June 24, 2022
Sailing w rainbows

Racing June 2022


Racers and Would-Like-To-Be Racers=

If you are a member who has been interested in trying out racing, a racing beginner, or an inexperienced racer who would like to learn more about racing or perhaps get more experience with a skilled racer, you may want to consider our next Regatta.  This year the ECSC Regatta (Saturday, July 16th) will be a special event.  In addition to being our traditional summer regatta occurring with one of our largest social events (the ECSC Beach Party), this year it will also be commemorating the 50th year since the opening of Eagle Creek Park.  In light of this, we wanted to do something different and additive to the regatta event.  Our hope was to have some sailing activity before the race that would help bring more members into the sailboat-racing community at ECSC.

The plan is to have some racing activity in the morning of July 16th focused on members with sailboats who have never raced before or who are inexperienced and would like to learn new skills to improve their racing performance.  Experienced sailors will be available that morning to join you on your boat to act as skipper of your boat in a few short races and then to help you skipper your boat in a few races to move you along the sailing learning curve.  After these morning learning events, we then would hope everyone would join in the ECSC Regatta in the afternoon.  If you are an experienced skipper, inexperienced or a beginning sailor, we would ask you to contact Nancy Goff or me to sign up for this unique event celebrating sailing and the park birthday.

Beginner Sailors and Experienced Volunteers please contact

John Kohne     racing@ecsail.org           or

Nancy Goff      cngoff6@gmail.com

The Dedicated Race Committee effort is still moving forward with the feedback of the racing members.  Many lessons are being learned regarding race management.  Appreciate everyone’s support and information sharing required for the program’s success.

Repairs to the RIB boat lift were just completed and allows for its continued safe operation.

The last significant repair project for the racing program is the roof restoration on the Aircraft Carrier pontoon.  I received some recent volunteers for this project but would still appreciate anyone with experience with aluminum work to help expedite the work of those of us who lack significant experience.  Contact John Kohne at racing@ecsail.org  or 317-966-4844 .

John Kohne & Nancy Goff

Race Chairs…

June 24, 2022

Junior Program June 2022

Message from Katie DeGrella, Junior Chair:

The Juniors want to give a shout out to Kenny Chapman for saving the day at sailing camp last week by helping bring in an FJ that had taken on too much water. Thank you, Kenny!

Olivia DeGrella and Matt Johnson raced at the North Cape Yacht Club Regatta in Michigan on June 18th. Olivia finished 11th overall and Matt finished strong in his first open water competition. Good Job to both of our Junior Sailors!

Sailing Camp Week 1 was a success and a lot of fun for all! Week 2 of sailing camp is just finishing up and Week 3 is June 27- July 1.

– Katie

Message from Wayne Myers, Assistant Junior Chair:

Hi Guys and Girls,

The team just got back into town Sunday, after doing battle on the big water of Lake Erie (We can’t teach racing on waves and chop on Eagle Ocean).

Saturday racing was in NNW-N winds 13-16 at the North Cape Yacht Club. Our team has been welcomed to train at NCYC for a week or more for many years now. It’s only 252 miles North from our club.

NCYC is in the top 5 yacht clubs in the US. Next month, over 50 Flying Scotts will do battle there.

On to racing.

Olivia Degrella has learned the art of dancing in the Laser with radial rig. There are 9 Saturdays in the I-LYA Travelers Series this year. This past Saturday in race #3, Olivia finished 11th out of 31 boats…with a 5th and 6th place overall. This is a major step in her rise as the Top Girl for 2022 Junior Bay Week. She is in her 4.5 years with the ECSC Junior Team and is head instructor for our summer sailing camp this year (as well as last year).

Matt Johnson, a rookie this year (they are a rookie until they finished their first race at Junior Bay Week). Qualification for Junior Bay Week is racing in two flat waters and two open waters. Matt has his two flat waters in, and NCYC was his first open-water event. His next is at Port Clinton (also on Lake Erie).

After Port Clinton, the team makes the ferry ride to Put-In-Bay for a week of racing…Junior Bay Week. This is my 17th or 20th year going to Junior Bay. I go back to 2003 when Tyler Andrews won and again 2005…both on a Laser.

The plan of the Junior Sailing Program has always been to teach kids how to complete in life…only doing it on the race course!

– Wayne… I’m just the truck driver…

June 24, 2022

Safety & Education June 2022

Little Free Library
The Little Free Library arrived this week! It will be located by the race shed and contain books and resources of all kinds. We encourage you to share sailing resources such as books on navigation, engines, cruising, racing, and just general sailing. Please also feel free to contribute children’s books and any fun reads that people may enjoy during a relaxing afternoon on the boat. 
Vessel Safety Checks
With a Vessel Safety Check you will have the peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that in an emergency you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. In many cases, boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued at that time. Instead, you are provided a written report on how to correct any discrepancies. Flotilla 1-7 of Castleton will be performing Vessel Safety Checks this year on either 7/9 or 7/23. Confirmation will be received this week.
First Aid Kits
First Aid kits are fully stocked.. Should you notice anything needing to be replenished, please let Abby Harlan know.
Yoga is behind as the yoga instructor is no longer available due to personal travel. As soon as a new schedule is set, it will be shared!
Save the Date! The ECSC Ladies Sail will be held on Saturday, August 6th. Sign up here!
Abigail Harlan
Safety & Education Chair
May 15, 2022
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Junior Program May 2022

Juniors would like to recognize Perry Cameron for his contribution of his time, skill, and ultimately the creation of a completely electronic 2022 Sailing Camp Registration.  We would not have been able to do this without his generous contribution.  Perry, thank you so much, we are truly grateful!

Juniors are preparing for 3 weeks of Sailing Camp in June.  We will be welcoming a total of 60 campers to join us at ECSC for summer sailing and a whole lot of fun.  We have 3 counselors returning from last year (Olivia, Dunkin, and Julia) and we are welcoming 2 new ones (Nick & Drew) to the team.  Also, Matt and Olivia are getting into shape for the 2022 racing season.

All three class-weeks are filled up!

Week 1: June 6 – 10 (12 – 18 years old)

Week 2: June 20 – 24 (8 – 12 years old)

Week 3: June 27 – July 1 (8 – 12 years old)

But, check the Web Page, there might be some late opens.

The 8-12 age group filled up within 2 weeks. We lost three instructors due to moving and/or going to college.  We require all instructors pass the US Sailing Level 1 Course, Instructors course, CPR, and Red Cross certificates.  Those that pass the first time, will have US Sailing Level 1 fees reimbursed.  They start at age 15 and also must have an Indiana Power Boat Permit.

Oliva DeGrella and Matt Johnson will be out practicing each weekend in the month of May on Eagle Ocean.  Our first I-LYA  Traveler Series is on June 11th at Buckeye YC (just South/East of Columbus, Ohio).  It’s flat water with a real nice club house and restaurant.

The team will leave June 10th mid-day, camp overnight,and sail up to 5 races on Saturday.

Matt Johnson should be finishing his US Sailing Level 1 course this weekend.

For more update news and pictures check us out on Facebook (click here) – this is a Public Group with over 160 members:  ECSC Junior Sailing Team

Katie DeGrella                                 Wayne Myers

Junior Program Chair                   Assistant Chair…

May 15, 2022

Safety & Education May 2022

Safety and Education has been busy behind the scenes ordering First Aid supplies, scheduling fire extinguisher inspections, and working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to plan Vessel Safety Checks. Lots of fun educational programming is in the works too!

Vessel Safety Checks

With a Vessel Safety Check, you will have the peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. In many cases, boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued at that time. Instead, you are provided a written report on how to correct any discrepancies. As soon as a date is confirmed for this Safety Check by the Coast Guard, it will be shared via email, Facebook, and flyers at the club.

First Aid Kits

First Aid kits will be fully stocked by May 13th. A map of first aid kit locations will be shared.


Whether you are a cruiser or a racer, strength and balance are vital for performance and safety when aboard. Free yoga classes will be held every Saturday at 10am beginning June 4th. More info to come.


******  ECSC LADIES SAIL ******

Save the Date! The ECSC Ladies Sail will be held on Saturday, August 6th. More info to come!

Abby Harlan
Safety & Education Chair…

May 15, 2022
Purdue 2022 Spring Sailing Collage

Racing May 2022

Racers and Non-Racers,

Dedicated Race Committee

We are excited about the great start we’ve had in establishing a Dedicated Race Committee at ECSC.  Three Wednesday night races have been run so far with this new program and we’ve had great participation by our new PRO (Primary Racing Officer) team who have been running these races (and learning to do it well!).

The new PRO’s are:
R Tom Moore
John Anderson
Linda Hukill
John Thompson

Alternate PRO’s:
Jerry Brickley
Charles Maiers
Les Miller

A special thanks to Tom Moore in getting this program off the ground. Tom has been the PRO for these initial races and has been helping the other PRO’s get up to speed with our specific ECSC process. Thank you to Geoff Endris, as well, who taught an initial course on Race Management and has remained a continuous advisor to us.

We couldn’t be more excited about the talent, skills and enthusiasm these volunteers have for the program. This new system and focused talent should bring many improvements to racing at ECSC.  I hope you will give a strong welcome to these new volunteers and share feedback with them often.

Upcoming Mayor’s Cup Regatta – May 21 & 22

The Mayor’s Cup Regatta is coming up quick. The regatta will take place on  May 21st and 22nd.  The NOR, SI and Registration form are posted on the racing page of the ECSC website (click here).  We need racers to sign up as early as possible to help us prepare trophies, awards and food for your enjoyment.  Whether it is your 10th regatta or your very first regatta, I hope you will join us!  We very much welcome beginners to these events and will do all we can to help you learn.  Volunteers are still needed to assist on the race committee and support functions of the event.  This is a good way to earn work credits that help pay for your membership dues the next year.  Please get on the Racing page of our ECSC website and click the SignUp Genius icon to sign up to for racing or non-racing volunteer activities at this event.

Volunteering for Racing Activities throughout the Year

There are many racing activities and events planned this year.  A schedule for all of them is posted on the ECSC Racing page of our website.  ECSC’s normal racers participate in these but we are particularly interested in providing opportunities for non-racers to come out, observe, and become more familiar with racing.  One way to do that is to encourage non-racers to volunteer on race committee or to help with other pre- or post- race activities.  We know members that enjoy just being around the racing activities, while not racing themselves.  We hope that many non-racers will volunteer by going to the SignUp Genius on the ECSC Racing page and start enjoying their time with us!  Work Credits that help pay for your membership dues the next year will also be earned.

This SignUp Genius site has just opened up so many slots are available to fit any schedule. We hope to see you soon!


John Kohne       Nancy Goff

Racing Chairs…

April 2, 2022

Racing April 2022

Racers and Non-Racers

Nancy and I wanted to thank all the racers and non-racers who came to the Winter Race Meeting last week. There was an excellent turnout, the pizza was great, and the company even better. Many provided input to the main agenda items to include approval of the racing schedule for 2022, determination of work credit values for the racing program, approval of Dedicated Race Committee proposal, and the major racing program work projects for this year. The proposals were all modified and improved with your feedback and suggestions.

The schedule was approved, and two additional regattas were created. The first is a weekend focused on providing a racing experience for beginning or new racers. It would be comprised of a day of experienced skippers using their own boats hosting beginners to race with them to learn the ropes and a second day to have new racers skipper their own boats with experienced crew members from the club helping them learn to race on their own. Our main goal is to attract new racers into our racing program. The second planned regatta would be a single-handed regatta in a traditional fleet race format. These dates for these new regattas along with the traditional ECSC regattas will be posted soon on the ECSC web page.

A consensus about work-credit values was determined for racing volunteers for major regattas and Wednesday night races. This will be incorporated into the racing work-credit process of the racing program going forward.

The discussion of the Dedicated Race Committee program received the most discussion. Many new ideas were provided. The most central concept of having dedicated trained PROs (Primary Racing Officers) present for each Wednesday Night and Major Regatta was validated by all. The issue of how to provide the Assistant PROs to support the dedicated PROs was a more difficult problem to solve. There were several very good alternatives provided in the discussion. Nancy and I will continue to work on a final solution to this later issue and intend to launch this program with the start of the racing season this year. More to follow.

Lastly, we updated the attendees of the purchase of a galvanized scissor-pontoon trailer to enable removal and storage of the RC pontoon and the Aircraft Carrier pontoon each year. Major racing projects this year will include the repair and upgrade of the Aircraft-Carrier pontoon, an addition of an anchor-winch device to the RC pontoon (to facilitate anchor movement and pontoon alignment in the pre-start sequence), and an addition of new buoy between buoys 1 and 6 to facilitate additional racing course options.

Hope to see our usual racers and many new racers enjoy the fun of racing at ECSC this summer. See you on the water.

John Kohne
Nancy Goff…