Telltales
May 2024


Commodore
EJ Williams

Upcoming Events
May 12Mother's Day Brunch
May 13Women's Sailing Call Out
May 15D/F Docks Complete??
May 25Memorial Day Cookout
Jun 1Mayor's Cup Regatta
Jul 28Olympic Sailing
As your Commodore for 2024, I'm excited to steer us into another great year of sailing.   We are lucky to have such an amazing lake right in our backyard, and we are even luckier to have such a strong community and organization that allows us to sail on her every year.

As a second-generation member, some could say that I joined ECSC back in 1992 when I was born.   However, I like to think that my membership started in 2018 when I moved back to Indiana to make it my home.   ECSC was one of the things I missed most while living away.   I was never more land-locked than when I lived in California (I never sailed that summer).

Sailing on the Purdue Sailing Team in college was fun (especially travelling to all the Big 10 Universities).   But, the team practiced on a small river which left a lot to be desired.   While living in Dallas, I got connected into a great Laser-sailing community and even raced in some regattas down there...but, none of it was to the scale of our Club here in Indiana.   With 275 active memberships (just about 600 total headcount including family members) and a facility that can welcome 300 boats (173 in the water), Eagle Creek Sailing Club is one of the most impressive sailing organizations of its kind.

Club Stats
Memberships 259
Slip Wait List 11
Wet Slips 174 plus 2 temp
Water Level 790.73 (790 Normal)
Lake Acreage 1,360 Total (850 south end)
My roles & responsibilities at ECSC started when I was quite young.   I was the "go to" DJ for social events back in the early 2000's.   I helped run the Summer Sailing Camp from 2005 to 2011.   As an ECSC Junior Race Team member, I traveled all over the country representing ECSC in youth regattas.   But the job I'll never forget is helping my dad label and stamp 250 printed newsletters back in the 90's when the Telltales were still paper...and mailed out to everyone (child labor??).   More recently, I've served as the Club's publicity chair for the last 5 years where I had the pleasure of keeping everyone informed of Club activities and events.

Now in 2024, I have the opportunity to serve as ECSC's Commodore.   I'm honored to be in this position, and I'm excited at what we are going to accomplish.

A huge thank you to all the Committee heads, assistants, and volunteers who put in long hours to make our Club run smoothly every year.   You all are the reason we can have a wonderful summer full of sailing!

See you on the water....



Facilities
Bill Harrington
Erick Rose

The grass is green and the weather is nice and warm...time for sailing!

With the help of the Harbor Master Committee (and a few volunteers), about 50 trailers were moved to the normal summer parking lot.   An inventory of those moved will be posted in a few days on FB.   So if you are looking for your empty trailer, it's probably already been moved.

John watching the Power Squadron vessel inspection on our RC pontoon  

We had a little more trouble with the water system, but now it's as good as new.   The bathrooms are being cleaned twice a week.   so if there is any trouble, please let me know.

The April work party turned out great.   To the more than 30 members who showed up, thank you very much.   Your help is greatly appreciated.

There will be another (much smaller) work party in a few weeks to get rid of all the junk lying around.   No firm date yet.

And then there's the new dock.   Hopefully, it will magically appear by the middle of the month.   Keep your fingers crossed!



Harbormaster
Pat Rhoda

Looks like about half of the slips on A, B, and C docks are still open for members itching to get into the water.

So remember, if you're going to borrow a slip for a brief time before D dock opens, just be a good neighbor and coordinate with the slip owner.

There are only a few boats still in the parking lot.   Please make room for the Mother's Day Brunch.

The "Trailer Park" lot is open - remember to park next to and as close to a trailer already parked.   Nothing worse than sloppy parker!



Social
Jen Curtis
Karen Orndorff

Hello Fellow Sailors!

This month kicks off our social season at the Club!   We have both our Mother’s Day Brunch and Memorial Day Weekend Cookout.   Currently, we are looking for hosts for both events...and crew for Memorial Saturday.   So, if you’re interested in earning some work credits and having a great time, please reach out and let me know!   For the Mother’s Day Brunch, we will have our traditional scrambled eggs, sausage, and mimosas.   On Saturday, May 25th, we will have our typical pitch-in cookout, with music provided by T&G Productions.

Purdue's Sailing Team  

The Club provides the main course and beverages for social events.   We ask that attendees bring a dish to share in true pitch-in fashion.

If you are interested in reserving any of the shelters located on Club grounds for an event, you can find the reservation request form on our website.   Please complete and submit for Commodore and Social approval.   Depending on the number of guests, deposits and fees may apply. It is limited to 100 guests due to parking limitations.

You may find all social and private events on the ECSC calendar located on the website.   Below is a quick snapshot of the season’s events.   Those in bold font require RSVP and pre-payment.   More details to come closer to the events.

If you have hosted events in the past and wish to host again, we’d love that!   If you are interested in hosting or crewing for a certain event(s), please let us know and we’ll get your spot reserved.   We try to make these events as fun and easy as possible.   It’s a great way to earn work credits to apply towards next year’s membership and meet people within our great Club.

If you have any questions, please always feel free to reach out!


Mother's Day BrunchMay 12th11amHost needed - have fun crew
Memorial Day Weekend CookoutMay 25th6pmHost & crew needed
Father's Day BrunchJune 16th11amHost & crew needed
Family Fun Day CookoutJuly 6th11amHost & crew needed
ECSC Beach Party/Pig RoastJuly 13th6pmNick Mates & crew
Labor Day Weekend CookoutAug 31st 6pmHost & crew needed
LobsterFestSep 21st6pmHost & crew needed
Hornback Chili CookoffOct 5th6pmHost & crew needed
Final BashNov 2nd6pmRick Graef host

 



Racing
John Kohne
Nancy Goff

Despite many obstacles this year, the racing program has gotten a good start.   We have had one Sunday and Wednesday race.   This is despite having our Safety Boat RIB engine fail on our first race.   Then a backup option to use the Junior Sailing Safety boat failed when we discovered that engine would also not work.

Having overcome those issues, we had to cancel two races because of winds that were too strong for safe racing.   On top of this, we have had the obvious issue with dock construction which has prevented some from getting their boats into the water.   These problems have been overshadowed by the great turnout and enthusiasm of our new volunteers in the form of PROs, Assistant PROs, Food Assistants, and Safety Boat operators.

Even though we have missed a couple of races, it still feels great at the Club around race time and withing the racing community.   The new notification program for racing is working well by notifying all racers about weather cancellations.   If you are not receiving the test notifications from the racing program with these cancellations, please contact Nancy or me and we will get you signed up.

The Mayor’s Cup is coming up the weekend of June 1st and 2nd.   Hope you will save a spot on your calendar for this ESCS event.   Shirts are available for purchase only online for this event at Spiritsale.com.   The store closes on May 17th.   Shirts will be delivered to the Club.   There is an option to add your boat name to the front design for an additional cost.

Also, we will be having pursuit races on half of the Sunday races.   This is the same starting process we use for the Hornback each year.   We tried a few last year and people liked them enough that we decided to have more of them this year.

Come out and join us.   See you on the water.

 



Junior Program
Katie Degrella

Junior Sailing Update
We are preparing for another super-fun summer with sailing camp 2024.   We are also very excited to announce that most of our counselors from last summer are returning.   We still have a few openings each week camp:

June 10-14 (Ages 8-12)
June 17-21 (Ages 11-17)
June 24-28 (Ages 8-12)

If you have a child who would like to try sailing camp for the first time or return to sailing camp, we would love to have them join us.   Rain or shine there are activities to engage the kids both on and off the water.   The social culture of our camp is inclusive and provides an environment where all kids can experience sailing at their skill level.

Junior Racing
Junior racers (as well as Junior Sailing) is reorganizing around the news that Wayne Meyers will no longer be acting as Co-Chair for Junior Sailing or coaching the junior racing team.   Wayne has volunteered thousands of hours to junior sailing over the years.   Thank you to Wayne and please know you are already missed.   We will announce more details about Junior Sailing and 2024 race season after reorganizing and our plans are finalized.

Big Thank you!!

Junior Sailing thanks Perry Cameron for helping us with an electronic registration for sailing camp!   We appreciate your help and could not have done it without you.




Membership
Jesse Wriedt

The flurry of renewals has slowed immensely, and my current headache is putting together the slip assignments. Most slips stay the same year-to-year, but we always get 15-20 turnovers each year which allows our wait-list members onto the water.

This year, as you already know, we're waiting until after the D/F docks are replaced to make these assignments...after which, that data will be available for our annual Club directory that is due out by later this month.



Safety & Education
Abigail Harlan

Women’s Dingy Sailing Course
Calling all lady sailors!

This year we will be launching our first women-only dinghy sailing course taught by our very own US Sailing certified instructor, Cody McCoun!   Dinghies (Lasers, Optimists, 420s) are smaller single-masted sailboats that help sailors of all levels become better sailors largely thanks to their responsiveness and how close they are to the water.   This course is designed for all levels of women-identifying sailors (novice to advanced, who are over the age of 18) to learn in a fun, safe, and supportive environment!   You do not have to bring your own boat as ECSC boats will be used.

Affixing the certification on our RIB  

Course Dates/Times:
- Every Monday
- 7pm - 9pm
- June 3rd – August 26th
- Total Cost:   $150

Want to learn more?   Come to our call out meeting!
- Monday, May 13th @ 7pm
- ECSC Upper Shelter


Vessel Safety Checks
On April 26th, we hosted a great first day of Vessel Safety Checks thanks to Lt. Mike Crowell and his assistant, Bob Beal.   Club safety boats passed and we are all now safer out on the water.   Huge thanks to John Kohne and Karl Guerra who worked so hard to get those Club boats ready.   Additional thanks to the individual boat owners who also participated and congrats to those who passed.

If you missed it last week, we will be doing these free vessel checks again on June 8th.   Click on the link below to register:

form.jotform.com/240885076481161



Publicity/Communications
Evan Williams, Sr

It's been fun (kinda) cleaning the boat and getting ready to launch.   This year, it was the normal "wax-on wax-off" plus redoing the teak, and having the keel and rudder delamination repaired (thanks Ralph).

You might ask...why is that fun??   Welp, I parked my boat right next to the Race Shed and Liars's Table.   I took quite frequent breaks to chat with old and new members alike while occasionally picking up the wax for the next "few feet."

Mike and me after the inspection  

Add to that, I can't tell you how many lines I held while helping members launch their boats.   Yes, although there is considerable work involved in getting the boat ready, it's also a quite enjoyable process taking quite a few weeks!

Next up, see if she floats and the engine starts!



2024 Board Meetings
December 5 February 6
April 9 June 4
July 30 September 17
October 15  

 



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