Newsletter

February 5, 2019

Commodore February 2019

With the onset of 2019, ECSC is getting ready to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.  The club has come a long way from its modest beginnings in 1969.  Our club began as a collection of Hobie Catamarans lined up on the beach with no supporting club facilities.  Our first building was the lower shelter.  It is still standing and recently received a much-needed overhaul.  Since these early days we have added the upper shelter, the various maintenance sheds, the floating docks, the gin pole, the power washer, the youth sailing sheds, the playground and many other amenities.  We now have 4 gathering areas: The lower shelter near the playground for smaller family-style gatherings The upper shelter for larger social or family gatherings The “Race Pavilion” for nightly and post-race informal gatherings The Junior area for the Junior team What a wonderful club to spend an afternoon or evening! Our big capital project for the year will be replacing the boat ramp.  Our current ramp has lasted several decades, but it is cracked and getting worse.  This is a huge project and a huge expense.  This project alone will consume one-third of our cash reserves but will last us for many decades to come.  50th Anniversary Gala We have big plans for this year to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  Vickie Greenough, Nick Mates and their crew are planning a lot of activities to celebrate.  Current plans are to combine the celebration with the ECSC Beach Party.  There will be more to come in later months.  Vickie and Nick will need a lot of help.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Vickie (social@ecsail.org). Dry-dock Storage Once again, we are nearing boat storage capacity.  In order to manage our space better, we are going back to assigned dry slips.  Several years ago, each dry-docked boat was assigned a specific parking lot space.  We went away from that practice several years ago, but it’s time we went back to assigned spaces.  Harbormasters Dennis Robertson and Ki Hickok will be sorting that out, but members will have first dibs on their existing spots.  Open spaces will be awarded based on seniority just like the wet slips. 2019 Budget Update The board approved the 2019 budget at the January board meeting.  In addition to funding our normal activities, we will be funding the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  We are also making some much-needed improvements to the club including: Replace the mast raising gin pole – the current one is nearing its useful life. Replace the dilapidated boat ramp – it is severely cracked. Replace the aging motors for the race committee boats. They are beyond their useful life. Replace the Social Shed refrigerator and the industrial grill in the upper shelter The repairs will take about 6 weeks.  Current plans are to begin work one week after the Hornback regatta.  That means all boats must be out of the water by mid-October, or you will have to use the public ramp on the other side of the lake.  There will be several warnings and announcements as we get near to the end of the sailing season. The current mast raising pole is made of wood with a fixed lifting arm.  This arm has been hit several times by members driving down the lane next to the water. The new design calls for a metal pole with a movable lifting arm that can be moved out of the way to prevent boats from hitting the lifting arm.  Our Race Committee Safety Boats have motors that are 15-20 years old.  One is no longer working, and the other is nearing its useful life.  We are replacing both motors this year.  We replaced a broken motor a couple of years ago, so this gives us all new motors for the main safety boats. Remember to get out to your boat to check on your boat covering.  Please inform others if their boat needs attention. Geoff Endris Commodore
April 2, 2019

Publicity – Ground Committee – April 2019

Cheers fellow ECSC Sailors, The Spring Work Party to Open the Club – Water or Not! April 13th  Major projects which are in the works and moving forward – replacing the boat ramp and the mast hoist.  Commodore Geoff has put out a call for any club members with Civil Engineering experience to lend a hand.  More information will be provided as we move through these two projects.We have signed a contract for the year with Ron Anderson, who will be our onsite maintenance person.  I will be scheduling a spring walk-through to assess our grounds and facilities, so you will have a chance to meet him then.  Thank you to those who have been involved in the process of accomplishing this task.  I believe we will all benefit from the return of a regular presence on the grounds to keep them well maintained throughout the season!Lastly, and not really grounds related, we had our first planning meeting of the newly formed Eagle Creek Sailing Club Ladies Sailing Association.  We had about 12 women come out to talk about some great events that we will put together not only for the lady sailors, but for the club as a whole.  As these events get firmed up, we will keep you informed.  Thank you to those who were able to attend and are going to make this a great added benefit to our club. Nan Schulze – Grounds Committee
April 2, 2019

Ship’s Store – April – 2019

Ship’s Store Click here to access the Ship’s Store Please check out this link monthly for specials.
April 2, 2019

Safety and Education April 2019

  The club should be up and running soon.  Some good days of sailing and racing will be had soon.  The Jr sailing team calendar is up on the web site and the Facebook Junior Sailing Page. The team will  be visiting 7 sailing club this year. Last year over 11 places! Our new jr. team coach, Reagan Lessick will be on the helm this year.    Sailing School opens in June and continue through August. Classes are Wednesday and Saturday.  Click here for more information. Registration is open for Sailing Camp (June 10-14 and June 24-28). Click here for more information The Safety and Education Committee is also working to arrange adult sailing lessons taught by our own Reagan Lessick.  Click here for more information.    So check them out! See you on the water.    Thanks   Wayne Myers  
April 2, 2019

Membership – April – 2019

  5 NEW MEMBERS joined in the first three months of 2019.  They are as follows:  Jeanita Schulten, a former member, of Indianapolis has rejoined. William and Kathleen Powell from Cicero with a Catalina 22’.  Mark and Susan Hyten of Zionsville.  John and Patricia Boelte from Anderson, sailing a Hunter 26.5.  Jordan Kane of Indianapolis.  Welcome all.   Membership has been busy finishing up all the details of the 2019 membership drive.  We are compiling information to submit to the printer so that our 2019 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY can be printed and in the mail to you around May 1st.    Again, throughout the year, if you have a CHANGE OF ADDRESS, telephone # or email address, please notify us so that we can keep your record current in our data base.     Christy will conduct a NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION session on Saturday, June 1st, 11:00 am in the upper shelter.   This is open to all new members and any prospective members. Some boats are going in the water.  YEAH!!!   First WORK DAY to clean up the grounds will be Sat. April 13th 9:00 am.  Plan to be there to meet your fellow members and to earn some work credits that can be applied to your dues for next year.  Jane Schmidt      Christy Merriman
April 2, 2019

Racing April 2019

It’s finally here…what we have been waiting for all winter:  SPRING and SAILING!  The Spring Racing Series gets underway THIS MONTH!!       NORTH U RECAP Special Thanks to Instructor Andrew Kerr of North Sails, North U for conducting a first-class Sailing Trim seminar on March 23rd, 2019. Many ECSC club members and also sailors from Chicago and Cincinnati were in attendance. Thanks to Marcus Rogers for getting Andrew Kerr scheduled here in Indianapolis. Also, thanks to Commodore Geoff Endris for securing the meeting room on behalf of ECSC. Next year we hope to have him instruct again, perhaps the Tactics course. NEW THIS YEAR New and experienced racers, we are introducing the Sunday Honor Series!  Consisting of a spring and summer series of racing which will occur at 3PM every Sunday, beginning April 28th to October 6th, 12 Sunday races per series (24 total just like the Wednesday series).  Racing starts at 3:00 pm and is the same course every Sunday (the wind will likely change). Check the Sailing Instructions on the racing webpage for a map of the Sunday course. For those with smart phones, download the RaceQs app and record your race. Then after racing we’ll watch the 3D replay and discuss results at the race shack while we nosh. See RaceQ below. LASER REGATTA Wayne Myers is the Chairperson. Check the racing website and racing bulletin board for details. This will be your chance to be a part of the Laser excitement! WORK CREDITS Racers and non-racers alike are encouraged to volunteer for the many projects on this year’s agenda. Work credits are extended for regatta officers and assistants. The racing/club spring work party is Saturday, April 13th, 9:00-3:00pm. We will be setting up the RC boats and gear, RIB Shore Station and marker buoys. Contact John George or me if you have questions about work credits. MAYOR’S CUP REGATTA May 18-19!! This will be a first-class weekend full of food, fun, and RACING!!  We are expecting a contingent of one design and PHRF boats from lakes near and far, as well as the usual suspects from Eagle Creek.  This event is open to racers of all skill levels.  All club members and their guests are invited! Volunteers needed! DATES TO REMEMBER Saturday April 13       9:00    Work Party Wednesday April 17   6:50    Competitors’ Meeting – discuss both series Saturday April 20       1:00    Review Boat Ops and RC responsibilities Wednesday April 24   6:50    First Wednesdays Race Sunday April 28           3:00    Sunday Honor Race – Start, Race, and Record your time   RaceQs: How does the app work? The GPS tracks and boat handling data are recorded by a cellphone running the free RaceQs app during a race and uploaded to your free raceQs sailing social network account. The app records data about your boat’s GPS location, speed, course, heel, pitch, and yaw to generate the animation.
April 2, 2019

Harbormaster – April – 2019

Spring is here and I’m seeing more people at the club working on their boats every day. Kai and I have been busy working on the new Gin pole and boat parking. Boat slip assignments are complete and they will be posted the on the race shed board by 3/28/19. Boats in the parking lot that are double parked please remember that the person behind you may want to get out before you. Please have your boats clear of the car park areas by 4/28. The work lot next to the harbormaster shed also needs to be cleared by 4/28. if you are currently working on your boat in the work lot and need it there longer, please contact me. If you do not remove your boat by this date it will be moved for you and you may not like where I put it. There are several boats on the beach by the junior shed. These boats need to be moved by 4/24 for junior regatta. If they are not moved by that date, I will have to move your boat you may not like where I put it. Water is on at the power sprayer as of 3/28. When launching and retrieving your boat please keep safety first and work with the buddy system. This will make for a safer boating season. If you would like to earn some work credits please contact me. I have plenty of projects (large and small) that need to be done. Dennis Robertson Harbormaster 
April 2, 2019

Social – April – 2019

Please note the date for the Pig Roast on the card you received with your membership stickers was a misprint.  The event will actually be hosted on the FOURTH OF JULY. The 50th Anniversary Committee is working diligently on planning a week packed full of activities to engage the whole family. Things are coming together quite nicely.  I am sure a good time will be had by all! Volunteers are still needed to host events.  If you are not interested in being a host/hostess, there are other opportunities to volunteer your time with the Social Committee. Below is the list of events. Mother’s Day – 5/12 – Hosted by Mike and Katie Smith Memorial Day – 5/25 – Host NEEDED Father’s Day – 6/16 – Host NEEDED 4th of July Pig Roast – 7/4 – Hosted by Steve and Sarah McQueen Beach Party – 7/20 – Hosted by Nick Mates and Committee Labor Day – 8/31 – Host NEEDED Lobster Fest – 9/14 – Host NEEDED Chili Cookoff – 10/12 – Hosted By Ryan and Jennifer Curtis Final Bash – 11/2 – Hosted by Mark Walker and Kelli Morehead Remember, you do receive work credits for your time.  You can earn up to $150 off your 2020 membership by volunteering our time in 2019!  Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering with the Social Committee. Looking forward to another successful season. Vickie Greenough Social Chair 317-eight four seven-7400 Greenough Social Chair