March 5, 2018

Publicity/Grounds Committee – March 2018

  Improving Club Appearance Things are coming together to get the club ready for the 2018 sailing season.  We’ve done a lot of work to clean up the club and make it more appealing and enjoyable to members and guests. We have two new gas grills at the club.  One at the Race Shed and one at the lower shelter.  Feel free to make use of them as you enjoy a cookout with your family and guests.  We also have a charcoal grill at each location for you “traditionalists.”  Be sure to bring your own grilling utensils and as a courtesy to the next user, please clean the grill when you are done.  If you use the gas grill, please turn off the gas when you are done. Last year, we replaced the picnic tables in the lower shelter.  We will continue to replace a few picnic tables each year, so we have good, sturdy tables at each location. We removed all of the dead Ash trees from the property, trimmed back the brush along the outside edge of the property, and attacked the Poison Ivy / Poison Oak on the property.  We also removed the scrap metal and wood behind the Harbormaster’s Shed and lower Shelter. Thanks to Colin Leatherbury and his crew. As you can see, we are making a concerted effort to “beautify” the club by throwing away old and broken equipment (i.e., chairs, tables, grills, etc.) and replacing them with new items.  Many of the replaced items were dropped off at the club by members who “donated” them in the hopes that someone at the club would find them useful.  That is a great sentiment, but we ask that you check with the Grounds Committee first to see if we need it and where to put it. Upper Trailer Lot The upper trailer lot has been cleared of brush and expanded a little to add a few more spaces for trailers.  We will mow the entire field the first week of April before we let people start storing their trailers.  If you have a trailer in the lot (and you should not!), please move it by March 31st so we can mow the field. Spring Work Party Our spring work party is coming up on Saturday March 31st.  We will meet at the Lower shelter at 8:30, where I’ll have coffee and donuts for workers.  We’ll also be serving lunch for the volunteers.  Rain date is April 7th.  I have several projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open.  Projects on the list include: ·       Unstack the picnic tables in the upper shelter ·       Build 5 new picnic tables to replace the 5 worst ones on the property ·       Rake leaves ·       Paint the Kayak shed ·       Install new LED rope lighting on the upper shelter stairs ·       Re-install two posts in the parking lot near the Race Shed ·       Replacing worn dock boards ·       Install decorative rope between parking lot ropes ·       Replace worn steps on upper shelter stairs     You can see from the list that these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable.  You can see the list of jobs at this link: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ECSC GROUNDS WORK.  Please sign up for a job so I know how many are coming.  We need people to bring leaf blowers, tarps, rakes, portable saws, portable drills, ladders, shovels and other hand tools. Don’t forget, you get valuable work credits for your efforts.  And if it is warm, you can get a start on preparing your boat for spring launch. Anyone have a power post hole digger? We have a special project to re-install two parking lot posts near the race shed.  If anyone has a power post hole auger that we can use, please let me know ASAP.   Once we get the posts re-installed, we will re-install the decorative rope around the corral. Landscape Committee needs Volunteers   We are still in need of volunteers to help plant and maintain the flower beds and planters.  So far, I have one volunteer.  I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out.  If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me an email.  Note, you will get work credits for your work.   Grounds Committee Annual Property Walk The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year.  This will undoubtedly increase the number of projects to be done, but it will make our club safer and more enjoyable for everyone.  Stay tuned. Geoff Endris Grounds Committee Chair    
February 3, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee – February 2018

The Following is a report from our Grounds Committee Chair Geoff Endris:   We are off to a great start for 2018.  We have two of our most important jobs filled.  Roger Knapp has volunteered to perform water testing on our well water again this year.  This is a very important task as it allows us to open up our restrooms for the year.  Jim & Sherry Weir have volunteered to take over bathroom cleaning duties – again a very important task. I sent out an email asking whether anyone wanted to join a volunteer committee to help plant and maintain the grounds flowers and other landscaping.  So far, I have one volunteer.  I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out.  If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me a note. The focus for January and February is getting our volunteers lined up and getting bids for the grounds landscape contractor.  The landscape contractor is responsible for the following items: Apply weed killer to keep weeds under control Mow lawn areas (upper shelter, hillside, shoreline, camp area, juniors area) Mow trailer field, partial weed trimming each month Trim bushes at main shelter and trailer lot Empty trash cans twice weekly Apply mulch to flower beds Water flower beds/pots Last year we used an outside contractor.  Prior to that, we used a landscape company owned by a club member.  If there are any club members who want to bid on the work, send me a note ( and I will send you an official bid request for your bid response.  Bids will be due mid-February and the vendor will be approved at the March board meeting. We are getting ready for the Spring work party to be held on March 31st from 8:30 to noon.  Rain date is April 7th.  I have a number of projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open.  Projects on the list include: ·       Install new LED security lights (5) ·       Install light switches & timers on security lights ·       Install a better rock barricade for septic macerator at main shelter ·       Build new firepit in campground are near the lower shelter ·       Install a concrete race shed floor ·       Repair the pump house electrical box ·       Install ropes on parking lot posts ·       Repair wiring under the Main shelter ·       Add flooring to race shed attic ·       Re-stain the Kayak deck ·       Install new rope lights for upper shelter stairs ·       Repair picnic tables ·       Paint PSC shed – Purdue students ·       Install a flagpole at the Purdue Race Shed These are all in addition to the normal Spring work party tasks of unstacking picnic tables, repairing picnic tables, raking leaves, painting sheds, and sprucing up the grounds.  You can see from the list that all of these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable.  If one of those projects sounds interesting to you and have the requisite skills and/or tools, please consider volunteering.  You will earn valuable work credits and the club will look much nicer for your efforts. The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year.  This may add to the projects list above and will help further define the work to be done on the Spring Work Party day. Geoff Endris Grounds Committee Chair  
January 1, 2018

Publicity January 2018

BBBBBrrrrrrrrrrrr,   Most Holiday seasons I manage to make my way down to Miami for the Orange Bowl regatta.  Well,  this season we decided to not make the trip and have had to live vicariously through Chuck Lessick’s daily updates of Reagan in the annual Orange Bowl regatta.  79 degrees, salt spray, and lots of sailors.  Both of my (now sort-of grown up) boys along with several other previous ECSC Junior Sailors have competed in several south Florida winter events and it is great to see Reagan continuing the ECSC tradition.  I am sure she will bring back the skills she has learned and compete at at even higher level.   Check out the Orange Bowl ECSC Pictures on the ECSC Junior Sailing Facebook page. Also don’t forget to check out (and post to) our ECSC facebook page As for ECSC’s bustling Publicity office,  we have updated our website to include next year’s calendar, our new board members and many other useful items.  Please notify me if any items on the calendar are incorrect and I will have our calendar intern fix them as soon as possible.   Rick Graef Publicity Chair (and Calendar intern)
October 6, 2017

Publicity – October 2017

Hello ECSC Sailors!   Our sailing season may be coming to an end, but the fall is definitely one of my favorite times to sail.  Make sure you keep an eye on the water levels at ECSC.  You can follow this link to see up to date info Eagle Creek Water Level. It has dropped 6 to 9 inches between Sunday and Wednesday. Hopefully the drop has leveled out. Also remember that NO TRAILERS are allowed in our Car corral area until after the Hornback Regatta AND Chili Cook-off. I would love to have some articles from any of you wanna-be writers out there!  Taking a sailing trip somewhere? Have a cool ECSC memory you want to share? Tell us about your favorite race? or cruise? or oops-moment?   Submit them to me at and I will include them in a future Telltails.   Rick Graef
September 6, 2017

Publicity – September 2017

Hello ECSC Sailors,   While the kids may be back to school, the leaves are beginning to change and the sunsets are coming earlier there are still many great sailing days in 2017. Eagle Creek reservoir is a great place to hang out during these shorter days. The winds are generally better and most days the lake is nearly empty.  Get out and enjoy your boat. Governors Cup, Indy 200, the ECSC Championship regatta and the Hornback and Chili Cook off are yet to come. Don’t miss out, come out and meet some new members-friends.   Rick Graef
August 11, 2017

Publicity – August 2017

Hello ECSC Sailors and Sailor wannabees, Sorry for the lateness of our August issue of the telltales.  Your friendly Publicity chairman has been a bit busy sailing. On July 2nd I headed to the west coast to participate in the bi-annual TransPac Regatta from California to Hawaii. 2300 miles of fantastic offshore downwind racing.  Boy was I surprised when ECSC members Chuck and Nancy Goff (and their buoys) traveled all the way to Hawaii just to meet me at the finish.  Thanks guys, if that isn’t ECSC spirit I don’t know what is. Next I traveled to Port Huron for the annual Bayview to Mackinac race.  It seemed pretty short after the Hawaii race as we finished in about 28 hours not 10 DAYS. After a quick weekend racing in Harbor Springs, Michigan I was off to the Soo (Sault Saint Marie) to jump aboard the Nelson Marek 50 Chewbacca for the 25th bi-annual Trans Superior Yacht Race. Yes, Lake Superior is cold. Really Cold. I even brought winter gloves and hand warmers. Now on to ECSC. Check out Les Miller’s article regarding our new ship’d store agreement with CRSA. Seems like a great way to get your new ECSC clothing and gear and get it custom embroidered.  Thanks to Les for putting this together. Also thanks to our grounds committee and Harbormasters for their great work around the club. It is great to see the new deck boards on D dock, the repairs to the upper shelter and especially to see the restoration of our lower shelter. As I type this many of our ECSC J24s are on the move up to Sandusky, Ohio for our district Championships. Don’t Panic (without me frown-frown, skippered by my son Austin), Dutch Mob, and reckoning (skippered by Jason Hubbard) are all making the trip. Word has it 2 ISC boats are also making the trek. It is great to see our Indianapolis racers representing our club in such a great manner. See you on the water, Rick Graef
June 30, 2017

Publicity July 2017 – Guest Article – White Blue Feet Racing

Welcome ECSC Sailors,  The following is a guest article Written by our own Sailor/Racer Rich Fox.   Improving Blue/White Fleet Boat Racing Performance By Rich Fox Many ECSC members purchase their boats to enjoy day sailing with family and friends. If you race, or want to race your boat in the Blue/White Fleet, and have not been exposed to racing in your one-design class at the national level, then the tips below may be a good starting point to help you improve your boat’s’ performance. Tuning Guide – several sailboat classes and sailmakers publish Tuning Guides. You can do a search on the Internet to find them, if available for your boat. Applying the techniques in a Tuning Guide provide insight into setting the mast-rake and shroud tension for the boat. Sail Trim Guide – in addition to a Tuning Guide, a Sail Trim Guide provides good information to help the new sailor better understand how to set many of the controls on their boat, depending on wind conditions. North-U publishes a good book (“TRIM”) on this topic. Better yet, taking a North-U “TRIM” course when one is offered in the area, or watch their videos. Balanced Helm – what do I mean by a balanced helm? A sailboat will achieve its best performance when the position and trim of the sails are aligned with the position and shape of the keel and rudder. I always think of my boat’s sails and keel as one continuous airplane wing. When everything is in alignment and working together (balanced), then my boat will achieve its optimal level of performance. This takes years of experimenting to tweak. To get started, go out sailing in in 8-12 mph wind and look at the position of your tiller. Is the tiller in the center of the cockpit? Or, do you have a lot of weather-helm where the boat has a tendency to round-up and you have to fight with the tiller? Is your rudder creating a lot of drag? There are no quick answers or easy numbers to provide, although a Tuning Guide will help provide a very good starting point. You will need to experiment and adjust the mast rake, rigging tension, and sail trim to find the best combination of settings where the touch of tiller feels light in 8-12 mph wind. Finding the “sweet spot” (a balanced helm) where the rudder has minimal resistance will greatly reduce rudder drag. The result will be an immediate improvement in your boat’s racing performance. Whisker Pole – unless you are using a spinnaker, you will want to use a whisker pole for the downwind leg, which is half the race course. If you are not using a whisker pole, you will often struggle to finish in the top half of the Blue/White Fleet. If you have a whisker pole, work with your crew on developing a consistent and coordinated set-up/take-down technique. Sit Forward Downwind – many Blue/White Fleet boats will perform better sailing downwind when the bottom of the transom is not submerged below the surface of the water. When sailing downwind, the crew should sit on the foredeck and any crew in the cockpit should also be sitting forward. When the wind is light to medium, I almost always sit on the leeward side of the boat. This allows gravity to help induce the curved shape (draft) of the sails and keep the sails full…improving boat speed. It also makes it easy to watch the telltales. Telltales (Don’t Pinch) – when coming out of a tack, allow the boat to build up some speed before pointing higher. Building up speed after a tack will allow for improved air around the sails and improved water flow around the keel (resulting in lift) and get the boat quickly “into the groove”. As boat speed increases, you will then find yourself able to point higher. Don’t point too high or you will quickly decrease your boat speed. Check the telltales along the luff of your Genoa for information. If the telltales are flickering up, you are pointing too high. If the telltales are streaming aft with some flickering up, you are doing great. If the telltales are drooping down you have room to point higher or pull in your Genoa. The wind is never steady on Eagle Creek Reservoir. Learn to read your Genoa’s telltales, and your performance will quickly improve. That wind indicator at the top of the mast is great to see wind condition when sailing downwind. But if you are watching the wind indicator, and not the telltales, you need to break that habit and focus on watching telltales. Your performance will greatly improve. Good Sails – when racing a Blue/White Fleet boat, the use of good sails with good shape will have the greatest impact on your finishing position at a Club race. If you are using blown out sails, or sails that originally came with your 30-year old boat, consider making an investment in new sails. Racing Rules – learning, understanding and applying the Racing Rules of Sailing will greatly increase your confidence on the race course and will also improve your finishing positions at races and regattas. How can this be? If you know the Rules, you will be able to identify the best locations to be on the race course to avoid possible penalty situations requiring 360 and 720 degree turns, competitor protests, or disqualification. You will also reduce any confusion about what the Race Committee is doing at any given time during a regatta. If you are relatively new to sailboat racing, the North-U “Racing Tactics” book is an excellent starting point. Tiller Time – the best way to improve your boat’s performance is more tiller time and regular participation on the Club’s racing and regatta program. More tiller time, combined with the above eight tips, will greatly improve your performance in the Blue/White Fleet at ECSC.  
June 6, 2017

Publicity June 2017

Hello Sailing Fans,   Well, the month of May has come to a close and ECSC is in full swing. Regattas, cruises, chair parties, work parties…..These are all great reasons to come out and play at ECSC. Our harbormasters and our grounds committee has the club looking great and lots of improvement projects, our junior sailors are already bringing in more trophies and making long-lasting friendships all around the midwest, our social events have been fantastic, our race program continues to be fun filled and action packed. But best of all,  are those great times we get hanging out with friends for a lazy afternoon sail!! Check out all of ur committee head articles for all there is to know about ECSC!   Rick Graef