January 1, 2018

Safety and Education January 2018

ECSC Junior Sailor Reagan Lessick is currently down in Miami for the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta.   Being as Reagan is used to training on flat water, she has been out for two trainingsails in the Atlantic. She is getting used to the difference of sailing in the Atlantic.  While a a bit nervous at first, she has quickly gotten used to the conditions and feels she is as ready as she can be for this event.  If you are unfamiliar with the Orange Bowl, it is a large regatta held in Miami every year between Christmas and New Years. Over the past generations, ECSC has sent numerous sailors to this event to learn and to represent our club. Reagan decided to make the drive down to Miami to gain valuable experience that she hopes will pay off this summer in the I-LYA series, as well as Junior Bay Week.  Reagan will be sailing with a sticker on the stern of her boat remembering the late Mark Gummer, who's family generously asked donations made in Marks memory to be made to the ECSC Junior Program.
(Editors Note)  Copied from ECSC Junior Sailing Facebook Page - Final day update from Chuck after Orange Bowl 2017
Day 4 the final day. She's out right now about to go finish up the last races while we are loading up to begin the long drive home as soon as she is finished. Gotta say, so proud of her! She has been pushing herself to the limit each and every day, and then coming back for more again and again. She is exhausted, bruised, blistered, and sunburnt, but has been keeping a great attitude and is learning a ton! She says she is sailing better and faster than she ever has, and I see her growing in other ways as well that she doesn't see herself....definitely worth the trip down here! Great job Reagan! ECSC Junior Sailing Team
It is still 2017, and we are already getting a few inquires about 2018 Sailing Camp!   Camp dates have not been set yet, but registration should be ready in late February.  Please keep an eye on the Sailing Camp page of the club website for more information as it is available.
Chuck Lessick
Safety and Education
October 6, 2017

Safety and Education – October 2017

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September 6, 2017

Safety and Education September 2017

 
After a busy summer the majority of the 2017 Junior Sailing season is complete.  The end of the I-LYA travelers series was plagued by a few cancelled regattas due to weather at the hosting clubs, so that made for  a shortened series.  ECSC's Reagan Lessick ended up 6th in the series for 2017, up one spot from last year.  Reagan has one more year in the program and we are looking forward to some great results next season.   Grant Goff has also been doing some conditioning as well as competing in his first regattas.  He is getting a little taste of what this sailboat racing thing is all about.
Typically this time of year, the Junior Team would be heading to Lake Lemon for a final regatta of the year This regatta has always given some new youth the chance to experience their first real regatta.  Unfortunately that event has been cancelled this year!  Not to worry, our own Wayne Myers is setting up a Junior Regatta in conjunction with the Governors Cup Regatta on Sept 16-17.  Race against the best in the mid-west. Free registration and meal! Short windward / leeward courses, lots of starts, great prizes. Open to all small boat single hand sailors.  Contact Wayne for more information. This is a great chance to get a youngster started in one of the clubs Opti's or Lasers!
Chuck Lessick
August 11, 2017

Safety and Education – August 2017

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June 30, 2017

Safety and Education July 2017

Another successful ECSC Junior Sailing camp is in the books with 50 students attending the camp between the two weeks!  The weather was some of the best we have had for camp in a while, and all the kids had lots of fun AND learned a lot about sailing.  As hoped, we were able to conduct camp operations pretty much at the new Junior Sailing pavilion, which made it nice for both the camp staff & campers, as well as any members who were using the club facilities.  This has been a great addition to the ECSC club grounds, and doubles as a junior workout area the rest of the summer.  The kids are already looking forward to next years camp, and we have a few campers interested in taking additional lessons.  That's one of the main goals of this camp is to introduce youngsters in the area to this sport and hoping they get a bit of the sailing bug, helping the future of sailing as a whole.  Who knows, one of these kids could be a future regatta winner for ECSC Junior Sailing!
The ECSC Junior Team is in full regatta mode, competing in 5 regattas last month, and three including I-LYA Junior Bay Week in July.  We wish the team good luck at the upcoming regattas!  Reagan Lessick is the only competitor from ECSC going to Junior Bay week, if you want to keep track of progress of the week long regatta results will be posted on Notice of Race here.  Happy Sailing!
June 6, 2017

Safety and Education June 2017

June is when our summer sailing camp is held during the last two weeks of the month.  We have a full camp again this year, with no more spots available.  If you happen to be on the water during the time camp is being held please be aware that we have a lot of novices and young sailors in the area.  Please be alert and give them extra room as quite often, we don’t know what to expect in regards to their boat handling.  We hope to have another successful this summer and introduce many youngsters to the sport of sailing.  As previously stated we hope to center our sailing camp operations in the new junior sailing building and limit the use of the upper pavilion. The ILY-A Junior Traveler Series Regattas begin this weekend in Alum Creek.  That will be followed with four additional regattas this month, along with instructing the two weeks of the Junior Sailing Camp.  Needless to say it is a very busy month for our juniors!  Keep an eye on the Junior Sailing Facebook page for results and feel free to offer words of encouragement. Reagan Lessick just successfully completed her US Sailing Level 2 Certification.  Way to go Reagan!  We encourage our junior sailors to get as many instructor certifications as they can, which makes our instructor staff one of the best in the area! Sail safe this month and we’ll update you again next month. Chuck Lessick
May 5, 2017

Safety and Education May 2017

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Sail camp is really starting to fill up, so much so that we have had to officially close registration for the first week!  There are still about 5 spots remaining for the week of June 26 - July 30, so if you are thinking about getting someone signed up, now is the time to do so.  Act fast before all the spots are gone!!!! We have a lot of repeat campers this year. This is a great testimony to how much the kids love attending these camps!  Not only are they fun, but they also learn how to sail!  Sign up today!
With the warmer weather, the Junior team has moved back to the club for workouts.  Wednesday afternoons and Sundays stop by at the new Junior sailing building to say Hi and see how the new training facility is shaping up.  We would love to show off our new facility. We are continuing to outfit it with equipment not only for our current Juniors, but the Juniors of the future.  Speaking of that, did you know that the team is looking for a couple of young people to get started on the ECSC Junior Sailing Team?  It is a great program, and a good way to spend some quality time with your kid both at Eagle Creek Sailing Club, as well as attending regattas around the Midwest.
As always, this time of year is a great time to do a safety check on your boat before putting it back in the water.  Here is a link to a handy article about boat safety items. It has a decent list of items you should check each spring when getting the boat ready to sail.  Check it out!  It is also a good time to remind everyone that there will be more people around the club, so please drive slowly and look out for people who aren't looking out for you, especially when coming down the hill.  Looking forward to a safe summer of fun!
Chuck Lessick
April 3, 2017

Safety and Education – April 2017

Have a boy or girl that spends too much time playing video games or on their phone?

Want to steer them a new course in life. Come join us April 22!

Sign up your young sailor for this fast moving, 16 hour sailing class.

Three Classes:

Class 1 ~ 9-12 year old, on a Opti (a small 8' boat, perfect for the smaller, younger boy or girl).

Class 2 ~ 13-18 year old, on Laser Full rig (a 14'  boat, perfect for the larger boy sailor).

Class 3 ~ 12-15 year old, Laser Radial rig (perfect for a young teenage girl or boy).

Eligibility:

Prospective sailors must be able to swim.

Must have a lift jacket, USCG type, with whistle attached to it.

Open to members and non-members (boys and girls).

Class size limited to 6-8 sailors!

Enrollment:

Fee $128.00 (check or cash)

Where:

ECSC Sailing School, 8901 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, In 46234

Date ~ Time:

Sign up date April 22, 11am, please join us for an introductory hour and learn what we do.

Class Dates: May 6, 13, 20 and June 3rd, 11:00am to 3pm. (rain or shine)

Instructional Staff:

Our instructors are experienced sailors with small boat racing, All of our junior instructors are U.S. Sailing Certified Level 1, some are level 2 and 3's and Red Cross First Aid with CPR trained.

On the Water time:

Instruction are conducted in Laser: Full, Radial and 4.7 or with the Optimist rigs.

ECSC will supply the boats, sailors will supply other personal gear.

Classroom & Work-out Drills:

Work books, lots of jump rope, chin, push and set ups, light bench press, speed bag, punching bag and sailing games.

Notes:

Participation is based on the sailor and sole discretion of the team leader.

Minors must have a consent of parents, and an application and completed emergency treatment form,

For more info: e-mail Wayne Myers (team leader) ~ alarmco@bac.comcastbiz.net

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Other News !

I would like to "Thank all you" for the past Support of Our Youth Sailing Program, Without your help this program would not left the dock. 

Your donation this year will be a big help in our goal to sent the kids to local and national events.

Check out their race schedule on our  Facebook page or our ECSC Junior Sailing Team page.

Safety and Education,

Chuck Lessick and Wayne Myers