**Please click into each article to read**

(Improves formatting and could show more pictures)
March 5, 2020

Publicity March 2020

Hello everyone, As the club’s master-of-emails, you get to hear from me plenty.  So I’ll keep it short and sweet. I still plan to do an update of our ecsail.org website.  Specifically, getting a well-formatted and more descriptive “About” page, make a very good-looking landing page, and then hopefully clean up all the different links and sections of the website that may seem confusing. The Calendar page now has the 2020 events. So feel free to reference this and let me know if there’s anything that needs to be added. www.ecsail.org/events/ Share your favorite 2019 sailing pic on our facebook page.  There’s no better way to get excited for the 2020 sailing season!  I’ll grab the best photos and put them in next month’s newsletter. And unrelated to publicity: the Purdue Sailing Team has asked me to be their coach, so I’ll likely be at the club most weekends in the Spring with the 10-15 students they bring down.  This team is impressively active, coming down from Purdue both Saturday and Sunday most weekends.  They’re even having their first practice this Sunday, March 8th. Don’t be shy if you see them at the club or on the water. EJ Williams, Publicity Chair   LETTER TO THE EDITOR – JANET HICKOK Ladies Associated Sailing Sisterhood (L.A.S.S.) Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning our Ladies fun-in-the-sun events! Our first meeting will be this month. WHO? ALL INTERESTED LADY CLUBMEMBERS!! WHERE: Casa Hickok 6288 Cascade Circle INDY 46234 WHEN: Monday, March 23 @ 6:00pm WHAT TO BRING: – SUNSHINE – WARM TEMPS!! – Calendars – Ideas – Snax – Bevs (I’ll have mixers, etc) ALSO: Please RSVP Janet Hickok 317.698.4655 jrhickok@comcast.net
January 7, 2020

Publicity January 2020

Hi everyone!   A huge thank you to the outgoing Publicity Chair, Rick Graef, for his 3+ years working on the website, putting the Telltales together, and sharing important club information. I’ll be your new Master-of-Email and Website Guru.  My hope is to improve upon the website and make it more useful for everyone to use, as well as re-format how the Telltales are published so they’re easier to read.  I’ll be sending out a questionnaire looking for feedback on this process.  I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and ideas for how the website can be used and should be tweaked. Also, I’d love to include more articles from general club members in the Telltales.  So if anyone wants to write a Letter to the Editor, please feel free to do so and email it to publicity@ecsail.org.  No promises on every article getting published, but I’ll do my best. One other neat item I’d like to bring up: the Purdue Sailing Club has become very active since the days I used to race with the team (2011-2015).  Now they’re practicing almost every Saturday and Sunday right here at ECSC.  I think that’s pretty great and will – hopefully – bring some young blood to the club.  If you see the students around, feel free to chat them up.  Maybe at some point we can include them in some social events. Happy 2020, EJ Williams, Publicity Chair ^Purdue Sailing Practice | October 2019      
October 21, 2019

Publicity – Grounds Committee October 2019

Well, today, Sunday, October 20th, was a yet another beautiful day at the club!  It was warm and sunny and members were out getting their boats pulled and put away for the winter.  I think it’s a sad time of year, but before we know it, spring will be here and we will get to do it all over again.   I want to thank Ron Anderson, our grounds person for all of his hard work this year to help keep our property maintained and taken care of. In the past month, the power washer was replaced and has gotten good reviews and our outbuildings got a coat of paint. The Ladies Sailing association did a great job getting our landscaping project off the ground and it was a pleasure to see the flowers blooming all summer.  I look forward to seeing this group grow in the future and expand events such as the Dock Walks.   Next year we look forward to the replacement of the boat ramp and mast hoist, which should carry this club into the next 50 years with the infrastructure needed by a sailing club.  And finally, I am looking forward to serving you next year as the Commodore of this club, the best kept secret in Indianapolis! Until then, Nan Schulze  
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 nan.schulze@gmail.com) 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 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