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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 23, 2022
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Commodore February 2022

Happy New Year sailors! My name is Ki Hickok, your new Commodore. Thank you for giving me the chance to serve the members of this wonderful club.

I first got into sailing thanks to my dad, Bob Hickok. My first memory of sailing was at Hobie Beach along with traveling to different Hobie regattas. I was both enamored and terrified of sailing at the same time. I guess being so little and being on a Hobie could do that to you. I remember always being terrified of flying a hull on the Hobie or heeling on any sailboat. Now, that’s all I want to do. I was introduced to this beautiful sailing club in 2000 thanks to Janet Hickok. A new world was opened to me. I always thought the only sailboat out there was a catamaran. Ha ha! Thanks to my dad’s and Wayne Myers’ guidance and teachings, I really got into sailing and racing…it was mesmerizing. I learned a lot about how to have fun, work hard, and have perseverance. I wanted to keep that going for other kids from ECSC and the Indy area, so I was graciously given the opportunity to chair the Safety & Education program from 2010-2012. I then went on to be assistant harbormaster in 2019 and 2020 – and, of course, vice Commodore in 2021. Again thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve and I look forward to working diligently and hopefully effectively in making Eagle Creek Sailing Club a better place for all of our members and guests.

We have a great cast of Officers, Committee Heads, and board members who are looking forward to this coming year with excitement, dedication, and enthusiasm!

This year for the first time ever, Eagle Creek Sailing Club’s entire membership registration is online, as well as different payment options. Thank you Perry Cameron, our membership chair, for all the hard work in getting this club into the 21st century. If you have not completed your 2022 registration yet, please make sure you do so ASAP – as the deadline is quickly approaching (Feb 28th).

Also this year, we have a new Officer position, the Facilities Manager! ECSC’s own Bill Harrington has graciously agreed to head the grounds committee as Facilities Manager. For all the new members who may not know, Bill is our current longest-standing member at ECSC (Membership #1). Thank you, Bill, for being the first Facilities Manager ever.

Currently, we have had two board meetings to get things prepared for a wonderful 2022 at ECSC. One on December 14th, at which the 2022 budget was approved. The other was on February 8th, when we discussed changes to the bylaws, general rules, and other needed capital expenses. A list of just a few of the much-needed improvements for the year include:

– The deck around the main shelter will be repaired and repainted.
– The steps to the main shelter will be repaired and repainted.
– A new playground will be installed behind the upper shelter.

Along with much much more…

Feel free to contact me for help and or any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces around the club this year.

Happy Sailing,

Ki Hickok

February 23, 2022
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Secretary February 2022

In my role as club Secretary, I am going to report on Board business that really does not fall into any Officer or Committee areas on topics of which I think the membership should be made aware.

The General Rules have been updated. Club members shall be fined the equivalent of the current year’s winter storage fee if they fail to place their current ECSC membership decal on their boat and trailer by December 1st. The club doesn’t really need the money. However, the Board finally said “enough is enough” with members who do not properly tag their boats and trailers. Missing membership decals requires more time and effort by the harbormaster and membership committees to figure out winter storage invoicing. We also know that members who do not place the membership decals on their boats and trailers are typically those whose boats and trailers are more likely to become derelict and abandoned.

Now is also a good time to review the Derelict Boat & Trailer policy within the General Rules (click here) For most members, this policy is a non-issue. However, for the dozen or so members who continue to treat ECSC as a cheap parking place and dumping ground, either shape up or pay up as we want to make Eagle Creek Sailing Club an attractive and enjoyable facility for everybody to be proud of.

The Board also approved a new Social Media policy – also posted in the General Rules.

The last page of the General Rules includes a history of changes during the past year.

In the next issue of Telltales, I will update you on the Bylaws.

Rich Fox
ECSC Secretary…

February 23, 2022
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Facilities February 2022

So here we are, almost at a new sailing/fun season. The Buildings and Grounds Committee is in charge of all of the facilities at the club with Ki, Rick, Tom, Dennis, David, and myself, Bill, trying to keep things in good working order.

We have gotten together to figure out what needs to be repaired, replaced, or added to keep our property “shining.”

So far, the green lawn mower has been repaired and a new green-utility vehicle (Gator) has been added for hauling and moving empty trailers.

We have also ordered a new playground set to be installed behind the upper shelter. The kit will be delivered somewhere around the end of March and will require several helping hands to help unloading from the delivery vehicle. Also, a bunch of hands with hammers, drills, screwdrivers, etc. attached will be needed for “some assembly required.” The manufacturer does assemble it to make sure everything fits properly – then they disassemble it for shipping. The actual assembly dates are flexible. If you have interest in helping, please email me at bill at ecsail dot org.



There will also be a new swing set and maybe monkey bars added on the lower level.

Think windy, warm weather.

Bill Harrington

Facilities Manager…

February 23, 2022
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Social February 2022

This is the time of year when our days begin to stretch longer as our daylight hours are extended.  Life in the form of waxing, repairing, and spring cleaning will fill our quiet club as we transition to spring.  Meanwhile, we continue to plan for the new season filled with social events and regattas to fill the souls of our fellow sailors.

I want to welcome Jen Curtis as our 2022 Social Chair Assistant!  She has successfully managed our Chili Cookoff for as long as I can remember and is ready and eager to expand her hosting abilities.  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!

Below is our calendar of events:

Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday, May 8th from 11:30 – 1:30

Memorial Day Celebration – Saturday, May 28th from 6:00 – 9:00

Father’s Day Brunch – Sunday, June 19th from 11:30 – 1:30

Kids/Family Fun Day – Saturday, July 2nd, Time to be determined

Beach Party – Saturday, July 16th, Time to be determined

Labor Day Celebration – Saturday, September 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00

Lobster Fest – Saturday, September 24th, Time to be determined

Chili Cookoff – Saturday, October 15th, Time to be determined

Final Bash – Saturday, November 6th, Time to be determined

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

Vickie Greenough                     
Jennifer Curtis

February 23, 2022
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Harbormaster February 2022

There are new updates to the General Rules when it comes to membership stickers.  Boats that do not have up-to-date stickers by December 1st will be fined the equivalent of an extra winter storage fee. Each boat must display a current membership sticker on the port bow. Each trailer also needs to display a current membership sticker on or near its tongue.

Membership stickers must be on the boat and trailer no later than June 1, or within 30 days of acceptance of new membership. Failure to properly display a current membership sticker by December 1 shall result in a fine equivalent to the amount of current year‘s winner storage fee being automatically added to the members annual membership renewal statement.

Let’s talk double-parked boats. Right now this is not a problem but when the weather gets warmer in a month then it’s a different story. If you are parked in front of someone – and don’t launch early – then don’t be surprised if your boat is not where you left it.

Dennis Robertson

February 23, 2022
Hot chocolate regatta

Racing February 2022


Have you started noticing that you are wearing your sunglasses to bed?  Started getting the mail in your shorts and flip flops? Or found yourself racing others to parking spots and shopping carts?  You have got a disease that peaks in February every year – Sailboat Racing Fever!  No vaccine nor mask can thwart its spread.  If you have a bad case, then Nancy and I have good news for you.  We have been planning a fun-filled racing season for you.  If you’re thinking we can’t start soon enough, then you will be happy to learn we are planning a racing-program get together in March to get your fever down and get you on the mend.

Please put Wednesday March 23 at 7:00 PM onto your calendar.   Our plan is to have an organizational meeting for the racing program that evening and would hope that as many as possible interested in racing will attend.  This is whether you have raced in the past or have no racing experience at all and would be interested in learning a little more about it.  We will provide food and beverages.  Location is TBD. We will send out another notice with location in a couple of weeks.

Our plan would be to get some feedback on the proposed racing schedule for this season, to talk about how the work credits for racing should be distributed, and how many credits should be given out for various regattas, events and activities.  We’ll also address the implementation of the Dedicated Race Committee Proposal.

Hope we are getting some of the juices flowing again and hope our spring meeting will get you back on track for summer sailing to come.

John Kohne
Nancy Goff

February 23, 2022
hot chocolate racers

Safety & Education February 2022

As we await Spring, the Winter Training Series continues at Indianapolis Sailing Club.  Most recently, pro sailor, Andrew Kerr, facilitated the North-U Trim Sails Seminar on February 12th where four Eagle Creek members were in attendance.  Next month’s free training is on March 5th and will cover basic racing tactics; don’t miss it!

This season, Safety and Education will be offering expanded programming to meet the diverse needs of all ages and abilities at the club.  We will off free monthly Saturday morning workshops on topics such as outboard-engine maintenance, sail care and repair, useful knots, and basic-boating safety will be offered.  Look for more information as volunteer instructors and workshop topics are finalized.

ECSC is also partnering with two new community partners in planning exciting educational opportunities for all members.  The Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center will be facilitating open-water bird-watching workshops, and the Indiana Astronomical Society (IAS) will be offering a free celestial navigation course.  Additionally, IAS will be hosting star-viewing parties on our grounds where members will be able to use high-tech equipment to view the night sky alongside knowledgeable and seasoned astronomers.  More info to come as these partnerships develop.

Being fit and strong enough to keep yourself, your boat, and your crew safe while sailing is vital…particularly as we graduate to bigger boats and waters.  This year ECSC will offer regular free yoga classes that focus on balance and strength.  Look for more info and the link to registration in April.

Safety, as always, is a priority for the club.  The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting free vessel safety checks in late spring; dates will be shared when finalized.  CPR & First Aid will also be offered at the club this summer.

Finally, if you have any suggestions for educational programming or would like to host a training/educational opportunity for the club, please contact me, Abby Harlan at apharlan15@gmail.com.


Abby Harlan

Safety & Education