May 7, 2018

Commodore May 2018

Spring has sprung, and the sailing season has begun!  Safety and Education hosted a laser regatta, Spring club racing has started; and on Mother’s Day we will have our first social event of the season! Please be courteous to those still getting their boats ready, and don’t park them in while you go out sailing.  Before Mother’s Day, all boats should be removed from the parking corral, freeing up more parking for everybody.  Hope to see you all at the Mayor’s Cup whether you are racing or just coming out for the Saturday night dinner and music. Geoff Endris would like to extend an invitation to ECSC Club members to the 2018 Great Lakes  Cruise.  Information is provided below. Mark Walker Commodore    2018 Great Lakes Cruise The Great Lakes Region of the Catalina 22 fleet holds an annual cruise on one of the Great Lakes.  The 2018 Great Lakes Cruise for Catalina 22s is planned for August 12-18 on Grand Traverse Bay. Our trip is not limited to C-22’s.  If you have a trailer-able boat and want to come along, contact Geoff Endris.  The more the merrier.  We could turn this into an annual ECSC trip! We will be launching at Elk Rapids MI.  They have a very nice marina and plenty of parking for our trucks and trailers.  They also have a nice beach right at the marina!! Our itinerary for the week looks like this: 12 August – Launch at Elk Rapids on “East Bay”, Welcome picnic. 13 August – Sail around the tip of the Old Mission peninsula to Northport. 14 August – Sail to Suttons Bay with a stop at Omena Bay at the Leelanau Cellars Wine Tasting room.  Nice beach at the marina.  Best ice cream shop only 2 blocks away!!  Christmas in August Gift exchange. 15 August – sail to Traverse City and see the “Cherry Capital”.  Great shops and restaurants, beautiful views and a very nice marina.  May have evening race with the Grand Traverse Yacht Club.  Details TBD. 16 August – Sailors Choice:  sail to Marian Island and anchor out overnight or stay in Traverse for another day.  17 August – sail around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula back to Elk Rapids.  Dinner as a group. 18 August – Haul out and head for home. The agenda is subject to change as we get closer and find out more about local events in the towns along the way.  We will have a skipper’s meeting every evening to go over the next day’s activities and answer any questions.  This will give all the participants the opportunity to sail in some “big water”.  Grand Traverse Bay is over 400’ deep.  There are plenty of wineries scattered around for off-boat activities.  We will try to sail up and dock at the Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room at Omena Bay if the water level will allow.   Don’t be concerned about taking your boat on such a “grand excursion”.  The distances are short – maybe a few hours.  We all sail together and stay at a marina most nights so it can really be a fun vacation.  And you may be surprised at how easy it is and how much you will learn about your boat and sailing. Let me know if you are interested.  There is still plenty of time to get that trailer checked out and ready for the trip.  If you have any questions, drop me a note.  Geoff Endris
May 7, 2018

Social May 2018

It is so good to see activity at the club!  Boats are being launched, sailors are gathering and telling their tales, and Social is gearing up for the first event! Mother’s Day brunch will be hosted again this year by Mike and Katie Smith.  This will be a special event as it is also Katie’s birthday!  Make sure you mark your calendars for May 13th!  We will begin serving at 11:30 am.  Knowing Katie, she has something special planned! Other events to plan for are as follows:  Memorial Day – May 28th at 3:30 pm  Host/hostess needed Father’s Day Brunch -June 17th at 11:30 am Host/hostess needed July 4th Pig Roast – July 4th at 3:00 pm Hosted by Steve and Sarah McQueen Beach Party – July 7th at 5:00 pm Hosted by Nick Mates and Crew Lobster Fest – date TBD at 6:00 pm – Eric Jones? Waiting confirmation  Labor Day – September 3rd at 3:30 pm – Host/hostess needed Chili Cookoff – October 13th at 5:30 pm – Hosted by Jennifer and Ryan Curtis Final Bash – November 3rd at 6:00 pm – Hosted by Larry Conrad If you are interested in volunteering as a Host/Hostess or any for of assistance, please let me know.   Call or text 317-eight four seven-7400.  Vickie Greenough
May 7, 2018

HarborMaster May 2018

May is here time to get sailing. Trailer lot is open please put your trailer up there when you launch your boat. The power sprayer is down for the moment. If you need to wash your boat there is a gas powered sprayer in the power sprayer shed. The work lot has several boats parked there please remove them as soon as possible. I have several small and large jobs that need to be done at the docks. If you are interested and want work credits please contact me. Dennis Robertson (317)-three three nine-7371
May 7, 2018

Racing May 2018

Racing May 2018!   MAYOR’S CUP UPDATE!! The Mayor’s Cup is just around the corner!!!   May 19th and 20th we will hold our first major regatta of the season. Race Documents and the Registration form can be found online at www.ecsail.org under the racing tab.  To pre-register, go to www.regattanetwork.com or fill out the registration form from our website or on the race shack bulletin board and mail or give to me. Come out for great on- the -water racing, and off- the- water food, music and beverages. Remember, the Mayors Cup party is not just for Racers anymore. All club members are invited to come to the party, hang with the racers, eat some delicious Da Blue Lagoon food, also, enjoy some beer or pop and good music from Leslie Red and Friends. The party starts around 5 with a Rum Pour and snacks. The band will start around 6:00, and dinner at 6.30.  ALL THIS FOR ONLY $15! Mayor’s Cup shirts will also be available (while supplies last) for $20 per shirt (nice tech fabric shirts). Racers, your $50(-$5 US sailing membership) registration fee includes one $20 shirt and one $15 dinner. Wednesday Night Series April has seen some great racing. The numbers are growing each week as the temperature continues to rise. Plan on racing the Super Sunday Series on the forth Sunday of each month with pitch-in dinner following the afternoon’s racing, with a special main dish provided by club. Special Thanks to Chef John George and Chef Janet Hickok for getting the first Super Sunday off to a flying start. Please, sign up for RC duty http://signupgenius.com,  we still need help on the RC boat so come on out and have some fun. Another special thanks to fellow club member and good friend Dan Nicholas who has volunteered for Safety boat duty for the year’s club series racing! The next event after the Mayor’s Cup will be the Super Sunday on May 27th at @ 2pm and a traveling regatta to the Geist Guzzler on June 9th and 10th.   Bob Hickok
May 7, 2018

Membership May 2018

Welcome to new members Bobby and Helen Small of Indianapolis, sailing a Hunter 23.  They are former members who are now returning!!  This makes a total of 5 new members since 1/1/18. Our first New Member Orientation will be on Sunday, June 24 1:00 in the upper shelter house.  This is a chance for new members to learn more about the club and ask any questions they may have.  Also a chance for any prospective members to come and learn. The 2018 Membership Booklet is at the printers and will be mailed directly to you.  You should  receive it around May 11th. Remember our AED unit is located on the front wall of the racing shed and is available at all times.  There are several good tutorials on online if you want to learn more about the use of an AED.  Our unit has a screen and voice instructions that walks you through the whole process and shows on the screen where electrodes are to be placed, etc. Jane Schmidt and Christy Merriman
May 7, 2018

Safety and Education May 2018

The Laser Regatta was a success during the last weekend of April with a total ten boats participating in the event! It was great seeing everyone there, considering how cold the weather was that weekend. Saturday came with heavy winds, but everyone pushed through and was very competitive throughout the races. There was plenty of lead changes in through the day in the full rig class, which made things exciting going into the second day. Sunday morning came with lighter winds and cold weather. Competition was close again this day and it was very enjoyable to watch. Thanks to everyone who came out to help pull this regatta off and to all the competitors for racing! The ECSC Junior Sailing team is back in full swing! They have begun practicing on the water again and all participated in our Laser regatta in April to dust off some off-season rust. All of them performed exceptionally well and are getting faster every time they are on the water. Their next regatta is the 19th and 20th of this month at Indianapolis Sailing Club before they start back up on the I-LYA Travler’s Series circuit on June 2nd. We appreciate all the support for the program and we are looking forward to a great season! Good luck team!   Sailing camp is filled up! We are very excited about the increased interest in the camp every year! All of us continue to look forward to meeting the new sailors and helping the sailing community grow! Chuck Lessick
May 7, 2018

Ship’s Store – May 2018

  Ship’s Store Click here to access the Ship’s Store Please check out this link monthly for specials.  
May 7, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee May 2018

Club is open!! There has been a lot of activity at the club as members are cleaning and polishing their boats for spring launch.  We all got a late start this year due to winter refusing to let go.  But it’s finally warm, the trailer lot has been mowed and the power washer has been turned on.  It’s time to get those boats in the water! Kate McMillan and Cody McCoun have been planting flowers around the club.  Be sure to thank them for their effort when you see them. We are in the process of getting bids to replace the gravel floor of the Race shelter with a paver stone floor.  This will be much safer in rainy weather.  We are also going to add some drainage to keep the parking lot runoff from flooding the race shed area. We have a number of jobs posted on the jobs board.  Please sign up for a project to make sure you get your work credits for the year.  The link is here: CLICK HERE FOR PROJECT SIGN UP