February 5, 2019

Commodore February 2019

With the onset of 2019, ECSC is getting ready to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  The club has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1969.  Our club began as a collection of Hobie Catamarans lined up on the beach with no supporting club facilities.  Our first building was the lower shelter.  It is still standing and recently received a much-needed overhaul.  Since these early days we have added the upper shelter, the various maintenance sheds, the floating docks, the gin pole, the power washer, the youth sailing sheds, the playground and many other amenities.  We now have 4 gathering areas: The lower shelter near the playground for smaller family-style gatherings The upper shelter for larger social or family gatherings The “Race Pavilion” for nightly and post-race informal gatherings The Junior area for the Junior team What a wonderful club to spend an afternoon or evening! Our big capital project for the year will be replacing the boat ramp.  Our current ramp has lasted several decades, but it is cracked and getting worse.  This is a huge project and a huge expense.  This project alone will consume one-third of our cash reserves but will last us for many decades to come.  50th Anniversary Gala We have big plans for this year to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  Vickie Greenough, Nick Mates and their crew are planning a lot of activities to celebrate.  Current plans are to combine the celebration with the ECSC Beach Party.  There will be more to come in later months.  Vickie and Nick will need a lot of help.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Vickie (social@ecsail.org). Dry-dock Storage Once again, we are nearing boat storage capacity.  In order to manage our space better, we are going back to assigned dry slips.  Several years ago, each dry-docked boat was assigned a specific parking lot space.  We went away from that practice several years ago, but it’s time we went back to assigned spaces.  Harbormasters Dennis Robertson and Ki Hickok will be sorting that out, but members will have first dibs on their existing spots.  Open spaces will be awarded based on seniority just like the wet slips. 2019 Budget Update The board approved the 2019 budget at the January board meeting.  In addition to funding our normal activities, we will be funding the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  We are also making some much-needed improvements to the club including: Replace the mast raising gin pole – the current one is nearing its useful life. Replace the dilapidated boat ramp – it is severely cracked. Replace the aging motors for the race committee boats. They are beyond their useful life. Replace the Social Shed refrigerator and the industrial grill in the upper shelter The repairs will take about 6 weeks.  Current plans are to begin work one week after the Hornback regatta.  That means all boats must be out of the water by mid-October, or you will have to use the public ramp on the other side of the lake.  There will be several warnings and announcements as we get near to the end of the sailing season. The current mast raising pole is made of wood with a fixed lifting arm.  This arm has been hit several times by members driving down the lane next to the water. The new design calls for a metal pole with a movable lifting arm that can be moved out of the way to prevent boats from hitting the lifting arm.  Our Race Committee Safety Boats have motors that are 15-20 years old.  One is no longer working, and the other is nearing its useful life.  We are replacing both motors this year.  We replaced a broken motor a couple of years ago, so this gives us all new motors for the main safety boats. Remember to get out to your boat to check on your boat covering.  Please inform others if their boat needs attention. Geoff Endris Commodore
December 21, 2018

Commodore Holiday 2018

  It is my pleasure to serve as your Commodore for 2019. This is our 50th anniversary and we are making plans for a great 50th anniversary celebration.  More on that to come in later months. Final 2018 Activities It is now December and the ECSC sailing season officially ended with the “Black Friday Sail” on November 23rd.  There are still a couple of boats in the water.  Hopefully everyone can get their boats out before they get iced in for the winter. With the closing of Sailboats Inc, we have more boats wanting to winter at the club.  Please be patient and work with Harbormaster (Dennis Robertson) to find a place to store your boat.  If you are taking your boat off site for the winter and haven’t done so yet, please let Dennis know so he knows how many other boats he can dry dock. The Final Bash was held on November 3rd at Rick’s Boatyard Café and was a great success.  We gave out lots of awards and danced through the night.  Thanks to Larry Conrad for fulfilling his final duty as Past Commodore.  Larry now gets a much deserved 3-year break from club management. Board/Officer Changes I want to thank Mark Walker for his service as Vice Commodore and Commodore.  Mark is looking forward to taking it easy as the Past Commodore.  We owe Larry and Mark a huge thanks for their work over the past 2 years to improve the club’s facilities.  They paved the way for our “grand projects” this year by taking care of a lot of basic repairs and maintenance.  Please thank them for their service when you see them at the club. As is customary, we elected a new group of Board Members at the Final Bash.  We had 15 nominations for 8 board seats.  I am thrilled that we had so many members wanting to take an active role in the club’s management.  I am especially pleased that we have several new members who have shown an interest in serving on the board.  We need new faces and new ideas. Our 2019 Club Officers are: Commodore Geoff Endris Vice Commodore Nan Schulze Treasurer Tom Moore Secretary Rich Fox Past Commodore Mark Walker   Our 2019 Board Members are: Term Expires 11/2019 Term Expires 11/2020 Term Expires 11/2021 Rich Fox Rick Graef Kenny Chapman Chuck Goff Bill Harrington Jen Curtis Bill Grant Ki Hickok Geoff Endris Vickie Greenough Bob Hickok Nancy Goff Les Miller Sheela Krout Bob McCoun Chauncey Olin Dennis Robertson Tom Moore Nan Schulze Jane Schmidt Dan Nicholas Mark Walker Wayne Myers Marcus Rogers   The Committee Chair appointments for 2019 are: Committee Head Assistant Grounds Nan Schulze Tom Moore, Dennis Robertson Harbormaster Dennis Robertson Ki Hickok Social Vickie Greenough TBD Membership Jane Schmidt Christy Merriman Safety & Education / Juniors Wayne Myers Dan Nicholas Publicity Rick Graef   Racing Bob Hickok John George   Keep in mind that the officers and committee chairs all have full time jobs and they volunteer their time to run the club for the benefit of the members.  If you notice something that needs to be addressed, by all means, bring it to someone’s attention.  If you have the time and skills, please also volunteer to address the issue.  If not, don’t be surprised if the request languishes while we try to get a volunteer or contractor to address it.  Our club was built by volunteers and I’d like to rekindle that volunteer spirit.  If we all pitch in, we can keep the club looking great without overtaxing our officers and committee chairs. Next Board Meeting Our last board meeting of the year was on December 11th.  The main topic for the meeting was the 2019 budget.  Not only do we need to fund our ongoing operations, but we also need to continue updating the club’s facilities.  While we have made a lot of basic repairs over the last 2 years and we have a lot more to do.  With this being our 50th anniversary, I’d like to get the club really spruced up for the “big event.”  There will be lots of work parties and lots of ways for people to get involved in the celebration. Looking for a Club Handyman/Maintenance Person In the October board meeting, the board authorized the Grounds Committee to hire an outside contractor (non-member) to work as the club’s handyman/maintenance person.  This will be a part-time position working approximately 20 hours per week on daily maintenance tasks to keep the club in good working order.  This is an ideal part-time job for a retired construction or building maintenance person.  If you know of someone who is interested, have him/her contact us at: Grounds@ecsail.org. Winter Storage Advice Those of you who are storing your boat at the club over the winter, be sure to stop by every 2-3 weeks to check on your boat – especially after a heavy snowfall.  Tarps need adjusting over the winter as wind and snow cause things to shift.  If you are out at the club and notice a boat that needs attention, please take note of the member number on the hull or trailer and contact that member. Keep warm.  If you are heading south for the winter, be sure to post pictures on our Facebook page to make the rest of us jealous!   Geoff Endris Commodore
November 3, 2018

Commodore November 2018

My year as ECSC’s Commodore has come to an end!  At times it seemed it would last forever but, now that it is done, it seemed like time just flew by.  I was very fortunate to have the support of a great Board of Directors, dedicated committees, and wonderful officers this year.  Many thanks to all of you! I believe we accomplished many great projects for our club. The Grounds Committee had another productive year maintaining the grounds and implementing improvement projects.  Those could not have been completed without the great volunteer efforts we receive from our valued members. The Race Committee did a super job putting on a first-class race program at ECSC and representing us at several away regattas.  Once again, Safety and Education did a tremendous job with our juniors’ program.  Thanks to their efforts and the fantastic junior sailors we have, we continue to boast one of the best juniors’ programs in the “ILYA.”  Social Committee put on one superb event after the other! Those events don’t happen without huge volunteer efforts for hosting, planning, and executing each event, not to mention the time cleaning up afterwards!  Membership did a marvelous job as always with organizing our dues process and informing new members all about our beloved ECSC club.  This year the Ship’s Store sailed into the digital era by moving the store “offshore” and online. Our Harbormaster has done a fantastic job with our docks and in cleaning up and organizing the boat parking areas!  The docks require non-stop upkeep (another huge ongoing volunteer effort), and I thank everyone who has participated in helping out! Our beautiful club needs our support by each and every one of us doing our very best to keep our boats clean and the areas around them free of debris and clutter.  Publicity has had their hands full this year, too! Aside from maintaining our website and putting out the monthly newsletter, they have had their hands full battling the hacking attempts that tried to scam our membership! Great job on that! They also did a fantastic job getting notifications out to our members for key messages and updates.  I would like to thank everyone on my amazing team for their hard work and support this year! I am grateful for each and every one of you for all your selfless efforts and valuable time and talent!  It was a pleasure to work with all of you as Commodore this past season, and I hope to see you all at the Final Bash!   P.S.   For those of you that still have your boats in the water, I highly recommend everyone keep an eye on how much water they have at their respective dock so they don’t get left high and dry. The water levels can be monitored at this link: Eagle Creek Water Level  . Thanks Mark Walker Soon-to-be Past Commodore  
October 6, 2018

Commodore October 2018

    The ECSC 2018 sailing season is winding down and, while we still have great weather, the lake water level is getting low! I highly recommend everyone keep an eye on how much water they have at their respective dock so they don’t get left high and dry. The water levels can be monitored at this link: Eagle Creek Water Level  . A great time was had by all at the Governor’s Cup Regatta and ECSC Lobsterfest. We had a terrific turnout of traveling racers and a full house for the Lobsterfest.  Our last regatta (the Hornback) is coming up this month, and the parking lot will be filling up with trailers and boats afterward. Please remember to park your trailers and boats such that we can get as many on the grounds as possible! We have been pressed for space to get them all in during the last several years. Happy sailing to all this fall, and enjoy the gorgeous weather!   Mark Walker Commodore  
September 1, 2018

Commodore Sept. 2018

    Fall is almost here, and summer’s end is closing in on us fast!  The time to get projects done at the club for this year is winding down, but we still have projects on SignUpGenius™ that can be done before the end of the year. There is the installation of the two parking posts by the Race Shed that still needs to be done, installation of rope along the parking posts, and several other projects. These can be found on SignUpGenius™ at the following link: CLICK HERE FOR WORK PROJECTS The Grounds Committee is continuing to work on their list of projects this month, including having ceiling fans installed at the shelters to cool things off.  They will also be installing new LED lights in the boat parking area next to the playground to complete our LED light upgrade.  IPL has had their contractors putting a new main electric feed into the club to fix the issues we have had with losing power this summer.  Please be careful around the areas IPL has excavated.  Have a wonderful and restful Labor Day weekend, and I hope to see you all at the Governor’s Cup/Lobster Fest events!  Thanks to all of our club volunteers for all their kind assistance with recent events and work around the club.  We appreciate all you do to keep ECSC a wonderful place to be! Mark Walker ECSC Commodore 2018  
August 8, 2018

Commodore August 2018

July was another busy month at the club!  Even with all of the social and racing events happening, our wonderful Grounds Committee still managed to have the ECSC drive patched and seal coated. The Grounds crew also cut back the encroaching foliage along our drive in and at the entrance at 46th Street.  Hopefully these improvements will make it much easier to see traffic on 46th Street when exiting the club and give more room for cars passing each other on the club driveway. There is also an ongoing project at the lower shelter to build steps up to the shelter floor and create flower beds at the front. We hope to have another productive month working on the club grounds, and we sincerely appreciate all of our volunteers who are helping us in our endeavor to maintain and improve the club for the benefit of all our valued members!   Mark Walker ECSC Commodore 2018  
July 2, 2018

Commodore July 2018

July is looking like it will be a very busy month at the club!  We will be starting out with the Flying Scot- J22 Regatta the 30th of June and 1st of July.  July Fourth will feature our annual Pig Roast and pitch-in, so please bring your favorite side dish to share and a healthy appetite and join in the fun and camaraderie!  Wednesday Summer series and Super Sunday Summer series racing start this month as well. The ECSC Regatta and Beach Party is scheduled for July 7th, so get your crew together and come out to race or just join in the fun at the Beach Party!  As you can see, there are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy at the club this month.  Please enjoy yourselves, remember to stay hydrated during the hot temperatures, and above all, please be safe!   8 Bells for Dave Dyer ECSC mourns the loss of longtime member Dave Dyer   David Peter Dyer, also known to his wife Nancy, as the “Red Headed Scotsman” passed away on June 10, 2018 at the age of 72 years. Dave and his twin brother were born on October 27, 1945 to David and Margaret Fletcher Dyer in Glasgow, Scotland. The Dyer family travelled to the United States aboard the RMS Mauretania in 1947 and lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma until moving to Lafayette in 1949. Dave attended elementary school in the Lafayette School district and graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High in 1963. While attending Purdue University, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and he faithfully served his country in many different capacities, retiring as Major Dyer. He married Nancy Ferdinand in 1969. Dave and his family moved from Lafayette to Indianapolis in 1975. Dave enjoyed many outdoor activities, passing the days away as captain of his sailboat, Caledonia, at Eagle Creek, riding throughout the Unites States on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and last but certainly first on his list of favorites his 1999 Jaguar XK8. He was preceded in death by his Father, David, Mother Margaret, and sister Gwendiline. He will be missed by Nancy, his wife of 50 years. Daughter, Darcy Britt of Whiteland, and Jamie Holland of Indianapolis. Four Grandchildren and twin brother Alistair Dyer of West Lafayette. Look for further postings on the ECSC Facebook page.   Mark Walker ECSC Commodore 2108  
June 5, 2018

Commodore June 2018

Summer is almost here, and most members’ boats are in the water. It is time for us to spruce up the club grounds now that the boats are out of the way! Our club is an all-volunteer organization, and that means we rely on all of our members to “Keep ECSC Beautiful.”  If you used concrete cinder blocks to support your trailer over the winter, please return them to the area next to the dumpster. If you have an extra mast, rudder, personal ladder, or sawhorse, please secure these items onto your boat trailer or take them home, as they shouldn’t be left lying in the parking areas. We are looking at setting up a summer work party this month to work on additional cleanup and projects to improve the overall appearance of the club. There is also a link on the ECSC website to “signup genius” where there are projects you can find to do on your own schedule and earn work credits. The board has extended the 15 extra work credits you can earn by working on Grounds projects through this year. All work credits earned on these projects and the summer work party can be applied.  Have fun, enjoy the summery weather, and everybody be safe on the water! Mark Walker ECSC Commodore 2108 Geoff Endris would like to extend an invitation to ECSC Club members to the 2018 Great Lakes  Cruise.  Information is provided below.    2018 Great Lakes Cruise The Great Lakes Region of the Catalina 22 fleet holds an annual cruise on one of the Great Lakes.  The 2018 Great Lakes Cruise for Catalina 22s is planned for August 12-18 on Grand Traverse Bay. Our trip is not limited to C-22’s.  If you have a trailer-able boat and want to come along, contact Geoff Endris.  The more the merrier.  We could turn this into an annual ECSC trip! We will be launching at Elk Rapids MI.  They have a very nice marina and plenty of parking for our trucks and trailers.  They also have a nice beach right at the marina!! Our itinerary for the week looks like this: 12 August – Launch at Elk Rapids on “East Bay”, Welcome picnic. 13 August – Sail around the tip of the Old Mission peninsula to Northport. 14 August – Sail to Suttons Bay with a stop at Omena Bay at the Leelanau Cellars Wine Tasting room.  Nice beach at the marina.  Best ice cream shop only 2 blocks away!!  Christmas in August Gift exchange. 15 August – sail to Traverse City and see the “Cherry Capital”.  Great shops and restaurants, beautiful views and a very nice marina.  May have evening race with the Grand Traverse Yacht Club.  Details TBD. 16 August – Sailors Choice:  sail to Marian Island and anchor out overnight or stay in Traverse for another day.  17 August – sail around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula back to Elk Rapids.  Dinner as a group. 18 August – Haul out and head for home. The agenda is subject to change as we get closer and find out more about local events in the towns along the way.  We will have a skipper’s meeting every evening to go over the next day’s activities and answer any questions.  This will give all the participants the opportunity to sail in some “big water”.  Grand Traverse Bay is over 400’ deep.  There are plenty of wineries scattered around for off-boat activities.  We will try to sail up and dock at the Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room at Omena Bay if the water level will allow.   Don’t be concerned about taking your boat on such a “grand excursion”.  The distances are short – maybe a few hours.  We all sail together and stay at a marina most nights so it can really be a fun vacation.  And you may be surprised at how easy it is and how much you will learn about your boat and sailing. Let me know if you are interested.  There is still plenty of time to get that trailer checked out and ready for the trip.  If you have any questions, drop me a note.  Geoff Endris