Commodore's Comments

Greetings and Happy New Year from your Commodore.  I am truly looking forward to the 2017 sailing season at ISC.  I am very pleased knowing that ISC will be led by Commodore Chris Katzfey, Vice-Commodore Eric Guion, Secretary Jess Lawhead and Treasurer Steve Stuckey.  If you are not currently serving on the ISC Board of Directors and would like to, send your biography (BIO) information to Eric Guion at on or before Friday, January 13, 2017. Your BIO will be distributed with a ballot to ISC members eligible to vote on or after January 14, 2017.  The Annual meeting, where election results will be announced, will take place on February 13, 2017.

Last month, members of ISC were invited to the annual Christmas Dinner Dance at the Columbia Club.  All those attending enjoyed an evening of great social, good food, a live band, dancing and the lights of downtown.  This month, on January 15th, will be the January Brunch at ISC.  Next month will be the Commodore Dinner Dance at the Hawthorns, located just north of ISC, on February 11th.  Two days later will be the ISC Annual Meeting, February 13th, at 7:00 pm, at ISC.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

As 2016 comes to a close and we look forward to 2017.  I would like to take time to look back on 2016 and thank those who made 2016 the success that it was.   I would like to begin by thanking once again the 2015 Commodore, Karen Chagnon for her assistance through the transition and throughout this year. 

In February, we hosted several “Round-Table Discussions” to discuss how to improve ISC communications, which capital projects to plan to accomplish and various other items.  Thanks to Matt Rush and Marcus Rogers who held several training classes at ISC.

In March, we installed new windows in the ISC clubhouse, we manned a booth at the 2016 Boat Sport and Travel Show, graveled the One-Design Boat parking area, invited the Easter Bunny to ISC for the Kid’s Easter Party, and prepared ISC for the 2016 Sailing Season during the Spring Work Party.  Thanks in large part to Norm C.-Capital Projects Chairman, Barney L.-Publicity Chairman, Paul K-Boat Parking Chairman, Tina M. and Hiedy B.-Parents Committee Chairman, Thane M.-Harbor Master and Tony Elliot-Grounds. 

In April, we began our sailing season, with the leadership of our Racing Chairman-Kevin B. and Safety Chairman-Adam O. Thanks to both of these men for their efforts throughout the year. We tried a different approach this year to providing Race Management by using group Fleet Participation.  Overall, I think it was a success and it encouraged Fleet socialization.  Also in April, we sent out to the Welcome Aboard thanks to countless hours by Noah J., Mary F. and Randy F. Thank you so very much for getting this out in a timely fashion this year.

In May, ISC hosted its first of four club regattas and dinners. We also improved the security at ISC by installing a new Gate Security System and a new front door.  Thanks to Security Chairman Jess L, with help from Paul W., Paul D. and Norm C. for making this happen. 

June was a great month for sailing training at ISC.  The Junior Sailors began their training under leadership of the always smiling Michelle Sarber.  Adult Training hosted its second round of Adult Training Classes in June (the first occurring in the month of May.)   Many thanks to Chairmen Jess L. and Chic C. (and to the others who helped out).

July was a busy month at ISC:  Junior Sailing Camp, ISC Summer Regatta, Sail to the Dam, the Windy Regatta and the return of the Zeebo Events. Congratulations to Frank Wilder and Pete McGinity for winning the ISC annual Cornhole Tournament, just edging out Vice-Commodore Chris Katzfey and his father Dale at the Summer Regatta. Thanks to Bob Solomon for organizing the Sail to the Dam and Adolf Hansen for sharing his worldwide sailing experiences with us afterwards that evening.  The Windy Regatta went very well.  This regatta is designed to get female skippers on the starting line in any class of boat.  We had 9 boats on the line this year, with Ava Bruick winning this year’s regatta followed by Claire Guion in second and Carol Gebhardt in third. Congratulations Ladies!  Thanks to Jean for getting the Zeebo going again.  We had over eighty register for the July Zeebo event.  Detour also served a Zeebo dinner in August and September.

In August, after Paul W. and Paul D. got the motors repaired and replaced on the ISC fleet of race committee boats, we also enjoyed the Captain Mike’s Annual Shrimp Boil and Commodore’s Cup Regatta.  This year the shrimp boil was a “little rainy”, but that did not dampen the spirits.  We covered the deck with tarps and enjoyed a great social event (some inside in the AC, others on the deck).  The highlight this year for the Commodore’s Cup Regatta was our future sailors, our ISC youth.  I had the privilege of being the PRO for the Junior Regatta.  We enjoyed watching 18 sailors on 10 boats master very light breezes to sail four races on Saturday afternoon.  Also during the month of August, we purchased a new lift for Safety 3 and placed new gravel on the Keel-Boat Parking Area, thanks to Chic C. and Boat Parking Chairman Paul K., respectfully.

In September, ISC hosted the Oaken Rudder Regatta won this year by Purdue’s Sailing Team (Boiler Up!). On September 17th, Bob S. organized a Flag Ceremony and Sailing Event to honor our veterans, our law enforcement and our first responders.

As is tradition at ISC, October is the last month of racing at ISC.  Even though the winds were not ideal most of the season, they were great for both our Club Championship and the Long John Regatta.  Thanks and Congratulations to Andy McDonald for organizing and winning this year’s Club Championship. The double elimination matching racing format was enjoyed by all who participated.  Big Thanks to Racing Chairman Kevin B. and his wife Wanda for providing Race Management for an awesome Long John Regatta that will not soon be forgotten.

November and December provided great times for social event.  We began the month with the annual ISC Fall Work Party.  Thanks to YOU for making this a successful event. The next weekend our Social Chairman Chris K. changed the format of the November gathering and we all enjoyed a Saturday evening of Food, Fleet Awards, and a Euchre Tournament. As previously mentioned, in December we enjoyed the annual Christmas Dinner Dance at the Columbia Club.

In closing, I would also like to thank Paul G. (Small Boat Maintenance), Joe Q. (Club Physician), Bryan S. (Finance), Haley L. (Historian), Rick T. (House and Galley), Eric G. and Paul D. (Long Range Planning).  Luke M. (Membership), Mike F. (Protest Committee).   I would also like to thank our communication team (Bill C., Bill M. and Greg V.) for doing an awesome job this year.  Many thanks for our Management Team (Paul D. and Michelle S.).  They keep the club running in ways most of us will never know.  Finally, I would like to thank my fellow ISC Leadership Team (Treasurer- Carol Gebhardt, Secretary Eric Guion, and Vice- Commodore Chris Katzfey).

Finally, I would like to thank my wife (Jane) for being an excellent Commodore’s wife.

It has been a pleasure to be your Commodore.

See you soon at ISC,
Don W.


Winter Brunch (January 15)

Join your ISC friends and family at the ISC Winter Brunch hosted by the Lightning Fleet. The fleet's own Chef Tinsley will satisfy our hunger with a menu of:

Egg casserole with ham, cheese, peppers and onions.  Vegetarian option will be available. 
If you would like a gluten-free option, please let me know by Saturday.
Roasted red skin potatoes
Fresh mixed fruit
Cost:  11.00 adults 
8.00 kids 12 and under

There will also be a champagne bar.

For more information, contact:
Michael Franceschini

Register online today. Pay at the event.



Strictly Sail Bus Trip to Chicago (January 14) - CANCELED

The bus trip to the Strictly Sail show has been canceled.


Notes from the Office

Happy New Year from your ISC Office.  2017 invoices will be sent out not later than January 10th.  Please look over your invoice carefully.  There is a quick survey to complete and return with your first quarter's payment.  Also, please include your boat type and parking spot number when you mail your payment.   

We are also asking everyone to take a moment to look at your ISC Member Database information on the website.  If you do not remember your username or password, please contact the office.  We would like everyone to update emails, phone numbers and birth dates.  One of our goals for 2017 is to move to credit card payments and online billing.  We will need all of your information updated in order to get moving forward on this task. If you would like to have more than one email address used for club communication, let the office know that too.  

As always, if you wish to resign, add or remove a boat, or change your membership status, it is your responsibility to notify the office.  Michelle Sarber can be found in the office on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 and at other random times.  The best way to contact me is at

Hope to see you around the club soon!
Michelle Sarber
Office Manager


Junior Sailing

Sailing Camp Registration
The sailing camp registration form for 2017 can now be found on the ISC website under the sailing camp tab.  Please click on the form to download and mail to the office.  Remember camp fills up quickly so get your registration forms in early.  Grandchildren are eligible for the member discount.  Hope to see all the kids on the water soon.

Junior Racing
The Junior Sailing Program will hold Tuesday night races and clinics for the season starting in June.  Any participant must be a member or have attended at least 1 week of camp and feel comfortable rigging and sailing their own boat.  We were busy most Tuesday nights last season and are looking forward to another busy year.  We also have 4 race Saturdays scheduled and will hold the Junior Regatta during the Commodore's Cup Regatta again this season.  Please check the racing calendar for dates.

If you have questions about camp or Junior Racing or would like to have a camp form emailed, please contact Michelle Sarber at or 317-335-7385.  


North U Rules and Tactics Seminar (January 28)


ISC Off-season Committee Forums

Welcome to the 2017 sailing season at ISC.  Over the next few months, we will be having committee meetings at the clubhouse on Saturday mornings.  These meetings are open to all members and are meant to be a brainstorming/roundtable discussion on how we can improve ISC.  If you have never been on an ISC committee, come out and learn about how ISC works.  We can always use more volunteers.  All meetings will run from 10a -12p.  If you would like to discuss a topic, please contact Chris Katzfey (

Date Topic Notes
January 7 Communication This committee includes the website, phone tree, Mainsheet, Welcome Aboard and social media.
January 14 Social This committee puts on all of the social events for the year.  Each fleet needs to have at least one member in attendance to volunteer for the dinners and brunches.
February 4 Membership & Publicity These committees are concerned with getting new members and growing the awareness of sailing and ISC in central Indiana.
February 11 Adult & Junior Training  These committees focus on training our adult and junior members.
February 18 All other committees Open discussion on the other committees at the club. 



Below are two new listings.  For all listings, please check the Classifieds area on the club website.

1985 Capri 22 

1985 Capri 22 in good condition. Has performance package and includes many sails: Ullman jib 2004, Ullman Dacron Race Main 2004, Ullman Carbon Race Genoa 2004, Bowers Genoa 96, and spinnaker in great shape. Has seat cushions, and interior cabinet cushions, porta potty, and working trailer with new ball bearings. Motor is 2009 Yamaha F4MLH 4 horse motor that starts easily each time. Additional equipment included. The boat has only been in fresh water. $5995

Contact: David Decker (

Evinrude 6 HP Motor with Extended Shaft 

Evinrude 6 HP motor with Extended Shaft.  Runs great and a very strong motor.  $500   

Contact: Marcus Rogers (