February 1, 2017

Racing February 2017

January Race Meeting a Huge Success!

My thanks to all who attended the first Race Ready meeting on January 25. We had about 30 members attend.  We covered some of the changes we are making to the racing program this year. It was great to see such a huge turnout and we had a lot of great discussions.

New Permanent Racing Mark

The biggest change for 2017 will be the addition of a new permanent racing mark. We are going to move permanent mark #2 to a new location due west Buoyof mark #5 and will be adding a new permanent mark #Y directly north of mark #X and slightly northeast of where mark #2 used to be. Click HERE  to see a diagram of the new mark locations. This will let us set up more race courses using just the permanent marks in just about any wind. It will also allow us to set up both windward-leeward courses (for red and green fleets) and triangle courses (for blue and white fleets) from the same RC boat position. Hopefully, this will make Race Committee duty easier.

RC Duty Signup

fb_img_1441037146453Speaking of Race Committee duty, ECSC members who participate in the Wednesday and Sunday racing series are expected to sign up for one of the two RC duty slots for each series they are participating in. If you typically only race in the Wed series, then you will need to sign up for RC duty 3 times – once for spring, summer and twilight series. Likewise, for the two Sunday Series. If you don’t sign up, then you will be assigned a day for RC duty. So, if you want to choose your RC week instead of having it chosen for you, please go to the signup site and register – CLICK HERE.

We need Volunteers – You need work credits. Can we work something out?

Note: you do not get work credits for this RC duty – it is just expected as part of competing in the racing series. Club regattas are a different matter. Because of the time commitment, we do give club work credits for serving on Race Committee in any of our 6 regattas. We have several positions to fill for each regatta including:
  • Principal Race Officer – in charge of on-the-water activities, watches the start/finish linesVolunteer
  • Recorder – records the positions of boats at the start and finish
  • Timer – announces the time remaining to start and the times of boats as they finish
  • Signals/Flags – raises/lower flags & sounds horn to signal starts, finishes and penalties
  • Safety Boat/Mark Set – Sets temporary marks, monitors pin-end of start line, monitors mark roundings, assists boats in distress
  • Safety Boat / Mark Set #2 – Assists on Safety Boat
  • Regatta coordinator – in charge of overall regatta, coordinates shore-side activities (event check-in, trailer storage, food & entertainment)
The dates of the regattas are:
Dates Regatta Comments
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
Other than the Principal Race Officer position, prior knowledge of racing is not required. As for the Principal Race Officer position, we can quickly get you trained on how to run a race. I would like to get more “non-racers” active in helping run the race program. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day on the water and watch the race from a great vantage point (the middle of the race course). In addition, regatta volunteers get to attend the dinner and party for free, and get a free T-shirt. Plus, you earn work credits!! What could be better than that? Contact me for additional information. I also have the following other work credit volunteer jobs:
  • RC food pickup: Make a weekly run to Gordon Food Service to make sure there is enough food for Wednesday and Sunday post-race cookouts.

One-Day Race Management Seminar March 11, 2017

On March 11, 2017, ECSC and ISC will host a one day seminar on Race Management.  Our instructor will be Steve Harris.  Steve is the US Sailing Area Race Officer for our area.  Students will receive expert instructions and best practice tips for running a club-level race.  The cost is $45.  This includes course materials and lunch.  If you are in the racing program and are unsure how to run a race, or if you are not in the racing program and want to get some work credits working the Race Committee crew, or if you are a little rusty in running races, you should sign up. As an added incentive, I will reimburse up to 10 people who sign up and attend the seminar.  Please click HERE to see a brochure for the event.  Click HERE to go to the US Sailing web site to register.  Just scroll down to the March 11 event at ISC and register.

Come out for the Social Side of Racing

Over the past couple of years, we have been trying to merge the racing program with our social program and have our racing events double as social events. Non-racers are invited to come out for the dinner and party. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of the meal.  It's a great way to enjoy your club even more.  

Next Race Ready Meeting

Our next Race Ready meeting will be held on February 22, 2017. During that meeting we will cover:
  • Rules changes for 2017calendar
  • Rules at the start
  • Rules for windward legs
  • Rules at the windward mark
If you are racing or interested in racing, please come out for some FREE PIZZA and a discussion on the Racing Rules of Sailing.   Geoff Endris, Racing Chairman
January 9, 2017

Racing January 2017

partyWe have a great racing program planned for 2017. Lots of racing. Lots of hot dogs and hamburgers!  As in the past, all club members are welcome to attend the regatta parties at the Mayor's Cup, Governor's Cup and ECSC regattas.  Your $10 ticket gets you food, beverage, music and dancing.  I am new to booking entertainment for these events, so if you know of a good band or DJ, send an email to the racing contact and I'll take it from there.

Race Ready Meeting #1

Mark your calendar for Wednesday January 25, 2017. That will be our first “Race Ready” meeting for all those who are interested racing this year. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30. We will have pizza and sodas for those who attend. The meeting-2location isn’t set yet, but we will send out an email blast to the newsletter distribution list in a week or so once we get the room locked down. We have 4 topics on the agenda for the meeting:
  1. Registration and PHRF discussion
  2. Race Committee sign up
  3. 2017 Racing Calendar
  4. Review of the ECSC RC Handbook

North U Tactics and Rule Seminar at ISC

On Saturday January 28, 2017, Indianapolis Sailing Club will host the North U Rules and Tactics Seminar.  Check in is at 8:30.  The seminar runs from 9:00 to 4:30.  Andrew Kerr will be the instructor.  The cost is $95, which includes a copy of Dave Perry's North U Racing Rules and Tactics workbook.  This is a good seminar if you are a little rusty on the rules or want to sharpen your racing tactics.  Click HERE for a link to the seminar flyer.

PHRF Ratings

We have several races that are scored based on PHRF rating, so it is very important that we have an updated PHRF rating for all racers. This applies to virtually all of the Wednesday and Sunday series racing. In order to be scored properly, make sure we have an updated PHRF registration form on file for your boat. If we don’t have an up-to-date form, we will assign you the base rating for your boat with no adjustments. This is the absolute worst rating you can receive. For your convenience, you have 3 ways to review and/or register your boat’s PHRF rating:checklist2
  1. You will receive a race registration form in your membership packet. If your boat has a PHRF form on file, you will be able to verify the information on the form. If you receive a blank form and are racing, simply fill it out and mail it back with your dues payment.
  2. Come to any of the Race Ready meetings and fill out the form at the meeting.
  3. Get a blank form at the RC Shed and leave it in the marked folder.
We are changing some of the PHRF adjustments this year to lessen the penalty to cruiser boats on windward/leeward courses. Come to the first Race Ready meeting to find out more.

Race Committee Signup

Volunteering for Race Committee is part of every racer’s responsibility. If everyone serves just one time per series, we will have a smooth sailing season. The Sign-up Genius web site has been updated with all of the sailing events for the 2017 season. unclesamCongratulations to Bob McCoun for being first to sign up for RC duty. There are 12 racing days in the Wednesday Spring series and 2 slots, so we need just 24 skippers to sign up. There are only 10 Sunday Spring races, so we only need 20 skippers to sign up. If everyone takes a slot, we can get them all filled. If you want to get your choice of days, sign up early. Note that on March 31, if we have any open slots for the two Spring Series, I will have to start assigning people who have not yet signed up. Sign up for RC duty by clicking here.

2017 Racing Calendar

calendarWe are making a couple of changes to the sailing calendar. Our goal is to reward participation, yet recognize individual champions.      
  • Wednesday Night series start time will change.
  • Fleet Champions will not be part of the Sunday series.
  • We are adding a Club Championship 1-day regatta to crown the best skipper and the fleet champions.
  • The Boat of the Year selection is being changed slightly.
Come to the first Race Ready meeting to find out more about the changes. All 2017 races have been added to the web site calendar.

Race Committee education

trainingOn March 11, 2017 ECSC and ISC are sponsoring a one-day Club Race Officer seminar at the ISC clubhouse. This is a great one-day event that will give you a great foundation on how to run a proper sailboat race. The seminar will cover all aspects of running a race from setting up the course, to starting and finishing boats, to changing and shortening the course. The cost is only $45 and that includes continental breakfast and lunch. It’s a great way to get into sailing mode for the upcoming season. Go to the US Sailing web site to register. Scroll down to the ECSC seminar and register online. I am updating the Race Committee Handbook to provide more “on the water” guidance and reference to those running races. This will also be covered at the Race Ready #1 meeting.   Geoff Endris, Racing Chair
December 2, 2016

From Racing

I will be taking over as Race Committee this year. First though, I want to thank Rick Graef for all the wonderful work he did as Race Committee the past 2 years. Thanks to him, the racing program is in good order and the transition went very smooth. I will be continuing a lot of what Rick started. We will have the regular Wednesday evening races, the Sunday races and the 5 major regattas. In addition, we will continue with Rich Fox’s Indy 200 regatta for White/Blue fleet boats, and the Ladies’ sail. We will continue with the 4 fleets this year.
  • Red Fleet: higher performance keelboats with low PHRF ratings and gung ho skippers.
  • Green Fleet: dingy/planing sailboats & catamarans
  • White Fleet: keelboats with higher PHRF ratings
  • Blue Fleet: higher PHRF boats and novice racers.
We have seen a huge increase in the number of “cruisers” who have come out to try their hand at racing in the Blue/White fleet. Based on the numbers, it looks like they are having a good time. This year, I want to make a change to the Sunday racing series. I would like this to be a little more “family friendly” and encourage more cruisers to come out. So parents, bring your kids out for a Sunday sail and a little friendly competition. Races will start at 2:00 and end around 4:30 followed by hot dogs or burgers afterwards - just like on Wednesday nights. We will also have our major regattas: The Mayor’s Cup in May, the Flying Scot Regatta in June, the ECSC Regatta in July, the Governor’s Cup in September and the Hornback Regatta in October. These are all great events that are well attended. I would like to remind the “non-racers” that everyone is invited to the regatta parties at the Mayor’s Cup, Governor’s Cup and ECSC regattas. We will have music and food for a low fee. As a reminder to all skippers: ECSC is sponsoring a Club Race Officers training class on March 11, 2017. This is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge about how to run a race. Mark the date on your calendar and make plans to attend. More to come next week. All racing events have already been posted on the web site calendar. I will be updating the Race Committee signup web site soon. As in the past, we will have 3 pre-season racing meetings for those interested in racing this year. During these meetings, we will register skippers for racing, get people signed up for Race committee and go over the rules of racing. The topics are as follows.
Date Event Topics
Wed Jan 25, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #1 Racing registration Race Committee sign up 2017 Racing program/events
Wed Feb 22, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #2 Changes to racing rules Rules at the start Rules going to windward Rules at the windward mark
Wed Mar 22, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #3 Rules at the leeward mark Rules going downwind Rules at the finish
   
October 4, 2016

The 2016 Sailing Season Draws to a Close

We have finally arrived at the dusk of another sailing season.  The Hornback Regatta (this weekend) has traditionally marked the beginning of the end of the season.  The leaves fall,; the coats come out; some days are nice and some days not so much.  Activity around the club begins to increase as it did in the spring.  Boats begin to fill up the parking lot and the blue tarps appear. This will be the first year that Sailboats Inc. will no longer be around to assist people in removing and storing boats.  I have received several emails from folks wanting help in this matter.  My only recourse is to forward their email in hopes someone is willing to help.  I am confident that some of the many wonderful people at our club will be happy to assist. It is a good thing our Harbormaster increased the parking space around the club.  It appears we will need it to store all the extra boats. Perry Cameron Commodore
October 4, 2016

Social – October 2016

We had a great social season this year.  As always, our members stepped up and volunteered as hosts and crew.  We really appreciate your efforts. Our next event is the annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday October 8, 2016 starting at 5:30.  Bring your favorite pot of chili and enter the contest for fabulous prizes and bragging rights! Our final social event will be the Final Bash on Saturday November 5, 2016 at Rick's Café Boatyard.  More info to follow.
October 4, 2016

End of Season Stuff

Greetings ECSC sailors!

Abandoned Boats Update

The Harbormaster crew has been busy this summer purging abandoned boats from our property.  Harbormaster Robertson is forming a wave of interested parties ready to wash the rest of the scars off of our shores. It is imperative to apply current ECSC stickers to your boat so that we do not consider it abandoned. If you have extra boats that you have not used in several years and you are interested in selling, we may be able to help you.

Club Closing Work Party

Mark your calendar for November 5th.  That's when we will meet at the club for our annual Club Closing Party.  This is when we close up the club, rake up the leaves and trim the weeds before winter sets in.  Be sure to bring your tools, rakes, leaf blowers and weed eaters.  The work party starts at 8:30 am.  We will have hot coffee and donuts.  This is your last chance to earn those work credits.  Rain out day is November 12th.

End of Season Boat Parking

Our last and extremely well attended sailing event is coming up in October. As usual parking is a problem for the Hornback Regatta and Saturday evening Chili Cookoff. In order to ease the parking problem the club has a rule that there is to be no parking of boats or trailers inside or around the outside of the parking corral until Sunday after the Regatta. Reserving your space by parking your extra car is not a solution to our parking dilemma. In the event an extra car (or truck) is found in or outside the corral it may be towed at the owner's expense.

Boat Parking Tips

Winter storage for wet slip sailors may be accomplished by Angle parking along the beach. We have widened the road to allow for more boats to be angle parked close together.  I would like to see about 1 foot of space between gunnels or fenders.  We should be able to relocate some other unused boats to the tree line as the purge continues to make room for often sailed crafts.  Please do not lock your trailer in the event it must be relocated.  Call me if you are storing your boat on the property and need to find a spot. Finally, check your boat frequently throughout the Winter and for that matter, the whole year to prevent damage from water. Kenny Chapman Harbormaster
October 4, 2016

Membership – October 2016

Welcome to 6 new members in September:

  • Dan and Barbara Nichols along with Daniel, Ashley & Deanna of Indianapolis.  They have several kayaks at the present time. 
  • David and Roberta Hillberry of Indianapolis sailing a Passage 14 and paddling a Mad River Canoe
  • Tania Deng of Indy sailing a Catalina 22
  • Randy and Amy Clason of Plainfield sailing a San Juan 21’
  • Frank and Judith Dillard and daughter, Alexis. of Indianapolis sailing a Hunter 23.5
  • Jason Hubbard (son of long time member, Tony Hubbard) of Indy sailing a J-24 - ‘ Green Hornet’
 Please let us know of any changes in email /mailing addresses. (ecsc_membership@yahoo.com)  As always, 2017 annual dues and slip fees will be due no later than 2/28/17. 

Upcoming Events

 Hornback Regatta will be coming up on October 8th.  Plan to attend the Saturday evening Chili Cook-off.  Bring your favorite crockpot of chili and win a prize.  Also mark your calendar for our one dress-up affair of the year - The Final Bash - November 5th at Rick’s Boat Yard.  Jane Schmidt & Chisty Merriman Membership
October 4, 2016

Safety & Education

Looking to the Future

  The ECSC Junior team and staff had a fun outing at the Lake Lemon Regatta on Sept 24-25th.  While the competition was real, the team usually treats this regatta as some relaxing and fun time together.  Most of us camped at Bloomington Yacht Club for the weekend, and even Wayne competed there, as he has for over 30 years! Jon spent the weekend competing in the Finn, against Wayne, but Wayne remains undefeated against the Juniors.  I guess he isn't showing them all his tricks! The two newest members of the Junior Team, Dunkin and Jack were also on hand to get experience sailing in their first regatta.  Congrats boys!  They got to see what it is really like to experience a regatta from start to finish, and they both did a great job!  The boys have been training with Jon and were anxious to see what racing was really like, so this was a great introduction to them.  They may be out at the Hornback, so if you see them be sure to say Hi!  The Junior Team will now shift gears into prep for 2017 Thanks to Kenny, the site is graded for the new school shed area.  The construction should start shortly .  The new area is going to feature storage space, but the most anticipated feature is some combined teaching space for camp, and workout area for the rest of the time.