July 1, 2016

July Membership update

Welcome to new members in June.  Hope to see you at the July 4th Pig Roast on 7/4 at 3:30. Claudine Samanic from Avon. Dave and Deanna Plank from Greenwood, sailing a S2 There will be a New Member Orientation in the upper shelter house on Sunday, 7/17  1:00 pm. NEW WEB SITE:  Geoff Endris has been hard at work to get our new website up and running.  Please go to ecsail.org, log in with the password that Geoff sent to you individually, click on MEMBERS and you will see a world of information.  You will find a ‘Member Listing’ of all current members of ECSC.  You will also have access to a PDF copy of our orange 2016 Membership Booklet.  You will be able to access our club By-Laws as well as General Club rules and much more.  Many thanks to Geoff for the many hours that he has spent making this happen.
July 1, 2016

July Safety & Education update

Well the second week of sail camp is about to come to a close, and the kids all seem to be having a great time!  Our Junior team is performing well instructing the campers, and we have exposed over 30 young people to the sport of sailing in the past two weeks.  Parents must be talking to their friends about the camp, because believe it or not, I am already getting inquires on when registration for next year’s camp opens!  I have been taking some video and pictures for the website, and once I get some time to compile and edit it I will get it up there.  Btu for now, here are a few pictures of the campers. The Junior Race team has also been busy and placing well.  In the I-LYA Junior Travelers Series, Cameron Douglas is currently 4th, Reagan Lessick is 7th, and Jonathan Schwartz is 24th out of a total of 44 boats!  Great work team! Each year the team races 5-10 Saturdays during the months of June, July and August, around Indiana, Ohio, New York lakes.   July 17 we will land on the Island of Put-In-Bay, for Junior Bay Week, where the team will do battle once more.  The regatta will consist of up to 15 races in 4 days on Lake Erie. Came has made this trip many times over the last 6 years, and this year will be his last, since he will age out. He has won 2 out 4 travelers series races.  So we are believing he will show well at bay week this year and go out on top.  Cam’s teammate at Junior Bay Week, Reagan, is a young 16 year old sailor.  She is 5’3″, she is big on winning, and had been working out all winter.  Reagan will be the force that will be pushing the boys this year. Wish your Junior Team Well and follow them here!
July 1, 2016

Ship’s Store July Sale

  SAIL ON/SALE ON Celebrate July 4th by visiting your Ship’s Store. All items listed in the Discontinued Items section of our Online Catalog will be reduced by 50% off the catalog price for this holiday!  Sizes and colors are limited. Refer to the online catalog for photos and product descriptions. Store hours – 1PM to 6PM  
July 1, 2016

July Miscellaneous Items

The club is in full swing.  Lots of activity around the club.  Lots of people staying late to enjoy the extended summer daylight.  It is normal to assume that if there are cars in the parking lot, someone else will lock the gate when they leave.  This could be a bad assumption for a number of reasons.  Make it a practice to lock the gate behind you when you leave after dusk.  The best way to remember this is that if you would have to turn your boat’s navigation lights on, then the gate should be locked when you leave. Have you checked out our new web site? Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to check out the new web site.  And hopefully, you have logged in and updated your member profile.  If you are having problems, please send me an email. Speaking of emails, you can reach any of the club officers or committee heads by using the “Contacts” link on the left side menu.  Just select the person you want to contact and an email will automatically be sent to that person. Wanted: Publicity Volunteers With the new web site, we have a lot more content to post and maintain.  If you would like to help generate content or curate the web site, please send a note to Publicity on our Contacts page. Geoff Endris
June 1, 2016

Is it May or July?

What a strange spring it has been!  The weather in the beginning of May felt like the end of October, and the weather at the end of May feels like July.  The only thing that did seem normal was the ridiculously wonderful wind.  This was the first Mayor’s Cup since 2008 to have a substantial amount of wind, and I for one had a great time. The new website is online and appears to be fully functional.  Geoff Endris has spent a great deal of time putting it in order.  It is unbelievable the amount of time and energy it takes to put something like this together.  If you see Geoff, please thank him for his efforts.  If you hate the new site then the complaint forms are located in the sharks mouth on the wall of the John Storer pavilion.    Most of the relevant content to the site has been added.  We do plan on adding additional members only content such as the old Telltales and Board minutes for historical purposes. I am personally working on digitizing old copies of the Minutes.   I have only had time to finish up until 1973, but have already found several interesting things that I didn’t know.  For instance, the ECSC symbol you see accompanying this article was the original symbol of our club.  During the board meeting of March 22, 1973,  four insignias were presented before the board so that we could adopt an emblem that “would be easier to reproduce”.  Our current emblem offered by Lee Boschen was the one adopted. Another interesting tidbit is that it was decided in April of 1972 that the new ECSC newsletter would be titled “Telltales”.  John Halstead took the lead on discussing the format and low cost advertising contained within.  In the spirit of the 100th Indy 500, I will share one last token of interest.  (ECSC Minutes, April 27, 1972) “May 28-29 is the first major regatta of the season, the “500 Regatta.” Two races will be held each day, and a $7.00 entry fee will be charged for non-members”.
June 1, 2016

Memorial Day is upon us

Despite the cold, rainy weather, we had a great turnout for the Mother’s Day brunch.  Big “Thank You” to Mike and Katie Smith for a job well done!  Tony Rice spent his time at the grill as the Smith’s wingman. David Knapp is gearing up for our Memorial Day cook out.  The weather is expected to be beautiful and breezy.  First burger will be served at 3:30.  Get you sailing in early and dock in time for some grub. Upcoming Events Father’s Day host – the Kidd family Labor Day host – Jack and Candy Hale Chili Cook Off host – Jennifer and Ryan Eastridge Final Bash host – Nick Mates Still seeking volunteers for the 4th of July and Lobster Fest! Vickie
June 1, 2016

June Projects Scheduled

Ahoy loyal Eagle Creekers, at this time we have rid ourselves of 4 abandoned boats with only ten to twelve to go. A big “Thank You” goes out to Dennis Robertson for all of his hard work getting these eyesores off of our property. It is a very lengthy legal process to track down the owners and get the boats removed. Dennis has a pretty good system defined and operational. New Parking Lot Gravel (yea!) For our big summer improvement project, we will be adding additional gravel to all parking areas. This will make the entire parking area look much nicer. We don’t do this very often as it is a huge undertaking and a huge expense, but it’s time. We will be laying new gravel throughout the month of June. Jack Hale will be on site moving stone and putting “make up” on the gravel so please be aware of his work. We obviously cannot do the entire parking area at once because of the boats, so we have to do it in stages. This means we have to move some boats around – some of which haven’t been moved in a number of years. If you find your boat has been moved, don’t worry. We’ll put it back after the gravel has been placed. That means you are going to see huge open areas where there used to be boats and/or trailers. Please do not rush in and put your boat/trailer there thinking you have snagged a “prime location.” If the area used to have boats and is now empty, that means it is an “improvement area” and we are going to do a “gravel drop” there soon, then put the boats back in their original locations. Keep in mind that we have assigned “dry” slips. If you cannot find an open place for your boat, please call me (Kenny Chapman) or Dennis Robertson and we will find you a place. Some boat trailers have hitch locks on them. Be advised that at some point, we will have to move your boat/trailer. If you have a lock on your trailer, we will call you so you can either move your boat or remove the lock so that we can move the boat. We don’t want to cut locks off of trailers, but we do need to get this done and we need to move boats to do it. We can’t afford to hold up an area because a locked trailer is in the way and we can’t contact the owner. So, if you have a lock on your trailer, please contact us to work with us. Other June Projects (work credits available) We have some other projects scheduled for June. We will be building a new shed for Safety & Education, building a boat rack for the Purdue sailing club boats, and we have more docks that need repair. So, if you have some building skills and want to earn some work credits, please contact Dennis or me. Volunteers make this club work, and we really appreciate everyone’s willingness to make the club look really nice. We should all be proud of our club. Please help keep it maintained by donating a Saturday to help with a work project. Kenny & Dennis  
June 1, 2016

Membership Directories Published

Welcome to new members! Daniel and Jeanette Robertson and their daughter, Sarah,  of Indianapolis and sailing an O’Day 25 – Ghost  (Recently purchased from Darren and Tabitha Klem). Andy and Kate McMillian from Avon sailing an S2 yacht – Cuba Libre  (Purchased from Duane Farris).  Andy, Kate and their 7 year old son, AJ, are looking forward to learning to sail on ‘Eagle Ocean’. Welcome back to returning member: John George of Indianapolis. Please review your new orange 2016 Membership Booklet: The new Membership Directory has been published.  Please review your entry to make sure the information is correct.  We already have some corrections to the directory.  Please send any corrections to Membership (use the web site contact page).  We will be sending out an email with all corrections later in the month. Ice chests – we have now gone back to locks that you open with your front gate key – ‘16’.   New member orientation. The next new member orientation will be in the upper shelter house on Sunday July 17th at 1:00.