Hello Fellow KYC Members,
As I promised last month, I am providing a full report and analysis of Groundhog Day activity from Gobbler’s Knob. The official results are in ….. the groundhog (aka Punxsutawney Phil) did see his shadow earlier this month on Groundhog Day indicating six more weeks of Winter. Wrong!!!……I just returned from Lake of the Ozarks where it was 80 degrees and I cancelled an upcoming snowmobile ride in the Northwoods due to a lack of snow on the trails in Marinette County. I believe we have leaped from Winter right into Summer. My blunt and harsh opinion is the groundhog should be fired. I recommend Punxsutawney Phil look for new work perhaps as the star attraction in a petting zoo. It sure looks like all KYC members can begin removing tarps and shrink wrap from their boats and prepare for immediate launching. Well maybe wait just a little bit longer. With minimal ice on Lake Michigan this Winter, hopefully launching is not far away.
The club has been relatively quiet the last few weeks, but things are going to get busy soon. The coming weeks and months have in store many club events and activities. A Mardi Gras party is being planned for Saturday, March 4 after the March KYC Membership Meeting. A St. Patrick’s Day party is a possibility. The traditional April Fool’s Regatta is right around the corner on Saturday, April 1. Hard to believe that the 5th Annual KYC Golf Outing is just a few weeks away on Saturday, May 6. A Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo party is in the planning stages also for that first Saturday in May. Monitor the KYC Website for details on upcoming social events.
Keep in mind that one can stop in at The Lake House Bar and Grille at the Kenosha Yacht Club for fine food and drink from Wednesday to Sunday during this time of the year. The restaurant is a bit slow as typical for the Winter months. Please help out if you are able by having a sandwich and a beverage if you are planning to stop by the club to play cards, work on your boat or are meeting fellow club members.
KYC will soon be obtaining the services of an office administrator. Any members, or anyone they know, who are interested in this compensated part-time work should send an e-mail to the KYC club e-mail address to provide names and contact information. Details will be provided to anyone sending an e-mail expressing interest.
The club needs some members to run the KYC booth at Harbor Market this summer in Kenosha. The planning and organization for this summer activity has already begun and volunteers are requested to send an e-mail to the KYC club e-mail address to provide notification of intention to assist. It is crucial to obtain sufficient volunteers to spread around the effort. I am certain our club members will step up to continue KYC’s involvement in the Kenosha Area Community.
The groundhog is clearly wrong!!!!!!! Maybe he has lost his skills, lost his mind or perhaps he is simply playing a joke on all of us. I might just actually start getting my weather reports from the meteorologists. Anyway, looks like Winter is possibly over!!!!
View from the Lantern Room
It may be winter outside here in Kenosha but there is activity at the KYC during the “lull” before getting out in the boat storage area and get shipshape for the coming boating season. Years ago, at the club, the KYC Ladies Auxiliary were already getting plans formulated for the upcoming season. And, then too, winter activities were in full swing at the club.
February 5, 1959 Kenosha News
Yacht Club Hears Snap-on Chorus
One hundred-thirty guests herd the Snap-on Tools Corp. Male Chorus sing Tuesday evening at the Kenosha Yacht Club. The program was planned by the Yacht auxiliary for its own membership, plus the Yacht Club members and wives, and guests of both groups.
Mrs. W J. Morrow directed the male singing group, and Gail Berenson and Eileen Neau accompanied. Mrs. Henry McQuestion was soloist.
Auxiliary members planned to hold their annual card party Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. at the Yacht Club. Attendance will be limited to 45 tables, according to Mrs. Chris Van Daalwyk , general chairman.
Mrs. Lawrence Bonofiglio is party co-chairman, assisted by Mmes. John Reis, Anthony J. Biernat, Joseph Werner, Lawrence Streblow, James Tinker, Gerald LaPoint, Joseph Loverine, Everett Lance and Ted W. Peters.
Committee chairman and workers will be announced at the March meeting, Mrs. John P. Reis, president, conducted the Auxiliary business meeting.
Valentine decorations were used in the quarterdeck for the serving of a buffet luncheon to Auxiliary and Club members following separate business meetings.
May 22, 1959 Kenosha News
Yacht Club Auxiliary’s Spring Guest Luncheon
Tomorrow Opens Season
Kenosha Yacht Club Auxiliary will hold its spring luncheon for members and guests tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ray Radigan’s Restaurant. Plans for summer activities will be discussed.
KYC Auxiliary plays an important part in assisting the KYC men with affairs scheduled for the boating season. Before the spring launching, paint and varnish brushes are plied as expertly by the women as the men.
Since most of the boats will be in by June 1, the main topic under discussion will be the spring launching weekend activities at the club. Other topics will include the fleet blessing, Evanston rendezvous at KYC on June 20, aquatic festivities on the lakefront on July 4, the annual cruise on July 11 and the Lake Michigan Yacht Association rendezvous open house at KYC during August. For the latter event the women members will handle registration of the 80 or more visiting boats. Chairman for the Saturday luncheon is Mrs. Paul Grasser assisted by Mrs. Ronald Anderson and Mrs. Donald Pfarr.
Ed. C. Werner
Next meeting is March 4th, 12:00 PM!
The meeting on March 4th will immediately be followed by a Mardi Gras party! Please stay tuned for details! I think…..
Big news for the sailing world!
Nearly 675 sailors from 75 vessels hailing from different nations were on hand at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on Sunday night to celebrate the newly relaunched St. Petersburg/Habana Race, which will begin Tuesday, following a 58-year hiatus.
Race participants came from as far away as Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and South Africa.
Not only did the Yacht Club’s history dinner on Sunday night attract an international field of contestants, it also drew the likes of political figures such as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, who made it clear that he was still fighting to make St. Petersburg the future home of a Cuban consulate.
“We are here at this exciting time to witness the revival of U.S./Cuba relations; to allow the people of this great country to share our values and shine the light of friendship on Cuba,” Kriseman said.
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) was also on hand.
“This is not just a race, this is an historic occasion bringing together our two countries, bringing together these two cities,” he said. “The Cuban island has been opened up, progress is being made, and it benefits both Cuba and St. Petersburg and Florida and our America.”
The race is the latest example of the growing business and tourism ties between Tampa/St. Petersburg and Cuba. Southwest Airlines’ first commercial flight to Havana from Tampa took off in December. Royal Caribbean International (NYSE: RCL) will offer cruises to Cuba starting in April, and Carnival Cruise Line’s (NYSE: CCL) Carnival Paradise will begin voyages out of Port Tampa Bay to Cuba starting in June.
Speaking through an interpreter, Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich, the port officer of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba, addressed the crowd, saying: “This was a very special night for me.” He added that his team has been working on relaunching the regatta for 25 years.
“Three Cuban-Americans from Tampa will be participating in this very historic race back to Cuba,” he said, adding that four resident Cubans from Canada will also be participating. “This is a labor of love from the bottom of my heart.”
The St. Petersburg Yacht Club last staged the race in 1959, when Cuba’s government came under the control of the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. It was originated in the late 1920s by George S. “Gidge” Gandy as a promotional event to help St. Petersburg, which was suffering from a housing bust brought on by the Great Depression. It was also the era of Prohibition. At the time, 11 boats competed in the inaugural regatta, which started on March 30, 1930 at the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club Commodore Richard H. Birkenstock said the regatta was “one of four pre-eminent races” in the United States in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
“What we’re trying to do is re-establish that preeminence,” Birkenstock said. The race is also intended to “rekindle the spirit of friendship between two culturally different people sharing one ecosystem.”
Besides the Sunday dinner, there were several other events leading up to the race Tuesday morning, including safety seminars. A bon voyage party for race contestants is planned for Monday evening.
The race launches in Tampa Bay near downtown St. Petersburg off the downtown St. Pete waterfront at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The sailboats are expected to gather in the basin for the official start before heading toward the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and out into the open seas.
Boats with names such as Adagio, Libertad and Tampa Girl will sail one to two days and arrive in Havana on Thursday, after 284 nautical miles of competitive sailing. Once there, the sailors will be at the Hemingway Marina through Sunday, March 5. There they will participate in a separate, 16-mile regatta with local sailors that runs from Hemingway Marina to the Morro Castle. A contingent of family, friends, dignitaries and sailing enthusiasts will fly to Cuba to join in three days of festivities after the race.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s former Commodore, Richard Winning, whose father was Commodore when the race last sailed in 1959, said relaunching the race will solidify “the exchange of fellowship between the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg, along with the Cuban government and the yachting world.”
Frances is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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Seems like spring is on the horizon. Lots of things coming up…stay tuned for details? Bueller? Anyone out there????