January 9, 2017

Safety and Education January 2017

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 
December 2, 2016

From Safety and Education

No Report    
October 4, 2016

Safety & Education

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.    
September 1, 2016

Douglas Wins I-LYA Junior Traveler Series

August 1, 2016

July was a busy month for our Juniors

Well it certainly has been a busy month with the ECSC Junior Sailing team!  Most of July was spent on the road at regattas, clinics, and then Junior Bay Week.  The conditions at Bay Week were near perfect, with a varying range of conditions from light air to heavy.  There were around 34 Laser Radials competing this year and they were able to get in 18 races over the four days of the regatta!  When everything was said and done, ECSC’s Cameron Douglas ended up in the 3rd spot after some very tight racing, and Reagan Lessick finished 15th.     While Bay Week may be finished, the juniors aren’t done with their season yet.  Cam and Reagan traveled to Cleveland this past weekend for an I-LYA regatta for their travelers series.  Cam finished in second, putting him in first place in the series, Reagan moved up to 6th place in the series.  There are still a couple of I-LYA regattas left this season that the team will be travelling to as well.    
July 1, 2016

July Safety & Education update

Well the second week of sail camp is about to come to a close, and the kids all seem to be having a great time!  Our Junior team is performing well instructing the campers, and we have exposed over 30 young people to the sport of sailing in the past two weeks.  Parents must be talking to their friends about the camp, because believe it or not, I am already getting inquires on when registration for next year’s camp opens!  I have been taking some video and pictures for the website, and once I get some time to compile and edit it I will get it up there.  Btu for now, here are a few pictures of the campers. The Junior Race team has also been busy and placing well.  In the I-LYA Junior Travelers Series, Cameron Douglas is currently 4th, Reagan Lessick is 7th, and Jonathan Schwartz is 24th out of a total of 44 boats!  Great work team! Each year the team races 5-10 Saturdays during the months of June, July and August, around Indiana, Ohio, New York lakes.   July 17 we will land on the Island of Put-In-Bay, for Junior Bay Week, where the team will do battle once more.  The regatta will consist of up to 15 races in 4 days on Lake Erie. Came has made this trip many times over the last 6 years, and this year will be his last, since he will age out. He has won 2 out 4 travelers series races.  So we are believing he will show well at bay week this year and go out on top.  Cam’s teammate at Junior Bay Week, Reagan, is a young 16 year old sailor.  She is 5’3″, she is big on winning, and had been working out all winter.  Reagan will be the force that will be pushing the boys this year. Wish your Junior Team Well and follow them here!
June 1, 2016

Summer Camp Update

We still have some openings for the second week of sailing camp which is June 27-July1, but the first week is filled.  Camp is in a few weeks, so now is the time to get those last minute registrations turned in.  The staff is currently making preparations for a successful 2016 camp.  We are in need of several adults to be parent of the day during the school weeks.  It just involves sitting in the rib when the boats are on the water and being there if any adult assistance is needed from the camp staff, pretty low key stuff.  You will receive work credit for doing this. Please contact me at safety@ecsail.org if you are interested and we will get you on the calendar.  Juniors Team racking up the wins! ECSC Junior sailors have had two outings so far.  The first was at Leatherlips in Ohio, where Reagan Lessick finished first in Junior.  The second was at Lake Carlyle, Illinois where in big wind Jon Schwartz finished in first place, followed by Reagan Lessick in second place.   Way to represent ECSC Juniors!   We are also looking for young people interested in joining our Junior sailing program!  Send any interested parties my way.  
May 1, 2016

Junior Summer Camp is filling up!

Junior Racing Schedule Update Well, the Laser Regatta I mentioned last month got cancelled due to weather – too much wind (Gusts to 45 mph!).  So the juniors will now start their competitive season this year at Carlyle for the Junior Olympics on May 28-29. After that, it is pretty much every weekend all summer long!  We will do our best to update you on results as the season develops.  Again, you are always welcome to come and watch our junior sailors in action! Junior Sailing Camp ECSC Junior Sailing Camp is filling up nicely!  The week of June 20-24 is almost full with only a few spots left and the week of June 27-July 1 has about 10 spots left.  If you have been procrastinating about sending in your registration, now is the time to do so, since there aren’t many spots left.  Register here! Register here! If you are going sailing for the first time of the season, remember to check these items: Don’t forget to place your ECSC decal on the port side of your boat and trailer. Does your boat have the proper state decals on it? By law you must have one Personal Flotation Device for each person aboard PLUS a throw-able PFD. Check the rigging and all lines for wear and replace as necessary. Battery & lights working? Need to replace that old battery? Please don’t leave the old one at the Club…take it with you.  The store you bought your new battery from will give you a credit for your old battery. When was the last time your motor had a tune-up? Sailing Instructions Saturday morning introductory sailing instruction begins May 15th and is every Saturday at 11:00 am.