August 6, 2019

Harbormaster August 2019

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August 6, 2019

Publicity August 2019

Ahoy ECSC Members and friends, The Dog Days of Summer (August) are upon us.  Our 50th Anniversary celebrations during July were a fantastic club event.  Congrats to all who were involved to make this week such a special week for our club. I was sorry to miss out on these events as I was racing with my big boat crews on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron for the annual Mac-race circuit. It seems we had at least four other members also racing the 333 mile Chicago to Mackinac race. This got me thinking about how so many of our members represent Eagle Creek Sailing Club all over the country and even the world. Just last weekend I had the honor of joining team “Still the One” (Chuck and Nancy Goff’s S2 7.9) at the Lake Huron Championships. It has been phenomenal to watch their growth from non-sailors (just 4 or 5 years ago) to seasoned sailors,  taking their boat on the road to a championship level regatta.  This is a testament to the community atmosphere that we have developed at ECSC. Our greatest surprise of the weekend happened on the shoulder of northbound I-69 while fixing a blowout on the S2 trailer.  Geoff Endris popped out of his car and asked if we needed a hand. It seems Geoff was on his way to Lake Erie to work as Principal Race Officer for the I-LYA Bayweek regatta.  ECSC Member, Marcus Rogers is a member of the executive committee of the J24 national Association and recently won the J24 class at  Cleveland Race Week. ECSC Member, Rich Fox has served the Catalina 22 national Association for many years and is currently the editor and Webmaster for their National Association. Our former Junior Sailors have represented collegiate teams across the country and many continue to race and sail all over the country. Inactive member  and former Junior Laser racer Tyler Andrews and his wife Carrie are the current builders of the Flying Scot. Inactive member Jim Grant and his family are the founders and owners of the Sailrite company in Northern Indiana. We have members and inactive members with cruising boats all over the world living their dreams the right way. The list goes on and on and on. ECSC may have its home on smallish Eagle Ocean,  but our reach is definitely far and wide. So, next time you are away at a yacht club or regatta far far away,  wear your ECSC hat or shirt and spread the warmth of ECSC.   Rick Graef Publicity    
July 5, 2019

Harbormaster July 2019

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May 13, 2019

Publicity – May 2019

Ahoy ECSC Sailors,   As I write this our website is being moved from on set of servers to another.  What does this mean to you?  Well,  you should notice no difference in the website once the move has been completed.   However,  during the move we have had to work to restore much of the data and documents that were uploaded this fall.  Please be patient as many of the documents for racing seem to have disappeared in the move.  Rest assured that the publicity department is working diligently to address this issue.  Thank go to Geoff Endris for working with our “web guy” to insure that everything is restored.  Also, we are working to add a security certificate to insure the browsing safety of our site. Also,  please remember that all club emails will come with our burgee in the upper left corner. When in doubt please do not click on links in emails unless you see this burgee.  If in doubt,  feel free to email me at publicity@ecsail.org to confirm the authenticity of the email.   Check out the club happenings on our Club Calendar,  or our Facebook Group,   Thanks, Rick Graef Publicity Chair
February 5, 2019

Publicity – February 2019

Cheers fellow ECSC Sailors, I hope thoughts of the upcoming sailing season are at the forefront of your thoughts. Now is the time to start planning your spring boat prep projects so that you can insure an early start to your summer sailing. The busy Publicity office of ECSC would love to get photos and stories from all of your winter sailing adventures. BVI, Antigua, Florida…I know that many of you have had some great adventures that your fellow club members would love to hear about. Email pictures and stories to our Publicity intern at mailto:publicity@ecsail.org.  Rick Graef – Publicity
December 21, 2018

Safety and Education Holiday 2018

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October 6, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee October 2018

Fall is definitely upon us. For many of us this is the best time of the year to get out on the lake and enjoy some great sailing.  Leaves are changing and the breeze is often up. Keep an eye on the water levels as the lake level always drops two to three feet. 2018 has been a great year at ECSC! Our Racing program has had a fantastic year with our regular series racing, the Governor’s Cup, Mayor’s Cup, ECSC Regatta and the upcoming Hornback Regatta. Our Social Committee has continued its tradition of putting on great events. Our Junior Racing team has traveled all over the region and collected lots of hardware. In 2018, we have had our members represent ECSC at regional and national regattas across the United States as both racers and race officials. Remember that ECSC is a volunteer club. We need each and every member to take pride in our club and pitch in to make it a better place for all of us. Lets keep the Eagle Creek Sailing Club the best sailing club on the planet!   Rick Graef Publicity
June 5, 2018

Commodore June 2018

Summer is almost here, and most members’ boats are in the water. It is time for us to spruce up the club grounds now that the boats are out of the way! Our club is an all-volunteer organization, and that means we rely on all of our members to “Keep ECSC Beautiful.”  If you used concrete cinder blocks to support your trailer over the winter, please return them to the area next to the dumpster. If you have an extra mast, rudder, personal ladder, or sawhorse, please secure these items onto your boat trailer or take them home, as they shouldn’t be left lying in the parking areas. We are looking at setting up a summer work party this month to work on additional cleanup and projects to improve the overall appearance of the club. There is also a link on the ECSC website to “signup genius” where there are projects you can find to do on your own schedule and earn work credits. The board has extended the 15 extra work credits you can earn by working on Grounds projects through this year. All work credits earned on these projects and the summer work party can be applied.  Have fun, enjoy the summery weather, and everybody be safe on the water! Mark Walker ECSC Commodore 2108 Geoff Endris would like to extend an invitation to ECSC Club members to the 2018 Great Lakes  Cruise.  Information is provided below.    2018 Great Lakes Cruise The Great Lakes Region of the Catalina 22 fleet holds an annual cruise on one of the Great Lakes.  The 2018 Great Lakes Cruise for Catalina 22s is planned for August 12-18 on Grand Traverse Bay. Our trip is not limited to C-22’s.  If you have a trailer-able boat and want to come along, contact Geoff Endris.  The more the merrier.  We could turn this into an annual ECSC trip! We will be launching at Elk Rapids MI.  They have a very nice marina and plenty of parking for our trucks and trailers.  They also have a nice beach right at the marina!! Our itinerary for the week looks like this: 12 August – Launch at Elk Rapids on “East Bay”, Welcome picnic. 13 August – Sail around the tip of the Old Mission peninsula to Northport. 14 August – Sail to Suttons Bay with a stop at Omena Bay at the Leelanau Cellars Wine Tasting room.  Nice beach at the marina.  Best ice cream shop only 2 blocks away!!  Christmas in August Gift exchange. 15 August – sail to Traverse City and see the “Cherry Capital”.  Great shops and restaurants, beautiful views and a very nice marina.  May have evening race with the Grand Traverse Yacht Club.  Details TBD. 16 August – Sailors Choice:  sail to Marian Island and anchor out overnight or stay in Traverse for another day.  17 August – sail around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula back to Elk Rapids.  Dinner as a group. 18 August – Haul out and head for home. The agenda is subject to change as we get closer and find out more about local events in the towns along the way.  We will have a skipper’s meeting every evening to go over the next day’s activities and answer any questions.  This will give all the participants the opportunity to sail in some “big water”.  Grand Traverse Bay is over 400’ deep.  There are plenty of wineries scattered around for off-boat activities.  We will try to sail up and dock at the Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room at Omena Bay if the water level will allow.   Don’t be concerned about taking your boat on such a “grand excursion”.  The distances are short – maybe a few hours.  We all sail together and stay at a marina most nights so it can really be a fun vacation.  And you may be surprised at how easy it is and how much you will learn about your boat and sailing. Let me know if you are interested.  There is still plenty of time to get that trailer checked out and ready for the trip.  If you have any questions, drop me a note.  Geoff Endris