October 6, 2017

October Racing

September was a busy month for us at ECSC. We hosted 3 regattas, closed out our Summer Series and started the Twilight Series.

Weekly Series Update

The Wednesday and Sunday Summer Series have concluded. Results have been posted to the 2017 Series Racing page of the web site. Winners of the Series’ will get valuable points towards the Boat of the Year trophy. Speaking of Boat of the Year, the current standings have been posted to the web site. The final event for the BOTY is the Hornback. Scoring is set up such that the Hornback standings can significantly affect the overall BOTY standings.

September Events:

The Purdue Sailing Club hosted their Boiler Cup regatta on Labor Day weekend after a several-year absence on the collegiate sailing calendar. Turnout was light due to the late notice, but the sailing was fierce. The clubs were tied going into the last race. We hope to have better turnout next year as the Boiler Cup is now back on the sailing calendar. Thanks to Tom Moore for helping out on RC. The Indy 200 Regatta was a huge success again this year. We had 8 boats compete and almost 40 people participate. Larry Conrad won the Regatta on his Seward 26. Bob Hickok finishing second on a Catalina 25. Bob McCoun was third on his S2 7.3. Other competitors included: Tom Newgent on his S2 7.3, Les Miller on his S2 6.9, Chuck & Nancy Goff on their Cataline 25, Steve Earnhart on his Catalina 25, and Dan & Karen Orndorff on their ODay 23. Special thanks to Rich Fox for coordinating this event for the Blue/White fleet boats and to Tom Moore for helping out on RC. The Governor’s Cup regatta had a lighter than usual turnout this year. We didn’t get any Highlanders and no ISC J24s. Winds were light and variable, but we managed to get 7 races in over 2 days. We had 2 Green fleet boats – a Laser and a Finn. It ended up being a grudge match. One White fleet boat, 2 J-22’s and 5 J-24s.
  • Ed Spengemon from Louisville won Green Fleet on his Laser.
  • Les Miller won White Fleet on his S2 6.9 .
  • LeRoy Leeman won the Red Fleet on his J-22.
  • Rick Graef won the J-24 Fleet.
Rick Graef also won the Governor’s Cup. Results are posted on the web site.  

Hoosier J24 Championships

This year our ECSC J24 competed in the second year of the Hoosier J24 Championship series.  This series includes ECSC's Governor's Cup and Mayor's Cup Regattas and ISC's Geist Guzzler and Keelover Regattas. Last weekend 8 J24s raced in the final regatta (the Keelover regatta) at our sister club across town. While ECSC Member Richard Graef and his crew aboard Don't Panic won the regatta, ECSC member Jason Hubbard scored enough points to claim the Overall title for the 2017 season. Jason Scored 23 points overall and raced in all four regattas.  Congrats to Jason and his team aboard Green Hornet for the individual title. The club championship was awarded to ECSC again for the 2017 season. This series has been successful in building our local J24 fleet. This year we had 12 boats from both clubs that participated. Results can be found below.
Club Sail number Mayor's Cup Score Geist Guzzler Keelover Regatta Governor's  Cup Overall
1 ECSC 1745 - 2253- 2903Hubbard 7 J24 5 7 4 23
2 ECSC 2607 - Graef 0 J24 0 9 6 15
3 ECSC 4146 - Shulze 2 J24 0 4 2 8
4 ISC 1458 -  McGinty-Varga 3 J24 3 1 0 7
5 ECSC 2783- Hickok 5 J24 0 0 1 6
6 ISC 2720 - Dyar 0 J24 0 6 0 6
7 ISC 4510 - Rogers- Lawhead 1 J24 2 2 0 5
8 ISC 3525 - O'Brien 0 J24 0 5 0 5
9 ISC 2253 - Onndrejack 4 J24 0 0 0 4
10 ECSC 1473 - Douglas 0  J24 0 0 3 3
11 ISC 4146x - Townsend 0 J24 0 3 0 3
12 ISC 440 - J. Jordan 0 J24 1 0 0 1
 

October Sailing

The ECSC Championship regatta will be held on October 7. This is the first year for this regatta. All boats will race both in fleet and PHRF on the same course with a single start. We will announce a fleet champion and an overall club champion. Qualifiers for the event include: Tom Newgent, Larry Conrad, Les Miller, Bill Grant, Rich Fox, Mike Clark, Geoff Endris, Chuck Goff, John Kohne, Scott Douglas, Rick Graef, Bob/Janet Hickok (J24), Nan Schulze. Our final regatta for the year is the Hornback regatta. This is always a fun race because it is a pursuit race. This means that instead of starting everyone at the same time and adjusting the finish times, we stagger the starts so that the first boat over the finish line wins the race. Always a good time and always some interesting courses. This year, we are bringing down Purdue Sailing Club members to crew. So, if you need a crew, send an email to Geoff Endris. The Hornback is now included in the Boat of the Year standings and can have a huge impact as the Hornback is scored as a single fleet.   Don’t forget to go to the RC Signup page to sign up for RC duty. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ca9ac22a4f58-2017  
September 6, 2017

Racing September 2017

As we head into September, we still have a lot of sailing to do. In addition to our weekly series racing, we have 3 regattas.

Weekly Series Update

  
August 11, 2017

Racing August 2017

Weekly Series Update

  
June 30, 2017

Racing July 2017

Weekly Series Update

We continue to have challenges with the weather on Wednesday nights, but so far, we’ve been able to run 9 races of 11 races. The Spring series will end on Wed June 28. On July 5, we will start the Summer Series. Sunday races are still a challenge as we haven’t had any Sunday races since May 14. If you have any suggestions on how to make Sunday racing more appealing, I’d love to hear them.

Flying Scot Regatta Results

Our annual Flying Scot Regatta was a great success. We had 12 boats with 10 of the boats coming from out of town. We had perfect weather for a long north-south course. Rich Fox was the PRO and did an outstanding job. We managed to get 4 races in on Saturday. Competitors were treated to root beer floats after a hard day of racing, followed by a great BBQ dinner from Squealers. Sunday’s weather was similar to Saturday. We got another 2 races in before calling it a day. Here are the race results. Congratulations to Chuck and Nancy Goff for sailing in their first Flying Scot Regatta.
Skipper Crew Club Total Place
Tyler Andrews* Cody McCoun Deep Creek YC 9 1
Bruce Kitchen* Lynn Kitchen Cowan Lake SA 22 2
Andrew Fox* Doug Fox Birmingham YC 23 3
Frank Gerry* Marianne Gerry Clinton Lake SA 27 4
Bronson Bowling* Rachel Bowling Carlyle Lake SA 32 5
Ben Williams* Tom Yeagle Clinton Lake SA 35 6
Eric Bussell* Perry Cameron Clinton Lake SA 37 7
Ryan Malmgren* Stacey Rieu Ephraim YC 48 8
Eric Sutton* Marshall Akers Carlyle Lake SA 52 9
Geoff Endris Tom Moore Eagle Creek SC 58 10
John Casada* Paul Dixon Carlyle Lake SA 64 11
Chuck Goff Bill Grant Eagle Creek SC 67 12
* Denotes non-club member

Next up: ECSC Regatta and Beach Party

The ECSC Regatta is scheduled for July 8-9 with the newly resurrected and highly acclaimed ECSC Beach Party scheduled for July 8. Bruce Berner is the PRO for the regatta and is looking for volunteers to help out on Race Committee. RC Volunteers get to attend the Beach Party for free and get this really nifty soft sided cooler in their choice of colors. The beach party was a huge success last year with over 160 attending. Nick Mates promises to put on another great event this year. The meal will be catered by Stacked Pickle, with tunes from local band “Dwight Lightning and the Conch City All Stars.” It is sure to be a great event. Tickets are $10 per person, which pays for dinner, drinks and dancing. You can buy a commemorative T-shirt for $15. Folks it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. You will need to register and pay in advance just like the LobsterFest. Go to this site to register. http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15069.  Registration fee for the regatta competitors is $70 and includes 2 full meal packages (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner).  Extra meal packages for extra crew are available for $20 each. Event T-shirts are available for $15 each.  Be sure to pre-order a shirt to make sure you get one in your size. Non-racers should go to the same site, register as a non-competitor and purchase additional meal tickets ($10) or event T-shirts ($15).

Race Committee Boat Motor Update

On Friday June 23, we took possession of a new 30 HP Honda outboard motor and had our other Honda 30 HP outboard serviced.  We will replace the damaged motor on the Aircraft Carrier and use the damaged motor for spare parts.

Race Committee Signup

  We only have 1 race covered in the Summer series so far., so be sure to go to the RC Signup page to sign up for RC duty. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ca9ac22a4f58-2017  
June 6, 2017

Racing June 2017

Weekly Series Update 

Well, we are two thirds through the spring series. Attendance has been kind of light due to the weather.We need more people to come out for Sunday afternoon racing. Wednesday night races continue to be the most popular racing event. Our last race had 19 boats racing. That’s great participation. As of 5/31, Bill Grant is leading the Blue/White fleet and Bob Hickok is leading the Red fleet. Rich Fox is now posting race results on the ECSC Facebook page.  Results are also posted on the ECSC web site racing page and on the Regatta or Series web pages.

RC Duty Signup

We only have 4 weeks left in the Spring Series.  Be sure to sign up for Race Committee to remove your "penalty points." Go to the RC Signup page to sign up.    

Mayor's Cup Results

Our annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta was a great success, despite the weather. Winds were out of the west, which made the course pretty short. Perry Cameron was the PRO and he set up for short sprint-type races to get as many in before the rain came or the winds died. We managed to get 6 races in on Saturday, followed by a great BBQ dinner from Squealers and hot tunes from local band “Top Shelf.” The band was awesome and had people dancing till 11:30. Sunday, the weather gods tricked us again by sending us winds out of the east. Again, Perry set up short courses and we got another 4 races in before calling it quits. Results for the regatta are:
Fleet Boat Skipper Total Pts Place
Blue/White C-22 Sport Fox 13 1
Blue/White Seaward 26 Conrad 14 2
Highlander Highlander Japiskee * 7 1
Highlander Highlander Hollingsworth * 14 2
Red J-24 Hubbard, J 13 1
Red J-24 Hickok 25 2
Red J-24 Onrejack * 25 3
Red J-24 McGinity * 45 4
Red J-24 Schulze 47 5
Red J-24 Rogers * 55
* Denotes non-ECSC member

Flying Scot Regatta update

Our next regatta is the annual Flying Scot regatta. This is the kickoff event for the Flying Scot Midwest Division traveling series. We already have 11 boats committed and expect at least 15 boats. Rich Fox is the PRO and has assembled a great Race Committee crew. We could use some volunteers to help with the shore-side activities – mainly breakfast and lunch.  Contact Regatta Director: Geoff Endris.

ECSC Regatta and Beach Party

The ECSC Regatta is scheduled for July 8-9 with the newly resurrected and highly acclaimed ECSC Beach Party scheduled for July 8. Bruce Berner is the PRO for the regatta and is looking for volunteers to help out on Race Committee. RC Volunteers get to attend the Beach Party for free and get this really nifty soft sided cooler in their choice of colors. The beach party was a huge success last year with over 160 attending. Nick Mates promises to put on another great event this year. The meal will be catered by Stacked Pickle, with tunes from local band “Dwight Lightning and the Conch City All Stars.” It is sure to be a great event. Tickets are $10 per person, which pays for dinner, drinks and dancing. Folks it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. You will need to register and pay in advance just like the LobsterFest. We will publish more information on how to register in the next couple of weeks.
May 5, 2017

Racing May 2017

Weekly Series Update 

The weather gods have not been kind to us. Between light winds and blow-outs, our racing season got off to a slow start this year. Hopefully the weather will settle down and we can get some races in. Wednesday night races are starting at 6:50 pm this year to give everyone an extra 10 minutes to get from work. As usual, we end the day with burgers and dogs, so come on out and join us. We need more people to come out for Sunday afternoon racing. We start at 2:00 pm, race 2 or 3 races and head back in for hot dogs and burgers around 4:30. It’s a great way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. The sailing is more casual than the Wednesday evening crowd. This is perfect for those of you who want to try racing in a more relaxed atmosphere. Rich Fox sends out race results for completed races and we will soon have interim results posted on the web site both on the main racing page and on the 2017 Racing Series page. Be sure to check weekly for updates.

RC Duty Signup Crisis

Our RC duty signups have been light. We currently have no one signed up for Sunday Race Committee this weekend or any weekend going forward. And we have no one signed up for Wednesday Race Committee after 5/20/17. We really need people to sign up and take their turn on RC duty. The alternative is for everyone to read up on “rabbit starts.” Go to the RC Signup page to sign up.    

Mayor's Cup Update

The Mayor’s Cup Regatta is just 3 weeks away on May 20-21. Come out for some great racing, great food, music and beverages. Remember that the Mayor’s Cup party is open to all club members. Just $10 buys you a great BBQ dinner, drinks and dancing. What a deal! Dinner will start at 6:00 on May 20. Race documents and the registration form are posted on our web site under the racing tab. To pre-register, download the registration form and send it in, or send an email to racing@ecsail.org with your boat name, skipper name, sail number and class. Registration is $50. Full meal packages for the weekend are $20 per person and T-shirts are $15. The meal package includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner, plus drinks. We still need volunteers to help with the regatta. Geoff Endris will be the Principal Race Officer for the regatta and will be running the “on the water” activities. We need 3-4 more volunteers for his RC team including:
  • Safety boat (2 people)
  • Signaler (main RC boat)
In addition, we need volunteers to help with the “shore side” activities including:
  • Registration table (Sat morning)
  • Breakfast and lunch hosts (Sat and Sun)
Volunteers will receive work credits and this really nifty soft side cooler. Be the envy of all your friends and sign up to volunteer today. No racing experience necessary. Send an email to racing@ecsail.org.    

Flying Scot Regatta update

June 10-11 is the ECSC Flying Scot Indy Regatta. We already have 10 out-of-town boats signed up and will probably have over 15 boats for the regatta. This is part of the Flying Scot Midwest District series with top sailors from around the Midwest coming. This is becoming our most popular regatta for out-of-towners. Tyler and Carrie Andrews will be coming back, so be sure to come out and say “hi.” The highlight of the regatta is the root beer floats on Saturday after racing. Race documents can be found on the web site. For you new Flying Scot owners, come out and meet fellow Scot racers. We have some out of town racers looking for local crew. If you want to crew on an experienced skipper’s boat, send Geoff an email at racing@ecsail.org. Rich Fox will be the Principal Race Officer. He needs volunteers to help run the race. If you are interested, please contact him directly or send an email to racing@ecsail.org. Again, all volunteers will get work credits and the aforementioned nifty soft-sided cooler. We could also use some volunteers to help with the shore-side activities – mainly breakfast and lunch.  
April 3, 2017

Racing – April 2017

Racing Season is getting close

Racing season is upon us! We begin the season on Sunday April 9 at 2:00. Bob McCoun and Kenny Chapman are running the first race. We will run 3 races. Be sure to come out with your family for some friendly competition. Hot dogs and/or hamburgers will be served after the races. Our first Wednesday night race is April 12 at 6:50. Again, Bob and Kenny will be running the race. Speaking of running races, we have 26 racing events in the spring series. So far, we have just 8 days fully covered and 7 partially covered. Please sign up today for race committee duty. Next week, I will have to start assigning people to RC duty to get the days covered. Just go to the racing web page to sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ca9ac22a4f58-2017 We should have all of the marks in the water by April 9. The new “Y” mark may not be done yet, but we will get it in the water as soon as possible.

Need some work credits?

Looking for a fun way to earn some work credits? Why not volunteer to work Race Committee for one of our regattas? We need at least 6 people to run a well-organized race. This is a great way to watch a regatta up close. Volunteers will get valuable work credits, plus free meals all weekend. Plus a very special gift as a token of our appreciation. So please go to the racing web site listed above and sign up for one of the RC positions. No experience is necessary. We’ll show you what to do.

We are all race ready now

We held our third and final “Race Ready” meeting on Wednesday March 22. We had a great crowd. Lots of questions and lots of discussion. We focused on rules for downwind sailing, rules at the leeward mark and rules at the finish. We also had a “class exercise” where we went to the parking lot and everyone tried to guess where the 3 boat-length circle was for their boat. Rick Graef and Larry Conrad got theirs exactly right. Everyone else was short – some as much as a boat length short. It was an illuminating experience.

Mayor’s Cup is 8 weeks away

The Mayor’s Cup Regatta is just 8 weeks away. We need volunteers to make the regatta a smooth event. We need 5 people for RC duties including:
  • Principal Race Officer
  • Signaler – handles the flags on the RC boat
  • Safety boat - drives the safety boat
  • Mark Setter – sets marks from the safety boat
This is a great way to enjoy the race and/or learn more about racing or running a race. Please contact Geoff Endris if you are interested.  
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.