Safety & Education 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
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) ~ email@example.com ~ 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
Safety & Education Make sure you click on the header at the top of this article to go to my full article so you can see some pictures of last year’s camp. Parents and campers alike tell us what a great time they have and can’t wait to come back for the next year! Chuck Lessick
The 2017 Junior Sailing Calendar is up on the club website. Click here to link to it. The season starts with the Geist Spring Laser Regatta, where valuable experience is gained through racing against some of the best Laser sailors in the Midwest. This is typically a great season starter and the first time on the water in competition. This April regatta provides our team with great early season training while they wait for the first I-LYA Junior Regatta in June at Berlin Sailing Club. The season quickly gets busy in June with six regattas in the month! Mentor Harbor, Sandusky, Edgewater, and North Cape. Many miles are going to get put on the tow vehicles that month! July consists of three regattas with one of them being I-LYA Junior bay week. The I-LYA Junior season ends with two regattas in August at Hoover and Erie. In September, we will go to Lake Lemon for the Lake Lemon Regatta. This has become traditionally the last outing for the Juniors, and is always loads of fun. The summer sailing camp plans are nearly finalized. The camps are scheduled for the week of June 19-23 and June 26-30th. The registration forms should be on-line shortly. Stay Tuned to the Sail Camp Page for more information. I was hoping to have them up by now, but ran into a little snag. Chuck Lessick Safety and Education
Hi ECSC Members, There is not much going on on the Safety & Education department this time of year. We are wrapping up 2016 and looking toward 2017. Looking back at 2016 shows that it was quite productive. One of our accomplishments this year was the construction of the new ECSC Junior Sailing school building. It turned out great! It has a pavilion area for teaching larger groups such as camp or our adult training classes, as well as an indoor area. Our intent is to be able to use the facility not only for camp, but also physical training of our junior sailors. It should also work well for chalk talks and video training regardless of the weather. Looking forward, we are planning on outfitting the structure with a few items to facilitate these activities. 2016 junior results were on par with expectations. As previously reported, Cameron Douglas finished 1st in the I-LYA Junior Traveler Series for the season and Reagan Lessick tied for 6th. Cam also finished 3rd at Junior Bay week in a very tight four day regatta consisting of 18 races. Cam has aged out of his Junior status at the end of this season and is off to college at Eckard in ST. Petersburg, Florida. Jon Schwartz competed in a limited schedule this year, but spent much time behind the scenes instructing possible future additions to the team. Educationally, it was a good year for the Juniors as well. Cam earned his level 3 coaching license, Jon earned his level 2 license, and Reagan & Tina Williams completed their level 1 instructors licenses. ECSC’s help of these young adults in furthering their education is critical to the success of our youth camps. ECSC has had a long history of employing US Sailing certified instructors as our youth camp instructors. Our youth program could not happen without these dedicated young ECSC juniors. There is also a long term benefit for both the good of the sport and the good of ECSC in having more people available to teach sailing. 2017 Sailing Camp dates will be set soon. Check the camp page or watch your ECSC email for more information. Chuck Lessick, Safety and Education Chair
Looking to the Future The ECSC Junior team and staff had a fun outing at the Lake Lemon Regatta on Sept 24-25th. While the competition was real, the team usually treats this regatta as some relaxing and fun time together. Most of us camped at Bloomington Yacht Club for the weekend, and even Wayne competed there, as he has for over 30 years! Jon spent the weekend competing in the Finn, against Wayne, but Wayne remains undefeated against the Juniors. I guess he isn’t showing them all his tricks! The two newest members of the Junior Team, Dunkin and Jack were also on hand to get experience sailing in their first regatta. Congrats boys! They got to see what it is really like to experience a regatta from start to finish, and they both did a great job! The boys have been training with Jon and were anxious to see what racing was really like, so this was a great introduction to them. They may be out at the Hornback, so if you see them be sure to say Hi! The Junior Team will now shift gears into prep for 2017 Thanks to Kenny, the site is graded for the new school shed area. The construction should start shortly . The new area is going to feature storage space, but the most anticipated feature is some combined teaching space for camp, and workout area for the rest of the time.