Commodore's Comments

Greetings from your Commodore. It is September and the wind is blowing again. I was at ISC Friday night and a J/24 was out day sailing under full sail.  What a beautiful sight!  The small boats kick-off the first weekend in September with the Buzz Levinson Mini-Regatta.  The wind is scheduled to be 7-9 mph and there should be at least seven (7) MCs, a few Lasers, Snipes, Sunfish and Hobies as well.  Next weekend (10th -11th) is the Y-Flyer Indy Outty Regatta and the Oaken Rudder Regatta between the IU sail team and the Purdue sail team (Go Purdue!).

You will not want to miss the following weekend at ISC, September 17th and 18th.  There is a full day of events planned. It starts at 1:00 pm with a Flag Ceremony to honor our veterans, our law enforcement and our first responders.  If you are a veteran or a first responder, or know one, you will not want to miss this.  At 1:30 pm, the grill will be open ($3 hamburger and hotdogs) for an opportunity to say THANK YOU to the men and women who serve.  (This a BYOB event.)  At 2:30 pm, we are trying again to get 100 BOATS SAILING TO THE DAM.  To do this, we need you.  Come out for a great day of sailing and get your picture taken.  The evening will conclude with a chicken and beef skewer cook-out, along with a DJ for just $10.  (This is a BYOB event.).  I will say it again, you will not want to miss this event.

The month of September will conclude with the Thistle Naptown Regatta.  If you are available, want to see some great racing and want to pick up a few sailing tips, then ask the Thistle Fleet how you can help out with race management or safety.  These are some of the best racing crews in the country.

Last month, we enjoyed Captain Mike’s Annual Shrimp Boil and the Commodore’s Cup Regatta.  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.  Congrats to Pete McGinity and crew for winning this year’s Commodore’s Cup Regatta and thanks to the Interlake for hosting the Saturday night regatta dinner.

Speaking of winning, Andy McDonald (MC #2001) and two other MC sailors traveled to Crystal Lake Yacht Club in northern Michigan to compete in this year’s MC Nationals.  Andy competed again one-hundred (100) other MCs.  During the fifth of a seven race series, he finished FIRST on his way to a 12th place overall finish. (FYI- He has only been sailing a MC Scow for just over a year.)  (Brian McDonald and Thane Morgan finished 63rd and 82nd, respectivley.) Congratulations, Andy!

Thanks to Jean Smith for organizing the second Zeebo event this year.  Detour is also going to be here to serve dinner one more time on Wednesday, September 28th. So mark your calendars NOW.  IF Detour gets a good response they will return next year and cook for us every Wednesday! So please come out and support Detour and the ZEEBO.

On a sad note, Thomas A. Hendrickson, 89, a founding member of the ISC, died Friday, August 26 in his home, among family and friends. He raced Lightnings in the early years and built a DN iceboat, the “Splinter Party,” the first of many he raced on the ice into his 80s.

Have you seen the Mary Morse?  You had better look quickly. With the new long shaft motor, she is running quicker and smoother than ever before.  Thanks Paul W. and Paul D. 
Have you seen Safety 3?  She is now a little harder to find.  She is now under cover on her own lift.  Many thanks to Chic Clark for getting us a GREAT deal on a lift.  Thanks to Bob H. and Paul D. for getting it moved to ISC. 

Have you seen your keelboat trailer?  Yes, it is still at ISC.  However, it has moved to the main parking lot while the keelboat parking lot is getting a major makeover.  Thanks to Paul K. for leading this project.  Thanks for Marcus R. and Joe T. for moving and organizing the boats.  Thanks to Paul K., Bryan S., Bill M., John S. and Bob H. for helping me clean-up the keelboat parking lot Wednesday night.  PLEASE do not put you trailer back until you are asked to do so.  We are in the process of trying to layout the parking lot to make it more efficient to access you spot.  Please be watching your email and listening for a voice-mail from Bill C. and Bill M. for more details. Please be patient, these may take a few weeks.
Don’t forget our Sunday afternoon Club Races for the months of September and October, first race starts at 1:30.  Thanks to each fleet for doing their part to make this happen.  This month’s Race Committees will be as follows:
Race Management Schedule – Please use the ISC Webpage and Sign-up Genius to Sign up
One PRO, One ARO, One Scorer, One Recorder and Two on the Safety Boat
  in addition to the two junior safety boat operators.
Sunday September 11th Keelboats
Sunday September 18th Thistles
Sunday September 25th M-17s
Sunday October 2nd Y-Flyers
Sunday October 9th Lightnings
Sunday October 16th Interlakes
FYI – Due to the rainy month of August, there has been some difficulty getting the entry drive with a new layer of asphalt. (We will try again this month, most likely a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday). Please be patient if you happen to arrive when this work is being completed.

Reminder: please bring your keycards with you when you come to ISC.  The gate is being locked during non-busy times.  You will NOT be able to use one of the old codes to enter. 

Only two months left in the sailing season, but the best two months of sailing are still ahead of us.  So let’s get out and sail and enjoy the breezes and as always, I look forward to seeing you at your Indianapolis Sailing Club.

Don Wilson


Junior Regatta (August 27, 2016) 

A great day was had by all!  The junior fleet started with a rain delay.  During the delay, Commodore Don Wilson gave a chalk talk about racing, starting a race and tactics.  It was a very useful time.  Storms started so up to the clubhouse we went for snacks and cards.  The storms cleared around 2:00 and we were off to the races.  The breeze was light and shifty but the juniors adapted and did a great job racing.  The fleet ended up with 4 races.  This day would not have been possible without the junior racing staff - Ella Hicks, Cody McCoun and Jordan Borkowski.  They made sure all the boats were ready, launched everyone off the dock and worked the safety boat during the races.  Also, Kyle Gray and Holly Kempfer, for racing with a couple of new racers who wanted to learn more.  Finally, Commodore Don Wilson for running the races along with Bryan Sarber and Paul Kirkpatrick on the safety boat.  The Fuller Family was a great help on the committee boat along with Deann Stube and Claire Guion. Our on the water in the water coach was Eric Guion, I'm not sure who had more fun, him or the kids!  There were 3 classes of boats scored for racing, but one start for each race.  The racing results are below.  

Ayden Sarber & TJ Palmer - First place with a score of 5
Owen Strube & Matthew Kondrad - Second place with a score of 8
Ellie Nawa, Ava Bruick & Catherine Holtrup - Third place with a score of 11

Jacob Buehrer - First place with a score of 9
Adam Buehrer - Second place with a score of 9
Holly Kempfer & Charlie Mobley - Third place with a score of 10
Kyle Gray & Danny Mobley - Fourth place with a score of 12

BICs & Taz
Dylan Sarber with a score of 4
Heather Kempfer with a score of 8
Max Fuller with a score of 12

Thanks to everyone for their support and help.  It was so much fun!

Michelle Sarber
Junior Sailing Director


Windy Regatta (July 30, 2016)

The second annual Windy Regatta went very well.  This regatta is designed to get female skippers on the starting line in any class of boat, since this is a PHRF race.  Once again, the only boats that showed up were all keelboats.  The only requirement is that the skipper has to be a female (the crew can be male or female).  

We had 9 boats on the line this year and Ken McAfee did a great job running the races.  The wind was cooperative and we were able to sail toward the dam and back.  We had quite a mix of new first-time skippers, like Emily Dusel and Claire Guion.  All of the women were winners for participating, but the trophy winners were:

1) Ava Bruick (J/24)
2) Claire Guion (J/24)
3) Carol Gebhardt (Capri 22)

This year’s winner was Ava Bruick who is 12 years old.  I was looking to recruit some people from the sailing camp and she turned out to be a winner.  She drove that J/24 for the first time and drove it like she was born to do it.  We expect to see lots of Ava in the coming years because she has found something that she is loves and has a natural talent for.  Way to go AVA!!!!

Thanks to the crew for assisting the skippers and we look forward to an even better event next year,

Marcus Rogers
Keelboat Fleet Captain


J/24 District 12 Championship (August 5-7, 2016)

When we concluded the 2015 districts last year the general chatter was, “where are we going to hold the event next year?” Rick Graef, Dean Reidy, and I sailed the Bay Week regatta that same year in the J/24 and kicked around the idea of holding the Districts in conjunction with ILYA Bay Week. At first it seemed like a pipe dream, but then some key players caught wind of it and made it a reality. A big thank you is in order to Marcus Rogers for rounding up the troops to make the Districts a success and a regatta to remember for years to come.

The extended weekend of racing J/24s started on Wednesday when boats arrived in Sandusky from Indianapolis and Detroit to set-up for the trip over to Put-In-Bay. As boats arrived, Nick Turney and I provided assistance rigging and tuning boats for the weekend. Nick helped several teams create a “tuning matrix” specific to their boat; meant for deviating from a base setting without using a loose gauge. Thanks Nick! Dean Riedy and his team assisted in launching boats with the hoist, which was a great help. Thanks Dean! As soon as boats were launched we had a quick race briefing then teams casted off for what turned out to be a gorgeous sail for Sandusky Sailing Club’s Wednesday night race. SSC’s race committee was generous enough to give us our own one design start for the five leg race that finished with a beautiful sunset on Sandusky Bay. As teams were racing, Nick Turney with Turney Sailing Services, followed behind taking pictures and video of the race. After racing, everyone enjoyed burgers and beers provided by SSC, while Nick shared the photos he took and offered input on sail trim and boat set-up. Thank you to Sandusky Sailing Club, Quantum Sails Sandusky, and Turney Sailing Services for an excellent evening of sailing.

Thursday was a day for preparation and transport to South Bass Island. Dean Riedy and Kevin O’Brien sailed the Deepwater Race while other teams sailed at their leisure over to the Bay. We rafted the boats on “A” dock in the city marina and set up camp for the weekend.

Friday was race day 1 for the J/24 District Championship and teams got on the water early to practice. We were greeted with a fresh breeze and sunshine for the beginning of the day to knock out two great windward/leeward races. The race committee started a third “round the islands race” which was later abandoned due to a rather large storm that sent teams for a wild ride. Everyone made it back to the harbor safely and tied up for the night. Teams then enjoyed the island for the night, whether it was bar hopping on the strip or enjoying peace and quiet in the mooring field.

On Saturday we left the dock as scheduled and sailed in very tricky conditions for the day. The storm from the previous day left the lake choppy with light breeze. Despite the conditions, the race committee completed a “round the islands race” for race 3 and a windward leeward race for race 4.

On Sunday we entered the lake in a solid 15-20kts breeze with medium seas. The race committee set a course and got one race off before abandoning for the day because the weather mark would not stay set. All of the boats enjoyed a nice sail back to the island where we packed up and got ready for the awards. In 3rd place was Dean Riedy and team HALL PASS, in 2nd place was John Shockey and team HARDEN FAST, and in 1st place was Kevin O’Brien and team FUGUE STATE. Congratulations to all teams for a great regatta!

It should be recognized that many of the teams this year consisted of young sailors, with team QUIXOTIC taking the cake. The QUIXOTIC crew had 4 members all under the age of 19, including the skipper, Cameron Douglas. Also, Team HARDEN FAST consisted of 4 members under the age of 30. Along with these two teams, others had young guns peppered throughout. It is fantastic and healthy for the fleet to see young people getting excited about racing J/24s. Keep up the good work!

A big thank you goes out to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association for organizing Bay Week and for integrating the J/24s into the fleet, the ILYA Race Committee for their hard work, Quantum Sails Sandusky for support at the regatta, Turney Sailing Services for pre-regatta tuning, Sandusky Sailing Club for the practice race, Team HALL PASS for help with launch and recovery in Sandusky and most importantly the competitors on DUTCH MOB, HALL PASS, HARDEN FAST, ORANGE WHIP, FUGUE STATE, QUIXOTIC, DON’T PANIC, MOSH PIT, and ZIG ZAG for making the 2016 J/24 Districts a truly memorable experience. 

Ryan Kyle
Quantum Sails


The Mary Morse Gets a New Motor

The 50 HP 2-stroke motor on Safety 1 did not properly pump oil up to the top and middle cylinders and non-lubricated friction destroyed the motor.  Bob Herdrick suggested that instead of replacing the motor on Safety 1, the identical motor on the MM be removed and installed on Safety 1, and a new motor be purchased and installed on the MM.  That’s exactly what was done.  A new 60 HP 4-stroke 25-inch long shaft motor was purchased for the MM (the shaft on the old motor was 20 inches long).  This new motor with the long shaft has a 4 blade prop, and a larger prop gear box.  Operating the old MM motor at RPMs much above 2,000 would cavitate the prop and the power to the motor would have to be reduced to stop the cavitation.  With the longer shaft on the new motor, test runs at 5,000 RPM did not cavitate.  Unless the Sunday race PRO wants to water ski behind the MM, the new motor needs not be run at full engine speed. 

On Sunday, August 7, the MM was put on its trailer and backed up to the small hoist.  On Wednesday, August 10, Ted’s Aqua Marine brought the new motor on a trailer, backed the trailer up to the other side of the small hoist, and then used the hoist to lift the new motor to the transom of the MM.  Actually, the motor was swung out over the water as it was lifted from the trailer and moved to the MM, as shown in the picture.  During the initial 10-hour burn-in period, the new motor must be run at varying speeds, not held at a constant RPM.  After the burn-in period, the new motor can be run at constant speeds, as needed. 

There is a generator on the new motor that will properly recharge the boat batteries.  The new motor must not be left ON in idle when the MM gets anchored in the racing area.  The motor up – down, TILT switch is located on the forward, port side of the motor on the motor frame, just below the motor cover bonnet.  The motor frame and the switch are both black and it may be a little difficult to see and find the switch.  Tilt the motor down until the word MERCURY on the bonnet is horizontal.  When the MM returns back to the dock, tilt the motor up until the lower gear box is out of the water.  The MM with the new motor is now very easy to operate. 

Paul White
Chair, Boats & Motor Committee


Mariners' Steak Fry


Why Everyone Should Buy a J/24

The newest fleet to ISC is the J/24 fleet #181.  This fleet has shown a lot of promise in its first year as an official class Fleet.  Being the District Governor, I have a personal interest in growing the district and as well as our own fleet.  We grew the fleet from 3 boats to 10 boats within a few years; in 2017, we will be at 12 boats.  The three Indiana J/24 fleets are competing in 2016 for the Hoosier Challenge Cup.  The J/24s were also the most active racing fleet at ISC.

Do you want to get a boat that will allow you to race multiple days every week?  The J/24s race religiously on Wednesday nights and we have the option to race on Sundays as well.   We also have scheduled races on Saturday nights every month.  Eagle Creek has a fleet of 13 and we have already competed with those guys in four regattas this summer.  We want to get better and the only way to that is by getting on the water.  There are plenty of opportunities to race in Indianapolis on a J/24.

Do you like to travel outside of Indianapolis to Race?  Members of Fleet #181 have a big year planned for 2017.   We are planning to travel this winter to Cocoa Beach, FL. for Mid-Winters and St. Pete’s, FL for the NOOD.  In June, we go to Cleveland for the Cleveland Race Week.  In July, we will travel to Newport to compete in the Newport Sail Regatta and we will travel to Rochester to compete in the Great Lakes Championship.  In September, we travel to Maine for the Northeast Championship.  It will be an exciting year of travel for our fleet and crew is always needed.  If you want to travel with the fleet, email Marcus Rogers at to see if there is room on the boats.

Are you trying to get your children out sailing?  The J/24 is the answer.  John O’Brien sails with his 11 year old and Marcus Rogers sails with his 9 year old.  These two kids are learning to sail in a safe and friendly environment.  They love to compete and both are pushing their fathers to do better.  As a fleet, we want the families to be sailing together and for the kids to learn to love the art of sailing in a safe and friendly manner.  The J/24 will allow you to do just that.

Do you know the history of the J/24?  This boat was first built in 1978 and, since then, over 5,000 of these boats have been manufactured.  These boats were designed to accommodate a family and, also, to be a world class racer.  The class rules have not changed much since 1978. Therefore, a well maintained boat from 1978 can still be competitive with a new boat built today.  The J/24 requires very little maintenance because it doesn’t have any windows and has very little wood.  A big plus for the weekend sailors!!  The international J/24 is presently built in the U.S., Argentina, and Italy and has more than 50,000 people sailing over 5,400 boats in 27 countries.

Are you looking  for an inexpensive and fun boat to buy? The J/24 is very affordable and it is a racer.  You can buy a racing J/24 with trailer for under $6000.    If you need to buy a good set of used sails, you can get a main and Genoa for around $1200.   With such an active class, used sails are in ample supply and therefore are very affordable.  If you like to buy new sails on a regular basis: a set of North Sails (main and Genoa) will run you about $3500.  Once again, an affordable boat to buy and maintain, while keeping a competitive edge on Wednesday nights.

If I buy a boat, how do I get a crew?  In 2016, we did a great job of growing the number of boats, but we struggled to find crew on a weekly basis.  So in 2016/2017, the fleet will be speaking to the local high schools and will be setting up a booth at the Fishers YMCA.  We know we need to get over 40 people from outside the club to help us as crew.  The crew doesn’t have to be members, but our goal is to turn them into sailors first and then into boat owning members.  We have a good plan and have the training classes scheduled for 2016.  So finding crew will be easy and I hope we have enough boats to accommodate all of the crew we will be bringing in.

One of the great things about the J/24 class is its website:    Like most sailing class websites, you will find out just about anything you want to know about this boat or its class.   There are so many inexpensive racing J/24s on this site.  In the section called “J/24 Talk”, this is my favorite area to visit.   You can post a question and someone will answer it within hours.  There are many  (Tim Healy and Mark Ingham among others) active longtime members who are passionate about the J/24 class.  They visit this site are willing to give you free and helpful advice.  On this site, all questions get answered and in such a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand.  This website is friendly and can answer all of your questions about this boat.  Check it out!!!

The best thing about our J/24 fleet and the J/24 class are the people.  The ISC fleet is a great group who work very hard to promote sailing by getting people on the water.  Our first goal is to have fun and the rest falls in line.   The J/24 Class president, Will Welles, is a world champion in many classes. He is a very down-to-earth guy who loves helping people make their dreams of being better sailors come true.   You will find that this is true of most our skippers and these people can be found in any port in the world.

If you are thinking about getting a boat or want to upgrade what you currently sail, think about the J/24.  This boat is fun, easy to handle, and affordable.   Everyone who has been on this boat has loved it: just ask one of our most prominent families who have sailed this boat.  The McGinity’s, the McDonald’s, the Townsend’s, and the King family have all successfully sailed this boat in the past year.   It is really a fun boat to sail and remember, it is built for speed in all conditions.   Looking forward to seeing you in the spring and hopefully we will have some more J/24’s out there.

Marcus Rogers