April Mainsheet 2017



Hello Fellow KYC Members,

It is time for boating fun on Lake Michigan….here we go!!!  I launched my boat this week.  It is always a good feeling to start a new boating season.  I hope everyone else is launched or not far away.  The KYC kick-off boating event, our traditional April Fool’s Regatta, exhibited some very brave sailors on Saturday April 1.  Mother Nature did cooperate and provided some decent weather.  I hope we have the same luck with the weather next year.  Congratulations to the top finishers:  1.  Ed Montano,  2.  John Weiss (you would have won had you worn the hamburger hat),  3.  Pat Perlman, 4.  Ralph Ruffolo.  All participants receive big credit just for hitting the frigid water this early in the season!!!

The annual KYC Spring Race Meeting / Party was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  Congratulations!!! to the 2016 winners in all sail racing categories.  Good luck to all racers for another great racing season which is about to begin.

Other major club events and activities are right around the corner.  The 5th Annual KYC Golf Outing is on Sunday, May 7.  KYC Golf Outing information can be found on the KYC website.  RSVP by sending payment to the club by cash or a check payable to the KYC along with the names of all golfers related to the payment and contact information.

A Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo party is scheduled also for Saturday, May 6.  Monitor the KYC Website for details on all upcoming social events.

Some big news to report in this month’s Mainsheet:

#1.  Lee Rosenbaum has volunteered to be the Editor of the KYC Mainsheet and will publish monthly starting with the April, 2017 edition of our club’s fine publication.  Much thanks to Lee for doing this for the club!!  Please support Lee in his efforts and do whatever you can for the monthly Mainsheet.  It would be helpful if KYC members submit any current information, articles or stories related to Great Lakes boating or related to yacht club activities that you are involved in to Lee by the 15th of the month for that month’s Mainsheet.  Contact Lee to provide any submissions for the Mainsheet or to ask any questions.  The Mainsheet will continue to be a great KYC tradition!!

#2.  More great news for KYC!!  Lisa Rinehart is now providing office administrator services for Kenosha Yacht Club.  With Lisa’s business/computer knowledge and experience, the KYC office is in good hands.  On behalf of the KYC Board and Membership, I convey that the club is very pleased to have obtained the high-quality services of Lisa Rinehart!!

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.

Later this summer, an opportunity is available to KYC members to dock at Chicago Yacht Club and visit my hometown, the great City of Chicago.  CYC members have proposed a slip swap:

12 CYC boats ranging from 40 to 60 feet would like to dock at slips in Southport Marina from Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 9 for 3 days and 2 nights.  Any Southport boaters who vacate their slips can dock at Chicago Yacht Club over the same days and will have access to the CYC.  Taste of Chicago and other things to do that weekend in Chicago may appeal to boaters willing to do the swap.  Any KYC members, or anyone they know, with a boat slip at Southport Marina who are interested in this opportunity should send an e-mail to the KYC club e-mail address.

Mark your calendars.  The 59th Annual Blessing of the Fleet is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 10:30 AM at the Kenosha Yacht Club.

Time to Launch!!!  Coordinate with KYC Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello for the launching of boats.

Wishing all Kenosha Yacht Club members to have a great 2017 Lake Michigan Boating Season that is safe and fun!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore


Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

View from the Lantern Room

Work around the harbor was always a dangerous place to work.  At any time, an accident could take place and either a dock worker, a crew members of a vessel moored in the harbor or, as in the case noted below an animal could be drowned.

September 1, 1898   The Telegraph-Courier

                                   VALUABLE HORSE DROWNED

                 Team Backs Into the Harbor While the Driver is Unloading Freight.

A very peculiar accident occurred at the docks of the steamer FAXTON about 5 o’clock Friday afternoon which resulted in the death of a very valuable horse belonging to the North-Western Wire Mattress Company.  Thomas Finnin, an employee of the Company, had hauled a load of freight to the warehouse and while he was unloading it he fastened the lines around a stake to secure the horses.  In a short time, however, the animals became frightened and began to back and before the driver noticed it the horses were both over the docks in the water of the harbor. One of the horses easily disentangled itself and with the assistance of a bystander soon succeeded in swimming to shore near the life-saving station. The other animal was not so fortunate, as the heavy wagon which also went into the water, pressed him down to the bottom and he was drowned before assistance arrived.  The dead horse was taken out by the life-saving crew. The animal lost was considered the most valuable horse owned by the Company.

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next membership meeting is Tuesday May 2nd, 7:00 PM
  • Cinco de Derby: Saturday May 6, 2017, 3:00pm
  • KYC Golf Outing: Sunday May 7, 2017, 10:00am
  • Blessing of the Fleet: Sunday June 4, 2017, 10:30am
  • Open House: Saturday June 10, 2017

Golf Outing

CDD 2016
Cinco de Derby! Saturday, May 6, 2017
Starting at 3:00 p,m
Hat Contest | Games| Drinks
*Watch the KYC website, facebook and look for an email with additional information


  • Boat Launching (Doug Vaccarello)
    • Boats are being launched each Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.
    • Even if you don’t have a boat on our dock, you are still welcome to help. We can always use some extra hands.
    • This is also a good time to meet and greet old and new members.
    • Wear sturdy shoes and no beer drinking until we are done. Everyone show up. It’s always a good time.


  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    • Reminder: Sailboat owners need to get registered for the 2017 season.  Below are the links.  Please remember we only pay once ($75) but register twice, Thursday AND Sunday.
    • Thursday: https://yachtscoring.com/event_registration_email.cfm?eID=4225
    • Sunday: https://yachtscoring.com/event_registration_email.cfm?eID=4224
    • Handicaps:
      • Along with our standard PHRF ratings, we are going to try a new handicap system that adjusts each week.
      • This will hopefully allow more boats to be competitive, and in turn be more fun for everyone.
      • Here is a link to an interesting article that does a nice job of articulating the rationale behind Chad’s suggestion to “rate the crew” vs. the PHRF rating system. LINK
      • We will test both systems this year to see how this impacts our fleet, so come out and join the fun!!
    • Crew/Boat Finder:
      • There is a new for 2017 Bulletin Board for those looking for crew and those wanting to crew.
      • This can be for racing, cruising, or fun sailing.
      • The Bulletin Board is located under RACING on the KYC website: LINK
    • KYC Race Buoy Relocation:
      • The KYC has worked with the US Coast Guard and the Wisconsin DNR to obtain the proper permits needed to relocate our race buoys. We are moving them for a few reasons, but mostly because they were too far apart and we rarely used the furthest NE buoy.
      • Therefore, we moved them to be 1 nautical mile from our Start Buoy (Zippy).  We took into account wind directions, boat traffic, anchoring for the committee boat, etc.  It was a long process, but we think KYC will have a better race course out there.
      • The diagram below can also be found on the KYC website under RACING.


  • Open House (Bob Reinhart)
    • KYC Open House is scheduled for June 10, 2017.
    • We will be having a Membership Committee Meeting to do our planning on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00pm before the Member Meeting.
    • If you would like to help, please attend this meeting or contact Bob Reinhart



*April Fools Regatta Results

The April Fools Regatta took place on a wonderful sunny day (unlike the frigid temps and high winds that caused last year’s cancellation).  The fleet was represented by 5 hardy souls along with the expert race committee of Jerry Ruffolo & Ron Otto.  Special thanks to Jerry for bringing his committee boat.

The racing was intense with Ed & John tied going into the last race.  The final results were:

  1. Ed Montano
  2. John Weiss
  3. Patrick Perlman
  4. Ralph Ruffolo
  5. John Gransee

Pictures provided by Priya Kurszewski

April Fools

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These two dinghies tried to keep up with our Butterflies during the April Fools Regatta.

*Take a stake in the Lake! – Walk to Support Our Great Lakes (WSOGL) by Sue Hill

Perhaps you’ve already seen this bright spot in the news. Two young Milwaukee women, Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster, are so inspired to protect and nurture the Great Lakes that they are undertaking a 332 mile hike to raise awareness and funds.  Their project is just getting off the ground, so details on how to donate and when they will visit Kenosha are not yet available. We will know more by the May issue of the KYC Mainsheet. So please check out this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and stay tuned for more information on WSOGL.

Click here to view their website: LINK

Still, each one of us can take actions every day that make a difference, including contacting our senators and representatives to support restoring funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (click LINK to learn more).  Or, pick up a piece of trash that will get washed down a storm sewer and into the lake, volunteer or join the Kenosha Community Sailing Center, or – an oldie but goodie – shower together to save water.  Whether it’s sport fishing, walking along the lake, pleasure boating or sailing, we all have a stake in keeping the Great Lakes clean and healthy.  Think about what you can do to help!


KCSC News:

  • New Sailboats:
    • KCSC received a grant that will allow the purchase of some new Hartley 12 sailboats for the youth classes. Very exciting!!
  • Magic:
    • Members have spent countless hours retrofitting our “Flagship” Magic. Magic is the 38’ Hughes sailboat that you see tied to the buoy in the harbor between the Kenosha Yacht Club and the US Coast Guard station. This is a great sailboat with a long history on Lake Michigan. The sailboat is used for donated “Sail-aways” for other non-profits in the Kenosha Area, Adult Sail Training and member weekly racing.
  • Classes:
    • All the sailing classes are listed on the KCSC web site, and the complete schedule is at this LINK.
    • The Introductory Adult classes start May 22, 2017. Don’t wait too long to signup, as once the weather breaks they fill quickly

Letter from the Editor:

Well, this is my first attempt at issuing the Mainsheet. I want to thank Shannon for doing a fantastic job as editor all these years and Ed for instructions on how to navigate the website.

The Mainsheet is your newsletter. Thus, if you have content or suggestions, please pass them my way. I will strive to make each issue relevant, interesting, informative and timely.

The weather is starting to turn nice and activity in and around KYC is starting to pick-up.  It’s great to see the people & boats starting to come out of hibernation. Before you know it winter will be a distant memory as we enjoy KYC and our first full summer for the Lake House Bar & Grill.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum