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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


May 5, 2021
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Commodore May 2021

I love Spring. It is invigorating to watch our club come back to life. I love to meet new members and to catch up with old friends. But, what I love most is observing fellow members helping each other prepare for the season. When we help each other we are volunteering our services. In fact, helping each other is a central part of our sport and what our sailing club is all about.

Worded another way, we are volunteering. But, what does that really mean? According to Merriam Webster, a volunteer is “a person who expresses a willingness to undertake a service.” Being a volunteer means that you are offering something – something that is not required nor an obligation.

You might volunteer because the optimist inside you, perhaps the idealist, spies a glimmer of hope. You see that your time is worth it…you believe that you are capable of inciting change and making progress.

Most of the time, to volunteer means that you are working with others which connects you as you are working toward a common goal. You are connected with both the problem and the solution, and you are benefitting others as well as yourself.

But where to start, you ask. What special skills or talents do you bring to the table? Are you a strong communicator? Do you work well with your hands? Are you creative? Do you like to study laws and policies? Do you want to use the same skill set you use during the workday when you volunteer? Perhaps you want to go in a completely different direction.

Quite simply, our club is run by volunteers. Remember that volunteers are busy people. They often have jobs, families, and obligations outside of our club…so please treat them kindly.

Being a volunteer means that even the smallest gestures make a big difference. So, get out there and help to make the world and our club a little brighter and kinder. Decide what being a volunteer means to you and run with it. If you would like to help in any way, please reach out to a club officer. We would be happy to find a way to get you plugged in.

See you at the club
Chuck Goff

May 5, 2021
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Social May 2021

We are well on our way to planning the season events. Based on the feedback from the recent survey, our normal social events will be modified for yet another year. We are forgoing any and all pitch-in style events for the time being, and will be offering either catered or food truck options. With catering and food trucks being more costly than our typical pitch-in events, we have opted to eliminate the pig roast scheduled for July 3rd. For all other events, to ensure the safety of our members, we will need volunteers to help sanitize tables after each use. The following is the current social schedule:

May 9th – 11:30am to 2pm – Bring your own brunch. We will have tables dressed in the upper shelter. The first 24 Mom’s receive a special gift. Please check in at the race shed to pick up your special gift.

May 29th – 3:30pm start time – Memorial Weekend – Come at your leisure. We are finalizing a food truck so it will be best to come in waves. Tables will be dressed in the upper shelter for seating.

June 20th – Father’s Day – Details to come

July 17th – Beach Party – Catered – We will need volunteers who are vaccinated to be servers

Sept 4th – Labor Day – Food Truck TBD

Sept 18th – Lobster Fest – Working on confirming J’s Lobster Food Truck

Oct 17th – Chili Cookoff – Tentative. Observing CDC guidelines for this type of event

Nov 6th – Final Bash – Details to come

We are also looking at adding some small bring-your-own picnics with music around the lower shelter. Stay tuned and keep your eye out for announcements at the club, on Facebook, and via E-Mail blasts. If you have suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Vickie Greenough or Amy Miller.

Happy Sailing!


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Harbormaster May 2021

As more boats go onto the water, we have more parking available. Please park your cars inside the car corral. Please do not park in front of
someone’s boat because you don’t understand that people need to get their boat in. So, with that said, get your boats out of the car corral and into your wet slip.

If you don’t plan on using your slip this year, please contact Dennis Robertson or me so we can help some new members get onto the water. As
of May 1st, you will get $77 less for your reimbursement for your unused slip. It goes down $77 per month, so don’t wait too long to help others out. Please respect other members of this club…your membership number means nothing to me no matter how low it is (unless you want a slip change).

Please understand, we are a group of people who love sailing…so don’t make it hard on others in our group.

I am going to make some motions at the board meeting. One is: If you don’t use your slip all year (unless sublet) you lose it. The second
is: If you keep more than one SAILBOAT out here, you will have to pay more dues for that second boat. I would like the board to come up with a number for a second boat stored all year on club property. Now, if you have a third or fourth boat, it should be an extra $400 dollars per boat…or more depending on the size and number of boats. This is up to the board of directors as far as how much members should pay for a number of boats on the property we rent from the city. This may not take effect until next year’s dues.

Please do not forget to pay your dues on time (before the end of February each year) or you may lose your slip and membership number.

Please respect all members.

Kenny Chapman

May 5, 2021
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Racing May 2021

If you are amongst the lucky ones at ECSC, you already know that the racing season has gotten off to a great start with good attendance at our initial two Wednesday and Sunday races. We have noticed better turn outs than traditional beginning of the year participation and this is particularly true of our Sunday turnouts. We have a spattering of both new and old members amongst the racers. There have been a lot of upgrades to the club racing equipment, and we have been operating safely under the COVID limitations. We hope you will get your boat onto the water and join us soon.

Our first regatta is coming up the 21st thorough 23 of May…the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. This will be an invitational two-day regatta and will have traditional fleet racing formats. One-Design fleets with 5 boats or more may request their own start. There is a pre-registration requirement due by May 19th, so sign up and get others to sign up soon. Look in the ECSC website for the registration information and registration instructions.

There is still a continued recruiting process underway for a dedicated group of race managers and racing helpers to direct the racing activities for our club. The first training session for this group will be in the last part of May after the Mayor’s Cup. This instruction will be led by Geoff Endris and will be for other interested racers as well. More information will be forthcoming. If you would like to get in on the ground floor of this program, please notify Nancy Goff or me of your interest.

John Kohne & Nancy Goff
ECSC Racing Committee…

May 5, 2021
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Membership May 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the sailing season at ECSC. We currently have 269 active memberships, with 7 new members joining the club since January 1st. Both of these numbers are higher than average. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members to the club:

Richard & Holly Doying
Justin Rardin
Erich Rose
Charles & Katherine Maiers

Everyone should be receiving their directories in the next few days as they are back from the printer and being mailed out now. If anyone would like a PDF version of the directory as well, please reach out to me at membership@ecsail.org and I will be happy to email you a copy.

Perry Cameron
Membership Chair…

May 5, 2021
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Junior Program May 2021

Well, what do I write about this month?

To start off with, your Junior Sailing Team and I would like to say THANK YOU to Katie and Evan Williams for the donation of a new projector for the sailing school. We will be able to video and use the DVR of the junior camp sailors on the water and show it on big screen. Also, we will have movie nights for the members. More on this next month.

Last week was our “Go For The Gold” regatta. In that, 11 sailors on Lasers did battle on Eagle Ocean. The water was quite cold! At the skippers meeting, they were told that after a capsize and 2 minutes in the water, they were being pulled out. Only three turned over, but only in the water 45 seconds.

“Safety is number one duty with junior’s on the water!”

The teams came from Carlyle Sailing Club (Illinois), North Cape YC (Michigan), Leatherlips YC (Ohio), Indianapolis Sailing Club, and ECSC. Saturday’s wind was from the east at 5-7 and we got in 4 races before our phones and VFH radio gave us the high pitch tone that thunderstorms were coming. So, we picked up our marks and made for the barn. Sunday’s wind was from the northwest and 16-18 mph and very cold. 4 more races in the bag. Ohio won the Gold…Illinois Silver…ECSC Bronze. I wish to say thanks to: Ralph Merriman, Dennis Robertson, Jr., Bob McCoun, Tony Hubbard, Ray DeGrella, and Deanna Nicholas for a Job Well Done on safety and RC duties. Also, thanks to Kenny Chapman for moving members’ boats off of the beach for more room for the teams.

The Junior Sailing Camp is just about full. This is the largest camp in history of the club! Our Junior Team is looking forward to June. Olivia DeGrella is team leader. Sam Riley, Deanna Nichols, and Dennis Robertson Jr. are instructors. I’m driving Sam & Olivia to Mentor Harbor YC, Ohio so they can finish their US Sailing certified Level 1’s and 2’s. They started them last year, but was slowed by CV19.

So, May and June will be a very busy month for your Junior Sailing Team. Along with our Junior Sailing Camp, they start racing the weekly I-LYA Traveler Series each Saturday. Our first race is at Hoover Sailing Club, Columbus, Ohio. After that, we move on to North Cape YC in Michigan. There are 11 Saturdays and 3 major championships on the schedule for your team this year.

So let the games begin!

One last note, Our US Sailing Coach, Reagan Lessick was missing last week. Where in the world was she? Actually, she was in sunny Florida working at an Indy Car Race in St. Petersburg…as a hostess for the Indy teams. What a way to make money! Fun in The Sun!

Wayne Myers
ECSC Junior Program…

May 5, 2021
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Safety & Education May 2021

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