Publicity – August 2017

Publicity chair Rick Graef up the mast on the 38 foot John Alden Challanger S/V "integrity" during the Bayview Mackinac Race

Hello ECSC Sailors and Sailor wannabees,

Sorry for the lateness of our August issue of the telltales.  Your friendly Publicity chairman has been a bit busy sailing. On July 2nd I headed to the west coast to participate in the bi-annual TransPac Regatta from California to Hawaii. 2300 miles of fantastic offshore downwind racing.  Boy was I surprised when ECSC members Chuck and Nancy Goff (and their buoys) traveled all the way to Hawaii just to meet me at the finish.  Thanks guys, if that isn’t ECSC spirit I don’t know what is. Next I traveled to Port Huron for the annual Bayview to Mackinac race.  It seemed pretty short after the Hawaii race as we finished in about 28 hours not 10 DAYS. After a quick weekend racing in Harbor Springs, Michigan I was off to the Soo (Sault Saint Marie) to jump aboard the Nelson Marek 50 Chewbacca for the 25th bi-annual Trans Superior Yacht Race. Yes, Lake Superior is cold. Really Cold. I even brought winter gloves and hand warmers.

Now on to ECSC. Check out Les Miller’s article regarding our new ship’d store agreement with CRSA. Seems like a great way to get your new ECSC clothing and gear and get it custom embroidered.  Thanks to Les for putting this together. Also thanks to our grounds committee and Harbormasters for their great work around the club. It is great to see the new deck boards on D dock, the repairs to the upper shelter and especially to see the restoration of our lower shelter.

As I type this many of our ECSC J24s are on the move up to Sandusky, Ohio for our district Championships. Don’t Panic (without me frown-frown, skippered by my son Austin), Dutch Mob, and reckoning (skippered by Jason Hubbard) are all making the trip. Word has it 2 ISC boats are also making the trek. It is great to see our Indianapolis racers representing our club in such a great manner.

See you on the water,

Rick Graef