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:

  1. The lower shelter near the playground for smaller family-style gatherings
  2. The upper shelter for larger social or family gatherings
  3. The “Race Pavilion” for nightly and post-race informal gatherings
  4. 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


February 5, 2019

Social – February 2019

Below is a list of our planned events along with volunteer opportunities to be a host/hostess!  Hosting an event can provide you with 15 hours of work credits.  This equates to $150 off your following year’s membership dues!  What a great way to be rewarded for your volunteerism!
  • May 12th – Mother’s Day Brunch – Hosted by Mike and Katie Smith
  • May 25th – Memorial Weekend Kickoff – Please note this will be a Saturday evening with a DJ – Host/Hostess needed
  • June 16th – Father’s Day Brunch – Host/Hostess needed
  • July 4th – Pig Roast – Hosted by Steve and Sarah McQueen
  • Aug 31st – Labor Day Weekend Kickoff – Please note this will be a Saturday evening with a DJ – Host/Hostess needed
  • November 2nd – Final Bash – Hosted by Mark Walker and Kelli Moorhead
  • TBD – Lobster Fest – Host/Hostess needed
  • TBD – Chili Cookoff – Hosted by Jennifer and Ryan Curtis
  • TBD – Beach Party and 50th Celebration Week – Hosted by Nick Mates and his team of pirates
If you would like to volunteer as a host/hostess OR with to help with any of our events, then indicate so on the membership paperwork or reach out to me directly. I look forward to seeing you all again in the spring. Vickie Greenough Social Chair
February 5, 2019

Harbormaster – February 2019

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February 5, 2019

Racing February 2019

Racing is looking forward to a fantastic 2019 50th Anniversary racing season. Check out the NOR, SI’s PHRF forms and ratings on the Racing Page! Sign Up Genius is posted for the series and regatta’s. All races and events are run by volunteers and we’ll need everyone’s help to be successful! The next race meeting for all sailors is February 27th at 6:30pm 9247 N. Meridian St. and we will have pizza and salad! We’ll discuss the upcoming season, talk about race committee duties, starting a race and the North U Seminar. Speaking of North U, the Sail Trim Seminar by Instructor Andrew Kerr will be March 23rd, 2019 starting at 9:00am. Don’t miss it! Sign up at NorthU.com. ECSC 50th Anniversary Social and Racing Calendar Save the Dates in 2019 Open and Class Regattas                                 Social                  ECSC Laser Class    April 27/28                  Mother’s Day     5/12-11:30a Mayor’s Cup Open   May 18/19                   Memorial Day    5/25-5:30p Flying Scott Class    June 8/9                     Father’s Day      6/16-11:30a Governor’s Cup        Sept. 14/15                 Pig Roast            7/5-4:00p                                                                         50’ Beach Party  7/20 -TBA Club Races                                     Labor Day Event 8/31-5:30p Wednesday Series - 6:50pm                      Lobster Fest        9/14-6:00p Spring/Summer - April 24 thru Oct 2          Chili Cookoff       10/12-5:30p Sunday Honor Series – 3:00pm                  Final Bash           11/2-6:00p Spring/Summer – April 28 thru Oct 6           ECSC Regatta/Beach Party 50th Anniversary Celebration July 17-21 (Check Telltales’ and Calendar for event listings and updates) Ladies Day Sail         Aug. 24 Indy 200                     Aug. 31 Hornback Regatta    Oct 12/13
February 5, 2019

Membership – December 2018

Our final new member in 2018 is a legacy member, Dennis Liesen Robertson who will be sailing a Hobie.  He is the son of our Harbormaster, Dennis and his lovely wife, Jenipher.  A big welcome to Dennis.
Annual Dues statements will be put in the mail at the Nora Post Office on Sunday, February 3. Your dues statement  should  be in your mailbox within the following week.   It would be great if we could have a quick turn around on these so that they don't get lost on your desk and so that I don’t get 100+ the last week of February.  Once again, the deadline for returning your check for your 2019 Dues and Slip Fees will be FEBRUARY 28, 2019.
Jane Schmidt      Christy Merriman
February 5, 2019

Safety and Education February 2019

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February 5, 2019

Ship’s Store – February 2019

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