March 3, 2017

Racing – March 2017

Next Race Ready Meeting on March 22, 2017

We had great turnout for the first two Race Ready meetings. We had some great discussions around racing rules and race management. So far, we covered the rules at the start and at the windward mark. Our next and last Race Ready meeting will be on Wednesday March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Stonemill Consulting office building at 9247 N. Meridian. In our next meeting we will cover:
  • Rules when sailing downwind
  • Rules at the Leeward mark
  • Rules at the finish
  • How to file a protest
This should be a lively discussion as a lot goes on at the leeward mark.

US Sailing One Day Race Management Seminar on March 11, 2017

Eagle Creek Sailing Club is hosting a US Sailing One-Day Race Management Seminar (at Indianapolis Sailing Club) on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:30 to 5:30.  This seminar is intended for people who have some race committee experience, but newcomers are also welcome. Topics include RC objectives and responsibilities, regatta safety, writing sailing instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, setting the course, starting system, starting penalties, before the start, during the race, finishing, and scoring.  Following completion of the seminar, participants may take the test for US Sailing Club Race Officer certification. If you are new to racing, this is a great way to get a deeper understanding of how a race is run. Everyone who races in the ECSC Series events must take a turn at Race Committee duty. Here is a great way to learn how to run a race from the pros. The cost is only $45. ECSC will reimburse the first 10 who sign up. If you want to be reimbursed, you must first sign up and pay online at the link below. Then send me an email so I can keep count. To register, visit this link: http://www1.ussailing.org/enrollment/selectregistrant.aspx?courseid=13222965

Racing Calendar is Set

We have moved the ECSC Championship Regatta event from September 30 to October 7 to allow our J24 sailors to compete in the ISC J24 regatta on September 30. The racing calendar is now set. All events have been posted to the ECSC web site calendar. You can also see the calendar by going to the Racing page. We are now starting to get all of the Racing NORs, and Sis posted to the site. Check the racing site periodically. Our first Sunday afternoon race will be on April 9th.  Warning signal will be at 2:30 pm.  Racing should be finished by 4:30 or 5:00 followed by hot dogs and hamburgers at the RC shed.  Our first Wednesday evening race will be on April 12th.  Warning signal at 6:50 pm.

Calling all Volunteers

We still need people to volunteer to help out at our main regattas. If you are interested in getting some valuable work credits, please consider volunteering on Race Committee. It’s a great way to see the racing up close, spend a nice day on the water and get a great meal. We need about 6 people per regatta. Contact Geoff Endris for more information.
February 1, 2017

Racing February 2017

January Race Meeting a Huge Success!

My thanks to all who attended the first Race Ready meeting on January 25. We had about 30 members attend.  We covered some of the changes we are making to the racing program this year. It was great to see such a huge turnout and we had a lot of great discussions.

New Permanent Racing Mark

The biggest change for 2017 will be the addition of a new permanent racing mark. We are going to move permanent mark #2 to a new location due west Buoyof mark #5 and will be adding a new permanent mark #Y directly north of mark #X and slightly northeast of where mark #2 used to be. Click HERE  to see a diagram of the new mark locations. This will let us set up more race courses using just the permanent marks in just about any wind. It will also allow us to set up both windward-leeward courses (for red and green fleets) and triangle courses (for blue and white fleets) from the same RC boat position. Hopefully, this will make Race Committee duty easier.

RC Duty Signup

fb_img_1441037146453Speaking of Race Committee duty, ECSC members who participate in the Wednesday and Sunday racing series are expected to sign up for one of the two RC duty slots for each series they are participating in. If you typically only race in the Wed series, then you will need to sign up for RC duty 3 times – once for spring, summer and twilight series. Likewise, for the two Sunday Series. If you don’t sign up, then you will be assigned a day for RC duty. So, if you want to choose your RC week instead of having it chosen for you, please go to the signup site and register – CLICK HERE.

We need Volunteers – You need work credits. Can we work something out?

Note: you do not get work credits for this RC duty – it is just expected as part of competing in the racing series. Club regattas are a different matter. Because of the time commitment, we do give club work credits for serving on Race Committee in any of our 6 regattas. We have several positions to fill for each regatta including:
  • Principal Race Officer – in charge of on-the-water activities, watches the start/finish linesVolunteer
  • Recorder – records the positions of boats at the start and finish
  • Timer – announces the time remaining to start and the times of boats as they finish
  • Signals/Flags – raises/lower flags & sounds horn to signal starts, finishes and penalties
  • Safety Boat/Mark Set – Sets temporary marks, monitors pin-end of start line, monitors mark roundings, assists boats in distress
  • Safety Boat / Mark Set #2 – Assists on Safety Boat
  • Regatta coordinator – in charge of overall regatta, coordinates shore-side activities (event check-in, trailer storage, food & entertainment)
The dates of the regattas are:
Dates Regatta Comments
5/20-5/21 Mayor’s Cup Regatta, catering, band or DJ
6/10-6/11 Flying Scot Regatta, catering, no band
7/8-7/9 ECSC regatta Regatta, beach party
9/16-9/17 Governor’s Cup Regatta, catering, band/DJ
9/30/17 ECSC Championship Regatta only
10/14-10/15 Hornback regatta Regatta only
Other than the Principal Race Officer position, prior knowledge of racing is not required. As for the Principal Race Officer position, we can quickly get you trained on how to run a race. I would like to get more “non-racers” active in helping run the race program. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day on the water and watch the race from a great vantage point (the middle of the race course). In addition, regatta volunteers get to attend the dinner and party for free, and get a free T-shirt. Plus, you earn work credits!! What could be better than that? Contact me for additional information. I also have the following other work credit volunteer jobs:
  • RC food pickup: Make a weekly run to Gordon Food Service to make sure there is enough food for Wednesday and Sunday post-race cookouts.

One-Day Race Management Seminar March 11, 2017

On March 11, 2017, ECSC and ISC will host a one day seminar on Race Management.  Our instructor will be Steve Harris.  Steve is the US Sailing Area Race Officer for our area.  Students will receive expert instructions and best practice tips for running a club-level race.  The cost is $45.  This includes course materials and lunch.  If you are in the racing program and are unsure how to run a race, or if you are not in the racing program and want to get some work credits working the Race Committee crew, or if you are a little rusty in running races, you should sign up. As an added incentive, I will reimburse up to 10 people who sign up and attend the seminar.  Please click HERE to see a brochure for the event.  Click HERE to go to the US Sailing web site to register.  Just scroll down to the March 11 event at ISC and register.

Come out for the Social Side of Racing

Over the past couple of years, we have been trying to merge the racing program with our social program and have our racing events double as social events. Non-racers are invited to come out for the dinner and party. The cost is $10 per person to cover the cost of the meal.  It's a great way to enjoy your club even more.  

Next Race Ready Meeting

Our next Race Ready meeting will be held on February 22, 2017. During that meeting we will cover:
  • Rules changes for 2017calendar
  • Rules at the start
  • Rules for windward legs
  • Rules at the windward mark
If you are racing or interested in racing, please come out for some FREE PIZZA and a discussion on the Racing Rules of Sailing.   Geoff Endris, Racing Chairman
January 9, 2017

Racing January 2017

partyWe have a great racing program planned for 2017. Lots of racing. Lots of hot dogs and hamburgers!  As in the past, all club members are welcome to attend the regatta parties at the Mayor's Cup, Governor's Cup and ECSC regattas.  Your $10 ticket gets you food, beverage, music and dancing.  I am new to booking entertainment for these events, so if you know of a good band or DJ, send an email to the racing contact and I'll take it from there.

Race Ready Meeting #1

Mark your calendar for Wednesday January 25, 2017. That will be our first “Race Ready” meeting for all those who are interested racing this year. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30. We will have pizza and sodas for those who attend. The meeting-2location isn’t set yet, but we will send out an email blast to the newsletter distribution list in a week or so once we get the room locked down. We have 4 topics on the agenda for the meeting:
  1. Registration and PHRF discussion
  2. Race Committee sign up
  3. 2017 Racing Calendar
  4. Review of the ECSC RC Handbook

North U Tactics and Rule Seminar at ISC

On Saturday January 28, 2017, Indianapolis Sailing Club will host the North U Rules and Tactics Seminar.  Check in is at 8:30.  The seminar runs from 9:00 to 4:30.  Andrew Kerr will be the instructor.  The cost is $95, which includes a copy of Dave Perry's North U Racing Rules and Tactics workbook.  This is a good seminar if you are a little rusty on the rules or want to sharpen your racing tactics.  Click HERE for a link to the seminar flyer.

PHRF Ratings

We have several races that are scored based on PHRF rating, so it is very important that we have an updated PHRF rating for all racers. This applies to virtually all of the Wednesday and Sunday series racing. In order to be scored properly, make sure we have an updated PHRF registration form on file for your boat. If we don’t have an up-to-date form, we will assign you the base rating for your boat with no adjustments. This is the absolute worst rating you can receive. For your convenience, you have 3 ways to review and/or register your boat’s PHRF rating:checklist2
  1. You will receive a race registration form in your membership packet. If your boat has a PHRF form on file, you will be able to verify the information on the form. If you receive a blank form and are racing, simply fill it out and mail it back with your dues payment.
  2. Come to any of the Race Ready meetings and fill out the form at the meeting.
  3. Get a blank form at the RC Shed and leave it in the marked folder.
We are changing some of the PHRF adjustments this year to lessen the penalty to cruiser boats on windward/leeward courses. Come to the first Race Ready meeting to find out more.

Race Committee Signup

Volunteering for Race Committee is part of every racer’s responsibility. If everyone serves just one time per series, we will have a smooth sailing season. The Sign-up Genius web site has been updated with all of the sailing events for the 2017 season. unclesamCongratulations to Bob McCoun for being first to sign up for RC duty. There are 12 racing days in the Wednesday Spring series and 2 slots, so we need just 24 skippers to sign up. There are only 10 Sunday Spring races, so we only need 20 skippers to sign up. If everyone takes a slot, we can get them all filled. If you want to get your choice of days, sign up early. Note that on March 31, if we have any open slots for the two Spring Series, I will have to start assigning people who have not yet signed up. Sign up for RC duty by clicking here.

2017 Racing Calendar

calendarWe are making a couple of changes to the sailing calendar. Our goal is to reward participation, yet recognize individual champions.      
  • Wednesday Night series start time will change.
  • Fleet Champions will not be part of the Sunday series.
  • We are adding a Club Championship 1-day regatta to crown the best skipper and the fleet champions.
  • The Boat of the Year selection is being changed slightly.
Come to the first Race Ready meeting to find out more about the changes. All 2017 races have been added to the web site calendar.

Race Committee education

trainingOn March 11, 2017 ECSC and ISC are sponsoring a one-day Club Race Officer seminar at the ISC clubhouse. This is a great one-day event that will give you a great foundation on how to run a proper sailboat race. The seminar will cover all aspects of running a race from setting up the course, to starting and finishing boats, to changing and shortening the course. The cost is only $45 and that includes continental breakfast and lunch. It’s a great way to get into sailing mode for the upcoming season. Go to the US Sailing web site to register. Scroll down to the ECSC seminar and register online. I am updating the Race Committee Handbook to provide more “on the water” guidance and reference to those running races. This will also be covered at the Race Ready #1 meeting.   Geoff Endris, Racing Chair
December 2, 2016

From Racing

I will be taking over as Race Committee this year. First though, I want to thank Rick Graef for all the wonderful work he did as Race Committee the past 2 years. Thanks to him, the racing program is in good order and the transition went very smooth. I will be continuing a lot of what Rick started. We will have the regular Wednesday evening races, the Sunday races and the 5 major regattas. In addition, we will continue with Rich Fox’s Indy 200 regatta for White/Blue fleet boats, and the Ladies’ sail. We will continue with the 4 fleets this year.
  • Red Fleet: higher performance keelboats with low PHRF ratings and gung ho skippers.
  • Green Fleet: dingy/planing sailboats & catamarans
  • White Fleet: keelboats with higher PHRF ratings
  • Blue Fleet: higher PHRF boats and novice racers.
We have seen a huge increase in the number of “cruisers” who have come out to try their hand at racing in the Blue/White fleet. Based on the numbers, it looks like they are having a good time. This year, I want to make a change to the Sunday racing series. I would like this to be a little more “family friendly” and encourage more cruisers to come out. So parents, bring your kids out for a Sunday sail and a little friendly competition. Races will start at 2:00 and end around 4:30 followed by hot dogs or burgers afterwards - just like on Wednesday nights. We will also have our major regattas: The Mayor’s Cup in May, the Flying Scot Regatta in June, the ECSC Regatta in July, the Governor’s Cup in September and the Hornback Regatta in October. These are all great events that are well attended. I would like to remind the “non-racers” that everyone is invited to the regatta parties at the Mayor’s Cup, Governor’s Cup and ECSC regattas. We will have music and food for a low fee. As a reminder to all skippers: ECSC is sponsoring a Club Race Officers training class on March 11, 2017. This is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge about how to run a race. Mark the date on your calendar and make plans to attend. More to come next week. All racing events have already been posted on the web site calendar. I will be updating the Race Committee signup web site soon. As in the past, we will have 3 pre-season racing meetings for those interested in racing this year. During these meetings, we will register skippers for racing, get people signed up for Race committee and go over the rules of racing. The topics are as follows.
Date Event Topics
Wed Jan 25, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #1 Racing registration Race Committee sign up 2017 Racing program/events
Wed Feb 22, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #2 Changes to racing rules Rules at the start Rules going to windward Rules at the windward mark
Wed Mar 22, 2017 Race Ready Meeting #3 Rules at the leeward mark Rules going downwind Rules at the finish
   
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
July 1, 2016

Knee High by the fourth of July

Ahoy ECSC Racers.   Well, it is July in Indiana, the corn is knee high, and our racers are ripping it up here on our home waters and across the country.  Our Wednesday Spring Series has just concluded with great racing all Spring.  Congrats to Les Miller for winning the new Blue Fleet in his S2 6.9 Turbolina.  The winner of White Fleet, our largest fleet (13 boats) was Mike Clark sailing his Precision 23, Logos. Green Fleet was won by Dr. Bob and Kenny sailing the Highlander, Kowa Bunga. The always competitive Red fleet was topped by Bob and Janet Hickok in Spontaneous Combustion (J24). Sunday Racing has been building strongly this year. Sunday races are scheduled from 2 to 4 during June, July and August.  New this year are club championships that will be sailed concurrently with the rest of the Sunday fleet. Our innaugural Catalina 25 Championship was won by Bob Hickok. Check the schedule for upcoming club championships. Speaking of championships, the 2016 J24 Hoosier championship are 2 out of 4 regattas in.  This is a new series between the J24 fleets of ECSC and ISC. ECSC Mayor's Cup and Governor's Cup along with ISC Geist Guzzler and their Keelboat regatta count for the series. With Mayor's Cup and Geist Guzzler completed ECSC is in the lead. There will also be an individual winner named. Jason Hubbard finished highest from our sister clubs in the Mayors cup, and Perry Cameron was on top during the Geist Guzzler. The scoring system for this series is a high point scoring system. After the accountants at ECSCScoring.notarealwebsite.com  tabulated the results...... Jason and Perry are tied with 13 points each.  Full scoring for the regattas and the Hoosier championships can be found on the racing page. Don't Forget the ECSC Regatta and Beach Party is coming up on July 9th and 10th. Our Past Commodore Nick Mates has great plans for the beach Party. Dr. Bob and Kenny will be sharing Race Officer duties. The NOR is available on the website and the SIs and entry forms are posted at the bottom of the race page. ACWS   Last month we had several of our ECSC members make the trek to Chicago for the Americas Cup World Series racing in Chicago.  This was the first time any Americas Cup racing ha s ever been sailed in fresh water! Chicago put on quite an amazing event and the Americas Cup is sure to return in the future. The AC 45 catamarans tore up the waters of Lake Michigan and even set a new speed record during a race.   ECSC will be represented in this years Port Huron to Mackinac race.  This is an annual race sponsored by Bayview Yacht Club. Captain Tony Hubbard has entered  his deep-draught Ocean Racer s/v Integrity. She is a 1961 Alden Challenger Yawl. Your fearless race chair will be aboard for this momentus race. We will be sailing the Shore course (slightly shorter than the Cove Island course) which is 235 miles long. For more info check out the website at www.bycmack.com . There is also a tracker on the website so you can be part of the action. Integrity is in Class N and will proudly be carrying an ECSC Flag and Burgee.  I believe that this is the first time a boat registered from ECSC has competed in this race.   Special thanks to everybody that has kept our race program running smoothly.  See you on the water.   Rick