December 21, 2018

Racing Holiday 2018

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November 3, 2018

Racing November 2018

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October 6, 2018

Racing October 2018

Hello Sailboat Race Fans,   Congratulations goes to ECSC’s Rich and Denise Fox on their Catalina 22 SeDepecher, for winning the 2018 Governor’s Cup Regatta! He and his “band of brother C-22’s” had the largest fleet and traveled great distances from the surrounding areas to participate in this renowned regatta. For the first time ever, we combined the Governor’s Cup with the ECSC Lobster Fest! We had 23 boats and crews that had a fabulous feast with friends and socialites that evening of the first day. Winds over the weekend were light but tolerable, and racing was an exciting series of 6 races. Awards by fleets are as follows: Bl/Wh – 1st Conrad, 2nd Miller, 3rd Merriman Catalina 22 -1st Fox, 2nd Emrich, 3rd Duitch Green – 1st Myers, 2nd Hubbard J24 – 1st Cameron, 2nd Graef, 3rd Douglas Red – 1st Chapman, 2nd Leeman, 3rd Goff Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and lobsters who made this possible! Let’s do it again next year! The Summer Wednesday’s Series and Super Sunday’s concluded with a bang. No collisions though just a little thunder. We had 11 races and 34 different boats on Wednesdays!! 10 races and only 13 different boats on Sunday’s. Awards by qualified fleet winners: Wednesday Summer Series Bl/Wh – 1st Chapman, 2nd Conrad, 3rd Miller Green – 1st Lauer, 2nd Truax, 3rd Endris Red – 1st Hickok, 2nd Kohne, 3rd Cameron Super Sunday’s: Bl/Wh – 1st Fox Red – 1st Hickok, 2nd Goff The J24 Championship for the year between ISC and ECSC concluded with the KeelOver Regatta at ISC on 9/29&30. It started in tough light twisting air and ISC’s boat Chaos had a 2 point lead on the closest rival ECSC boat. Then on Sunday’s last race, last tack, last breeze to the finish, the skipper and crew of Spontaneous Combustion were able to bring home the bacon = bring back to the club the beer and trophies, Good Job! Next up the invitation only Club Championship on 10/6. Then our final regatta for the year on 10/13&14 open and free for all members! The “Fast Start Last” Hornback Regatta and Chili Cookoff. Make sure your boat is PHRF registered. Awards to the top 5 boats. This regatta is named in honor of the first ECSC Commodore, Ned Hornback 1931-2018!   Respectfully, Bob Hickok and John George, ECSC racing committee
September 1, 2018

Racing September 2018

Calling all Racers, crew members, and want to be racers/crew members Reminder – The 2018 ECSC Governor’s Cup Regatta has been combined with our famed ECSC Lobster Fest. So why not do both! Go to Regatta Network at this link and register NOW! – Online Governor’s Cup registration closes on Friday, September 7th, 2018 (optional mail in registration at club website) – Your $50 entry gets you racing Saturday and Sunday with awards and prizes for all, continental breakfast both days, specially designed regatta tech shirt, and one LOBSTER or STEAK dinner (Saturday). Note: Additional dinners for family, or friends can be purchased for $20.00. We currently have 6 Catalina 22’s and one J24 registered, and a reminder to everyone, the largest fleet takes the cup! Bob Hickok and John George – Race Committee
August 8, 2018

Racing August 2018

The Racing Committee is pleased to announce the combination of the LOBSTER Fest and GOVERNOR’S CUP REGATTA 9/15-16/2018!!! This will be a fantastic reward for the first day of racing on Saturday September 15th with the selection of your choice: LOBSTER or STEAK! You can’t ask for a better combination. Be sure to get registered for the regatta and fest on US Sailings’ – 2018 Governor’s Cup Regatta and Lobster Fest by the deadline of 9/7/2018 so you don’t miss the chance for a tasty LOBSTER and a chance to win the GOVERNOR’S CUP! 2018 Spring Series Winners Blue/White: 1st Conrad – Seaward 26 2nd Chapman – Ranger 22 3rd Miller – S2 7.9 Green2: 1st Endris – Flying Scott 2nd Lauer- MC Scow Red: 1st Graef – J24 2nd Douglas -J24 3rd Kohne –J22 Congratulations again, to Spring Series Winners, if you didn’t get your award flag we handed out and announced during the Beach Party please check with your crew or see me. ECSC Regatta day and beach party had great wind 10 knots + and great competition, five races total and four fleets of racers. Great to see my son out racing on his NACRA 5.8 and Dennis Robertson on his new Hobie 20! Good job Racers! Blue/White: 1st Conrad – Seaward 26 2nd Chapman – Ranger 22 3rd Merriman – Hunter 240 4th Brickley – S2 7.3 Green1: 1st Hickok, B – Hobie 20 2nd Hickok, K – NACRA 5.8 3rd Robertson – Hobie 20 Green2: 1st Goff, G – Laser Red: 1st Cameron – J24 2nd Schulze -J24 3rd Wishart –J24   Sunday Series has been going well, with racing on the 4th Sunday of the month. Plenty of good eats after racing with the last one being Sausage Fest! Only two more Super Sundays left with plenty of time to score and win!     Bob Hickok and John George – Race Committee
July 4, 2018

Racing July 2018

How to Start Faster Part #2 It’s make or break time out on the racecourse, MARK RUSHALL explains how to get a flying start and what to do when things don’t go quite toplan. Using a Transit Especially in smaller fleets, a transit is a great indicator of where you are relative to the line. Without a transit it is easy to judge a “long line” when close to the pin or the committee boat, but much more difficult in the middle of line. Using a transit in individual practice also helps develop other ways to judge just where the line is. (See fig.1) How to Start – Fig 1 Before the start, sail down an extension of the line. Find a stationery object (in this case the clock tower), which is on the direct line of committee boat and pin end. Wherever you are positioned on the start line, if the clock is directly behind the pin, you are right on the line. If the clock is on the course side of the pin, you are over, and if the clock is on the pre-start side, you are behind. (Note that if you don’t have a bowman standing at the front, you need to allow for the distance to the bow). Some like to try to find a ‘safe transit’ by lining up about two boats lengths behind the committee boat. In the example (fig.1) the Eiffel Tower has been handily relocated to our shoreline. Two boats lengths at the committee boat equates to one boat length at the midpoint, less as you start closer to the pin. The transit frequently becomes obscured close to start time.  Lining up alongside nearby boats (the sheep principle) will give an average start, but if there is a line bulge, an OCS. If there is a sag, we are giving away ground to those at the ends of the line. Line judging skills come with practice. I recently learned a simple trick from Paul Goodison, ‘Point the boat directly at the pin, holding the tiller dead central. Now sight aft straight along the tiller. If you are sighting behind the committee boat, you are behind the line. If you are sighting in front, you are over. On the waterfront, attendance and fun competition on the lake for racing has been great!  Come early on Wednesday if you want a good parking spot! Spring Series is complete for the Wednesday Spring Series.  Super Sundays continue on the 4th Sunday of the month. Summer Wednesday Series begins on July 4th with patriotic party favors and a raft up after racing for those who want to see different fireworks displays from the water (food and snacks provided). The ECSC Regatta in on Saturday July 7th and it FREE for all registered club members!  We will have a light breakfast and sandwiches for on the water.  Dinner at the Beach Party must be reserved by emailing or contacting Nick Mates by July 4th.  We will hand out awards for the ECSC regatta and Wednesday Spring Series at the Beach Party. See you then.  Bob Hickok and John George – Race Committee
July 2, 2018

Racing July 2018

  Coming Soon                     Follow this link for more info on ECSC Ladies Day – ECSC Ladies    
June 5, 2018

Racing June 2018

  The 2018 Mayor’s Cup Regatta is in the books. We did our best with the challenging Eagle Creek wind shifts (you know those) and lack of wind on day 2. Our guest P.R.O. John Palizza from Chicago got in 5 races total. Thank you, John!  Also, great to see Mark Soya and crew in J24 – 2XS make the trip from Chicago’s Wilmette Harbor Club. He invites J24s and one design racers up to the Inshore Verve Cup at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Harbor, for details go to: The Mayor’s Cup was won by J24 ¡ɔᴉuɐԀ ʇ,uop – skipper/owner Rick Graef  in a six boat fleet. This is Rick’s first Mayor’s Cup win, hard to believe. Second place in the J24 Fleet went to the revived Green Hornet – skipper/owner Jason Hubbard and third place went to yours truly and my fine crew in Spontaneous Combustion. Red Fleet was won by John Kohne on J22 – Special K and Blue/White fleet was won by Kenny Chapman on his new boat, a Ranger 22 – ISIS (The Goddess of Wind). Green fleet was won by Spike Selig on his windsurfer. The Caribbean/Jamaican dinner was catered by Da Blue Lagoon (ox tails yum) and the Band Leslie Red and Friends (featuring Hobie-Joe Burton) was fantastic. Thanks to Sheela Smith Krout for taking some great pictures, which you can find on the Club’s Facebook page. A new ECSC event on Saturday, June 16, starting at 11AM…Blue/White Fleet Day. We will meet at the lower Race Shelter at 11AM, serve sandwiches/chips/water (RSVP below please by 6/12), review basic racing rules, review racing start sequence, discuss rigging tips, do Q&A, then go out and do some practice starts. If you are new to racing, or thought about wanting to race but now sure you have enough knowledge to get started, the Blue/White Fleet Day will be encouraging and perfect for you. New and existing Blue/White Fleet boats (cruising type boats) are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Rich Fox ( by Wednesday, June 12 if you plan to attend. Series racing continues with Wednesday evenings bringing out the most boats. We had 21 boats out on Wednesday May 23rd WOW! Also Kudos to the 6 Blue/White fleet boats (they out-numbered the red fleet 3 to 1) that braved the threat of storms and strong winds and came out and raced Wednesday May 30th.  The Wednesday Summer Series starts July 4th at 6:50pm. Spring Series Awards will be given out at the ECSC Regatta Beach Party @ 6:50 lol.  We’ve had two Super Sunday series race days always followed by a fantastic pitch-in meal with club-provided main course, wind or not. All the Super Sunday races will be one series, not spring and summer like Wednesdays(amended Sis). Remember that until you’ve done your race committee duty there’s a seven point hit to your score. We’ve created two slots PRO1 and PRO2 to give you opportunity to remove the hit. Sign up for duty @ We appreciate all the volunteers we’ve had so far! THANK YOU!! Speaking of volunteers, we need all the help you can give in making the race program work. If you volunteer for regatta’s you earn work credits!  John George and I can’t do it all. Check the signup genius,or give us a call we have more work to do. Coming up, we have a traveling keelboat regatta at Indianapolis Sailing Club, the Geist Guzzler on June 9th/10th and the ECSC Flying Scott-J22 Regatta June 30th/July 1st then the ECSC Regatta (a one day $20 club regatta) on July 7th and on June 24th Super Sunday #3. Come on out and have fun, be safe and compete to win or volunteer!   Bob Hickok