Improving Club Appearance
Things are coming together to get the club ready for the 2018 sailing season. We’ve done a lot of work to clean up the club and make it more appealing and enjoyable to members and guests.
We have two new gas grills at the club. One at the Race Shed and one at the lower shelter. Feel free to make use of them as you enjoy a cookout with your family and guests. We also have a charcoal grill at each location for you “traditionalists.” Be sure to bring your own grilling utensils and as a courtesy to the next user, please clean the grill when you are done. If you use the gas grill, please turn off the gas when you are done.
Last year, we replaced the picnic tables in the lower shelter. We will continue to replace a few picnic tables each year, so we have good, sturdy tables at each location.
We removed all of the dead Ash trees from the property, trimmed back the brush along the outside edge of the property, and attacked the Poison Ivy / Poison Oak on the property. We also removed the scrap metal and wood behind the Harbormaster’s Shed and lower Shelter. Thanks to Colin Leatherbury and his crew.
As you can see, we are making a concerted effort to “beautify” the club by throwing away old and broken equipment (i.e., chairs, tables, grills, etc.) and replacing them with new items. Many of the replaced items were dropped off at the club by members who “donated” them in the hopes that someone at the club would find them useful. That is a great sentiment, but we ask that you check with the Grounds Committee first to see if we need it and where to put it.
Upper Trailer Lot
The upper trailer lot has been cleared of brush and expanded a little to add a few more spaces for trailers. We will mow the entire field the first week of April before we let people start storing their trailers. If you have a trailer in the lot (and you should not!), please move it by March 31st so we can mow the field.
Spring Work Party
Our spring work party is coming up on Saturday March 31st. We will meet at the Lower shelter at 8:30, where I’ll have coffee and donuts for workers. We’ll also be serving lunch for the volunteers. Rain date is April 7th. I have several projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open. Projects on the list include:
|· Unstack the picnic tables in the upper shelter|
|· Build 5 new picnic tables to replace the 5 worst ones on the property|
|· Rake leaves|
|· Paint the Kayak shed|
|· Install new LED rope lighting on the upper shelter stairs|
|· Re-install two posts in the parking lot near the Race Shed|
|· Replacing worn dock boards|
|· Install decorative rope between parking lot ropes|
|· Replace worn steps on upper shelter stairs|
You can see from the list that these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable. You can see the list of jobs at this link: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ECSC GROUNDS WORK. Please sign up for a job so I know how many are coming. We need people to bring leaf blowers, tarps, rakes, portable saws, portable drills, ladders, shovels and other hand tools.
Don’t forget, you get valuable work credits for your efforts. And if it is warm, you can get a start on preparing your boat for spring launch.
Anyone have a power post hole digger?
We have a special project to re-install two parking lot posts near the race shed. If anyone has a power post hole auger that we can use, please let me know ASAP. Once we get the posts re-installed, we will re-install the decorative rope around the corral.
Landscape Committee needs Volunteers
We are still in need of volunteers to help plant and maintain the flower beds and planters. So far, I have one volunteer. I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out. If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me an email. Note, you will get work credits for your work.
Grounds Committee Annual Property Walk
The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year. This will undoubtedly increase the number of projects to be done, but it will make our club safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Stay tuned.
Grounds Committee Chair
Spring will be here before we know it! In the meantime, many members have been going down to the club to check on their boats and enjoy some winter activities. I would like to ask everyone who is at ECSC over the winter that while they are there to please be careful, and keep a watchful eye out for fellow club members so everyone stays safe. The lake still has a lot of ice in it, and the docks are iced over in places, making them tricky to navigate. Even a short time in cold water can be very dangerous. Also, kindly remember if you are the last one to leave the club, please lock the gate behind you. I want to wish everybody a Happy Valentine’s Day, and I look forward to seeing you all when the weather warms up and the lake is thawed enough to go sailing again!
Mark A. Walker
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February is here the harbor and Lake are frozen and like a lot of people sailing is the last thing on your mind, but it’s always the first thing on my mind. You’ll be receiving your membership packets soon and I get a lot of questions about Docks assignments so her are some answers to your questions.
First and foremost slips are assigned based on seniority. If you already have a permanent Dock assignment and wish to be assigned a different dock please fill out your change of slip request and I will call you based on seniority and give you first choice on available slips at that time. For those of you who do not have a permanent dock assignment please fill out the slip request form and you will be assigned a slip based on seniority. I will do my best to get everyone in a slip that wants one.
With that said let’s talk about the 48 hour Docks. They are exactly that – 48 hour Docks. They are also for people that want to put the boat in the water for the weekend or for visitors during regatta weekends. I don’t mind boats sitting there a little bit longer than 48 hours but please don’t abuse this privilege. Just because they’re open don’t assume that they are available for the whole season. The 48 hour is not free unlimited parking. Also, as always, please remember to lock the gate when you leave. This is especially important during the winter season.
Racing Seminar #1 Recap:
We would first like to thank everyone that turned-out for the first of the three Racing Seminars for 2018. There was a great turnout, 27+ racers! It was great to see everyone, and we know you are all excited as we are for the season to start!
Special thanks to our guest speakers Reagan Lessick and Adam Ondrejack. Reagan gave a great presentation and synopsis of her racing exploits at the Orange Bowl in Miami, while Adam updated us on ISC racing plans and schedule for 2018.
We would also like to thank Rich Fox for his continued dedication to ECSC. We are VERY lucky to have such a person that continues to take the fleets rhetoric and abuse, all while maintain a calm demeaner and his constant smile (we could all take a page for Rich’s book on how to conduct ourselves in calm & respectable manner). Rich has worked diligently to formulate some new PHRF ratings for ECSC in hopes of tightening up the fleets that will be implemented this coming season. Rich has dedicated himself for the past seven years or so and has complied a great deal of historical data that supports his adjusted PHRF ratings. We feel this is a great step forward to having very competitive racing series for years to come. Thank you, Rich!
Click here to sign up for for RC Duty – SIGNUP GENIUS
Please sign up as soon as possible. Sign-up deadlines are 4/12/18 for Spring Series, 6/28/18 for Sumer Series, and 9/5/18 for Twilight Series. The Race Chairman will fill all open slots after the deadlines posted above. Captains & Crew will be obligated to switch or have covered their assigned RC Duties.
Here are a few excerpts that we’ve come across that pretty much sum-up RC Duty at ECSC and around the world. Enjoy!
WTH? I’m On Race Committee?!
What would you rather do? Race or do race committee? Well, the answer is easy! We go to the trouble of buying boats, maintaining them, practicing with them, stocking the cooler for our crew, and most importantly – spending down marital credits to disappear for a day or two (the price varies according to season, mood, time of month, and whether or not we’ve been attentive to her/his needs) all because we want to sail and compete against other sailors!
So, lots of sailors moan about, bitch about, and even actively shirk their race committee duty, even though it’s glaringly obvious that if there is no race committee, there is no racing.
I’ve never really had a problem with doing race committee, though it often seems a shame when we have to pull from the fleet that is racing, thereby reducing the fleet by one or more boats, in order to form a race committee. But it is what it is, and we should all try and do our part with a smile and positive attitude.
We all have met (and maybe are) sailors who always seem quick to complain about a race committee. That seems unduly ungrateful, and most sailors endure whatever mysterious trials that the Race Committee puts them through because they’re RACING!, instead of stuck doing, well, Race Committee. But all of us, even if we try to be patient and keep our mouths shut, sometimes find ourselves wondering, “WTH is Race Committee up to?”
The best antidote for Race Committee grousing is, of course, to do Race Committee. It’s refreshing to see the fleet and the racing from the anchored perspective. It’s also a fun and interesting challenge to try and deliver lots of good racing, especially on Eagle Creek.
Next time we are racing, try not thinking “WTH?” Instead, try to think “They must have their reasons” …..up to a point, at least. ?
Race Chairman & Assistant Race Chairman:
ECSC is a great club, thanks to our members. We are fortunate to have all types of sailors and people (not just racers). We should all strive to conduct ourselves in a courteous & respectful manner whether we are on the water, off the water, social media, gatherings, etc.