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August 6, 2019

Commodore August 2019

I hope you attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  By all accounts, it was a great success.  Thanks to Vickie Greenough, Nick Mates and their entire crew for planning and pulling off this great event.  Special thanks to all who took pictures and posted them on our Facebook page.  The “Little Pirates Day” looked like it was a huge success.  Lots of pictures of our little pirates having a great time. The Remote Control Sailboat fleet held its first regatta during the 50th Celebration.  It looked like we had pretty good attendance for the first year.  Thanks to Rich Fox for organizing the fleet and serving as PRO for the first regatta. Our Junior Sailing team competed in the annual Jr. Bay Week Regatta.  In the Gold Fleet, Sam Riley finished 9th.  In the Silver Fleet, Grant Goff finished 10th, Deanna Nichols finished 14th, and Olivia DeGrella finished 16th.  Over the course of the week, they competed in 16 races with winds from 5 to 20 mph.  It was quite a grueling week! Our club racing program is entering the second half of the season.  We are now into our summer series and continue to see great participation on Wednesday evenings.  We have 3 regattas behind us with 3 more to go.  The next regatta is the Indy 200 on August 31.  This is a one-day regatta just for high-PHRF cabin cruiser boats.  It is a great event and a chance to sail with a purpose instead of just floating around.  If you ever thought about getting into the racing program, here is a great way to try it out and see if you like it. Upcoming social events: We have four more social events for the year.  The Labor Day cookout is on Saturday August 31.  Governor’s Cup & Lobster Fest is coming up on September 14.  The Chili Cookoff is on October 12. And the Final Bash is on November 2.  Please make plans to attend one or all of these events. The Ballroom dancing lessons was a huge hit.  Thanks to Tom Moore for coordinating this.  Tom says lessons will continue into September depending on attendance.  If you missed the first few, you can still attend and learn some new dances.  No experience necessary! Boat Ramp Update We finally have a complete set of engineering plans to submit for approval.  Approval can take up to two months.  We need approval from the City of Indianapolis, Citizen’s Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers and IDEM.  We are targeting the work to be performed in March of 2020. Dry-dock Storage Ki Hickok is working out a plan to get dry dock boats in their proper slips.  This will be a multi-year plan.  Please cooperate with Ki when he contacts you about moving your boat.  Keep in mind, we may need to move your boat to a temporary spot before we get you into your permanent spot. Full Moon Sail The next full moon is on August 15.  Why not go out for a moonlight sail?  Sailing at night is very peaceful and relaxing.  Just make sure your navigation lights are working. Sail on, Geoff
August 6, 2019

Social August 2019

July was a very successful month of activities, despite the heat wave!  The pig roast on July 4th was a wonderful event as our members enjoyed roasted pull pork prepared by Phil Cottingham.  We quickly rolled into our 50th Anniversary week long celebration which also proved to be successful.  The Food Truck Friday in conjunction with the RC Regatta was a big hit!  We enjoyed pizza from NY Pizza food truck.  The beach party was catered by “Catering by Susan” out of Carmel and the chicken was roasted on site by Phil Cottingham.  Let’s just say, there were not many left overs!  The food was fantastic!  We also provided each member (one per number) a commemorative gift!  If you did not receive your gift, you may pick one up at any of the upcoming events.   Still to come yet this season – Labor Day – SATURDAY – Aug 31st at 5:30pm. DJ will be playing into the evening hours – Great way to kick off the weekend! Lobster Fest – SATURDAY – September 14th at 6:00 – Live music – RSVP required Chili Cookoff – SATURDAY – Oct. 12th at 5:30 – Bring your chili to enter the contest or a side to share – Children’s games available. Final Bash – SATURDAY – Nov 2nd at 6:00 – RSVP required – stay tuned for more details!   I am currently building my list of volunteers for the Lobster Fest.  If you have an interest in assisting with this event, please let me know!   Happy Sailing – Vickie Greenough Social Chair 317-847-7400            
August 6, 2019

Harbormaster August 2019

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August 6, 2019

Racing August 2019

    What a fantastic week of Celebration for the clubs 50th anniversary!! I think each event when fantastically! Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped plan, set up, cook, tear down and participate! If you missed any event check the sailing club’s Facebook pages for pictures and videos.   50th ECSC Regatta and Beach Party day had great winds of 15 knots + and great competition with 13 boats sailing and a pursuit race format. Three total races in some incredible heat. The Winner take all was the J24 Douglas crew, 2nd Robertson – Hobie Tiger, 3rd Wishart – J24 and 4th Hickok – J24.   Next Regatta is the INDY 200 Regatta – one day Regatta for all PHRF boats over 200 with a cabin and no spinnaker JAM only. Saturday, August 31st  at 11AM registration – PRO is Rich Fox.   Don’t miss the chance for a tasty LOBSTER and a chance to win the GOVERNOR’S CUP! On 9/14-15/2019!!! This will be the second year we have combined the Lobster social and Governor’s Cup racing. That special reward for the racers after the first day of racing on Saturday September 14th with the selection of your choice: LOBSTER or STEAK! You can’t ask for a better combination. Be sure to get registered for the regatta and fest by mailing in a registration and pay by check or pay through Zellepay: https://www.zellepay.com/  to ecsctreasurer100@gmail.com and scanning a registration to me by the September 5th deadline. See the racing page on the website: https://www.ecsail.org/racingmain-2/  Look for 2019 Governor’s Cup Regatta and Lobster Fest NOR, SI and REG Form documents. Plan to see fleets of Catalina’s, J22/24’s and PHRF fleets. Cool prizes and awards as always!!   Summer Series is in full sail mode on Wednesdays and Sundays. Come out and try it you’ll like it! Please, Congratulate the Spring Series Champions.  Spring Wednesday’s Blue/White: 1st Miller – S2 6.9, 2nd Grant – MacGregor 26, 3rd Kelly – Catalina 25. Green2: 1st Segner – Highlander. Red: 1st Hickok – J24 2nd Douglas -J24 3rd Kohne –J22. Spring Sunday Honor Series, Blue/White: 1st Roshel – O’Day 23. Green1: 1st Robertson – Hobie Tiger. Green2: 1st Segner – Highlander Red: 1st Goff – S2 7.9.   Spring Awards will presented after Wednesday evening’s racing August 14th and before the August 18th Sunday’s race. Bob Hickok and John George – ECSC Race Committee  
August 6, 2019

Membership August 2019

Welcome to new members John Anderson and Kelly Haupt of Fishers.  Their family also includes Phoenix, Connor, Nathan and Margaret Ann.  They will be sailing a Hunter 23. We have now had a total of 12 new members in 2019.  We are in’ wait list status’ for wet slips at this time.   And due to limited kayak rack space, we now have a wait list for any new member who would like to leave their kayak at ECSC. As our summer winds down, just a reminder, please let us know of any changes in address, email or phone numbers. Also a reminder that we have a functional AED unit located on the east wall of the racing shed.  This has been in place for over two years. Jane Schmidt and Christy Merriman
August 6, 2019

Safety and Education August 2019

Well Boys and Girls,   RESULTS FROM JR. BAY WEEK:   With 38 boats on the line this year, Your rookie’s were turn into sailors!   Sam Riley, age 15 finished 9th in the GOLD fleet with a best of 5th.   Grant Goff; age 18 finished 10th in the SILVER fleet with a best of 5th.   Deanna Nicholas, age 17 finished 14th in the SILVER fleet with of best 7th.   Olivia DeGrella, age 15 finished 16th in the SILVER fleet with of best 11.   Thanks to all of the ECSC Jr. Bay Week Support Team:   Tony Hubard, Ralph Merriman, Dan and Barb Nicholas, Reagan Lessick and Matthew Davis. And a special thanks to Geoff Endris.   ~ Go for the GOLD!   This year’s Laser Race will be doing battle for the GOLD.   It’s Full rig VS Radial rig.   September 7th  and 8th   Two days of hard racing!   Notice of Race will be posted on F/B club page.   ~   There are 4 races left for 2019   Go for the Gold, September 7 and 8th – ECSC   Lake Lemon, September 21 and 22   Laser Race, October 12 and 13th – Carlye Ill   ~ Check us out ECSC Junior sailing Team On Face Book.  
August 6, 2019

Ship’s Store August 2019

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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