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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


July 11, 2021
ECSC Junior Sail Camp

Commodore July 2021

Wow, I can’t believe we are already halfway through our sailing season. It’s great to enjoy those beautiful sunsets from the water and count all the other sails when we are out.  One  day on the water, Nancy and I counted 24 sails!  That’s fantastic!

Racing and social are off and running strong.  Don’t forget to register for the ECSC pursuit regatta this next weekend and if you RSVP’d in time for the Beach Party, don’t forget to put on those party duds and bring your favorite chair.  Watch for details for the upcoming Ladies Sail on August 14th.

It has come to my attention that some of our new members are not fully aware of how we do things and might need a little help and encouragement, i.e., how much does ice cost?  If you’re not sure about anything, grab someone or just give me a call and I’ll help you (or connect you) with someone who will.

We are glad you are here.

Chuck Goff

July 11, 2021

Social July 2021

WOW! What a great turn out for our Father’s Day Brunch! Thank you to Erich Rose for stepping in as the head grill-master! Thank you to Marshall and Jane Akers for hosting and our volunteers Peter and Mary Hansen, Brian Meyers, and Tony Rice! We could not have pulled it off without your assistance. We served 87 members!

Our next event is the Beach Party on July 17th. The event starts at 5:30pm with dinner being served at 6:30pm. Nick Mates and his crew have a great band lined up. Reservations are required and should all be in by now. We are also raffling off a TRAC 16 Catamaran that was donated to the Club! All proceeds will go to the ECSC Junior Sailing & Camp. $5 per ticket or 6 tickets for $20. Also, prizes will be awarded for best decorated boat in the cove or beach area, best beach outfits, best pirate outfits, best dancers (on the beach), best pool flotation, and last person to go home! Bring your lawn chairs, wear your beachwear, and put on your dancing sandals! Let the fun begin!

Stay tuned for details surrounding the upcoming Labor Day event as well as the Lobster Fest. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering or hosting either of these events.

Vickie Greenough
Amy Miller



– See our calendar (click here) for all ECSC events

July 17th – Beach Party

Sept 4th – Labor Day

Sept 18th – Lobster Fest

Oct 17th – Chili Cookoff

Nov 6th – Final Bash – Details to come


July 11, 2021
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Harbormaster July 2021

Good sailing days to all Eagle Creekers!

Please remember to put your stickers on your boat and trailers. We still have some boats on the property that are not current on membership
stickers. Stickers are supposed to be changed out early in the season and if they are not done by the end of June, you can be fined $100…added to your membership fees. All fees must be paid in order to renew your membership next year.

Dennis Robertson is still waiting on the time deadline requirements for some derelict boats…they should be removed in a month or so.

Dennis will be taking the lead in the Harbormaster department next year.

The lower grassy area is not going to be converted into a gravel parking lot and is going to remain a grassy area. It will be used during Winter storage for parking dinghies and catamarans. This will possibly alleviate some of our overcrowded parking during the Winter off-season. All boats on club property during the winter will be charged for storage.

Kenny Chapman

July 11, 2021
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Racing July 2021


The 2021 Racing season is reaching the halfway point. The Wednesday night Series is over and the Sunday Honors races will be over in another week. If you missed the competitive Summer Series, you have a chance to catch up for lost time as the Fall Series is just beginning. We look forward to seeing you on the reservoir, if for no other reason than an evening sunset or an afternoon summer breeze …it’s the reason we all enjoy sailing in the first place.

Another important opportunity for sailing enjoyment is coming up this coming weekend at the ECSC Regatta and Beach Party on July 17th. This will be a pursuit regatta made up of multiple races with different courses that have staggered starts based on the predicted racing speed (PHRF) of your boat. Said another way, the slower boats start first and the faster boats last. The race winner is the first one to cross the finish line. This is designed to create exciting racing and finishes as all boats should finish at the same time if they are all racing up to their potential. If you intend to join us, please send and E-Mail message to Nancy Goff (nancygoff.g@gmail.com) or John Kohne (racing@ecsail.org). There is no registration fee for this regatta, only charges for meals, so get your registration in soon.

We wanted to let all racers know that we now have a race-worthy anemometer on the race-committee pontoon. It will be placed on the mast of the RC boat each Wednesday night for the racing events. It will track the instantaneous wind speed as well as the average wing speed during the racing. It can be accessed by all racers in their boats on their smart phones if they are within 300 yards of the RC pontoon. You can access this wind indicator by downloading the Windy Anemometer app from the App Store. There are one or two linking steps that must be taken, but connect with John Kohne before the Wednesday night races for help. We hope to use this in the future for determining objectively if we have enough wind to conduct a race and to evaluate the use of the Portsmouth Racing Performance Handicapping System for our Club as it uses wind speed to do handicapping.

See you at the Regatta and Beach Party.

Good racing !!

John Kohne and Nancy Goff


**** CALLING ALL LADIES! *******


Fellow “Seasters”,
Get ready for the 2021 ECSC Ladies Sail to be held on Saturday, August 14th! 
You may register as a captain (and race your own boat) or register as crew for one of our fabulous female skippers!  All female members and their female guests are welcome. We will ensure that all get a ride. 
Following the race there will be a raft up with music, food, prizes, and more!  All participants will receive an awesome Ladies Sail tank top too.
Sign up today! Link to register is below:
Cody & Abby
July 11, 2021

Membership July 2021

There are currently 272 Active memberships at the club, ten of which are new memberships. Slips are in high demand this year as the waiting list is at 16 although some are beginning to open up as some members normally elect to sublease their slips as the year goes on.

I would like to welcome Katy Aiello and Aaron Williams as new members of the club.

Perry Cameron
Membership Chair


July 11, 2021
Sam Riley Laser Start

Junior Program July 2021

June is gone and what a month!

First off, I would wish to say THANK YOU to Olivia DeGrella, Dianna Nicholas, Sam Riley, Dennis Robertson, Jr., and Dunkin York, for all their hard work this 2021 Junior Sailing Camp.

And, also helping (my other right hands) for their time and support: Katie DeGrella, Sue Tennant, and Amy Sheppard.

It’s been a long 5 weeks and over 80 would-be-sailors have learned the art of sailing.

So, what is coming up in the month of July for your Junior Team?

June 30, 1, 2 ~ U S Sailing Area E Championship at Sandusky Sailing Club, Ohio

July 7-10 ~ U S Sailing Junior Olympics and Clinic at Mentor Harbor, Ohio

July 12-16 ~ Sandusky and Vermillion Sailing Club for the I-LYA Travelers Series- July 18-22 ~ Junior Bay Week, Put-In-Bay, Ohio

July 30, 31, 1 ~ Cowan Lake, Ohio, I-LYA Travelers Series

August 7 ~ Eire Yacht Club, Cleveland, Ohio, I-lYA Travelers Series


So, what has happened the past month with the Junior Team on the road?

– Travelers Series, Hoover Sailing Club, Sam Riley, 1st with 28 boats on the line.

– Travelers Series, Hoover Sailing Club, Olivia DeGrella, 18th with 28 boats on the line

– Travelers Series, North Cape Yacht Club, Sam Riley, 20th with 35 boats on the line.

– Travelers Series, North Cape Yacht Club, Olivia DeGrella, 30 with 35 boats on the line.

– Travelers Series, Cleveland Yacht Club, Sam Riley, 6th with 41 boats on the line.


Your ECSC Junior Team will be on the road over 12 days this July…not a record, but close!

Thanks again to all for your SUPPORT!

Wayne Myers
ECSC Junior Program


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Sam Riley Laser

July 11, 2021
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Safety & Education July 2021

Hello ECSC sailors!
Safety & Education wishes to hear from those of you interested in learning more about boat sailing, handling, docking, engine maintenance, etc.
How can we help you be a more confident & knowledgeable sailor?
Please email John George with ideas, questions, or points of interest.
Happy Sailing
Safety & Education
John George