Sailing season is getting closer every day. Spring will be here in less than a month. The first race of the season is just a month and a half away. We are all getting anxious to go sailing.
Speaking of warmer weather, our past Commodore Perry Cameron wrote last year about sailing in March to take advantage of the strong winds. Rumor has it that he beat March by a month this year. Club spies have given me reports that his J24 was seen out sailing on some of the warm February days we had last month. Now that is real dedication to sailing.
Sailing soothes my soul. There is something special about gliding through the waves using only the wind for power. Tweak a sheet, traveler or other line and feel the speed change. Tune everything so the tiller feels good and the windex points just right. Feel the boat get in that groove and just go. Worries fade away when I focus on sailing.
Our Eagle Creek Sailing Club makes sailing even better. Social events, regattas, education programs and racing all enhance our experience. Drop the hook and raft up with friends for a relaxing day on the water. Watch our youth learn to sail and represent our club at regional events. Learn new skills from fellow club members. ECSC members are always ready to welcome and help each other.
Are you ready for the season to begin? I know I am.
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.
We continue to welcome new members to our ECSC family. Matt and Carly Traub (former members and legacies on both sides of the family) are now living in Indy and sailing a J 24. Tony and Lori Portell of Indianapolis sailing a Catalina 25. Christian and Tony Sultzer of Pendleton sailing a Sirius 21’ (Footloose).
There is a New member orientation session scheduled for Sunday May 21st 1:00 pm in the upper shelter house. This is open to all new members and anyone else interested in learning more about the club. Encourage any possible prospective members to attend.
Annual dues and slip fees should all have been postmarked by 2/28/17. As of the evening of 2/28/17, I have deposited 190 checks. So still about 60 outstanding. Hope those are all in the mail with a post mark of 2/28 or earlier.
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
We have just completed our end of the year inventory. Ship’s Store is brimming with goods from sweat shirts to hats to trailer hitch covers to t-shirts. Please look through the catalog on Ship’s Store link on the ECSC webpage, find the ECSC item of your dreams and make a purchase. Remember every dollar that you spend on these goods goes to benefit the club. So you get to look good while doing good.
A few reminders from our committee heads, Visit the Racing Page and sign up for Race committee duty. Come to the Race Meetings, they have been very informative. Email Kenny and volunteer for our many work projects and work parties planned for 2017. Contact our Social Chair and take on chairing a social event. Check out this months Social article on specific needs for Social hosts. All of these activities are not only fun, but you earn valuable work credits to apply to next years dues.
See you on the water,Rick Graef Publicity