west, which made the course pretty short. Perry Cameron was the PRO and he set up for short sprint-type races to get as many in before the rain came or the winds died. We managed to get 6 races in on Saturday, followed by a great BBQ dinner from Squealers and hot tunes from local band “Top Shelf.” The band was awesome and had people dancing till 11:30. Sunday, the weather gods tricked us again by sending us winds out of the east. Again, Perry set up short courses and we got another 4 races in before calling it quits. Results for the regatta are: Fleet Boat Skipper Total Pts Place Blue/White C-22 Sport Fox 13 1 Blue/White Seaward 26 Conrad 14 2 Highlander Highlander Japiskee * 7 1 Highlander Highlander Hollingsworth * 14 2 Red J-24 Hubbard, J 13 1 Red J-24 Hickok 25 2 Red J-24 Onrejack * 25 3 Red J-24 McGinity * 45 4 Red J-24 Schulze 47 5 Red J-24 Rogers * 55 * Denotes non-ECSC member Flying Scot Regatta update Our next regatta is the annual Flying Scot regatta. This is the kickoff event for the Flying Scot Midwest Division traveling series. We already have 11 boats committed and expect at least 15 boats. Rich Fox is the PRO and has assembled a great Race Committee crew. We could use some volunteers to help with the shore-side activities – mainly breakfast and lunch. Contact Regatta Director: Geoff Endris. ECSC Regatta and Beach Party The ECSC Regatta is scheduled for July 8-9 with the newly resurrected and highly acclaimed ECSC Beach Party scheduled for July 8. Bruce Berner is the PRO for the regatta and is looking for volunteers to help out on Race Committee. RC Volunteers get to attend the Beach Party for free and get this really nifty soft sided cooler in their choice of colors. The beach party was a huge success last year with over 160 attending. Nick Mates promises to put on another great event this year. The meal will be catered by Stacked Pickle, with tunes from local band “Dwight Lightning and the Conch City All Stars.” It is sure to be a great event. Tickets are $10 per person, which pays for dinner, drinks and dancing. Folks it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. You will need to register and pay in advance just like the LobsterFest. We will publish more information on how to register in the next couple of weeks.
A big welcome to new members, John and Amy Segner of Indianapolis. They join as legacies as Amy is the daughter of Kay and Larry Conrad. Larry is our esteemed Commodore who, along with Mark Walker, his Vice Commodore, is doing such a great job of leading our club during this 2017 season. We do thank them for all their hard work. Our May – New Member Orientation – session was attended by many prospective members. We plan to hold another on Sunday, July 16th at 1:00 in the upper shelter and then again on Sunday, Sept. 17th. Do encourage any interested persons to attend as this is a great way to learn the ins and outs of our club. Remember the Father’s Day Brunch will be coming up – 11:30 Sunday June 18th. Do plan to be there!! Jane Schmidt
June is when our summer sailing camp is held during the last two weeks of the month. We have a full camp again this year, with no more spots available. If you happen to be on the water during the time camp is being held please be aware that we have a lot of novices and young sailors in the area. Please be alert and give them extra room as quite often, we don’t know what to expect in regards to their boat handling. We hope to have another successful this summer and introduce many youngsters to the sport of sailing. As previously stated we hope to center our sailing camp operations in the new junior sailing building and limit the use of the upper pavilion. The ILY-A Junior Traveler Series Regattas begin this weekend in Alum Creek. That will be followed with four additional regattas this month, along with instructing the two weeks of the Junior Sailing Camp. Needless to say it is a very busy month for our juniors! Keep an eye on the Junior Sailing Facebook page for results and feel free to offer words of encouragement. Reagan Lessick just successfully completed her US Sailing Level 2 Certification. Way to go Reagan! We encourage our junior sailors to get as many instructor certifications as they can, which makes our instructor staff one of the best in the area! Sail safe this month and we’ll update you again next month. Chuck Lessick
Ship’s Store is off to a great start. Thanks to Mark Walker, we sold $486 worth of merchandise at the Mother’s Day Brunch. There have been a few other purchases that puts our year-to-date sales well over $500. Larry Conrad, as our commodore, executed a contract with Coral Reef Sailing Apparel from which you can purchase logo items. They perform this service for a very large number of sailing clubs including the Indianapolis Sailing Club. We still have over $4,000 worth of apparel, coolies, burgees, coasters, etc. that we need to sell first. All of the money collected goes to the ECSC to benefit all of the members. See the Ship’s Store catalog on the ECSC website. We may not have all the colors and sizes that are described in the catalog, though. Father’s Day is coming up we will have a table set up with merchandise at the Brunch. Bring your wallets. Les Miller
Hello Sailing Fans, Well, the month of May has come to a close and ECSC is in full swing. Regattas, cruises, chair parties, work parties…..These are all great reasons to come out and play at ECSC. Our harbormasters and our grounds committee has the club looking great and lots of improvement projects, our junior sailors are already bringing in more trophies and making long-lasting friendships all around the midwest, our social events have been fantastic, our race program continues to be fun filled and action packed. But best of all, are those great times we get hanging out with friends for a lazy afternoon sail!! Check out all of ur committee head articles for all there is to know about ECSC! Rick Graef