April 6, 2018

Commodore April 2018

Spring is finally here!!! and because it is Indiana, we got a 10″ snowfall to usher it in!  In true Hoosier spirit, we are opening the sailing season anyway!  Many services will be coming back on at the club!  Restrooms at the upper shelter will be reopened, trash removal resumed, grounds mowing resumed (once it is warm enough for the grass to start growing) and Club Racing starts back up soon.  I want to welcome everybody to the 2018 Sailing Season at Eagle Creek Sailing Club, and I hope to see you all at the club this month!   Mark Walker – Commodore
April 6, 2018

Harbormaster – April 2018

It’s time of the year let’s go sailing. The Slip assignments have been completed and are available online.  Just CLICK HERE to access the website. Members should feel free to put your boats in your slip anytime you want. With the volume of boats in the club this year we have had several boats that are double parked. If you have parked someone in, please address this early in the season so that we all have access to our boats.  The grounds Committee is looking to do some work in the upper trailer farm, so please don’t move your trailer up until after May 1st. If they are able to get the lot work done earlier, they will list that the lot is open on the sign. Also, always be sure to check the conditions in the upper lot as you do not want to get your vehicle stuck in mud. This spring I will be addressing several boats on the property that belong to club members that have not been cleaned or drained of standing water in several years. These boats will be a priority for me this year. If you know someone that owns one of these boats please let them know that I will be contacting them. Your club stickers  should be in your possession as of now so please put them on your boat and trailer as soon as possible. Dennis Robertson – Harbormaster 317-three three nine -7371
April 6, 2018

Racing April 2018

      How to Start Faster In case you missed the last racing seminar: It’s make or break time out on the racecourse, how to get a flying start and what to do when things don’t go quite to plan. When the race officer sounds the starting signal for the Super Sunday races, he can already see which boats are going to compete in the leading pack, which will be fighting with the mid fleet masses, and which crews will consider a recovery to the mid fleet a success. For most racers, the first five minutes set the agenda for the entire race. Yet, unlike sprinters or tennis players, who spend hours and days practicing starting and serving techniques, most of us are content with the 15 minutes or so starting practice we get each weekend in our local club races, compared with the three hours course-racing practice which inevitably follows each start. We all experience elements of a bad start from time to time: no space to leeward so no opportunity to accelerate without being lee-bowed; blanketed by boats to windward; starting at the unfavored end and seeing the fleet crossing boat lengths ahead within minutes of the start; in irons going backwards when the gun goes; or simply being pinned on starboard tack unable to follow any preset strategy. Worse still, sticking out from the crowd in the event of a black flag or individual recall. Consistent good starters avoid these dangers by applying a mix of skills. Many are class specific: the fastest way to learn is by watching your class expert. Sadly, these skills can’t be learned simply from reading. They must be learned just the same way the expert learned them – through time on the water. Strategic Awareness when Sailing A clear race strategy leads to a definite starting objective. A starting objective enables realistic priorities to be set; rather than trying to win the start outright we might aim for a more conservative approach, which achieves these priorities. For example, in light conditions the top priority for a keelboat is generally speed off the line, while in a dinghy it’s clear wind. If there is a wind bend favoring the right-hand side of the course, the priority will be a clear lane to tack onto port.   How to handle the boat Practicing some specific boat handling skills will enable you to accurately position the boat on the start line: Stop quickly by pushing out the boom, keeping the boat’s alignment constant. Learn to maneuver at slow speed, using sails and body weight. Practice holding the boat on station in semi-stalled mode; (between close hauled and head to wind) using rudder and sails; maintaining control all the time. Try bearing away fast without acceleration, then promptly returning to semi-stalled mode. Learn to tack when in semi-stalled mode, using body movement and sails, without gaining forward momentum. Accelerate quickly from semi-stalled mode.   Boat Awareness Things we need to learn about our own class: What wind and wave conditions allow a stable semi-stall mode? (In big waves or wind, a controlled speed approach may be safer). How long does our boat take to accelerate from semi-stall to full speed (through a range of conditions) and what is the minimum space we need to leeward to achieve this? What are the techniques for ‘hanging in’ – maintaining a lane after the start when we haven’t created quite enough room to leeward? How fast does our boat move sideways through the range of conditions? Time on distance – how long does it take to sail five boat lengths in each wind condition? (Sailors who have developed this skill well can judge the distance to the line in time as well as distance.)   Observational Skills Practice measuring the line bias – judging how far you are from the line, observing the trends in the fleet, spotting the gaps and the hot spots.   Know your rules To ensure good starting, we need a clear knowledge of the rules, make sure that our competitors are aware of this, and control close situations before they become incidents. WE HAVE MORE RULES PAMPLETS JUST ASK.   Sailing Routine All good starters have their own favorite routine. As with any complicated task, a checklist, breaking the task into manageable portions, makes the whole procedure less daunting. Starting the first race of the club or world championship becomes as straightforward as eating your cornflakes. If it helps, write it down. Here’s an example: Practice beat Practice run Wind patterns? Is your boat set up for the conditions? Check shrouds, forestay, lowers and jib cars. Tide/current? Course? Beat strategy Which spinnaker/which bag? Line transit Line bias Start objective Identify the relevant starboard lay line Weed check Bias check I flag? Black flag? Where are boats lining up? Final decisions Final line up Check Cunningham, centerboard and vang Now all you need is practice!!!! See you on the water, Bob Hickok Racing Chair  
April 6, 2018

Membership April 2018

Welcome to new members Marcus Rogers and Audrey Mills who are from Fishers and sailing a  J 24. There will be a New Member Orientation session on Sunday, June 24 at 1:00 pm in the upper shelter.   Come meet with Christy to learn more about ECSC and encourage any prospective members to attend. All checks received have been deposited and all decals for boats and trailers have been mailed so if you have not received yours, please contact Jane.  Slips have been assigned and there is a wait list this year.  Those of you who sent a separate slip check for $385 and were not assigned a slip, I am still holding those in a secure file and will do so for awhile longer in the event that additional slips may become available for subleasing as the season progresses. Jane Schmidt      Christy Merriman
April 6, 2018

Safety and Education – April 2018

Eagle Creek Sailing Clubs Junior Summer Sailing Camp is officially full for 2018!   There was a lot of interest in the camp by both former campers, as well as a large influx of new kids coming to the camp and the camp filled very quickly.   Camp doesn’t happen for about 3 months, so now the staff meetings and planning will be completed leading to another year of introducing about 50 kids to the sport of sailing.  The Junior Camp is a great way to build future sailors not only for ECSC, but for the good of the sport in general.  Who knows how many of these kids will “get the bug” and become future club members or junior sailors for ECSC. It is spring time, and HOPEFULLY the cold weather will be gone very very soon!  Just a quick reminder to do a safety check on your boat(s) to be sure things are as they should be to first avoid anything going wrong while you are sailing or at the club, and second should something happen are you prepared to act with the proper safety gear, plan, etc.?   Safety First! Junior updates should be coming soon, as regatta season will be upon us soon enough.  Until then, the ECSC Junior Team is finishing their winter workout program and will be heading outside to the club in the very near future.  They will be doing both weight training at the Junior Sailing Center, as well as sailing on the lake as often as possible. If you happen to see them, please show them our support by saying “Hi!”.       Check out ur ECSC Juniors web page here Check out our ECSC Junior Facebook Page here Check out the upcoming 2018 Junior Racing Schedule here Here is the NOR for the ECSC Indy Laser and Opti Regatta at ECSC on April 28 and 29, 2018
April 6, 2018

Ship’s Store – April 2018

  Ship’s Store Click here to access the Ship’s Store Please check out this link monthly for specials.  
April 6, 2018

Publicity/Grounds Committee April 2018

  Annual Property Walk The Grounds Committee did its annual “property walk” in early March to make a list of repairs.  This has become an annual tradition and it helps keep the club in good working order.  We have a number of infrastructure-type items that need to be addressed and we will be taking those to the board for funding.  These include: Filling in cracks in the main drive Upgrading the electrical system Repairing some of the older buildings Improving the drainage at the club Repairing worn dock boards Replacing broken picnic tables Spring Work Party We had our spring work party on Saturday March 31.  We had about a dozen workers show up.  Many stayed well past noon.  John George brought some Bean Soup for lunch and Geoff Endris grilled hamburgers for those who stayed into the late afternoon. We got a lot of work done: Got the upper shelter spruced up.  Replaced some broken picnic tables.  Put the RIB lift back in the water (CLICK HERE to check out the Facebook video on that).  We even did some drainage work to give drain water a better path to the lake. Colin Leatherbury continues to make great progress clearing out dead trees and cutting back the bushes and thorns around the outside of the club.  When you come out this spring, you will see a much better maintained and much more open club grounds. For those of you who missed out on the work day due to spring break or Easter holiday, fear not.  We still have plenty of work to do.  We will most likely have another work day to clear up the leaves that have accumulated in between the boats once the boats are out of the parking lots. Other Work Projects We also have a number of projects that people can perform at their leisure.  These will be posted on the club web site.  You can go to the web site and sign up for the project, report its conclusion and get your work credits.  Some projects include: Painting some of the buildings/sheds Replacing and painting the siding on the Commodore’s shed Replacing some roof decking and shingles on the Commodore’s shed Applying sealer to the new dock boards so they last longer Applying sealer to the new picnic tables And much more The new jobs have been posted to the project sign-up board.  You can get to the project board from the Harbormaster’s page or by using the THIS LINK. Landscaping Committee I am still looking for volunteers who want to work on the Landscaping Committee.  We need gardeners who would like to plant flowers and shrubs around the grounds to make the place look a little nicer.  Please contract the Grounds Committee if you want to help. Trailer Parking We will be mowing the upper trailer lot in April as soon as the swamp drains.  We have lots of standing water up there now.  The sign at the top of the hill says no trailers until May 1st.  This is to give us time to get the field ready. If we get some dry weather and can get the field mowed, we might open up the lot prior to May 1st. Please monitor the Facebook page and your email box. Note that we have a few trailers that appear to have been abandoned and do not have stickers.  If these are not claimed by the end of the month, they will be removed from the club premises.  Contact Dennis Robertson if one of the trailers belongs to you.   Geoff Endris – Grounds Committee