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Summer is almost here, and most members’ boats are in the water. It is time for us to spruce up the club grounds now that the boats are out of the way! Our club is an all-volunteer organization, and that means we rely on all of our members to “Keep ECSC Beautiful.” If you used concrete cinder blocks to support your trailer over the winter, please return them to the area next to the dumpster. If you have an extra mast, rudder, personal ladder, or sawhorse, please secure these items onto your boat trailer or take them home, as they shouldn’t be left lying in the parking areas. We are looking at setting up a summer work party this month to work on additional cleanup and projects to improve the overall appearance of the club. There is also a link on the ECSC website to “signup genius” where there are projects you can find to do on your own schedule and earn work credits. The board has extended the 15 extra work credits you can earn by working on Grounds projects through this year. All work credits earned on these projects and the summer work party can be applied. Have fun, enjoy the summery weather, and everybody be safe on the water!
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2018 Great Lakes Cruise
The Great Lakes Region of the Catalina 22 fleet holds an annual cruise on one of the Great Lakes. The 2018 Great Lakes Cruise for Catalina 22s is planned for August 12-18 on Grand Traverse Bay. Our trip is not limited to C-22’s. If you have a trailer-able boat and want to come along, contact Geoff Endris. The more the merrier. We could turn this into an annual ECSC trip!
We will be launching at Elk Rapids MI. They have a very nice marina and plenty of parking for our trucks and trailers. They also have a nice beach right at the marina!!
Our itinerary for the week looks like this:
12 August – Launch at Elk Rapids on “East Bay”, Welcome picnic.
13 August – Sail around the tip of the Old Mission peninsula to Northport.
14 August – Sail to Suttons Bay with a stop at Omena Bay at the Leelanau Cellars Wine Tasting room. Nice beach at the marina. Best ice cream shop only 2 blocks away!! Christmas in August Gift exchange.
15 August – sail to Traverse City and see the “Cherry Capital”. Great shops and restaurants, beautiful views and a very nice marina. May have evening race with the Grand Traverse Yacht Club. Details TBD.
16 August – Sailors Choice: sail to Marian Island and anchor out overnight or stay in Traverse for another day.
17 August – sail around the tip of Old Mission Peninsula back to Elk Rapids. Dinner as a group.
18 August – Haul out and head for home.
The agenda is subject to change as we get closer and find out more about local events in the towns along the way. We will have a skipper’s meeting every evening to go over the next day’s activities and answer any questions.
This will give all the participants the opportunity to sail in some “big water”. Grand Traverse Bay is over 400’ deep. There are plenty of wineries scattered around for off-boat activities. We will try to sail up and dock at the Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room at Omena Bay if the water level will allow.
Don’t be concerned about taking your boat on such a “grand excursion”. The distances are short – maybe a few hours. We all sail together and stay at a marina most nights so it can really be a fun vacation. And you may be surprised at how easy it is and how much you will learn about your boat and sailing.
Let me know if you are interested. There is still plenty of time to get that trailer checked out and ready for the trip. If you have any questions, drop me a note.
I want to thank Mike and Katie Smith for hosting the Mother’s Day Brunch and Amy and Les Miller for hosting our Memorial Day Event! We had a great turnout for both events!
Sailing season is in full swing I hope everyone is enjoying their time on the water. I have noticed a lot of unused docks for this late in the season. The club has 14 new members on the slip waiting list so if you think you may not use this season it will rent immediately. If you are considering subleasing after July 1 we start to prorate the slip fee so you wouldn’t get your full season refund. Also, I still have lots of jobs (big and small) that need to be completed. So help out your club and earn some work-credit hours. please contact me if you are interested.
The 2018 Mayor’s Cup Regatta is in the books. We did our best with the challenging Eagle Creek wind shifts (you know those) and lack of wind on day 2. Our guest P.R.O. John Palizza from Chicago got in 5 races total. Thank you, John! Also, great to see Mark Soya and crew in J24 – 2XS make the trip from Chicago’s Wilmette Harbor Club. He invites J24s and one design racers up to the Inshore Verve Cup at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Harbor, for details go to: http://www.chicagoyachtclub.org
The Mayor’s Cup was won by J24 ¡ɔᴉuɐԀ ʇ,uop – skipper/owner Rick Graef in a six boat fleet. This is Rick’s first Mayor’s Cup win, hard to believe. Second place in the J24 Fleet went to the revived Green Hornet – skipper/owner Jason Hubbard and third place went to yours truly and my fine crew in Spontaneous Combustion. Red Fleet was won by John Kohne on J22 – Special K and Blue/White fleet was won by Kenny Chapman on his new boat, a Ranger 22 – ISIS (The Goddess of Wind). Green fleet was won by Spike Selig on his windsurfer. The Caribbean/Jamaican dinner was catered by Da Blue Lagoon (ox tails yum) and the Band Leslie Red and Friends (featuring Hobie-Joe Burton) was fantastic. Thanks to Sheela Smith Krout for taking some great pictures, which you can find on the Club’s Facebook page.
Series racing continues with Wednesday evenings bringing out the most boats. We had 21 boats out on Wednesday May 23rd WOW! Also Kudos to the 6 Blue/White fleet boats (they out-numbered the red fleet 3 to 1) that braved the threat of storms and strong winds and came out and raced Wednesday May 30th. The Wednesday Summer Series starts July 4th at 6:50pm. Spring Series Awards will be given out at the ECSC Regatta Beach Party @ 6:50 lol. We’ve had two Super Sunday series race days always followed by a fantastic pitch-in meal with club-provided main course, wind or not. All the Super Sunday races will be one series, not spring and summer like Wednesdays(amended Sis). Remember that until you’ve done your race committee duty there’s a seven point hit to your score. We’ve created two slots PRO1 and PRO2 to give you opportunity to remove the hit. Sign up for duty @ https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ca9ac22a4f58-20181
We appreciate all the volunteers we’ve had so far! THANK YOU!! Speaking of volunteers, we need all the help you can give in making the race program work. If you volunteer for regatta’s you earn work credits! John George and I can’t do it all. Check the signup genius,or give us a call we have more work to do.
Coming up, we have a traveling keelboat regatta at Indianapolis Sailing Club, the Geist Guzzler on June 9th/10th and the ECSC Flying Scott-J22 Regatta June 30th/July 1st then the ECSC Regatta (a one day $20 club regatta) on July 7th and on June 24th Super Sunday #3. Come on out and have fun, be safe and compete to win or volunteer!