Ahoy ECSC Members and friends,
The Dog Days of Summer (August) are upon us. Our 50th Anniversary celebrations during July were a fantastic club event. Congrats to all who were involved to make this week such a special week for our club.
I was sorry to miss out on these events as I was racing with my big boat crews on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron for the annual Mac-race circuit. It seems we had at least four other members also racing the 333 mile Chicago to Mackinac race. This got me thinking about how so many of our members represent Eagle Creek Sailing Club all over the country and even the world.
Just last weekend I had the honor of joining team “Still the One” (Chuck and Nancy Goff’s S2 7.9) at the Lake Huron Championships. It has been phenomenal to watch their growth from non-sailors (just 4 or 5 years ago) to seasoned sailors, taking their boat on the road to a championship level regatta. This is a testament to the community atmosphere that we have developed at ECSC. Our greatest surprise of the weekend happened on the shoulder of northbound I-69 while fixing a blowout on the S2 trailer. Geoff Endris popped out of his car and asked if we needed a hand. It seems Geoff was on his way to Lake Erie to work as Principal Race Officer for the I-LYA Bayweek regatta. ECSC Member, Marcus Rogers is a member of the executive committee of the J24 national Association and recently won the J24 class at Cleveland Race Week. ECSC Member, Rich Fox has served the Catalina 22 national Association for many years and is currently the editor and Webmaster for their National Association. Our former Junior Sailors have represented collegiate teams across the country and many continue to race and sail all over the country. Inactive member and former Junior Laser racer Tyler Andrews and his wife Carrie are the current builders of the Flying Scot. Inactive member Jim Grant and his family are the founders and owners of the Sailrite company in Northern Indiana. We have members and inactive members with cruising boats all over the world living their dreams the right way. The list goes on and on and on.
ECSC may have its home on smallish Eagle Ocean, but our reach is definitely far and wide. So, next time you are away at a yacht club or regatta far far away, wear your ECSC hat or shirt and spread the warmth of ECSC.