February 1, 2017

Harbormaster February 2017

Hello Eagle Creekers,

We have a few big jobs ahead of us this Spring and hopefully they can get started at the club opening work-party. Below are three of the majors projects ahead of us.

  1. Re-decking of L dock (which is the 5' wide section leading to D dock).
  2. Expansion of  the trailer parking at the top of the hill to the West and South. 
  3. A  Grounds Committee project concerning dead Ash tree removal. 

Any and all help with these projects will be greatly appreciated and make the club more user friendly.

Anyone with an unmarked dinghy or kayak at the club must remember to put current stickers on your boat. As I mentioned in last months article those unidentifiable boats will be going away this Spring. 

Don't forget, during Winter you need to come out to the club on a regular basis to check on your boat. Many tarps get filled with snow/water or get blown off entirely. It is up to you to protect your property. 

One last thing, when coming out to the club in the Winter I would suggest locking the gate back up as you enter. This will keep unwanted guests from entering the club and shorten your time checking on your boat. Always lock the gate when leaving.

Kenny Chapman

Harbormaster

 

February 1, 2017

Safety and Education February 2017

The 2017 Junior Sailing Calendar is up on the club website.  Click here to link to it. 

The season starts with the Geist Spring Laser Regatta, where valuable experience is gained through racing against some of the best Laser sailors in the Midwest.  This is typically a great season starter and the first time on the water in competition. This April regatta provides our team with great early season training while they wait for the first I-LYA Junior Regatta in June at Berlin Sailing Club.  The season quickly gets busy in June with six regattas in the month!  Mentor Harbor, Sandusky, Edgewater, and North Cape. Many miles are going to get put on the tow vehicles that month!  July consists of three regattas with one of them being I-LYA Junior bay week.  The I-LYA Junior season ends with two regattas in August at Hoover and Erie.  In September, we will go to Lake Lemon for the Lake Lemon Regatta. This has become traditionally the last outing for the Juniors, and is always loads of fun.

The summer sailing camp plans are nearly finalized.  The camps  are scheduled for the week of June 19-23 and  June 26-30th.  The registration forms should be on-line shortly. Stay Tuned to the Sail Camp Page for more information.  I was hoping to have them up by now, but ran into a little snag.  

Chuck Lessick

Safety and Education

February 1, 2017

Publicity February 2017

Publicity   Hello ECSC Members and Friends,   Planning for a great 2017 is underway.  Please check out all of the articles in this and next months Telltales to learn more.  Geoff Endris has some exciting changes in store for the racing program. The Social events promise to be even better than last year. Kenny and Dennis have plans to keep our club looking and running smoothly. It promises to be a great year. Your board of Directors has put a new Grounds Committee in place to oversee the maintenance and care of our grounds.  Their responsibility is to oversee the many duties that our caretaker was responsible for. They will contract the needed lawn care, trash service, porta potties, dumpsters, plantings and much much more. This committee includes the Vice Commodore as its chair (Mark Walker), the Harbor Master (Kenny) and the Treasurer (Tom Moore). As publicity chair I am excited to see our club continue to move into the digital age. Several years back we began publishing our newsletter, The Telltales, only in an electronic format.  It has recently moved to a published blog format. Telltails ECSC Trivia fact #1- Our newsletter was originally published in 1972 under the name Telltails. The following year it was changed to Telltales. Prior to 1972 it was a sporadic mailing entitled ECSC News. Our membership and all communications (excepting dues statements and payments) have become electronic.  We are looking at the possibility of moving or dues and payments to electronic format also.  We maintain both an ECSC Facebook page, and a website.   ECSC Trivia fact #2  our inlet off of the Reservoir was known as "Shoal Creek Inlet" on early maps. Click here to see Full blog article for Picture Early Club Map   What makes our club tick? The following is a reprinted answer from the May 1972, Volume 1, issue no.1 of The ECSC Telltails,  Tom Heirmonimus - Editor

NEW PRIORITIES ESTABLISHED

MEMBERS URGED TO GET INVOLVED

Anytime there is a large organization there are complaints. Why are they doing that?  They should be doing more! Can't we get better ------. Well, the answer doesn't lie in the above statements; it lies in your involvement.

The club is run by a relatively small segment of the membership. It is not run that way by choice. It is because all of the committees depend on volunteers. In order to have a better club YOU must participate. This is not the time to be bashful. Ask yourself, "what can I do to help". You don't have to be a professional. Just be willing to pitch in. Call any of the committee chairman listed on page two and volunteer your service. We can make this a very exciting and fun filled club if we all do what we can.

Very true words that were written 45 years ago!  Seems to this current Telltales editor that these words apply not only to our lovely Sailing Club, but to many aspects of life... So, the only change I would make to the previous  text is to bring it into the 21st century and suggest that you email your committee chairs if you can find the time to volunteer. Visit the Racing Page and sign up for Race committee duty. Come to the Race Meetings and Learn how to help the racing program. Email Kenny and volunteer for our many work projects  and work parties planned for 2017. Contact our Social Chair and take on chairing a social event. These activities are not only fun, but you earn valuable work credits to apply to next years dues.

While we are a private sailing club, we have always accepted all comers regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or even sailing ability. Follow a few of our basic rules, help out when you are able  and you are welcome to enjoy the hidden gem that we call our oasis - Eagle Creek Sailing Club.   Rick Graef Publicity
January 9, 2017

Publicity January 2017

Hello ECSC Members,   January is definitely a quiet month for us sailing types. While most of us sit at work, we day dream about warm breezes and the sounds of water rushing past the hulls of our sailboats or the organized chaos that is a yacht racing starting line.  Many of our members are lucky enough to head south for a week or two or twelve. I doubt that I am the only one at ECSC that actually misses their boat during these cold winter months. As for publicity, I would like to start a member article section in the coming months issues of our beloved newsletter "The Tell-tales". If you are interested, just write an article and send it along to me at publicity@ecsail.org . Write about anything sailing related; your favorite cruising spot, a regatta you attended, your favorite ECSC memories, why cruisers are more fun than racers, why racers are more fun than cruisers, your own stupid boat tricks, how you managed to ground your boat on the point....Anything sailing. Or even just a regatta report as I have done below. Between Christmas and New Years I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Open Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami Florida.  For years our club has sent juniors down to compete against the worlds best youth in the Junior Orange Bowl Regatta, so I have attended this event many times with my kids and other ECSC Juniors.  This year I was able to take my Ex-Junior son, Austin Graef  along for some racing.  He and I competed in four days of very competitive and challenging Laser racing.  Coconut Grove Sailing Club hosts an adult Laser regatta in conjunction with the junior event that also occurs during this time. Conditions ranged from one day of postponement (light winds) to steady 18 gusting to mid 20's.  While the fleet was small (17 entrants), it was chock full of laser olympic hopefuls, former laser Masters world champions, Star mid-winters champions, and even a former Snipe world Champion. Having not been in a Laser in almost a year for both of us, the learning curve was steep.  After the first day of racing (three races) I was able to hold a solid mid-fleet position slightly ahead of Austin. I guess the old man does still have some tricks up his sleeve. Day 2 was a great day for Austin as he moved up in the standings....ahead of me (I knew it was inevitable). His best finish of the day was a 3rd!!  (beating several world class sailors) Day 3 was a sit and wait day with light and variable winds.  The 4th day brought a cold front and winds sustained near 20 knots with higher gusts.  With Austin only a few points ahead of me, I saw my chance to show him I could handle the heavy air and regain my place ahead of him. . . . After leading him around the upwind mark I thought my sail looked a little dry, so I capsized and watched him (and another boat) shoot past me.  So much for race 1 in the heavy air.  Raced 2 was looking equally as promising for me... until I decided to practice my death-rolling skills...twice. Needles to say, Austin handled the heavy air in a much better fashion and had some nice finishes. In the final race that day, I chased Austin around the course and just couldn't quite get him....until the last mark when the death-roll bug hit him during the final gybe not 500 yards from the finish. After finishing nine races in 4 days Austin finished with a solid 6th overall, beating me by a solid four points ( I was7th place overall).  Not that I like being beaten, but it is a proud day when a junior sailor (who is also your kid) who you have trained and coached all of his life not only beats you but competes solidly against some of the worlds best racing talent. Congrats on a great regatta to Austin. I hope you all stay warm. Start making lists of all those spring boat projects. I will see you on the water in a few short months.   Rick Graef Publicity Chair  
December 2, 2016

From our Publicity Chair –

Hello ECSC members, followers and wanna-be's,

Somehow I managed to convince Geoff Endris to switch roles with me at the club for the upcoming season.  I thought I pulled one over on him.....until I started learning about Mailchimp, and wordpress, and FTP,  and ...well, you get the idea.   So, as I prepare the November newsletter, I realize two very important things: 1) I have a lot to learn, and 2) ECSC owes Geoff Endris  a BIG THANK YOU for the work he has done over the previous couple of years to enhance our club's profile and run the publicity department.

As for my plans for publicity, I would like to generate more media content on both our Facebook Page and our website. Our newsletter articles will also contain more media. So please forward any "appropriate" media to me at publicity@ecsail.org .  Also remember that our website should be your one stop shop for any and all information about our club.

As Publicity chair, I am responsible for sending out club email blasts and generally communicating with our membership. If you are not getting emails from the club, let me know at the above email, and I will try to rectify the situation.

 

October 4, 2016

Racing – October 2016

Hello ECSC Racers. Coming up this weekend is the annual ECSC Hornback regatta. This is the regatta where the fast start last.  Come out Saturday October 8th and 9th for some fun racing.  Each boat is given a sheet with several courses and the time they have to wait until their start.  If all goes perfectly - ALL the boats finish together....Aaaaand....when does everything go perfectly when racing????   Pretty much never.  So put your skills to the test and have some fun.  Also, you can't beat the price - FREE.  The hornback has no registration fee for ECSC Members.  After racing on Saturday be sure to attend the Chili-cook off and try some great chilis.  Registration begins Saturday at 9 with the harbor gun at 11.  Sunday the Harbor gun is at 10.  The NOR  is at www.ecsail.org/racing/2016_HornBack_NOR.pdf Wednesday racing is now in the twilight series.  This is a 5 race series that ends the last Wednesday in October.  WE NEED RACE COMMITTEE.  Please come out and help out if you can.  RC should leave the dock by 6 and start the race around 6.30.  Even if you aren't experienced, come help, we will assist you and make sure you are comfortable running the race. Get those navigation lights on your boats working - The first Wednesday in November will be our inaugural ECSC night race.  Race starts at 7 p.m.  This is the first Wednesday after the time change soooo it should be dark.  We need an RC volunteer for this race also. The Wednesday Summer series came to a close a couple of weeks ago. Congrats to Terry Holland for winning two fleets - the Blue Fleet and the Blue/White Fleet. Congrats to Spike Selig for winning the Green 2 Fleet. Congrats to Bob Hickok for winning the Green 1 Fleet. And Congrats to Perry Cameron for winning the Red Fleet. The Boat of the Year standings are also available on both our ECSC Facebook page and on the Racing page of our ECSC Website.  The twilight series is the only variable left and the results are close. Rich Fox is leading the charge in his Catalina 22 in the White Fleet with Commodore Cameron and Nan Schulz are close behind in 2nd and 3rd in the Red Fleet. Last month the Governor's Cup was sailed in typical Eagle Creek shifty conditions on Saturday only. Sunday the wind never filled in enough to race. The Governors cup was won by your race Chair Rick Graef on his J24 "ɔᴉuɐԀ ʇ,uop". gov-cup-2016dont-panic We had several boats in from Geist, Illinois and Ohio. Thanks for all of those that volunteered and made it a great event. See you on the water.   Rick Graef      
September 1, 2016

Governor’s Cup is just around the corner!!

Hello Race Fans!!!   As the title of this month's blog reads.... Governor's Cup is coming soon to a lake near you.  Get those bottoms scrubbed and boats ready for one of the best regattas of the year. The racing will be September 17th and 18th.  We expect to have at least five  fleets racing. J-24, Highlanders, Red Fleet, Green Fleet and White-Blue Fleet. Our Principal Race officer for the event is Geoff Endris.  The onshore regatta activities are being coordinated by myself, Nick Mates and the Newgents. If you are able to help on the water, contact Geoff. If you can help during the onshore activities let myself or Nick know. I am still looking for  volunteer for breakfast duty.  Saturday evening will have a live band and dinners will be $10 for the first dinner purchased and $5 for each additional dinner.  This is way less than the actual cost of the dinners and is intended to make it affordable for more ECSC members to attend the dinner even if they didn't race.  The Notice of Race will be published to the website soon.  Registration will start at 8 on Satutrday with a skippers meeting at 10.30 and the Harbor Gun at 11. Speaking of racing,  August has brought Sunday races to a close. Congrats to all who came out for the various club championships.  Your Sunday prizes will be distributed when I see you. Our Ladies skipperina winner Was Janet Hickok, Sailing with her hubby on their Hobie 20. Dennis Robertson is our Multihull Champ for 2016, and I believe our J22 championship resulted in a tie between Cody McCoun and Tony Hubbard.  If I missed any club championships, email me and let me know. Wednesday racing continues to be fun and has been some of the best racing we have had in years.  I am super excited to see a rebuilding of our White/Blue fleet and the competition in this fleet has been great. Thanks to Rich Fox for leading some Q and A sessions during July for our newer racers. Earlier this week we had many emails bouncing around some of our racers about some perceived issues when fleets meet on the race course. Keep in mind, just because the Red Fleet racers like to get uber-serious, yell a lot and go faster than many of our other fleets,  they do not get extra rights under the Racing Rules.  We all play by the same rules.  That means if a slower white fleet boat is at a mark rounding and a faster red fleet boat has to go out of their way to round the mark because they didn't get an overlap in time..... that is racing (This happened between Tom Newgent's S2 and my J24).  Also if you are unsure about being seen by another boat and you feel you have rights (starboard-port for instance) give the other boat a loud hail "starboard".  Obviously if you think you need to avoid contact,  the rules require you to do so. If you feel you were fouled by another boat, even in another fleet, you can protest.  If you do, the racing rules require you to hail the word "protest" AND to fly a red flag as soon as possible. Our Racing rules also require you to notify the RC boat upon finishing. You also should keep the red flag flying until either notifying the RC boat, or seeing the other boat complete a 720 to exonerate themselves.  While nobody wants to spend their time after racing in a protest, there are times when they are necessary. Having said that, if you feel you did violate the rules, even if nobody saw you (hit a mark for example) do your turn or turns and race fairly. Reminder that the race rules call for a 1 turn penalty if you hit a mark of the course (including start and finish marks) and a 2 turn penalty for most other violations (port-starboard, windward-leeward or mark rounding boat on boat infractions) Also coming up on September 10th  is our annual INDY 200 regatta. The NOR will also be on the website shortly. Registration is at 11 with a skippers meeting at 11.30.  This is a great one day regatta for white-blue fleet boats with a PHRF of 200 or over. Rich Fox will again act as our PRO for this event.   See you on the water.   Rick  
August 1, 2016

August Race Report

Hello fellow ECSC Sailors and Racers, July has been a great month. Wednesday and Sunday races continue to be a blast.  Temps are high, but so are water levels. ECSC Regatta and Beach party proved to be one of our best Racing events of the year. Saturday had some great racing, but unfortunately Sunday the wind didn't quite cooperate and there were no races Sunday. Dr. Bob and his crew handled the Race Committee duties with expertise and we had some great racing Saturday. Nick Mates and his crew threw one of the best parties of the year. The band played until the wee hours and the dancing and singing was plentiful. Red Fleet was won by Nan Schulze in Dutch Mob, 2nd was Perry Cameron in Sublime, and Austin Graef finished third in Don't Panic. White/Blue Fleet was won by Rich Fox, 2nd went to Chuck and Nancy Goff, and third was Mark Walker.  The green fleet was won by Geoff Endris.   On another note, Our club was represented for the first time ever in the Bayview Yacht club's annual race to Mackinac.  This is a large yacht race from Port Huron, Michigan to Mackinac Island in Michigan. Club Member Tony ("Toe-Knee") Hubbard entered his John Alden Challenger.  She is 38 feet long and was built in 1961 in England.  Her home port is Sandusky, Ohio, but she proudly sailed for and displayed the Eagle Creek Sailing Club Burgee.  Her crew included family, along with extended sailing family. This included  many former junior sailors that Tony has mentored over the past decades. Aboard for the race were Toe-Knee Hubbard,  his sons Jason and Jacob Hubbard, Cam Borkowski, Barrett Rhodes, John Bergan, and myself - Rick Graef. Delivery crew also included Jim and Bonnie Wolfinger. The adventure began with a three day delivery from Sandusky to Put-in-Bay to Bayview Yacht Club, then on to Port Huron.  After several days of race prep in Port Huron,  Integrity began her first race in decades. We battled light air, medium air, and even squalls filled with lightening, rain that pelted your eyeballs and 45 knot winds. Our only casualty was our asymmetric kite (from a J105) that exploded in 20-25 knots of wind. Integrity finished a respectable 7th out of the 15 boats in her section, and 15th overall out of the 109 yachts competing on the shore course. Following the race, her crew relaxed for a few days on Mackinac Island before beginning the long delivery home to Sandusky.  There are lots and lots more stories - so saunter up to me or Captain Tony at the liars table and we would love to share them. As I write this blog three ECSC J24 crews are preparing their J24s to head north to Put-In-Bay, Ohio to compete in the I-LYA's Bay Week Regatta.  This is often referred to as Senior Bay so as to not confuse it with Junior Bay week. Don't Panic, Dutch Mob, and Quixotic  are all making the trip and will race this Friday through Sunday.  This is also the J24 District championships and should be a great regatta. Have fun, sail often, and sheet in.   Your race chair,   Rick Graef