May 5, 2017

Safety and Education May 2017

Safety & Education

Sail camp is really starting to fill up, so much so that we have had to officially close registration for the first week!  There are still about 5 spots remaining for the week of June 26 – July 30, so if you are thinking about getting someone signed up, now is the time to do so.  Act fast before all the spots are gone!!!! We have a lot of repeat campers this year. This is a great testimony to how much the kids love attending these camps!  Not only are they fun, but they also learn how to sail!  Sign up today!
With the warmer weather, the Junior team has moved back to the club for workouts.  Wednesday afternoons and Sundays stop by at the new Junior sailing building to say Hi and see how the new training facility is shaping up.  We would love to show off our new facility. We are continuing to outfit it with equipment not only for our current Juniors, but the Juniors of the future.  Speaking of that, did you know that the team is looking for a couple of young people to get started on the ECSC Junior Sailing Team?  It is a great program, and a good way to spend some quality time with your kid both at Eagle Creek Sailing Club, as well as attending regattas around the Midwest.
As always, this time of year is a great time to do a safety check on your boat before putting it back in the water.  Here is a link to a handy article about boat safety items. It has a decent list of items you should check each spring when getting the boat ready to sail.  Check it out!  It is also a good time to remind everyone that there will be more people around the club, so please drive slowly and look out for people who aren’t looking out for you, especially when coming down the hill.  Looking forward to a safe summer of fun!
Chuck Lessick
March 3, 2017

Safety and Education – March – 2017

Safety & Education

With spring just around the corner, activity is starting to pick-up in Safety & Education.  We’ve gotten a few emails asking about lessons for inexperienced sailors looking to get into sailing.  Yes the club does offer lessons on Saturday mornings during the sailing season.  Lessons will be in the club’s small single handed boats (Lasers). This gives the student the best overall experience and time with all of the controls of a sail boat.  The lessons are taught by one of our US Sailing certified instructors.  When the lessons start up in the spring I will update you here as far as contact information, etc. to make arrangements to attend.
Learning to rig one of the club's FJs

Learning to rig one of the club’s FJs


Laser Sailing at Sail camp 2016

Laser Sailing at Sail camp 2016

The Junior sailing camp is also starting to fill up.  It is only March and we are already over half full for both weeks of the camp.  If you are considering sending a young one to camp, I’d suggest that you get your registration in soon before all of the available spots fill-up.  Ages are 8-18, see the website for more information.  This year we have added the ability to register on-line. This should  make things more convenient.  It appears to be working smoothly, as most registrations have come in via the web.  You can find the registration information and links here. If you prefer to mail your registration in, the form is available to download at the bottom of that same page.  

Make sure you click on the header at the top of this article to go to my full article so you can see some pictures of last year’s camp.  Parents and campers alike tell us what a great time they have and can’t wait to come back for the next year!


Chuck Lessick

On SHore activities at Sail Camp 2016

On Shore activities at Sail Camp 2016

Chalk Talk at Sailcamp 2016

Chalk Talk at Sailcamp 2016

Going round the Buoys on Eagle Creek at Sail Camp 2016

Going round the Buoys on Eagle Creek at Sail Camp 2016

January 9, 2017

Safety and Education January 2017

Hi ECSC Members,

There is not  much going on on the Safety & Education department this time of year.  We are wrapping up 2016 and looking toward 2017. Looking back at 2016 shows that it was quite productive.  

One of our accomplishments this year was the construction of the new ECSC Junior Sailing school building.  It turned out great! It has a pavilion area for teaching larger groups such as camp or our adult training classes, as well as an indoor area.  Our intent is to be able to use the facility not only for camp, but also physical training of our junior sailors. It should also work well for chalk talks and video training regardless of the weather.  Looking forward, we are planning on outfitting the structure with a few items to facilitate these activities.


2016 junior results were on par with expectations.  As previously reported, Cameron Douglas finished 1st in the I-LYA Junior Traveler Series for the season and Reagan Lessick tied for 6th.  Cam also finished 3rd at Junior Bay week in a very tight four day regatta consisting of 18 races.  Cam has aged out of his Junior status at the end of this season and is off to college at Eckard in ST. Petersburg, Florida.  Jon Schwartz competed in a limited schedule this year, but spent much time behind the scenes instructing possible future additions to the team.


Educationally, it was a good year for the Juniors as well.  Cam earned his level 3 coaching license, Jon earned his level 2 license, and Reagan & Tina Williams completed their level 1 instructors licenses.   ECSC’s help of these young adults in furthering their education is critical to the success of our youth camps. ECSC has had a long history of employing US Sailing certified instructors as our youth camp instructors. Our youth program could not happen without these dedicated young ECSC juniors.  There is also a long term benefit for both the good of the sport and the good of ECSC in having more people available to teach sailing.

2017 Sailing Camp dates will be set soon. Check the  camp page or watch your ECSC email for more information.

Chuck Lessick,

Safety and Education Chair 

December 2, 2016

From Safety and Education


ECSC – Our slice of paradise – Photo Credit Kate McMillan



“Starboard” – Commodore Larry Conrad tacking to avoid Dr. Bob on Starboard during the 2016 Governors Cup. Photo Credit – Terry Holland



Larry, Bob and Rick doing some fly fishing….or preparing to remove the RIB hoist. You make the call.

No Report


Kenny Chapman