September 14, 2019

Publicity – Grounds Committee September 2019

NEW POWER WASHER INSTALLED!  CHECK IT OUT! Wine-Down Dock Walk sponsored by the Eagle Creek Ladies’ Sailing Association was on Friday, September 13th.  6 – 8 pm.  It was great to see so many club members come out for this event. Thanks to all who came out and were our  Host-Boats!  Great snacks and beverages were had on our marina. Thanks. — Nan Schulze    
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

Publicity July 2019

Eagle Creek Sailing Club Ladies’ Sailing Association   Thursday, July 18th – Ladies Sailing Event – as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration we are working on something exciting for the ladies. Stay tuned for more details… Saturday, August 24th – Ladies Day Sail 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7th – ECSC Wine-Down Dock Walk 3:00 p.m.   Please join us for these great events! And have fun meeting your fellow lady sailors. The next meetings for the Ladies’ Sailing Association are July 8th, August 5th and August 26th (all Mondays).  We will be keeping touch via the club Facebook page and via email.  To get on the list, please contact me!  I am in the directory! Nan Schulze, Vice-Commodore  
June 5, 2019

Publicity June 2019

Grounds Committee Report A big thank you and shout out to Ron Anderson, our grounds/maintenance person for his hard work getting our club ship-shape. He showed his willingness to jump in the deep end of the pool when, for his first time on a sailboat, joined Bob Hickock on Spontaneous Combustion for a very windy Sunday during the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. He got to see firsthand what flying the laundry means!  And he came back! In addition to keeping up the grounds and shelters, mowing the grass and working with the plumbers to get the septic pump and system repaired and in good order he has also finished the following projects this past month: Replaced the garbage disposal in the upper shelter sink Power-washed the concrete outside of the restrooms Mulched and replaced borders for the flower beds Replaced the exhaust fan in the men’s bathroom Placed non-skid on the steps leading up to the upper shelter Graded the gravel road up the hill Projects that are upcoming are as follows: Assisting the Harbormaster in getting trailers up to the top of the hill Replacing the counter-top, sinks and faucets in the men’s bathrooms Working with the Harbormaster to replace the roping in the parking lot Removing the log pile along the shore below the upper shelter (this will be relocated to the camping area for use at the firepit) Helping to build flower beds at the lower (camping) shelter Power-washing and painting our sheds and outbuildings Weeding the boat parking areas Assisting the 50th Committee in getting ready for our celebration Continuing to work on dock maintenance If you see any items related to the grounds that need attention, please contact me.   Eagle Creek Sailing Club       Ladies’ Sailing Association   Hello Ladies! For those of you who don’t know me yet, my name is Nan Schulze and I am currently serving as your Vice-Commodore. I sail Dutch Mob, a J-24, and have been very excited to organize this group to provide the ladies of our club some fun of our own!  We have had a small group of women who have helped to get this up and running and I want to invite the rest of you to join us. You may have seen the fruits of our first order of business this season -our Adopt-a-Flowerbed project.  For their work credits, a number of ladies have been weeding, planting and will be maintaining different areas of the club to bring some beauty to our grounds.  Kate McMillan has been overseeing this project and had done a great job working with these volunteers. We are working on getting some signage out so we can recognize all of the great work these ladies are doing. We have some fun events planned for the club this summer.  We hope you will join in – they’re not all for ladies only! Saturday, June 8th – Dock-Walk Beginning at 4:00 p.m. we invite you to host an open house at your boat.  We will provide balloons for your boat to identify you as a host.  All club members are invited to come walk the docks and enjoy the hospitality we know these ladies will provide.  This event is in conjunction with the Flying Scot Midwest District Regatta.  (RSVP for your ballons at Saturday, June 29th – Ladies’ Raft-Up 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18th – Ladies Sailing Event – as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration we are working on something exciting for the ladies. Stay tuned for more details… Saturday, August 24th – Ladies Day Sail 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7th – ECSC Wine-Down 5:00 p.m.   If you would like to join us in planning these great events or just want to come have fun meeting your fellow lady sailors, the next meetings for the Ladies’ Sailing Association are June 17th, July 8th, August 5th and August 26th (all Mondays).  We will be keeping touch via the club Facebook page and via email.  To get on the list, please contact me !     Regards, Nan Schulze
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 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
April 2, 2019

Publicity – Ground Committee – April 2019

Cheers fellow ECSC Sailors, The Spring Work Party to Open the Club – Water or Not! April 13th  Major projects which are in the works and moving forward – replacing the boat ramp and the mast hoist.  Commodore Geoff has put out a call for any club members with Civil Engineering experience to lend a hand.  More information will be provided as we move through these two projects.We have signed a contract for the year with Ron Anderson, who will be our onsite maintenance person.  I will be scheduling a spring walk-through to assess our grounds and facilities, so you will have a chance to meet him then.  Thank you to those who have been involved in the process of accomplishing this task.  I believe we will all benefit from the return of a regular presence on the grounds to keep them well maintained throughout the season!Lastly, and not really grounds related, we had our first planning meeting of the newly formed Eagle Creek Sailing Club Ladies Sailing Association.  We had about 12 women come out to talk about some great events that we will put together not only for the lady sailors, but for the club as a whole.  As these events get firmed up, we will keep you informed.  Thank you to those who were able to attend and are going to make this a great added benefit to our club. Nan Schulze – Grounds Committee
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  Rick Graef – Publicity
December 21, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee Holiday 2018

  Hello sailors! This is the first Tell Tales article from Nan Schulze, your grounds committee chair for 2019. In 2018 the grounds committee accomplished a lot of great projects that made a significant impact on our club. Improvements were made to all the shelters including new fans, new lighting, and a new floor in the lower shelter. New security lighting was installed in the parking lots, so you can now see our club from Dandy Trail. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our club, we are also looking toward the next 50 years and have some exciting infrastructure improvements in the works, hopefully to be finished in 2019. We’re in the process of working with the parks department and getting quotes for making major repairs to the seawall and boat ramp. In addition we’re getting quotes for replacing the mast hoist. Our final big endeavor is to hire a maintenance and grounds person to be on site at the club during our sailing season.  We will be working with the Harbormaster on making improvements to boat parking and the parking lots. We will also be creating an” adopt a flower bed “program that will allow work credits for members who would like to help keep the club beautiful. These are very ambitious goals, but I’m confident that accomplishing them  will  benefit  all of our members  and keep the Eagle Creek Sailing Club the very best that it can be! Happy holidays to everyone and I’m looking forward to a great 2019.   Nan Queen of the Dutch Mob