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Commodore May 2022

Posted by Ki Hickok on  May 15, 2022
Category: Commodore

We have many different activities and areas for all members and their guests to enjoy. Please feel free to spend some time with family and friends at multiple different locations around the sailing club including the Upper Shelter, Lower Shelter, Racing Shelter, Captain’s Corner, Bodish Bluff, and the Pirate Ship Playset.

The Upper Shelter is, of course, our largest area that is covered in which we use for multiple events throughout the year. The upper shelter also houses our bathroom facilities along with shower amenities. Directly behind the upper shelter, new for the very first time, we have the Pirate Ship Playset for kids to play on and pretend they are sailing on the Eagle Ocean Sea – Arrrrg! Also new for the first time, behind the playset, we have Bodish Bluff, which is a new grassy area where you can play some games with family and friends while enjoying the sunshine. The Lower Shelter is our 2nd largest area that is covered and is a nice place to grill out and be closer to the action. The Racing Shelter is a covered area closest to the ramp and docks – a great place to hangout and converse with fellow members and racers. The Captain’s Corner is the deck next to the beach and can make you feel like you are on some exotic beach vacation. That is a great place to get a tan and relax or have a picnic and enjoy the beach and the water. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy all the amenities and activities this club has to offer.

Please have fun and enjoy this wonderful sailing club, but please remember to be courteous to all of our members and their guests by following the General Rules of our club. Eagle Creek Sailing Club is a volunteer organization, so please keep that in mind. Also, if anyone would like to volunteer for a project or any number of our activities we have planned, don’t hesitate to contact me (or any other chairperson).

A few quick rules are: Always lock the main gate after dusk, even if other members are still at the sailing club because you never know when they’re going to leave. If you have any big trash items (like pizza boxes), please dispose of them into the main dumpster. Boat trailer parking is not permitted in or outside of the car corral or in front of or next to the Captain’s Corner. This is in effect between Mothers day and the Hornback regatta. After putting your boat into your wet slip, make sure to take your trailer up to the trailer lot to ease congestion for other members.

Looking forward to a spectacular, fun-filled sailing season! I am so happy it has finally arrived!

Ki Hickok
ECSC Commodore…

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Social May 2022

Posted by Vickie Greenough on  May 15, 2022
Category: Social

Our Mother’s Day event was a great success! Thank you, Amy and Les Miller, for hosting and Susan Tennant for volunteering to help! And, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our grill master, Tony Rice, for always serving up a good batch of eggs! It was great to see everyone again. We served approximately 75 people and the pavilion was alive with chatter and laughter. I do hope our club mothers enjoyed the beautiful day.

We will be kicking off Memorial Day weekend by celebrating on SATURDAY EVENING, May 28th. This will be a pitch-in like the good ole days!

Please remember that our four-legged friends should not be present during events in the pavilion.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have a calendar full of fun and are seeking volunteers to host and help with our events. If you have an interest in supporting social events, please let us know. You will earn work credits that convert to cash off next year’s dues! Our immediate need is for our Memorial Day Celebrations.

Below is our calendar of remaining events:

Memorial Day Celebration – Saturday, May 28th from 6:00
Father’s Day Brunch – Sunday, June 19th from 11:30
Kids/Family Fun Day – Saturday, July 2nd, TBD
Beach Party – Saturday, July 16th, TBD
Labor Day Celebration – Saturday, September 3rd, from 6:00
Lobster Fest – Saturday, September 24th, TBD
Chili Cookoff – Saturday, October 8th, TBD
Final Bash – Saturday, November 5th, TBD

Please feel free to contact Jen Curtis or me with any suggestions on how we can enhance your social experience. You may locate us in the Sail Club Directory.

Vickie Greenough            Jennifer Curtis
Social Chair                       Social Assistant

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Secretary May 2022

Posted by Rich Fox on  May 15, 2022
Category: Secretary

At the April Board meeting, a new work-credit policy was approved. Members should know they may earn up to $200 in work credits (up from $150), that may be applied to the following year’s annual dues and fees.  Standard work credits are based on $10 per hour of work.

Also, the Board approved an update to the General Rules that members should be aware of.  Members with an assigned wet slip must have their boats in the wet slip and trailers in the upper trailer field by June 1st, unless other prior arrangements have been made with the Harbormaster.  The updated General Rules will be posted soon on the website.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 PM, at the upper shelter.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors with your name on the 2022 election ballot, please contact any member of the Board of Directors before September 1st to let them know you are interested in being nominated.

-Rich Fox

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Junior Program May 2022

Posted by Katie DeGrella on  May 15, 2022
Category: Junior Program, Racing

Juniors would like to recognize Perry Cameron for his contribution of his time, skill, and ultimately the creation of a completely electronic 2022 Sailing Camp Registration.  We would not have been able to do this without his generous contribution.  Perry, thank you so much, we are truly grateful!

Juniors are preparing for 3 weeks of Sailing Camp in June.  We will be welcoming a total of 60 campers to join us at ECSC for summer sailing and a whole lot of fun.  We have 3 counselors returning from last year (Olivia, Dunkin, and Julia) and we are welcoming 2 new ones (Nick & Drew) to the team.  Also, Matt and Olivia are getting into shape for the 2022 racing season.

All three class-weeks are filled up!

Week 1: June 6 – 10 (12 – 18 years old)

Week 2: June 20 – 24 (8 – 12 years old)

Week 3: June 27 – July 1 (8 – 12 years old)

But, check the Web Page, there might be some late opens.

The 8-12 age group filled up within 2 weeks. We lost three instructors due to moving and/or going to college.  We require all instructors pass the US Sailing Level 1 Course, Instructors course, CPR, and Red Cross certificates.  Those that pass the first time, will have US Sailing Level 1 fees reimbursed.  They start at age 15 and also must have an Indiana Power Boat Permit.

Oliva DeGrella and Matt Johnson will be out practicing each weekend in the month of May on Eagle Ocean.  Our first I-LYA  Traveler Series is on June 11th at Buckeye YC (just South/East of Columbus, Ohio).  It’s flat water with a real nice club house and restaurant.

The team will leave June 10th mid-day, camp overnight,and sail up to 5 races on Saturday.

Matt Johnson should be finishing his US Sailing Level 1 course this weekend.

For more update news and pictures check us out on Facebook (click here) – this is a Public Group with over 160 members:  ECSC Junior Sailing Team

Katie DeGrella                                 Wayne Myers

Junior Program Chair                   Assistant Chair…

Safety & Education May 2022

Posted by Abigail Harlan on  May 15, 2022

Safety and Education has been busy behind the scenes ordering First Aid supplies, scheduling fire extinguisher inspections, and working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to plan Vessel Safety Checks. Lots of fun educational programming is in the works too!

Vessel Safety Checks

With a Vessel Safety Check, you will have the peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. In many cases, boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued at that time. Instead, you are provided a written report on how to correct any discrepancies. As soon as a date is confirmed for this Safety Check by the Coast Guard, it will be shared via email, Facebook, and flyers at the club.

First Aid Kits

First Aid kits will be fully stocked by May 13th. A map of first aid kit locations will be shared.


Whether you are a cruiser or a racer, strength and balance are vital for performance and safety when aboard. Free yoga classes will be held every Saturday at 10am beginning June 4th. More info to come.


******  ECSC LADIES SAIL ******

Save the Date! The ECSC Ladies Sail will be held on Saturday, August 6th. More info to come!

Abby Harlan
Safety & Education Chair…

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Racing May 2022

Posted by John Kohne on  May 15, 2022
Category: Racing

Racers and Non-Racers,

Dedicated Race Committee

We are excited about the great start we’ve had in establishing a Dedicated Race Committee at ECSC.  Three Wednesday night races have been run so far with this new program and we’ve had great participation by our new PRO (Primary Racing Officer) team who have been running these races (and learning to do it well!).

The new PRO’s are:
R Tom Moore
John Anderson
Linda Hukill
John Thompson

Alternate PRO’s:
Jerry Brickley
Charles Maiers
Les Miller

A special thanks to Tom Moore in getting this program off the ground. Tom has been the PRO for these initial races and has been helping the other PRO’s get up to speed with our specific ECSC process. Thank you to Geoff Endris, as well, who taught an initial course on Race Management and has remained a continuous advisor to us.

We couldn’t be more excited about the talent, skills and enthusiasm these volunteers have for the program. This new system and focused talent should bring many improvements to racing at ECSC.  I hope you will give a strong welcome to these new volunteers and share feedback with them often.

Upcoming Mayor’s Cup Regatta – May 21 & 22

The Mayor’s Cup Regatta is coming up quick. The regatta will take place on  May 21st and 22nd.  The NOR, SI and Registration form are posted on the racing page of the ECSC website (click here).  We need racers to sign up as early as possible to help us prepare trophies, awards and food for your enjoyment.  Whether it is your 10th regatta or your very first regatta, I hope you will join us!  We very much welcome beginners to these events and will do all we can to help you learn.  Volunteers are still needed to assist on the race committee and support functions of the event.  This is a good way to earn work credits that help pay for your membership dues the next year.  Please get on the Racing page of our ECSC website and click the SignUp Genius icon to sign up to for racing or non-racing volunteer activities at this event.

Volunteering for Racing Activities throughout the Year

There are many racing activities and events planned this year.  A schedule for all of them is posted on the ECSC Racing page of our website.  ECSC’s normal racers participate in these but we are particularly interested in providing opportunities for non-racers to come out, observe, and become more familiar with racing.  One way to do that is to encourage non-racers to volunteer on race committee or to help with other pre- or post- race activities.  We know members that enjoy just being around the racing activities, while not racing themselves.  We hope that many non-racers will volunteer by going to the SignUp Genius on the ECSC Racing page and start enjoying their time with us!  Work Credits that help pay for your membership dues the next year will also be earned.

This SignUp Genius site has just opened up so many slots are available to fit any schedule. We hope to see you soon!


John Kohne       Nancy Goff

Racing Chairs…

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Publicity May 2022

Posted by EJ Williams on  May 15, 2022
Category: Publicity

I hope you all are enjoying the Telltales!

I’m still looking for volunteers to help post pictures on our club’s Instagram account. We have a couple members who have stepped up already, but I’d like a team of 4 or so to keep our Instagram account active. If you are interested in helping with ECSC’s Instagram account, please reach out to publicity@ecsail.org.

The Ship Store will be open at the Father’s Day brunch on June 19th. However you can also find me at the club on some Wednesday evenings.

My Ship Store inventory now includes (see images below):

  • 1/4 zip sweatshirts (more sizes being ordered).  $25
  • soft shell jackets (20 in stock).   $35
  • t-shirts (plenty of mens and women in stock).  $10
  • NEW can coozies (skinny and traditional).  $1
  • NEW towels. $20
  • NEW burgees. $20

Sizes & colors are limited to what’s in stock.  First come, first served!

LOOKING FOR IDEAS!  Please email publicity@ecsail.org if you have ideas for what other apparel or items ECSC should sell in its Ship Store.  Burgees and coozies are already on my list.

EJ Williams

Publicity Chair

Towels & Coozies:


Soft shell jackets:

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1/4 zips

ECSC quarter zip jacket

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ECSC LOGOS DOWNLOAD: www.dropbox.com/sh/1auwrtcg6io2vgz/AAAXWwJfjJBZ9OFk4hWFt3xla?dl=0

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Join our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/ecsail

Follow our Instagram:  @eaglecreeksailingclub

Ship’s Store

Apparel can be purchased through Coral Reef Sailing’s website.  They custom print or embroider our logos onto the clothes they have available.

Click here to access the Ship’s Store


February 16, 2021
Ice sailing

Commodore February 2021

As I write this, it is 23 degrees, the snow is falling and my thoughts are on sailing in the near future.  I am jealous of those who have retreated to warmer climates or have indoor shops to do boat projects. In the meantime we like to stop at the club to look things over and listen to the halyards slapping masts, for some reason that just warms my heart.  Nancy and I are running out of sailing YouTube videos that we regularly watch and look forward to reconnecting with our dear friends at the club.  It is hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, the ice will melt, the trees and flowers will bloom and the sun will feel warm.

I would like to compliment your ECSC board who has been very busy in the off-season planning an exciting year filled with events and infrastructure improvements.  Please thank them for all their efforts when you see them.  If you have not done so don’t forget to turn in your dues and paperwork for this year, and check that your boat is still tucked in and not damaged by the winter weather.  Stay warm and safe as we close out the winter.


Commodore Chuck Goff…

February 16, 2021
Ice Sailing 2021

Social February 2021

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Harbormaster February 2021

Greetings ECSC Sailors,

I have a few large and small-ish projects this year that I hope we can get done. They are:

1) Repairing/replacing the cable along the beach for boat tie down. This will be the first project.

2) Finishing the upper structure of the new Gin pole.

3) Building a new Kayak rack that will hold all the Kayaks and provide a secure place to lock up a kayak or canoe.

4) Adding to our sail boat parking area and relocating the playground area (with new equipment), along with more official camping sites.

5) The launch ramp rebuild. The most challenging task is building the coffer dam which holds the water back so concrete can be poured. I was in contact with Dam-it Dams Inc. They were going to give me an updated bid on renting us a 300′ (4-75′ sections) with a circular dimension of 12- 14′. The previous bid was around $25,000 just for rental and a guy from Michigan to direct our team installing their water-filled tube(s). Not sure why they can’t provide their own team to install it themselves. Several issues are coming up that will increase the cost of this installation. First we will have to rent a barge to connect the three connection points and put some sort of connection sleeve around each connection point. Each 75′ section is about 5600 lbs. The sections are unrolled and laid out. The unrolling is done by filling it with water. This will be an extra cost along with a barge to rent some sort of water pump. I guess we will have to rent a skin diving crew to make the connections. We’ll need a barge that would hold 5,600 lbs (that is about 30 people). The other cost is to rent a water pump to pump out the water within the coffer damn, it is going to have to be huge with a 6″ intake, maybe two of them. Then there is the partial removal of about twenty feet of the seawall and a grading of that area to allow this dam to come out of the water gradually also where it goes in to the West of our ramp the rip rap should be removed to allow a smooth surface to prevent leakage through the rip rap. The biggest concern is that after it is installed it leaks like a sieve and the water keeps coming in. Please understand I will keep you up to date on this list of concerns and extra costs. My plan is to attempt this in the last three weeks of June.  If any of you are interested in scuba diving or have any ideas please contact me @ 317 550 8955 Kenny Chapman.

UPDATE:  Dam-it Dams Inc. has decided to pass on this project.  They say the water is too deep.

Kenny Chapman


February 16, 2021
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Racing February 2021

Racers and Potential Racers

When looking out the window and seeing snow, the Summer winds pushing sails, boats, and racers around beautiful Eagle Creek Reservoir seem far out of sight.  Despite this – or perhaps because of this – many in the club are spending their time preparing for an exciting and long-awaited season of excellent sailing at ECSC.  Nancy Goff, Rich Fox, Geoff Endris, Chuck Goff and I have actively been working over the past few months making preparations for a breakout sailing season, something to get us past the COVID doldrums and winter bleakness.  On February 3rd we presented some of the new ideas, actions, and priorities that are underway by the five of us on the Racing Program Committee.  The meeting was online and had 27 attendees logged-on for the one-hour presentation.

We announced the purchase of a new set of racing flags and a wind anemometer to help in race handicapping.  Plans for evaluating the Portsmith handicapping system vs using the current PHRF Handicapping System were discussed, and a decision to move forward with the evaluation was made.  We considered a proposal to create a dedicated On-Water Race Committee.  This will be explored and a budget to support this effort is in place.  Discussion of the guidelines for Fleet Assignment (particularly for the Blue and White Fleet) was had and a guideline was adopted to govern it.  Another meeting will be held a month from now and the fleet assignments for all 2021 members of ECSC along with the new PHRF and Portsmith handicap assignments will be available for discussion.

One of the highest priorities for next year is to increase the participation of all members of the club in the racing programs.  Our hope is to accomplish this through continuing to innovate the on- and off-water racing activities, and through the enthusiasm of the current racers in the venues themselves.  We are encouraged by the turnout of the winter racing meeting and hope to continue to build on the recommendations and suggestions of the membership in improving our program.

John Kohne and Nancy Goff


February 16, 2021
ECSC sailboat sunset

Membership February 2021

It is the busy time of year for Membership.  Everyday more renewal forms arrive to be processed, stickers stamped, and envelopes prepared for renewal kits.  The kits will be mailed at the beginning of March so look for them at that time.  Be sure to have your renewal forms postmarked by February 28th.  About half of you have already done so.

If you were subleasing a slip last year you still need to put yourself on the slip waiting list.  This is because until you own a slip you will get them as they become open, by lowest membership number first.  Some slip owners choose to sublease their slip late in the season only to reuse them again the next season.  For this reason, there is no guarantee that you will get a sub-lease again at the start of the season.  If you own a slip and wish to sublease or release your slip, please write your intention in the comments section.

If you own a Kayak and it is not listed as one of your boats, please write it in so I can send you a sticker for it.   All accessory watercraft such as Kayaks and paddleboards kept on the property must be registered with membership and stickered.  This applies even if you do not keep them on the racks.  Thanks, and have a great winter!

Perry Cameron

Membership Chair…

February 16, 2021
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Junior Program February 2021

To all the members that support the ECSC Junior Sailing Team…thank you for donations, again.

This year, as in the past, your team will do battle against much larger teams, but we have something they don’t have, your support!

Some of the Lake Erie Clubs have a $30,000 budget and field 10 – 15 sailors. We are a small club with a limited budget, but our size is our strength.. We are like David vs. Goliath.

Your junior sailors have finished in the top ten so many times, it’s hard to count. But this is a new year, with some new faces and skills.

Our 2 returning team members are:

Sam Riley, age 16, from Zionsville, plays hockey for his school, and loves sailing and racing. He comes from the Opti Class and has done battle on the East coast. In 2019 at his very first Junior Bay Week, he finished 9th in the gold fleet out of 40 boats. Sam is also training to be an instructor. Last year he completed his first part of US Sailing Level 1’s and is waiting this Spring to finish. Sam’s father owns a race team called “Riley Motorsports”, so racing is in Sam’s blood.


Olivia DeGrella is also 16, from Carmel, a straight-A student, and has many hours flying “tail dragger” airplanes (as she calls them). Last year she finished her difficult, one-week-long Wilderness Medical Course. She has her CPR and Red Cross First Aid certifications and is working toward the US Sailing Level 2’s this year.  She is also the team “Medic”. She loves racing, sailing, teaching, flying, kick boxing and climbing.

Our support team this year is:

Ralph Merriman.  Ralph is a long-time supporter of the team who volunteers to drive and provide safety on the water.

Katie DeGrella is our assistant chair of Jr. Program and my right hand.

Reagan Lessick is Head Coach and previous Junior Racer.

Dennis Robertson Jr. is Assistant Coach and Jr. Camp Instructor

Deanna Nichols is Jr. Camp Instructor,

Sue Tennant is Jr. Camp Advisor

Captain Tony Hubbard volunteers his 32′ yacht for Jr. Bay Week,

Amy Sheppard (IUPUI sailor) is our trainer and physical therapist.

ZAT Graphics, (Chuck & Jacqui Lessick) provided our team and camp T shirts.

I have in the works two more possible Jr. Team members to be named later.

I’m always looking for more potential sailors, so if you know of someone, please send them to me for a try out this Spring…practices start in April…….

The team’s tentative schedule for 2021:

April…… Practice

May……..at ECSC

May……..at ISC

7 Saturdays on the road, Buckeye Lake, Hoover, North Cape, Edgewater, Vermillion, Cowan and Erie for the I-LYA Traveler Series.

US Sailing Smyth Area E Championship at Sandusky (2 days)

USA Junior Olympics at Mentor Harbor (4 days)

Jr. Bay Week at Put-In-Bay (4 days)

Orange Bowl at Miami (4 days)

The Jr. Sailing Camp News will be out March 1st on our “ecsail.org” web site. There will be a 5 week camp this year. We are opening the camp to 8 – 10 year old for the first time. There will be a limited number of campers each week due to COVID.  Come check us out during the sailing camp!

For more information on the team and to see pictures of our regattas check out our ECSC Junior Sailing Team Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/ecscjr

Wayne Myers

Junior Sailing Chair


Below is the I-LYA Junior Bayweek Trophy for Lasers.  The 2008 – 2018 trophy winners are shown.  ECSC is listed the most out of any club with our Juniors earning it 3 times across those years. Let’s go ECSC Junior Racing!

laser trophy bayweek

February 16, 2021
ECSC sailboats

Safety & Education February 2021

ECSC Members,

The Club is deferring to federal, state, and local mandates for our COVID-19 safety requirements.  We ask that members use the links posted on the front page of our website to determine the current government mandates for Marion County. These will be the mandates that ECSC members will be expected to follow this sailing season

If you have any questions, please direct them to John George at safety@ecsail.org or Chuck Goff at commodore@ecsail.org.…