January 1, 2018

Commodore January 2018

  It’s that time of year again!  Racing is done for the season, and most of our boats are on their trailers for the winter. It was a productive and fun year at ECSC!  Our Board, committees, and members accomplished a LOT this year.  Most notably, the lower shelter was nicely refitted with new support columns, and a concrete pad was poured under it to make it sturdy and safe for many more years. Cleanup continues around the lower shelter, and we hope it will be an inviting place for our members to utilize next year.  We also installed new LED lighting in our parking corral and at the boat ramp to provide a safer environment overall.    Additional rip-rap was added at the waterline between docks which will help prevent erosion.  These are just a few of the items completed alongside the many jobs that require the time and effort of all of our members every year to keep our club going strong. I would like to thank everyone who assisted for their service contributions this past year and encourage all members to keep it going next year. Many of our services at the club are seasonally funded and have been discontinued until April of 2018. This includes ice machines, lawn service, and trash removal.  Please keep this in mind if you are at the club this winter, and please place your trash in the big dumpster or take it with you to dispose of at home.  The water has also been turned off for the winter, and the upper bathrooms are locked for the winter season. Recently E.C.S.C. joined Yachting Club of America.  This gives us reciprocity benefits with over 700 clubs throughout America which club members can take advantage of while traveling next year. Information on this association can be found at www.ycaol.com.  We also still maintain our membership in I.L.Y.A. Have a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends! Mark Walker Commodore - ECSC
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 30, 2017

Publicity July 2017 – Guest Article – White Blue Feet Racing

Welcome ECSC Sailors,  The following is a guest article Written by our own Sailor/Racer Rich Fox.   Improving Blue/White Fleet Boat Racing Performance By Rich Fox Many ECSC members purchase their boats to enjoy day sailing with family and friends. If you race, or want to race your boat in the Blue/White Fleet, and have not been exposed to racing in your one-design class at the national level, then the tips below may be a good starting point to help you improve your boat's' performance. Tuning Guide – several sailboat classes and sailmakers publish Tuning Guides. You can do a search on the Internet to find them, if available for your boat. Applying the techniques in a Tuning Guide provide insight into setting the mast-rake and shroud tension for the boat. Sail Trim Guide – in addition to a Tuning Guide, a Sail Trim Guide provides good information to help the new sailor better understand how to set many of the controls on their boat, depending on wind conditions. North-U publishes a good book (“TRIM”) on this topic. Better yet, taking a North-U “TRIM” course when one is offered in the area, or watch their videos. Balanced Helm – what do I mean by a balanced helm? A sailboat will achieve its best performance when the position and trim of the sails are aligned with the position and shape of the keel and rudder. I always think of my boat’s sails and keel as one continuous airplane wing. When everything is in alignment and working together (balanced), then my boat will achieve its optimal level of performance. This takes years of experimenting to tweak. To get started, go out sailing in in 8-12 mph wind and look at the position of your tiller. Is the tiller in the center of the cockpit? Or, do you have a lot of weather-helm where the boat has a tendency to round-up and you have to fight with the tiller? Is your rudder creating a lot of drag? There are no quick answers or easy numbers to provide, although a Tuning Guide will help provide a very good starting point. You will need to experiment and adjust the mast rake, rigging tension, and sail trim to find the best combination of settings where the touch of tiller feels light in 8-12 mph wind. Finding the "sweet spot" (a balanced helm) where the rudder has minimal resistance will greatly reduce rudder drag. The result will be an immediate improvement in your boat's racing performance. Whisker Pole – unless you are using a spinnaker, you will want to use a whisker pole for the downwind leg, which is half the race course. If you are not using a whisker pole, you will often struggle to finish in the top half of the Blue/White Fleet. If you have a whisker pole, work with your crew on developing a consistent and coordinated set-up/take-down technique. Sit Forward Downwind – many Blue/White Fleet boats will perform better sailing downwind when the bottom of the transom is not submerged below the surface of the water. When sailing downwind, the crew should sit on the foredeck and any crew in the cockpit should also be sitting forward. When the wind is light to medium, I almost always sit on the leeward side of the boat. This allows gravity to help induce the curved shape (draft) of the sails and keep the sails full...improving boat speed. It also makes it easy to watch the telltales. Telltales (Don't Pinch) - when coming out of a tack, allow the boat to build up some speed before pointing higher. Building up speed after a tack will allow for improved air around the sails and improved water flow around the keel (resulting in lift) and get the boat quickly "into the groove". As boat speed increases, you will then find yourself able to point higher. Don't point too high or you will quickly decrease your boat speed. Check the telltales along the luff of your Genoa for information. If the telltales are flickering up, you are pointing too high. If the telltales are streaming aft with some flickering up, you are doing great. If the telltales are drooping down you have room to point higher or pull in your Genoa. The wind is never steady on Eagle Creek Reservoir. Learn to read your Genoa’s telltales, and your performance will quickly improve. That wind indicator at the top of the mast is great to see wind condition when sailing downwind. But if you are watching the wind indicator, and not the telltales, you need to break that habit and focus on watching telltales. Your performance will greatly improve. Good Sails - when racing a Blue/White Fleet boat, the use of good sails with good shape will have the greatest impact on your finishing position at a Club race. If you are using blown out sails, or sails that originally came with your 30-year old boat, consider making an investment in new sails. Racing Rules – learning, understanding and applying the Racing Rules of Sailing will greatly increase your confidence on the race course and will also improve your finishing positions at races and regattas. How can this be? If you know the Rules, you will be able to identify the best locations to be on the race course to avoid possible penalty situations requiring 360 and 720 degree turns, competitor protests, or disqualification. You will also reduce any confusion about what the Race Committee is doing at any given time during a regatta. If you are relatively new to sailboat racing, the North-U “Racing Tactics” book is an excellent starting point. Tiller Time – the best way to improve your boat’s performance is more tiller time and regular participation on the Club’s racing and regatta program. More tiller time, combined with the above eight tips, will greatly improve your performance in the Blue/White Fleet at ECSC.  
March 3, 2017

Social – March 2017

The recent warm weather has gotten me very excited about the upcoming sailing season!  I love seeing the club come alive with activity of everyone g preparing their boats for launch, hanging at the race shed sharing stories and relishing in each others company.  There is no better way to build camaraderie then through social activities.

I am currently seeking volunteers to host Memorial Day, Labor Day, Chili Cook Off, and the Final Bash.  If you are interested taking the Host position on any of these events, please give me a call or email.  Vgreenough21@gmail.com or 317-847-7400.

When you host an ECSC Social event you win many times over: You earn work credits towards next years dues, you get to volunteer and help make ECSC the best Sailing-Social Club on the planet, you meet new club members, and did I mention that you earn WORK CREDITS.

Vickie Greenough

July 1, 2016

July Membership update

Welcome to new members in June.  Hope to see you at the July 4th Pig Roast on 7/4 at 3:30.
  • Claudine Samanic from Avon.
  • Dave and Deanna Plank from Greenwood, sailing a S2
There will be a New Member Orientation in the upper shelter house on Sunday, 7/17  1:00 pm. NEW WEB SITE:  Geoff Endris has been hard at work to get our new website up and running.  Please go to ecsail.org, log in with the password that Geoff sent to you individually, click on MEMBERS and you will see a world of information.  You will find a ‘Member Listing’ of all current members of ECSC.  You will also have access to a PDF copy of our orange 2016 Membership Booklet.  You will be able to access our club By-Laws as well as General Club rules and much more.  Many thanks to Geoff for the many hours that he has spent making this happen.
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!