Racing June 2018


The 2018 Mayor’s Cup Regatta is in the books. We did our best with the challenging Eagle Creek wind shifts (you know those) and lack of wind on day 2. Our guest P.R.O. John Palizza from Chicago got in 5 races total. Thank you, John!  Also, great to see Mark Soya and crew in J24 – 2XS make the trip from Chicago’s Wilmette Harbor Club. He invites J24s and one design racers up to the Inshore Verve Cup at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Harbor, for details go to:

The Mayor’s Cup was won by J24 ¡ɔᴉuɐԀ ʇ,uop – skipper/owner Rick Graef  in a six boat fleet. This is Rick’s first Mayor’s Cup win, hard to believe. Second place in the J24 Fleet went to the revived Green Hornet – skipper/owner Jason Hubbard and third place went to yours truly and my fine crew in Spontaneous Combustion. Red Fleet was won by John Kohne on J22 – Special K and Blue/White fleet was won by Kenny Chapman on his new boat, a Ranger 22 – ISIS (The Goddess of Wind). Green fleet was won by Spike Selig on his windsurfer. The Caribbean/Jamaican dinner was catered by Da Blue Lagoon (ox tails yum) and the Band Leslie Red and Friends (featuring Hobie-Joe Burton) was fantastic. Thanks to Sheela Smith Krout for taking some great pictures, which you can find on the Club’s Facebook page.

A new ECSC event on Saturday, June 16, starting at 11AM…Blue/White Fleet Day. We will meet at the lower Race Shelter at 11AM, serve sandwiches/chips/water (RSVP below please by 6/12), review basic racing rules, review racing start sequence, discuss rigging tips, do Q&A, then go out and do some practice starts. If you are new to racing, or thought about wanting to race but now sure you have enough knowledge to get started, the Blue/White Fleet Day will be encouraging and perfect for you. New and existing Blue/White Fleet boats (cruising type boats) are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Rich Fox ( by Wednesday, June 12 if you plan to attend.

Series racing continues with Wednesday evenings bringing out the most boats. We had 21 boats out on Wednesday May 23rd WOW! Also Kudos to the 6 Blue/White fleet boats (they out-numbered the red fleet 3 to 1) that braved the threat of storms and strong winds and came out and raced Wednesday May 30th.  The Wednesday Summer Series starts July 4th at 6:50pm. Spring Series Awards will be given out at the ECSC Regatta Beach Party @ 6:50 lol.  We’ve had two Super Sunday series race days always followed by a fantastic pitch-in meal with club-provided main course, wind or not. All the Super Sunday races will be one series, not spring and summer like Wednesdays(amended Sis). Remember that until you’ve done your race committee duty there’s a seven point hit to your score. We’ve created two slots PRO1 and PRO2 to give you opportunity to remove the hit. Sign up for duty @

We appreciate all the volunteers we’ve had so far! THANK YOU!! Speaking of volunteers, we need all the help you can give in making the race program work. If you volunteer for regatta’s you earn work credits!  John George and I can’t do it all. Check the signup genius,or give us a call we have more work to do.

Coming up, we have a traveling keelboat regatta at Indianapolis Sailing Club, the Geist Guzzler on June 9th/10th and the ECSC Flying Scott-J22 Regatta June 30th/July 1st then the ECSC Regatta (a one day $20 club regatta) on July 7th and on June 24th Super Sunday #3. Come on out and have fun, be safe and compete to win or volunteer!


Bob Hickok