Commodore's Comments

Greetings from your Commodore.  Can you believe it is already October?  There is still plenty of time to get in your end of season sailing.  Please note Wednesday night racing begins at 6 p.m. in October and Sunday afternoon club races will continue to start at 1:30 p.m. 

The Long John Regatta is October 22nd & 23rd.  Please join us for our last 2016 club regatta.  Racing for the regatta starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  I hope you will be able to attend.  I know I am looking forward to it.  In addition to the usual Long John festivities, we will be hosting the Fifth Annual Old Oaken Rudder Regatta.  Plan to show your alumni spirit, by showing off your college colors on Saturday, both while sailing and at dinner.  If you are more in the Halloween spirit, wear your best costume.  The Saturday evening dinner will be hosted by our M-17 fleet.  On Sunday, the Lightning Fleet will be serving lunch during the trophy presentation.  (You will not want to miss out on your opportunity to win one of the Long John Regatta Trophies.)

ISC’s Interlake Fleet hosted their annual Poltergeist Regatta on October 1st & 2nd.  The winds were light and shifty, but PRO Paul White provided five races, three on Saturday and two on Sunday morning.  This year’s regatta was won by past National Champion Steve Aspery of Hoover Sailing Club, followed in second place by Skipper Don Wilson with crew Joe Novak.  ISC’s own Thane Morgan and crew finished third out of eight boats.

If you have been to ISC lately, you have had the opportunity to see the newly paved entrance drive and the recently refurbished keelboat parking area.  You may have also noticed several of the keelboat trailers have not been placed back in a parking space, because we were unsure of their correct placement in the keelboat area.  Therefore, we are asking for your assistance.  If you have a trailer that has not been moved back into the keelboat area, please move it back to the closest spot where your trailer was previously located.  Please contact Paul Kirkpatrick or myself ( ) if you have questions regarding your space or need assistance moving your trailer.

Also, many thanks to Jean Smith for organizing the three Zeebo events this year.  I know all who attended had a great time and commented on how good the food was this year.

Would you like to help keep ISC the great place that it is? Then we need your assistance in two ways.  First, join us for the annual Fall Work Party Saturday November 5th.  We need everyone to come out to ISC to winterize the facilities.  Please plan to arrive early (8 a.m.), so we can get things wrapped up before lunch which will be hosted by our J/24 Fleet.  Secondly, I would like to encourage you to participate as often as possible with ISC activities and to share your talents on one of our committees.  As they say, the more the merrier!

In closing, remember there is still one month left in the sailing season,  so let’s get out and sail and enjoy the breezes! As always, I look forward to seeing you at your Indianapolis Sailing Club.

Don Wilson


Chili, Chowder, and Night Sail (Saturday, October 15)

The temperatures are getting a little cooler, the nights are getting longer and the breeze is getting stronger.  This year the keelboat fleet will be adding a new social event.  Please join us out by C&D Docks on the point for our first ever Chili and Chowder cook off.  We will plan to meet around 5PM for some delicious Chili and Chowder.  I’ll be providing my wife’s award winning Chicken Chilli and David Sterling will be bringing a batch of his favorite Chowder.  If we could get two additional volunteers (one for traditional Chili and one for a Chowder) that would be fantastic.  Others attending are encouraged to bring sides and the fixings (crackers, cheese, chopped onion, corn bread, rolls, etc.).  I will provide some beer as well as soft drinks and water. 

After we’ve all fueled up with a warm meal, we hope that many of you will join us and head out for the first ever night race for fun.  This race will not follow the traditional format and we really encourage all boats and experience levels to give it a shot even if you aren’t a regular on the race course.  We will utilize a pursuit race format and the start and finish will be right off of the point.  Marks will be set out in the lake with glow sticks on them for visibility.  The length of the course will depend on the wind.  The goal will be to structure a sail that takes us on a tour of the reservoir with boats going down toward the dam and possibly back in the direction of the causeway before finishing right off the point.

For those who are not familiar with the concept of pursuit racing I will explain.  Before the start we will apply your boats handicap factor to the established distance of the race to determine a start time.  The slowest boat will start first and the fastest boat last.  With the handicap built in as a head start, the boats will be staged out, but should theoretically all finish at the same time.  First boat home wins.  The benefit of this arrangement is that things are nicely spread out and for the most part each boat has the starting line to itself, so for those of us who are a little less comfortable with competitive starting conditions, you won’t need to worry about heavy boat traffic and the rules. 

I personally plan to camp out either on my boat or on the point following the race with my son.  We’ll have a fire going and I’m sure there will be food and refreshments left.  I hope that many of you will join me at least for a while.  Bring your kids for a night sailing adventure and nice fall camp out!  We want this to be an all-inclusive family event. 
Once again we are looking for a couple of volunteer s to bring a batch of traditional chili and a batch of chowder.  If we could also get a volunteer to tend a fire off the point and give signals for the start and the finish that would also be great!

Please RSVP to so I can plan ahead with adequate food and beverages and I know who is bringing what.  If you have questions, concerns or need help, don’t hesitate to ask.  I can help you figure out running lights if you need them and will work to help you find some crew or a ride if you want to sail but don’t have a boat or don’t want to take yours out.    


2016 Club Championship

Congratulations to Andy McDonald for winning the 2016 ISC Club Championship!  Matt Rush and Don Wilson finished second and third, respectively.  The ISC Club Championship was contested on Saturday, October 8th through match races in club Interlakes (main and jib only) using a double-elimination bracket.  Thanks to Andy McDonald for coordinating this year’s Club Championship and Paul White as PRO with Paul Dovey as ARO.


Safety and Security at ISC

We all know from all of the media attention to crime, that it is everywhere. ISC and the Geist area are no different. Just these few events that I know of have happened just since March of this year: gang members from the Northwest Region of our state have been arrested just a few blocks north of us on Brooks School Road, a major drug bust of a car on Fall Creek Road near Holy Spirit entrance, and burglary of our own office in the annex.

The above situations are just some of the reasons your Board of Directors has implemented the gate security upgrade and the locking of Clubhouse doors in the off hours of a day. Additionally, the Board continues to have Geist Patrol on our property, randomly throughout any 24-hour period: these officers (yes, they are police officers, working part-time for GP) are armed and have full arrest powers.

Our best tool for crime fighting tool is you, the club member, and your family. If you see or observe people or any activity on our property that does not seem to be normal or familiar, call the authorities:  See Something …. Say Something! Signs with this message and contact information have been placed at six different locations on our property. Call with your information and these folks will respond:

Geist Patrol (usually fastest response): 317-842-8082
Fishers Police: 317-595-3300
Dept. of Natural Resources: 317-232-4160, or radio hail on Channel 16

Paul Dovey
ISC Property Manager & Member


Long John Regatta Dinner and Kids Halloween Party (October 22, 23)

The Long John Regatta Dinner and Kids Halloween Party is schedule for Saturday, October 22.  All ISC members, guests and kids are invited to attend.  The dinner will be J.T. South’s delicious bar-b-que with sides and desserts.  The kid’s meal will be chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and applesauce.
For the kids and adults, there will be a bounce house (weather dependent), hay ride and other “spooky” Halloween games.  Don’t forget to wear your most frightening costume.
Social hour starts at 5:30.
Dinner starts at 6:30.
Adults – $12
Kids – $5
Please RSVP to Lorri Katzfey at 317-585-0337 or by October 20th.


November Brunch Schedule Change

The 2016 Fall Brunch is undergoing a format and date change.  This year we will be having an end of year awards party Saturday evening in lieu of the traditional Sunday brunch.  The event will be now held on November 12 starting at around 5:30.  More information to come.