September 1, 2016

September Harbormaster Report

No report this month.
September 1, 2016

September Membership Report

Welcome new members Tony and Carol Gentry of Avon and Mike Blackwell of Indianapolis.  The Gentry’s are Family Members. Mike has been involved in our racing program and is joining as a Race Fellow. The last New Member Orientation session of the season will be held on Sunday, September 18th. Meet Christy in the upper shelter house to learn more about ECSC. This is also a good session for any prospective members to learn more about the club and the steps involved in becoming a member. So spread the word. Along that line, anyone joining after 9/1/16 will pay only the initiation fee for 2016 ($1,000). They will be able to enjoy the club for the rest of the season and more than likely, our Harbormaster will find a wet slip for them to use for the remaining months. This works well for those who may have been thinking about joining and haven’t yet pulled the trigger. Three chances left to join in the social activities – The Labor Day Cook out on 9/5 at 3:30, the Chili Cook-off in October and the Final Bash in November.
September 1, 2016

Douglas Wins I-LYA Junior Traveler Series

September 1, 2016

September Store Items

Welcome aboard your Ship’s Store. FEATURED ITEM The featured item this month is a silk touch ECSC Polo in Navy or Pink. Embroidered with our club logo, it’s so easy to look your best when wearing this wrinkle – fighting shirt. It’s yours for only $14.00.   DISCONTINUED INVENTORIES We are still pushing to deplete all discontinued items with the following sale prices: $5ITEM                                                     OLD PRICE                         NEW PRICE Gildan T Shirt $  6  $4 Ladies Ribbed Tank Top $13 $4 Ladies Tank Top (old model) $14 $4 Ladies Tunic $34 $4 Missy Fit T $  9 $3 Rapid Dry Polo $35 $4 Check the onsite catalog for further product information on these and all items as well as contact information. The store will also be open in the upper shelter during the Labor Day Cookout and the Governor’s Cup Dinner Party for your shopping pleasure.
September 1, 2016

ECSC Ladies’ Day Sail 2016 – by Kelli Morehead

The ECSC Ladies’ Day Sail was held Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the club’s upper pavilion shelter. The event was hosted by Kelli Morehead, along with co-hosts Denise Fox, Sheela Krout, and Nancy Goff. Three “Fantastic First Mate” helpers included Mark Walker, Terry Holland, and Chuck Goff. There were 17 ladies in attendance for the event, including Lesley Baker, Judie Breitzke, Marilyn Cloutier, Jackie Deppe, Jenipher Gee, Nancy Goff, Vickie Greenough, Sheela Krout, Sarah McQueen, Christy Merriman, Kelli Morehead, Kathy Newgent, Jane Schmidt, Nan Schulze, Edna Sprowl, Sherry Weir, and Burnie Wilkins. Ladies were treated to a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed event featuring décor done up in the classic Tiffany blue and white, along with black and silver accents. Silver beads and crystal and aqua gems scattered on the tables completed an elegant look. Tiffany-blue boxes filled with Lindt truffles doubled as place cards. Black velvet holders adorned with pearl strands graced the buffet tables. A brunch-style meal featured a tasty breakfast casserole, fruit compote, a build-your-own yogurt parfait station, and pastries including mini muffins, scones, and fruit danishes. The beverage station featured coffee/decaf, orange juice, and bottled water featuring a fun bottle wrap with the iconic Audrey Hepburn image and a “Drink Up Darling!” message. Brunch was enjoyed by everyone! As the weather was not cooperative for the ladies to enjoy a nice sail, all attendees were treated to three “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”-themed games. Marilyn Cloutier won the movie trivia game, Lesley Baker aced the movie word search, and Edna Sprowl came in first in the “What’s in Your Little Black Purse?” game with 19 items! Way to go, ladies! Everyone had fun seeing old friends, welcoming new friends, and enjoying a lovely time of fellowship, food, and festivity. All attendees and “First Mate” helpers received nautical swag bags filled with surprises to enjoy upon departure. All in all, it was a delightful event and very well attended! In case you had to miss the event, check out the pictures below!
August 1, 2016

Sailing Spunk

It is hard to believe that August has arrived.  This is probably the slowest month of the sailing season due to hot temperatures and light winds.  For many, it may be a welcome break as July ushered in most North American Championships for one-design fleets.  I was fortunate enough to participate in the Flying Scot NACs in Newport Rhode Island this year.  It was a humbling experience with the large waves, strong current, and sea breeze between 15-30 mph all week long.  While I had the time of my life, I could not help but appreciate that our little lake offers some pretty nice racing as well.  My favorite conditions are on a cooler day with  7-10 mph winds.  Generally in Indiana, these kind of days fall in the late spring and early fall. It is amazing how the dynamic of the sailing experience changes so drastically in different locations.  These differences  also propagate different cultures.  For instance, I was recently on a lake that had roughly 200 sailboats.  While this may not seem so strange, the fact that 199 of the boats were of the same kind seemed strange.  Can you even picture everyone having the same kind boat on Eagle Creek?   Perhaps it was the secluded Appalachian Mountain environment which caused everyone to get the same boat.  Perhaps it was the fact that these boats were manufactured just a few miles from that particular lake.  Maybe no one wanted to “rock the boat” and get something different.   At any rate, it has created a sailing culture that is very unique to that lake. Speaking of unique; Our club,  located in a quiet and unassuming spot, has developed an inclusive and easy going cruiser boat culture.  I am not sure if it is more about sailing or socializing.  I suspect the latter.  Sure, we have some of the finest Beer Can racing around, but mostly it is about the camaraderie found at the “liars” table afterwards.  I have been to many clubs around the country and never found one quite like ours.  We don’t have the greatest body of water to sail on, nor the finest facilities.  What we do have is some of the coolest people you will ever meet, and a pretty decent oasis of fun that does not ruin our appreciation of other venues.  Most importantly, we have spunk.  That is all you need. If you like spunk, you may enjoy helping to keep it going.  We are looking for people interested in joining the board of directors.  Please contact me at commodore@ecsail.org if you are interested in a position next year.   Perry Cameron
August 1, 2016

Lobster Fest is coming!

It is hard to believe that it is already August! Eric Jones and his crew have been planning the Lobster Fest for several weeks.  Lobster Fest will take place on August 20th. You should have already received a “Save the Date” email. To cover the cost of the Lobsters we are charging $12 per person. We need to have a good head count so we order the right amount of those clawed creatures so PLEASE RSVP.   We are still seeking 4 additional volunteers to assist with this event. Earn some work credits and join in on all the fun! Contact Eric Jones or Vickie Greenough if you are up for the challenge. Labor Day cookout will be September 5th and is hosted by Jack and Cindy Hale. Chili Cook off will be hosted by Jennifer and Ryan Curtis Final Bash will be hosted by Nick Mates
August 1, 2016

August Harbormaster Report

No report this month.