July 31, 2023

Vice Commodore’s Report РJuly 2023

Fellow ECSCers,

I hope everyone is having a great Summer so far, and I'm happy to see the grounds and docks very active whenever I'm at the club.  It seems like our membership is getting a lot of enjoyment out of the new improvements we made in the last couple years.  Kids are loving the upper shelter playground, families are having lunch at the Captains Corner and playing on the beach, and campers are trying out the new grassy area up the hill behind the upper shelter (it's a great view up there). This is great to see!

I'm happy to report that ECSC's hosting of the Alex Rust Regatta last month was a success.  We partnered with the Chasing Bubbles Foundation (CBF) to host paddleboard races, a build-your-own-boat competition, and a sailing regatta. We had about 80 registrations that generated over $3,000 in funds that will go toward restoration of SV Bubbles in the USVI's as well as go to help kids in India earn an education and chase their dreams. Thanks to all who came out and participated; it was a very fun day! We hope to continue hosting the event in the future.  

A huge thank you to Vickie Greenough and Nick Mates for hosting our ECSC Beach Party this weekend.  That may have been our largest turn out for the event. Our next "big event" will be the Ladies Regatta on August 5th. If you're a guy like me, don't let the gender exclusivity of the name keep you from coming out that day. Plenty of guys will be on the water spectating or supporting the race.  I'll be DJing from the aircraft carrier pontoon to get everyone dancing and having fun on the water.  And don't forget about the raft-up after the race. In the past, we have had plenty of boats offering to chauffeur people to and from the raft up.  So come on out and enjoy another fun day on the water. 

On the topic of facilities improvements, Erich Rose is very close to getting an updated quote for replacing D dock. That dock is by far in the worst condition, so we plan to pull the trigger on replacing it - hopefully - this fall. More details to come on that.  Replacing the docks is something we had to do every 30 years or so. However if we go with the better composite-board docks (like Rick's new docks) then maybe we can get 50 years out of the new docks. It will be a big expense but we have enough money in our account to get the process started without any special assessment to our membership. 

NEW HAND WASHING STATION BY THE PORTA POTTIES.   This is a big one.  It was there during COVID and we all loved it.  So we brought it back and plan to have it there every sailing season (as long as the price stays reasonable).  Now we can all save a trip up the hill if we want to wash our hands. 

That's about all I have for a July update.  See you guys on the water!

EJ Williams

Vice Commodore