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.    
October 4, 2016

Outfit for chilly weather at the Chili Cook-Off!

Autumn is upon us.  Winter is right around the corner.        While at the store, pick up a 2016 Governor’s Cup T Shirt for $5.00!  There are a bunch in stock.  The inventory depletion sale of discontinued items is still in process.  The remaining inventories of these items are beginning to get picked over, but the item you want may still be there! SAIL ON – SALE ON Al Wilkins   
October 4, 2016

Final Bash is coming up!

The ECSC Final Bash will be held on Saturday November 5, 2016 at Rick’s Café Boatyard Restaurant. Cocktails start at 6:30 – each ticket comes with two free drink coupons. Buffet dinner starts at 7:30 Racing Awards at 7:45 Dancing starts at 8:30 Door prizes awarded at 9:00 and at 10:00 At 10:00 we will hold a drawing for a free 2017 ECSC Membership. The dinner is $35 for Members and $40 for Guests.  There is a $10 discount for reservations and money received by October 31st. Watch for more to come via email next week.
September 1, 2016

My Favorite Sailing Month

Imagine that you are cruising along as smooth as a Cadillac on a newly paved road.  You can hear the ice softly rattle against the side of your cup as the puff subsides and the smooth ride shifts gears. The sun feels wonderful on your face this cool day.  The coat you are wearing is light but easily keeps you warm.   As you feel the heel of the boat subside, relaxation courses through your body, you know that every one of your muscles can just let go and unwind completely. Puff on!   You take a sip and feel the pressure increase as you realize intuitively that this girl wants to rise higher to the wind.  The more the wind blows, the more she rises until you are in the grove.  You love that feeling, the same one you get when a singer leads up and finally hits the high note.  The boat heels, the wind whistling by your ears is deafening.  The ride is a thrill! Sooner or later the puff relaxes and you take another sip of your drink.  It is a sad feeling knowing that sailing season is nearing it’s end, but the last vestige is a good one.  It is a windy one, a cool one, a time when hot chocolate sounds better then beer.  It is football season, a time for chili and fall leaves. Welcome to September.  This sailor’s favorite month of the year! If you like September you may like joining the ECSC board!  Let me know your interest.  commodore@ecsail.org
September 1, 2016

LobsterFest a Huge Success

Big Shout OUT to Eric Jones and his crew for putting on a fabulous Lobster Fest Event!  Despite the weather, we had a great turnout! He had so much fun, he has already volunteered for next year!  Thanks Eric!!  Please check out the pictures on the our Facebook Page.  Great fun had by all!  Jack and Cindy Hale are gearing up for our Labor Day Barbecue.  Please plan on coming with an appetite and a dish to pass.  We anticipate GREAT weather this weekend so this too should be a successful event!  First Burger Served at 3:30.