January 3, 2016

2016 Junior Sailing

We are currently putting together plans for the 2016 Junior Sail Camp, which I believe will be the club’s 15th annual. Junior Sail Camp is important to the club’s future, as it fosters the growth of the love of sailing in many young people each year. That in turn keeps interest in the sport of sailing and creates future ECSC club members. Another important aspect of the camp is to find new potential Junior Sailors for the ECSC Junior Sailing Team. Information on the 2016 camp as well as an enrollment form will be updated on the internet in the coming month and I will provide a link in the next newsletter. I’ve been around the Junior Program a few years now, and have been very impressed by the growth it promotes in the young people involved. While you may not realize it, these team members put in a lot of time both training and competing across the Midwest, as well as Nationally. Summertime for them is busy, and they represent ECSC well by their placings in the I-LYA regattas, as well as other regattas. Even as I write this, some of the Juniors are down in Florida competing in the Orange Bowl Regatta, while others are here doing their weekly workouts, both in order to stay at the top of their game in preparation for spring. We tend to think of the Junior Program as just kids out racing sailboats, but it is so much more. The program teaches them safety, responsibility, teamwork, dedication, and the rewards of hard work, all valuable lessons for their future. If you know any young person between the ages of 10-18, I highly recommend getting them involved. Be sure to keep track of the ECSC Junior Sailors by following our Facebook page.  
February 3, 2016

We want your kids!

We are getting closer to sailing season with every passing day, so now is a good time to sign up for this summer’s ECSC Junior sailing camp! The dates of the camp this year will be June 20-24 and June 27- July 1. Participants can sign up for either week individually, or both weeks which earns a $100 discount. Register here! Register here! I’d like to ask everyone to be on the lookout for kids that might be interested in joining ECSC’s Junior Sailing Team. Our current team’s youngest junior sailor will age out of the program in two years. That might seem like a long time, but it will be here before you know it. Last winter Junior Sailing added some brand new Optimists to our fleet of dinghy’s which are perfect for beginning sailors. These boats have their own fleets at I-LYA regattas and are the perfect place to start seeing what junior sailing is all about and you will meet a lot of great people from other area clubs! Remember this time of year is a great time to take a look at the rigging, sails, and hardware on your boat. Take one of these excellent weather days we have been having lately to give your boat a once-over. Looking at your boat without the pressure of wanting to be on the water can help you see if there is anything that needs repair. There is still plenty of time to perform repairs so that this summer you can spend time enjoying your boat safely.
March 3, 2016

Summer Camp is filling up!

Camp registrations are starting to roll in, and it sounds like we are going to have a lot of first time participants. This is great for the club, since it introduces new families to our sport who may get the sailing bug and become new members in the future. If you know any kids that might be interested in the camp, be sure to make them aware that registration is now open. Register here! Register here! Junior sailing dates are starting to take shape, with the first regatta our juniors will be competing in at ISC on April 2-3…only a month away! Two Junior Olympic dates are also on the calendar June 10-12 at Menton Harbor and July 29-31 at Grosse Point. ILYA Travelers Series dates are June 4 Buckeye, June 18 Sandusky, June 25 Hoover, July 15 Vermillian Boat Club, and Junior Bay Week is July 17-21. Put a date on the calendar and come out and support the ECSC Juniors!  
April 3, 2016

Junior Sailing season starts soon

The ECSC Junior Sailing Camp which is scheduled for the weeks of June 20-24 and June 27-July 1 is filling up quickly! We care currently sitting with about 2/3 of the spots filled. If you are thinking of having of having someone you know attend the camp, now is the time to print off the on-line registration form and get it sent in to be sure you have a spot. If you are a club member and know someone who might enjoy the camp, be sure to talk to them and their parents about it. The camp is a great way to get families exposed to the sport of sailing and also get new members in our club. Register here! Register here! The ECSC Junior team will be starting their season with a Laser regatta at ISC this weekend! This regatta is always a good “warm up” for the juniors, although the weather is usually cold and windy. But it is good for them to get out on the water and check that they and their boats are ready for the summer competition season. We could all follow their lead and give our boats a good once over before the sailing season gets in full swing. Good luck ECSC Juniors!  
May 1, 2016

Junior Summer Camp is filling up!

Junior Racing Schedule Update Well, the Laser Regatta I mentioned last month got cancelled due to weather – too much wind (Gusts to 45 mph!).  So the juniors will now start their competitive season this year at Carlyle for the Junior Olympics on May 28-29. After that, it is pretty much every weekend all summer long!  We will do our best to update you on results as the season develops.  Again, you are always welcome to come and watch our junior sailors in action! Junior Sailing Camp ECSC Junior Sailing Camp is filling up nicely!  The week of June 20-24 is almost full with only a few spots left and the week of June 27-July 1 has about 10 spots left.  If you have been procrastinating about sending in your registration, now is the time to do so, since there aren’t many spots left.  Register here! Register here! If you are going sailing for the first time of the season, remember to check these items: Don’t forget to place your ECSC decal on the port side of your boat and trailer. Does your boat have the proper state decals on it? By law you must have one Personal Flotation Device for each person aboard PLUS a throw-able PFD. Check the rigging and all lines for wear and replace as necessary. Battery & lights working? Need to replace that old battery? Please don’t leave the old one at the Club…take it with you.  The store you bought your new battery from will give you a credit for your old battery. When was the last time your motor had a tune-up? Sailing Instructions Saturday morning introductory sailing instruction begins May 15th and is every Saturday at 11:00 am.  
June 1, 2016

Summer Camp Update

We still have some openings for the second week of sailing camp which is June 27-July1, but the first week is filled.  Camp is in a few weeks, so now is the time to get those last minute registrations turned in.  The staff is currently making preparations for a successful 2016 camp.  We are in need of several adults to be parent of the day during the school weeks.  It just involves sitting in the rib when the boats are on the water and being there if any adult assistance is needed from the camp staff, pretty low key stuff.  You will receive work credit for doing this. Please contact me at safety@ecsail.org if you are interested and we will get you on the calendar.  Juniors Team racking up the wins! ECSC Junior sailors have had two outings so far.  The first was at Leatherlips in Ohio, where Reagan Lessick finished first in Junior.  The second was at Lake Carlyle, Illinois where in big wind Jon Schwartz finished in first place, followed by Reagan Lessick in second place.   Way to represent ECSC Juniors!   We are also looking for young people interested in joining our Junior sailing program!  Send any interested parties my way.  
July 1, 2016

July Safety & Education update

Well the second week of sail camp is about to come to a close, and the kids all seem to be having a great time!  Our Junior team is performing well instructing the campers, and we have exposed over 30 young people to the sport of sailing in the past two weeks.  Parents must be talking to their friends about the camp, because believe it or not, I am already getting inquires on when registration for next year’s camp opens!  I have been taking some video and pictures for the website, and once I get some time to compile and edit it I will get it up there.  Btu for now, here are a few pictures of the campers. The Junior Race team has also been busy and placing well.  In the I-LYA Junior Travelers Series, Cameron Douglas is currently 4th, Reagan Lessick is 7th, and Jonathan Schwartz is 24th out of a total of 44 boats!  Great work team! Each year the team races 5-10 Saturdays during the months of June, July and August, around Indiana, Ohio, New York lakes.   July 17 we will land on the Island of Put-In-Bay, for Junior Bay Week, where the team will do battle once more.  The regatta will consist of up to 15 races in 4 days on Lake Erie. Came has made this trip many times over the last 6 years, and this year will be his last, since he will age out. He has won 2 out 4 travelers series races.  So we are believing he will show well at bay week this year and go out on top.  Cam’s teammate at Junior Bay Week, Reagan, is a young 16 year old sailor.  She is 5’3″, she is big on winning, and had been working out all winter.  Reagan will be the force that will be pushing the boys this year. Wish your Junior Team Well and follow them here!
August 1, 2016

July was a busy month for our Juniors

Well it certainly has been a busy month with the ECSC Junior Sailing team!  Most of July was spent on the road at regattas, clinics, and then Junior Bay Week.  The conditions at Bay Week were near perfect, with a varying range of conditions from light air to heavy.  There were around 34 Laser Radials competing this year and they were able to get in 18 races over the four days of the regatta!  When everything was said and done, ECSC’s Cameron Douglas ended up in the 3rd spot after some very tight racing, and Reagan Lessick finished 15th.     While Bay Week may be finished, the juniors aren’t done with their season yet.  Cam and Reagan traveled to Cleveland this past weekend for an I-LYA regatta for their travelers series.  Cam finished in second, putting him in first place in the series, Reagan moved up to 6th place in the series.  There are still a couple of I-LYA regattas left this season that the team will be travelling to as well.