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September 27, 2020
Tom Nugent

Racing September 2020

Racers, We finally got two regattas in this year!!! The Indy 500 and the Governor’s Cup were very successful…… Thank you Rich Fox and Geoff Endris for running these two events!!!! We have one last event, the Hornback which is on Oct. 10. This will be run by Charlie Brehob, and we thank him in advance for volunteering to take this on. How many boats will we have for this event? Let’s make this another huge success story!!!! The new schedule will look like: Hornback – Oct. 10 Just because we are not racing, does not mean you can’t be out sailing…. Get those boats in the water and practice!!! Practice, practice, and practice…… 😊 If I can be of assistance in anyway, just let me know. Talk to you soon, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair
August 21, 2020
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Racing August 2020

Racers, You have to give a pat on the back to Rich Fox. He does so much for us even though we are not “officially” racing, he still takes the time to get us all involved. Thank You Rich Fox for all you do!!! What a year and sorry it hasn’t been exciting in a racing way….. It doesn’t look like we will have any formal racing in the month of August, but we will have a few regattas in September if all goes well. The Indy 200 and the Governor’s Cup. The Indy 200 will be for the Blue and White Fleets only. It will be a one day regatta and we will have some nice awards for this event. The Governor’s Cup this year will be single handed and will also only be a one day regatta. Open to all fleets and only club members. The NOR’s are posted on our website (here) if you have any questions….. The new schedule will look like this: Indy 200 – Sept. 12 Governor’s Cup – Sept 19 ECSC Championship – Oct. 3 Hornback – Oct. 10 Purdue/IU Regatta – Oct. 17/18 Just because we are not racing, does not mean you can’t be out sailing…. Get those boats in the water and practice!!! Practice, practice, and practice…… 🙂 If I can be of assistance in anyway, just let me know. Talk to you soon, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair
July 12, 2020

Racing July 2020

Hello all ECSC racers! The ECSC Regatta & Mayor’s Cup Regatta are canceled for 2020. At this time we are in a holding pattern for the Governor’s Cup and the Hornback Regattas. We will make a decision on these two regattas in the coming weeks/months. Wednesday/Sunday racing: Wednesday Beer Can Series will be honor racing with a 6:50 start time through August 26 and 6:40 start time through October 14th.   Please see below links for more race details. Notice of Race      Sailing Instructions This eliminates the need for Race Duties and allows all to race. Sunday Honor Series remains the same. Thank for your understanding during these difficult times & public health crisis. Marcus Rogers & John George 2020 Race Chair & Assistant Race Chair
June 15, 2020

Racing June 2020

** BELOW RACE SCHEDULE IS MODIFIED SINCE PUBLISHING. See July article for updated events ** Racers, What a Spring we have had… first the Pandemic and then even crazier stuff breaking out all across the nation…. Just crazy!!! I think it will be safe to say, that we will have our first Wednesday Night Race on July 1st. The first Sunday race will be on July 5th. I know a lot of you have been out practicing already and that is awesome! Keep up the good work and only a few more weeks till we officially start. I thank you all for being so patient, and I still feel we did the right thing by waiting.  Just a few more weeks and Sheela will be putting all of our pictures on Facebook!!!! The new schedule will look like this: ECSC Regatta – July 11 Mayor’s Cup – July 25/26 Indy 200 – Sept. 12 Governor’s Cup – Sept 19/20 ECSC Championship – Oct. 3 Hornback – Oct. 10 Purdue/IU Regatta – Oct. 17/18 In the meantime, practice those starts, gibes, tacks, and mark roundings!!! Talk to you soon, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair   Pics on the water from last week:
May 11, 2020
ECSC Sailboats

Racing May 2020

Racers, I know the big question is when can we start racing? Our first Wednesday night race will be June 3rd … There will be no Spring Series, just a longer Summer Series. The new NOR will reflect this… Hopefully, the worst of this crazy world will be behind us by then. Thank you all for your patience and we look forward to seeing you all on the starting line next month… The new schedule will look like this: Flying Scott – June 13/14 Catalina 22 Tuning Seminar – June 20 ECSC Regatta – July 11 Mayor’s Cup – July 25/26 Indy 200 – Sept. 12 Governor’s Cup – Sept 19/20 ECSC Championship – Oct. 3 Hornback – Oct. 10 Purdue/IU Regatta – Oct. 17/18 Just because we are not racing, does not mean you can’t be out sailing…. Get those boats in the water and practice!!! Practice, practice, and practice…… 🙂  If I can be of assistance in anyway, just let me know. Talk to you soon, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair
April 12, 2020

Racing April 2020

Ahoy, I know many of you are wondering the same thing, “When can we start racing?” Unfortunately, we are in the postpone mode until further notice. It just isn’t smart to do anything at this moment and the state still says we can’t. I am still hopeful for Mayor’s Cup, but the next few weeks will tell. Sorry, I do not have any better answers for you, but only time will tell. We have a new RIB and it is almost like new. It has a 50HP motor and I want to remind people that this boat is for safety duty only. All eyes are upon us and we need to keep in mind the 10 mph rule on the lake. When setting up marks, keep this in mind and don’t be racing from one end of the lake to the other. We can race the boat for emergency’s only….. We do not want the rules to change on the lake so that big motor boats are allowed. So, let us use our boats with that in mind and not abuse our privileges….. Keep our speed under 10mph at all times. Thanks for keeping this in mind….. Quantum and North Sails are hosting many web seminars for free. Lots for good information out there, so use this time wisely. If you need some new sails, discounts are still available. I hope by next month, we have some more encouraging news. In the meantime, be safe and dream about racing. Cheers, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair
March 5, 2020

Racing March 2020

Ahoy Racers, We have 42 more days until our first Wednesday night race on April 22. So start thinking about getting your boats ready and let the 2020 Racing Season begin…… I am excited for the upcoming season and I hope we can get more boats on the starting line. So, far the meetings have been awesome and the communication is excellent!!! Just need to put all of this new energy and ideas into practice. The ultimate goal is getting more boats racing!!! North U is coming to town next weekend, March 14th, to teach a Racing Tactics Class. It will be taught by Andrew Kerr and only a few spots are still available……. If you don’t have the boat speed, you beat them with your Tactics……You can register at: northu.com/product/tactics-indianapolis-in At our last race meeting, we discussed a lot of exciting things to improve our racing season. One of those things discussed was assigning a mentor for each new member. As I get the names of these new members, I will contact the new members and will let them know who their Mentor will be. We already have quite a few members who have stepped up to offer their assistance. As the season unfolds, we will be offering more on the water clinics and class room work for those who need it. We also discussed the Blue Fleet and will copy what Rich Fox wrote about this subject: “I want to let you know that at the ECSC Race Meeting on Saturday, everybody was in favor of separating the Blue/White Fleet. Blue Fleet for boats that are Dacron sails only, no spinnakers, for skippers who may want a more casual racing experience, and to serve as a fleet to help introduce members who are racing for the first time at ECSC. White Fleet for boats that have at least one non-Dacron sail, spinnaker and non-spinnaker, for skippers who sail Cruiser/Racer type boats and who want a more competitive racing experience and who also have a couple of years of racing experience under their belts. Boats to include, but not limited to – C22 Sport, S2 6.7, S2 6.9, S2 7.9, Ranger 22, Lindenberg 22. Anybody in the Blue Fleet could also make the choice to racing in the White Fleet, but not the other way around. Both fleets will start together, but scored separately. In the case of McClure sailing a Beneteau 23.5, I am leaning towards keeping them in the Blue Fleet as they have one full year of racing experience. I would like to monitor their performance in 2020. If we get a new racer, such as a Capri 22, if they have all Dacron sails, then they would start in Blue Fleet and we would monitor to see if their performance warrants movement to White Fleet. If a boat repeatedly dominates the Blue Fleet, then either I will need to adjust their PHRF rating, or they will need to move to White Fleet. The change will help bring more balance to the Blue Fleet so it is no longer dominated by a couple of boats Series after Series, year-after-year. I am also using Dacron sails or no Dacron sails as one of the key deciding factors of fleet designation. This is because a boat that has at least one Mylar type sail suggests to me that they want a more competitive experience, and most likely their boat is equipped as such. What I am trying to do here is to help manage our fleets to meet the needs of the membership, instead of expecting members to meet the needs of the fleets. Thus, there will continue to be some “gray” area for a few boats as to which fleet they belong. “ I hope to see a lot of you next weekend. Let me know if I can be of assistance in getting your boat ready for the sailing season, Marcus Rogers Racing Chair
January 7, 2020

Racing January 2020

Happy New Year!!! I am already counting the days until our first Wednesday night racing on April 22!!! The 2020 Racing Season will be a great one and we will strive to make it even better than 2019. Please let me know if you need anything this season and I will work to make it happen. I have two goals for this new year: to keep racing fun and to get more boats on the starting line……. To begin our season, we will start with a Racing Meeting on January 18 th . The meeting will be held at 9247 N. Meridian St. 2 nd Floor. The agenda for the meeting is to talk about the upcoming season, the addition of another racing fleet, how we get more boats on the line, and to answer any questions you may have. As I have it today, the Racing Schedule is as follows: April 22- First night of Wednesday night racing April 26- Sunday afternoon Racing begins Mayor’s Cup – May 16/17 J 24 District 12 Championships – May 30/31 Flying Scott – June 13/14 ECSC Regatta – July 11 Indy 200 – Sept. 12 Governor’s Cup – Sept 19/20 ECSC Championship – Oct. 4 Hornback – Oct. 10 Purdue/IU Regatta – Oct. 17/18 The opening dates might be subject to change because of the addition of a new ramp. If all goes as planned, we should have not issues…. Look forward to working with all of you and please let me know how I can help you reach your goals for 2020!!! Marcus Rogers ECSC Racing Chair