Sailing season is in full swing! Check out all of the happenings here on our club website.
We have a number of jobs posted on the jobs board. Please sign up for a project to make sure you get your work credits for the year. The link is here: CLICK HERE FOR PROJECT SIGN UP
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.
It is so good to see activity at the club! Boats are being launched, sailors are gathering and telling their tales, and Social is gearing up for the first event!
May is here time to get sailing. Trailer lot is open please put your trailer up there when you launch your boat. The power sprayer is down for the moment. If you need to wash your boat there is a gas powered sprayer in the power sprayer shed.
The work lot has several boats parked there please remove them as soon as possible.
I have several small and large jobs that need to be done at the docks. If you are interested and want work credits please contact me.
Dennis Robertson (317)-three three nine-7371
Racing May 2018!
MAYOR’S CUP UPDATE!!
The Mayor’s Cup is just around the corner!!! May 19th and 20th we will hold our first major regatta of the season. Race Documents and the Registration form can be found online at www.ecsail.org under the racing tab. To pre-register, go to www.regattanetwork.com or fill out the registration form from our website or on the race shack bulletin board and mail or give to me. Come out for great on- the -water racing, and off- the- water food, music and beverages. Remember, the Mayors Cup party is not just for Racers anymore. All club members are invited to come to the party, hang with the racers, eat some delicious Da Blue Lagoon food, also, enjoy some beer or pop and good music from Leslie Red and Friends. The party starts around 5 with a Rum Pour and snacks. The band will start around 6:00, and dinner at 6.30. ALL THIS FOR ONLY $15! Mayor’s Cup shirts will also be available (while supplies last) for $20 per shirt (nice tech fabric shirts). Racers, your $50(-$5 US sailing membership) registration fee includes one $20 shirt and one $15 dinner.
Wednesday Night Series
April has seen some great racing. The numbers are growing each week as the temperature continues to rise.
Plan on racing the Super Sunday Series on the forth Sunday of each month with pitch-in dinner following the afternoon’s racing, with a special main dish provided by club. Special Thanks to Chef John George and Chef Janet Hickok for getting the first Super Sunday off to a flying start. Please, sign up for RC duty http://signupgenius.com, we still need help on the RC boat so come on out and have some fun. Another special thanks to fellow club member and good friend Dan Nicholas who has volunteered for Safety boat duty for the year’s club series racing! The next event after the Mayor’s Cup will be the Super Sunday on May 27th at @ 2pm and a traveling regatta to the Geist Guzzler on June 9th and 10th.
The Laser Regatta was a success during the last weekend of April with a total ten boats participating in the event! It was great seeing everyone there, considering how cold the weather was that weekend. Saturday came with heavy winds, but everyone pushed through and was very competitive throughout the races. There was plenty of lead changes in through the day in the full rig class, which made things exciting going into the second day. Sunday morning came with lighter winds and cold weather. Competition was close again this day and it was very enjoyable to watch. Thanks to everyone who came out to help pull this regatta off and to all the competitors for racing!
The ECSC Junior Sailing team is back in full swing! They have begun practicing on the water again and all participated in our Laser regatta in April to dust off some off-season rust. All of them performed exceptionally well and are getting faster every time they are on the water. Their next regatta is the 19th and 20th of this month at Indianapolis Sailing Club before they start back up on the I-LYA Travler’s Series circuit on June 2nd. We appreciate all the support for the program and we are looking forward to a great season! Good luck team!
Sailing camp is filled up! We are very excited about the increased interest in the camp every year! All of us continue to look forward to meeting the new sailors and helping the sailing community grow!