We hope you are having an enjoyable time taking advantage of all the available activities at our club. There is plenty more to come. The ladies have their special sailing event on August 12 and the Lobster Fest is August 19. The summer racing series is in full swing. Come out often and enjoy the fun.
Our club continues to thrive on the volunteer spirit. There are so many untold heroes who just pick up and do whatever is needed. Please join with me in thanking people when you see them cleaning, repairing, improving, organizing social events, sailing education and all the other things that keep our club going.
Last month, some members met with representatives of the Hoosier Mountain Biking Association regarding their plans to set up mountain bike trails around the cove and very near to our facilities. If you recall, their preliminary map showed trails within a few feet of our club house and the upper parking area. Further, the preliminary plans did not show any trail head parking or rest room facilities. The hoped for a few hundred to maybe a thousand bikers using the trails on weekdays and weekends. ECSC is trying to set a clear position that there must be natural, physical separation from ECSC facilities to avoid problems. It will be very helpful for individual members to express their concerns in addition ECSC leadership.
Some maintenance improvements are complete with others in progress or starting soon. Deteriorated posts on the upper deck have been reinforced, stairs leveled, and some treads replaced. New LED lights are in service in the parking lot. (By the way, anybody turning them off for atmosphere needs to turn them back on before leaving. The lights are there for safety and security.) Many of the projects on SignUp Genius are complete. Work is well underway for the lower shelter. Dead trees are down and cleaned up. We appreciate your patience as these activities progress.
A big welcome to three new members in July. Troy and Jeanne Whitted and their son, Jake, of Brownsburg sailing a 22 Hunter. Keith Burton, a former member, now living in Carmel and sailing an O’Day 23. John Wells of West Lafayette sailing a J24. We have had a total of 17 members join ECSC since 1/1/17. We do have a short waiting list for slips so if you are not going to be using your slip for the remainder of the season, contact Dennis Robertson to arrange a possible sublease for the rest the 2017 season.
Our new AED is in place (in it’s own box on the outside of the racing shed, to the left of the bulletin board) and is available to all members 24/7. We have both adult and pediatric pads available in the box. There is a short instruction sheet inside the box with the AED. Once activated, there is a small screen on the AED that shows where to place pads and there are voice commands that walk you through the procedure. For more information, you can Google and find a great deal of information.
Christy will conduct a third New Member Orientation session which will be held Sunday, September 17 at 1:00 pm in the upper shelter. All new and prospective members are welcome to attend.
Hope to see all of you at the Lobster Fest on Sat. August 19th. The evite invitation was sent out on August 3rd. Please RSVP and pay the $12.00 fee via that invitation. Any questions, contact Eric and Kathleen Jones or our social chairman, Vicki Greenough.
Ship’s StoreGood news and even better news. The good news is that members and their guests have been buying up the clearance items. Look for the Ship’s Store at LobsterPalooza for your buying pleasure. However, there still is a great deal of merchandise left to be purchased. You can email the Ship’s Store and order merchandise now. ALL MERCHANDISE IS 50% OFF. Remember that many gift giving holidays are coming up:
August 13 International Left Handers Day (think of all the southpaws in your family);
August 19 National Aviation Day (every pilot will find the burgees for their rudders a necessity):
August 26 National Dog Day (even Fido needs a pocket coolie): and
August 29 Day against Nuclear Tests (????).
The special dates in the ensuing months are just as worthy of giving gifts. There are several items for which it will be difficult to sell all of them (e.g., around 175 pocket coolies, over 100 ceramic coasters and over 50 trailer hitch covers, innumerable combination key rings with bottle openers). Every dollar you spend will go directly to the club. So do your patriotic (to the club) duty and buy, buy, buy. We have a great number of 2017 ECSC Regatta t-shirts. They will be available at LobsterPalooza or by contacting the Ship’s Store.
The better news is that we can now purchase logo merchandise from our new Ship’s Store partner - Coral Reef Sailing Apparel. The CRSA website will have higher end brands such as Gill and Helly Hansen. You would order and receive the merchandise online just like you would with any online vendor. Since this is not a large operation like Amazon, please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery for embroidered items. Because to the higher cost of setting up for silk screening of items like T-shirts, CRSA needs to have around 20 orders to maintain the price shown on the website. CRSA provides sailing apparel for over 130 sailing clubs in the US. Even though our full website will not be live for a couple of weeks, there should be a limited website up by Thursday, August 11. “Limited” means that not all of our ECSC apparel for the website will be shown on the site. Nevertheless, you can order logo merchandise shown anywhere on CRSA’s website catalog now, even if it is not on the limited site. You can find the limited website by going to
The website for the CRSA is - https://www.coralreefsailing.com/.
Hello ECSC Sailors and Sailor wannabees,
Sorry for the lateness of our August issue of the telltales. Your friendly Publicity chairman has been a bit busy sailing. On July 2nd I headed to the west coast to participate in the bi-annual TransPac Regatta from California to Hawaii. 2300 miles of fantastic offshore downwind racing. Boy was I surprised when ECSC members Chuck and Nancy Goff (and their buoys) traveled all the way to Hawaii just to meet me at the finish. Thanks guys, if that isn't ECSC spirit I don't know what is. Next I traveled to Port Huron for the annual Bayview to Mackinac race. It seemed pretty short after the Hawaii race as we finished in about 28 hours not 10 DAYS. After a quick weekend racing in Harbor Springs, Michigan I was off to the Soo (Sault Saint Marie) to jump aboard the Nelson Marek 50 Chewbacca for the 25th bi-annual Trans Superior Yacht Race. Yes, Lake Superior is cold. Really Cold. I even brought winter gloves and hand warmers.
Now on to ECSC. Check out Les Miller's article regarding our new ship'd store agreement with CRSA. Seems like a great way to get your new ECSC clothing and gear and get it custom embroidered. Thanks to Les for putting this together. Also thanks to our grounds committee and Harbormasters for their great work around the club. It is great to see the new deck boards on D dock, the repairs to the upper shelter and especially to see the restoration of our lower shelter.
As I type this many of our ECSC J24s are on the move up to Sandusky, Ohio for our district Championships. Don't Panic (without me frown-frown, skippered by my son Austin), Dutch Mob, and reckoning (skippered by Jason Hubbard) are all making the trip. Word has it 2 ISC boats are also making the trek. It is great to see our Indianapolis racers representing our club in such a great manner.
See you on the water,