I can’t believe it?s already nearly the end of another sailing season.
We entered this year with much trepidation about Covid, wondering how to interact safely. Fortunately, things continually improved throughout the year allowing us to have very successful social and racing events. If you are like me, the last year and a half has been a bit foggy somehow seeming slow and incredibly fast simultaneously.
It has been my true pleasure to serve as your Commodore this past year. I would like to thank each member of our club who has served on the board or volunteered their time and talents to make things run smoothly. I am very encouraged that multiple younger members volunteered in various capacities. That bodes well for the future well-being of ECSC. Everyone has talents that can be used to improve our culture and facilities, please look for ways to volunteer next season.
Ki Hickok will be your Commodore next year and I am confident he will do an excellent job based upon his outstanding accomplishments as Vice Commodore.
1. Created a new position of Facilities Manager who manages the Grounds Committee.
2. The Vice Commodore is no longer the chair of the Grounds Committee
3. The Grounds Committee is now five members and includes Facilities Manager, Harbor Master, Vice Commodore, Treasurer, and one Member-At-Large
4. Harbormaster Committee will focus on improved communications and management of wet slips and dry parking assignments
It’s time to get boats off the beach as people are looking for places to park their boats for the Winter. There’s plenty of room in the grassy area as soon as Ki moves the sprinkler out of the way.
If you plan to take your boat home (or to a storage place), now is the time to do it. Please attempt to keep all members in mind as to our limited storage space. Please try to park trailers close together so others may have a space to park. Also plan to check on your boat after heavy rains or snow.
Rick Graef is now going to be doing shrink-wrap for our members as Cam Borkowski is not available. Rick should give you a great deal for
With lowered spirits, we unfortunately are bringing to a close the 2021 sailing season. Despite our reluctance to see it go, we still are grateful for the resumption of a full racing program this year after the COVID altered 2020 season. Nancy and I have many to thank for all the help we received from every ECSC committee and from many of the member volunteers that made racing so enjoyable and exciting this year.
The ECSC and Horback Regatta were successfully completed with the skillful race committee management and organization of Bob and Janet Hickok, Charlie Brehob, Eileen Leonard, and their volunteer teams. Their efforts were very well done and appreciated by all. There is one fun regatta to go in this season’s schedule, the Hot Chocolate Regatta on November 13th . We will have “spicy“ hot chocolate and some fun racing awards. We hope that you will join us for an enjoyable last sail and if your boat is already out of the water please jump onboard with other racing sailors.
We hope you will be joining other members for the Final Bash on Nov 6th at which time we will be awarding the Series Racing Awards for the Spring and Summer seasons, Broken Mast Award, Party Boat Award, Sailor of the Year, and Boat of the Year awards. It should be a lot of fun.
Lastly, we still have some regatta t-shirts for all the races this year. Contact Nancy Goff to purchase these extra shirts. They should make nice Christmas presents.
The junior team is back at school!
But, not before the Lake Lemon Regatta last month. Racing was Olivia DeGella, Matt Johnson, Reagan Lessick, and the old man. The week before on Saturday, Matt and Reagan were out practicing and I mentioned how fast she was. She hadn’t been in the Laser for three years. You would think she would be a little slow. But, she went on to win 4 races!
Olivia had a great day on Sunday winning a race.
“I’m ready to cross the finish line and she came out of no where for the win.” Great job, “Girls”!! Matt was having trouble finding speed and going the right direction, but he will learn how to dance with the boat with time.
Sam Riley has moved back to Cape Cod to be with his grandmother for the winter. He has been on the team over 3 years. He won the I-LYA Traveler Series this year by 1 point before he left.
But, “never say never.” We just might see him back next summer. Time will tell….
I’ve been teaching kids racing for over 18 years on the water and in the classroom.
ECSC has won its share of awards in the past…4 I-LYA Traveler Series, 5 Junior Bay week, 1 D-18 Laser Championship, 1 Junior Women’s Backus Trophy National Championship and many others. We are small fish in the world of sailing. But we have heart, sole, and the will to win. Next year’s team will be built around Olivia (17) and Matt (15), so I’m looking for the next 12-13 year old to join the team. We will start work outs, (climbing, ninja, and weight room) in March of next year. Practice on the water in April. So, if your boy or girl likes to be outside and on the water (and learn the art of sailing, racing, and having fun), look us up.
I put Dennis Robertson, Jr. in for the “Sportsman For the Year” award. Hope he wins. I also added his name for the ECSC board of directors. He really did work his butt off this year and in the past 6 years at the Junior Summer Sailing Camp. And, he is so good with the kids.
So please vote for him.
I’m ready to step back and let my assistant, Katie DeGrella, take the helm as Chairwoman of the ECSC Junior Sailing Program. I will move back as her assistant in the program. This year she was the back bone and helped raise over $21,000 dollars for the club and the program to get the kids onto the water (over 94 kids). That’s a record that will stand for a long time. Thank you, Katie, Olivia, and Dennis for all of the hard work!
Katie DeGrella for the Board so she can be appointed Junior Sailing Chair 2022!!
A note from Katie:
I am Katie DeGrella and I am running for an ECSC Board Position in 2022. I am a parent of an ECSC Junior Sailor. My daughter, Olivia, has raced and worked at the ECSC Sailing Camp for the last three summers. This summer, I coordinated registration for the Sailing Camp. Both programs, Junior Racing and Sailing Camp, offer so much to children and teens. I would like to contribute to our club by helping to continue these awesome programs that our members (many junior sailing parents before me) have spent years developing. And, therefore giving more kids an opportunity to benefit. I believe that I could add value to the ECSC by serving as Junior Sailing Chair-person. But, either way, I look forward to assisting to organize and run the sailing camp again for summer of 2022.
I, Wayne Myers, Junior Sailing Chair 2021, approve this message from Katie above!
Ok, guys and girls, see you at the Final Bash November 6th!
*** LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH THE ECSC SOCIAL MEDIA. ***
Our club has a very active Facebook group (as most already know), but we also have an Instagram account: @eaglecreeksailingclub
Instagram is more about sharing photos than Facebook is. I’d like to find someone who can help make more posts on the club’s Instagram account. This can be as easy as snapping photos (with your phone) of various boats sailing on the lake or people hanging out around the club. Ideally, the club account would make about 2-3 new posts a week. If you are interested in helping with ECSC’s Instagram account, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have more T-Shirts and 1/4 zips for sale (shown below). If you would like to buy one and have it mailed to you, please contact email@example.com.
COMING SOON: Soft shell ECSC jackets (see picture below). I ordered about 22 of these in various sizes. They probably won’t be done until after our Final Bash, so I will make announcements on the Facebook page and can mail the jackets to those interested in buying them.
Sizes & colors are limited to what’s in stock. First come, first served!
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
Apparel can be purchased through Coral Reef Sailing’s website. They custom print or embroider our logos onto the clothes they have available.