June Mainsheet 2017

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NOTE: We have added a number of new sections to the Mainsheet so make sure you at least glance through the whole newsletter.

Waypoints

Hello Fellow KYC Members,

I would like to first discuss an important and unique event happening soon at our clubhouse and surrounding area.  Mark your calendars.  On Saturday, July 8th, the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center are co-sponsoring the Kenosha Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  Consider coming down to support this event by walking or participating in other activities.  The U.S. Coast Guard will moor their 45-foot response boat at the KYC for tours from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm; the short 1 mile walk (suitable for strollers) starts at 10:00 am; last, for walkers, the Kenosha History Center is offering 1/2 price tickets to climb the old lighthouse tower.  In addition, the film crew for the documentary will be there to film the walk, and they are interested in conducting interviews with long-time users of the Great Lakes.  So don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to participate in a significant local event supporting an even bigger regional endeavor with such notoriety.  Come join the fun and support a great cause, because we all have a stake in keeping the Great Lakes clean and healthy. (For more information, please see the article later in this KYC Mainsheet newsletter.)

June, 2017 was an extremely busy month at Kenosha Yacht Club.

Sunday, June 4th marked the 59th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Kenosha Yacht Club.  Of special note, Blessing Chair Emeritus Rita LaPoint was unable to attend and participate in the Memorial Ceremony.  Rita sent a message to the attendees that she would do her best to provide good weather.  It worked…..we can thank Rita once again for the remarkable record of perfect weather for Blessing of the Fleet!!!  The Blessing of the Fleet was certainly not the same without Rita and we hope she will be back for the 60th Anniversary next year in June, 2018.  Our friend and Past Commodore Carol Stanley is to be commended for gracefully and honorably filling in for Rita in the solemn Memorial Ceremony.  Past Commodore Doug Vaccarello was once again flawless in his role as Master of Ceremonies.  On behalf of KYC, I would like to thank Carol and Doug, the Blessing of the Fleet Committee, the honorable speakers, distinguished guests and all attendees.  All who worked very hard to ensure this long-time tradition continues at KYC are to be commended.

The KYC/KCSC Open House was on Saturday, June 10th.  Beautiful but windy weather, boat rides and awesome refreshments were plentiful.  Several new members were recruited at the event.  Thanks to all volunteers involved in the planning, preparation and running of the KYC/KCSC Open House.  Special thanks to Past KCSC President Joyce Rinehart and KYC Vice Commodore and Membership Committee Chairman Bob Rinehart for their tireless efforts.

Monitor the KYC Website for details on all upcoming social events.

Reminder……the club needs some members to run the KYC booth at this summer’s Harbor Market on July 1st, 8th and 15th in Kenosha.  Volunteers are requested to send an e-mail to the KYC club e-mail address to provide name & contact information with 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.

Summer has officially arrived and Fourth of July is fastly approaching.  Be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday and summer season.

Happy Boating!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

Over the years we know the city has made changes in our harbor, most good I would say, but also some dumb moves.  I suppose we could chalk it up to most of our city fathers are not (or were not) really interested in the development of the harbor facilities.

For example back in 1879, some 43 years after the founding of our city, an article showed up in the local newspaper, the Kenosha Courier Telegraph about harbor Improvements back then.

Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thursday, September 4, 1879.

Harbor Improvements

The harbor has been improved this season by dredging, repairing and an extension of the north pier further into the lake.  And further docking this season is contemplated by those owning property bordering on the harbor.  Some of the contemplated docking would have been now completed, but for the Aldermen refusing to grant the same right to some that others have taken in docking so far out into the channel.  The east end of the Allen dock (where the yacht club now stands) is farther out than it should be; but if it to remain, why cannot others build their docks to correspond with it; making a straight dock to the north approach of the new bridge at the first row of piles, leaving 36 feet between the dock and channel.  Give all that wish to dock the same privilege as Mr. Allen has, or compel him to move his dock back, leaving more space for the channel.  This dock remaining as it is, gives ample room for all navigation that will be above Main Street Bridge for many years to come. New docking on either side of the creek will improve the appearance of the harbor, and contribute to the sanitary condition around it.  We hope our Board of Audit will take the liberal view of this matter, and not act against the best interest of the city by preventing private citizens from improving their harbor lots.  Encourage improvements rather than discourage them.  Every dock added to the harbor, adds more wealth to the city.  Kenosha has struggled long and hard to succeed and make the city a prosperous one. The harbor completed up to Grand Street (now 6th Avenue) Bridge will add a vast amount of business; then we shall witness great prosperity we so long have been hoping for.  We have some citizens that have exerted themselves commendably to improve the harbor and railroad facilities, and are rewarded, if not pecuniarily, with the satisfaction that their effort has not been in vain.  The business of the harbor has been more, up to the present time than ever before in one season.  I hope more of our men who have means, will lend a helping hand and make our city a thriving one.  It should and can be made so.  If the city is liberal, another railway will give us a branch of their road, thereby adding another avenue to business, and if that is done, other business will come here.  Kenosha is favorably located for all kinds of manufacture as to water and railway communication. It is a healthy city, has a delightful climate and pleasant residence locations.

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next membership meeting is Tuesday July 11th, 7:00 PM
  • Kenosha Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes: Saturday July 8, 2017, 10:00am (see write-up below)
  •  Car Show: Saturday July 29, 2017 (see flyer below)

 Meet a Board Member:

We thought it would be a good idea for the members to obtain a little insight into their board members.  Meet the person behind the title:
  • Commodore – Mike Paulin
  • Vice Commodore – Bob Rienhart
  • Rear Commodore – Ron Otto
  • Secretary – Dana Fox
  • Treasurer – Chad Niemi
  • House Chairman – Jim Strouf
  • Trustee – Andy Cross
  • Trustee – Jack Ciesemier
  • Trustee – Deborah Strouf
  • Past Commodore – Ed Montano
Mike Paulin: Commodore

I am honored and humbled to represent my fellow KYC members as Kenosha Yacht Club Commodore.  I was Chicago born in 1963 and am part of a large family.  My brother John and I have been club members for more than a dozen years.  We own a Maxum 3000 powerboat with a home port on Lake Michigan.  I proudly hail from the Southside of Chicago with allegiance to the White Sox and all Chicago sports teams.

My affection for KYC is based on the decades of rich history and traditions of a club dating back to the early 1900s.  My enjoyment of Lake Michigan is enhanced by sharing it with club members through KYC events and activities.  The City of Kenosha is a great place to be in boating season with a small town charm and a beautiful scenic shore on Lake Michigan.  I encourage all KYC members to participate in social activities, formal events and committees.  I look forward to seeing everyone around the clubhouse as often as possible!!!

Bob Rinehart: Vice-Commodore
  • Why I like KYC (my favorite thing…)
    • I am enjoying serving as Vice-Commodore after five years as the KYC House Chair.  My spouse, Joyce, and I have been members for ten years and have especially enjoyed the activities of the club.  The times when we party together have given us the opportunity to get to know others and enjoy their company.  We are also appreciative of the fact that we are located on one of the incredible Great Lakes.
  • My boat
    • We have a Catalina 27 sailboat and are determined to get out on the lake this year after two years of not much sailing due to health issues.
  • My Passions
    • I have had my own maintenance company for years and even though I am partially retired, I continue to work in this field where I enjoy putting things back together and seeing them work again.
  • How the members can help me
    • I encourage members to be actively involved in the opportunities and member meetings at the KYC and to let me know if you have any ideas for ways in which we can make new members feel more welcome.
 Ron Otto: Rear Commodore
Kathy and I  have been members for 7 years although it seems like ages.
Started sailing and racing out of Racine but liked the size and atmosphere at KYC. So BonTemps (Blessings) was bought from a former member and the rest is history.  Been active in racing, KCSC (former Pres. Now Educational committee Adult chair), KYC governance (Trustee, Treasurer, Rear Commodore). Hope to further the KYC goals of supporting sailing and youth development in the community in a congenial, affordable, family friendly club.
“All for one and one for all”.
Chad Niemi: Treasurer
  • Why I like KYC (my favorite thing…)
    • The people that dedicate their time and energy to make the KYC what it is.  I love devoting my time with a group of people who are all working toward similar goals; providing sailing education to the community, being a good steward to our local environment (the lakefront), and creating a communal service for each of us (boat storage, haul-out/launch, blessing of the fleet, events/parties, a restaurant, a physical place to connect, and a darn good reason to come down to the lake).
  • My boat
    • I’m an aspiring boat owner.  I grew up on powerboats, always fantasizing about sailing.  Now that I’ve crewed for Ed on his Buc a few seasons, I’m in love!  (let’s hope I meant with sailing, not Ed)
  • My passions
    • Volleyball (I’m 1.5 decades past my prime…but I still enjoy playing competitively.  I’m playing grass triples next at the Waupaca Boat ride Tournament in Oshkosh.  Stop by if you want to see the spectacle of a bazillion volleyball matches all happening at once.)
    • Home improvement (well, anything improvement.  I could go for a good process improvement, too – I’m such a nerd).
    • Technology
    • Science
    • NPR podcasts
    • Helping my fellow earth dwellers
    • Past commodores with two letter names
      (couldn’t resist the temptation to continue the joke!)
  • How the members can help me
    • I’ve already received so much help by members who have quickly adjusted to my relentless pursuit of paper process reduction by submitting their reimbursement requests via email to the KYCMEMBERSHIP@gmail.com inbox, so thank you!
      Should you need to hold tight to a paper process, write your requests for reimbursement on the back of a $20 bill and mail it to my home address 🙂
    • Volunteer!!! (people who volunteer to help do anything, really do make this club a better place to be a part of.  It helps me to see people caring.)
Deb Strouf: Trustee and Events Chair
  • Why I like KYC (my favorite thing…)
    • My favorite thing about the KYC is the people.  When we first joined the club, in 2007; I participated mostly as a Tagalong with Jim, but as I got to know more and more people and saw their passion for the lake, boating and making the KYC a place that not only members could enjoy, but also the community…I was impressed.  Everyone I encountered was incredibly welcoming!  I have made some great friends becouse of the KYC.  And oh, the view…how can you not love that!!
  • My boat
    • The infamous, “Wind Lassie”  1974 34′ Irwin
    • I’m definitely a social cruiser, O leave the racing to Jim.
  • How the members can help me
    • I encourage all members to continue providing feedback regarding our events. Let me know what you like about our events, what you dislike and what you would like to see in the future.
    • As always, I encourage anyone that wants to help out, to reach out to me…we always need more hands on deck!!

Announcements:

  • Boat Launching (Doug Vaccarello)
    • Boats are in the water!
    • If you have any items on the dock, please take them home.
  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    • The KYC racing season is now in full swing.  New buoy locations are working out well (http://www.kenoshayachtclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/KYC-Race-Area.jpg).  Thanks to Dan Lane and Daniel Noah we have a Race Committee for 2017.  Hats off to the many volunteers that have made this season possible.
    • RaceQs: We will be using RaceQs again this year.  Watch the play by play online at our KYC RaceQs channel – http://raceqs.com/regattas/ 57164 .
    • Scoring: For 2017 we are scoring our races using two different methods 1) Traditional and 2) Handicap Scoring.  Handicap scoring is similar to golf or bowling.  This new scoring is to encourage new and less experienced sailors to participate in racing, with a better chance of winning.  The new handicapping system was developed by England’s RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and it’s called the NHC (National Handicap for Cruisers).  This system is is more like a bowling handicap that adjusts after every race.  The intent is to rate not only the boat, but the crew as well, and intended to make the finishes even closer and adjusts for PHRF ratings that may not be as accurate as some might think.  
      The RYA “positively encourages clubs adopting NHC for their cruiser racing to dual score with NHC and IRC. ”  (Or in our case, NHC and PHRF.)  KYC will score boats with both scoring systems.
      All Results using both scoring systems can be found on the KYC website under Racing Results.
    • 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

Membership Committee Report:

On behalf of the Membership Committee I thank all who attended or helped with the June 10th Open House in any way. Although our attendance was low it was a great day and at our Member Meeting on July 11th, we will vote in five new members who signed up that day.

KYC gives a big welcome to the following new members approved in May and June:

  •  Lisa and Stephen Rinehart
  •  Eric and Jane Larsen
  •  Mary Waldon and Steve Neuberger
  •  Sue and Jeff Schenning
  •  Mike and Tammi Abbey
  •  Brian Lucas
  •  Chuck and Susan Binzel
  •  Arthur Noel, Jr.

On another note, all our billing for membership renewals has been sent out via email unless a paper mailing was requested.  Thanks to all who have paid their membership renewal fees and we encourage those who haven’t submitted their renewal yet to do so soon.

Thanks for your patience with this year’s billings during this time of transition.  If you have questions about your billing or did not receive your invoice yet, please contact Lisa at kycmembership@gmail.com

Happy and safe boating to each of you,

Bob Rinehart, Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair

Articles:

*Clean-up Day:  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make KYC Ship Shape

 *NEEDED Harbor Market Volunteers

Spend a couple of hours at the Harbor Market and help out the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and the KYC

We are squared away on Harbor Market… We are scheduled to have a booth on July 1, 8 & 15. We need people to staff the booth on these days. It would be great if you could take 2 hours of your busy day to help out! I have included a link to a spreadsheet below. Anyone with this link can edit, feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might help out.
I heard from Mike Carmichael (owner Happenings Mag), he was very impressed with Mara, Max and Ethan when they were on the radio show talking about sailing in Kenosha… Great Job! We appreciate your efforts. 🙂
I also want to mention the effort that Sue Hill, Mary Curran Rhodes and Mara Alvarez are putting in to make the “Kenosha Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes” a success. Please reach out and see if you can assist them… a small effort can make a big difference!

PLEASE SIGN-UP: LINK
If you have any questions send an email to info@kenoshasailing.org .

Thank you for considering this request!

Jim Buck (President – KCSC)

 

 

*Save the date – July 8th – Kenosha Walk & Fundraiser for Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (WSOGL)                                         by Sue Hill

Mike Paulin, Julia Robson, Jim Buck, Sue Hill, Alyssa Armbruster

Do you love Lake Michigan?  If so, then be sure to join us on July 8th at the KYC.  Come meet Alyssa Armbruster and Julia Robson, who plan to walk 332+ miles to inspire, inform and invigorate others to take action for the Great Lakes and freshwater conservation.  The Kenosha Community Sailing Center and the KYC are co-sponsoring a Kenosha Walk to show support for this bigger effort.

To learn more about their walk and why they are doing it, check out the first official trailer for their documentary by clicking on this LINK.

Alyssa and Julia will lead the short walk (approximately 1 mile), which starts at 10:00.  Points of interest such as the boardwalk and plantings, will be highlighted.

Activities on July 8th:

  • The U.S. Coast Guard is participating and will have their 45 foot response boat moored at the KYC for tours from 9:30 through 12:30.
  • The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be providing information on pollution control.
  • Short walk starts at 10:00 (suitable for strollers; approximately 1 mile)
  • The Rayni Day Productions film crew will be there to collect footage and interviews as part of the documentary.

Walk participants can climb the Southport Lighthouse for ½ price!  Visit the Kenosha History Center and Light Keeper’s house (always free).

We look forward to seeing you at the KYC on July 8th!  If you have questions, please email Kenosha.walk@gmail.com

Please check out their website, follow their Facebook page and consider donating.  All donations are tax-deductible and will be given to environmental non-profits within the Great Lakes basin that participate in Great Lakes restoration, research and education.  See http://www.wsogl.com/

 Sue Hill

KCSC News:

  • New Hartley’s:
    • KCSC has received their new Hartley’s!!!!

 

Letter from the Editor:

I hope you enjoy the added sections of the Mainsheet.  If you have any ideas for improvements please let me know.  Remember this is your Newsletter!

Racing is alive and well at KYC and the surrounding ports.  Thursday’s we are starting between 9-12 boats and Sunday’s 4-5 boats.  Many thanks to Dan Lane, Daniel Noah and John Weiss for handling race committee.  The races have been going smoothly and  we can always use more boats on the starting line.  It’s fun and a great excuse to go out sailing.

A number of KYC members raced the Double Hander (Winthrop to Port Washington) on June 15th.  Thirty boats started the race and KYC made a nice overall showing:

  • 2nd: Wind Lassie: Jim Strouf, Randy Bredin (1st in Division)
  • 3rd: Sirocco: Doug Vaccarello, Jerry Ruffolo (2nd in Division)
  • 8th: Joan Claire: Jim Pappas, Ralpf Ruffolo (3rd in Division)
  • 9th: Kookaburra: Lee Rosenbaum, Chad Kurszewski (4th in Division)
  • 13th: Takedown-2: Ron Otto, Bob Kearns (4th in Division)
  • 24th: Liberty Too: Bill Bielanski, Kevin Richmond (2nd in Division)

The Queens Cup starts June 23 (Milwaukee’s South Shore Yacht Club to South Haven, MI).  Good luck to all KYC racers participating in the race.

Sailor’s Dictionary: A ‘Calm’ is sea condition characterized by the simultaneous disappearance of the wind and the last cold beverage.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

2017 SPRING CLEAN-UP

2017   KYC/KCSC Club Clean-Up Day

Saturday June 3rd, 2017  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Use the sign-up link below to see a list of tasks and to volunteer for a specific task or two – or you can sign up for general tasks, (aka, “D-Other Duties as Assigned”)

Sign Up Here:   (link will take you to an external website): www.volunteersignup.org/M4TW7

Please note – We need folks to bring pick-up trucks or trailers to help haul away some items!

Our goal is to be “Ship Shape” for the  Blessing of the Fleet.

All cleaning supplies will be provided.  If you’re doing yard work, please bring your own garden tools. Coffee, Pastries and Lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact:

262-496-6599 – Jim Strouf, House Chair

Remember:  A CLEAN CLUB = A HAPPY DOUG!!!

May Mainsheet 2017

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Waypoints

Hello Fellow KYC Members,

Memorial Day is a holiday weekend during which we enjoy boating, cookouts, ballgames, parks and other outdoor (sometimes outdoors……we do live in the upper Midwest on the shores of Lake Michigan) activities with family and friends.  Memorial Day is more importantly a very somber occasion to remember our fallen heroes defending the freedom and way of life we all enjoy in this great place called America.  Please say a prayer or set aside some time for reflection sometime during the weekend for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services who have fallen throughout the history of the United States of America.

A Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo party was on Saturday, May 6.  Southern gentlemen in seersucker suits and ladies in traditional Kentucky Derby hats seemed to transport KYC to the heart of Horse Country!!!!  Delicious Mexican comestibles were served.  Thanks to all members for the hard work of planning and setup which resulted in a fun party with an excellent turnout of members.  Monitor the KYC Website for details on all upcoming social events.

The 5th Annual KYC Golf Outing was on Sunday, May 7 at Maplecrest Country Club in Kenosha.  High grass, much like the British Open, and a bit of mud was the theme of the day.  We were spared the hurricane winds encountered last year.  Andy Cross met the challenge of these course conditions to win the 2017 Championship Trophy.  Andy was crowned this year’s champion with an outstanding score of 90.  Plenty of prizes were sent home with golfers awarded using the Peoria Handicap System (don’t ask me to explain how it works).  John Paulin (Lucky Skunk) was winner of the trophy for best Peoria net score of 55.  Trophies were awarded for longest drives, closest to the pin and longest putt.  Longest drive winners were Chris “Boom Boom” Drozdz, Jim Strouf (I did not even know you could golf) and JJ Kovacovich.  Closest to the pin winners were Commodore Mike Paulin (incredible shot I must say!) and Andy Cross.  Bill Bielanski won the longest putt. Congratulations to all winners!!  Everyone is a winner for participating and taking a few hacks and in some cases more than a few hacks.  I hope to see even more golfers participate next year for year #6.

Mark your calendars.  The 59th Annual Blessing of the Fleet is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 10:30 AM at the Kenosha Yacht Club followed by a breakfast buffet.  The KYC Membership Committee and KCSC are hosting an open house on Saturday, June 10.  Please plan to attend for food, fun and to promote the great organizations that are the Kenosha Yacht Club and the Kenosha Community Sailing Center.

Reminder……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.

It is not too late to respond…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.

Launching continues!!!  Coordinate with KYC Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello for the launching of boats.

It looks like better weather is here in time for Blessing of the Fleet and the boating season.

Happy Boating!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

As a very young boy I dreamed that someday I would sail. Unlike my father, who was a Coast Guard Surfman, in WW1, I would be a Cutterman and sail aboard one of the Coast Guard’s 327 foot Secretary Class vessels.  Finally, in the 1960s, as a Coast Guard reservists I sailed aboard  the 327 foot CGC SPENCER WPG-70.  We sailed down the east coast and went on patrol in the Straights of Florida.  On the way back, up the east coast on our last night at sea, I stood out on the fantail enjoying the ocean breeze, the million stars above and enjoying the smooth roll of the ship off the coast of North Carolina. Suddenly, off the Portside, I spotted a flash of light!  It was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

As a historian, I realized that I was sailing over hollowed seas.  Below me are the remains of the Civil War vessel the USS MONITOR, with some of her crew still aboard, the many freighters and tankers torpedoed by German subs in WW2 as well as some German subs depth-charged to the bottom with their crews still aboard. And, over the years, how many ships just lost at sea in these waters.

In a couple of weeks, we of the Kenosha Yacht Club will again conduct our yearly Blessing of the Fleet and pay homage to our departed members of the past year.  And, as usual, the historic 1866 lighthouse, up the hill from the yacht club, will again be lit in their honor. It is only right and proper that we do this.

August 20, 1868   Kenosha Telegraph

                                                                  The Sea

The sea is the largest of all cemeteries and its slumberers sleep without monuments.  All other graveyards, in all other lands, show some distinction between the rich and the poor; but in the ocean cemetery, the king and the clown, the prince and the peasant, are alike distinguished.  The same waves roll over them all – the same requiem by the minstrels of the ocean is sung to their honor. Over their remains the same storm beats and the same sun shines, and there unmarked, the weak and powerful, the plumed and unhonored, will sleep until awakened by the same trump.

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next membership meeting is Tuesday June 6th, 7:00 PM
  • Practice Sailboat Race: Thursday May 25, 2017, 6:30pm start
  • First Sailboat Race: Thursday June 1, 2017, 6:30pm start
  • Blessing of the Fleet: Sunday June 4, 2017, 10:30am
  • Open House: Saturday June 10, 2017

Announcements:

  • 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
    • Race Committee Needed – The KYC race fleet is still looking for a boat/crew to be our Race Committee on Thursdays and Sundays.  This is not a 100% commitment, we’ll happily take 60 or 70% or 52.5%.  We’ve budgeted $50/outing to help cover expenses.  This is an open invite for either a sailboat or powerboat.  No prior experience is needed, we’ll teach you.  This is a great way to make sure you use your boat this year.  Meet new people, drink a few cool beverages as you score finishers and watch the sunset from the best place in Kenosha.  Interested??  Contact John Weiss 262-652-6964 or john@myweiss.com.
    • 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
  • Open House (Bob Reinhart)
    • KYC Open House is scheduled for June 10, 2017, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    • If you would like to help, please contact Bob Reinhart

Articles:

*2017 Golf Outing Awards Pictures

*Cinco de Derby (Ron Otto)

*NEEDED Harbor Market Volunteers

Spend a couple of hours at the Harbor Market and help out the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and the KYC

Have you visited Kenosha’s vibrant Harbor Market near the Public and Civil War museums?  If so, you know it’s bustling with activity, will tempt you with many tasty treats, and may surprise you with its range of offerings.  The KYC & Kenosha Community Sailing Center (KCSC) will have a booth on June 10th, 17th and 24th and needs volunteers to staff two-hour shifts.  Harbor Market runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with some set-up (beginning at 8 a.m.) and take-down time.

This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow KYC members and meet the dedicated KCSC volunteers who promote sailing and a love of Lake Michigan’s resources to the Kenosha community.  The KCSC is a collaborative effort between the KYC, local organizations and schools and educates both youth and adults.

Everyone in the KYC can identify with sharing our love of Lake Michigan – so if you’d like to help at the booth, please send an email to …… with the following information:

If you want to sign-up, please take a few minutes and click on this LINK to sign-up for a two-hour block of time.

If you have any questions send an email to info@kenoshasailing.org .

Thank you for considering this request!

Jim Buck (President – KCSC)

 

*Save the date – July 8th – Kenosha Walk & Fundraiser for Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (WSOGL) + interviews of long-time users of the lake                                                                                             by Sue Hill

The value of a clean and healthy Lake Michigan and lakeshore is immeasurable to the Kenosha community and to all boaters.  Just think about what this beautiful body of water means to you, personally.   A love of being on the water, in the water or near the water is the foundation for the existence for both the Kenosha Yacht Club and the Kenosha Community Sailing Foundation.  These are just some of the reasons both organizations are supporting the Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.

If you missed it in the April Mainsheet, here is the LINK to the Journal Sentinel article on WSOGL and the background on Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbrusters’ 332+ mile hike to sustain our Great Lakes.  At the May 2nd KYC Membership meeting, the Kenosha Yacht Club demonstrated a show of support with a $100 check.  Currently, the KYC (Sue Hill) is working closely with the Kenosha Community Sailing Foundation and WSOGL to plan a community walk on July 8th, which is also Downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturday.

The Kenosha event is in the early stages of planning.  WSOGL’s goals are to inspire, inform, and invigorate others to take action for the Great Lakes and freshwater conservation.  The plan is to engage the Kenosha community, including conservation/sport fishing groups.  Leading the partnering effort for this event will also raise community awareness of what the KYC and KCSC have to offer, including a visit to The Lakehouse.

Alyssa and Julia are collaborating with Rayni Day Productions to produce a documentary about the restoration of the Great Lakes and how far they have come since the 1970’s when the Clean Water Act was established.  On July 8th, the film crew will be here to interview long-time boaters to collect footage for the documentary – stay tuned for more details!

 Sue Hill

KCSC News:

  • 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
  • KCSC in Kenosha News:
    • The KCSC had a great article in the Kenosha News:

Letter from the Editor:

Warm weather is teasing us! Boats are being launched! The first practice race is next week! Yes, boating season is here, and it is great walking around the docks and catching up with old friends after hibernating all winter.  So put away those winter coats and come on down to KYC and get involved in the various activities.   And now for something educational….

What is Digital Selective Calling for VHF Radios? aka That little red button on the marine radio

If you’ve bought a VHF radio in the last few years, chances are it has a red distress button on the front. Lift the flap, press and hold the button for five seconds, and details of your vessel, your position, and the fact that you require urgent and immediate assistance are broadcast to the U.S. Coast Guard and anyone else with a DSC-equipped radio within range. The beauty of the system is that it should summon assistance even if you’re unable to speak.

Two things need to happen for a DSC-VHF radio to work properly. First, it has to be connected to a GPS; second, the radio needs to be programmed with an MMSI number. MMSI stands for Maritime Mobile Service Identity and refers to the unique number assigned to a particular boat. Connecting your VHF to your chartplotter provides your coordinates to the radio so they can be transmitted in an emergency. Obtaining an MMSI number is easy and can be done online. BoatUS members can get a number for domestic use free of charge by answering a few simple questions.

One of the biggest advantages with DSC radios, now you don’t have to hail on channel 16. Instead, you send a digital message on channel 70 directly to your buddy’s MMSI “phone number”. Once the receiving party receives and accepts the digital message, both radios automatically turn to the working channel you’ve selected. This evolution lessens the traffic on channel 16, keeping it clear for essential USCG emergency calling.

Of course there’s more advantages as well. For non-emergency use, DSC equipped radios enable the following:

  • routine calls to other vessels and shore stations
  • sending and receiving position reports
  • polling other vessels for position reports
  • group calling

So if you have a DSC equipped radio or in the market for a new radio, get it setup correctly to obtain the most benefit  from the features it provides.

NOTE: I have placed a copy of the KYC Membership List under the Member’s Only section of the website.  Password is on the back of you membership card.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

April Mainsheet 2017

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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

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

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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

Announcements:

  • 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

 

Articles:

*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

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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!

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/04/14/restore-great-lakes-funding-our-view/100394236/

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

5th Annual KYC Golf Outing, May 7th

5TH ANNUAL KENOSHA YACHT CLUB GOLF OUTING

WHERE: MAPLECREST COUNTRY CLUB

9401 – 18TH Street
Kenosha, WI 53144

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017

TIME: Tee Times start at 10:00 A.M.

COST: $ 60.00 per golfer – includes Golf, Cart, Lunch at the course, Trophies and Prizes

APREZ GOLF: All Golfers and their families are invited to the Awards Ceremony immediately following at the Kenosha Yacht Club, conveniently located at 5130 – 4th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140.

RSVP by April 26, 2017 (singles or foursome) by mailing check/cash payment & golfer names to Kenosha Yacht Club at the address above.

If you have any questions, please call Mike Paulin at 815-354-6180 or email at commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

March Mainsheet

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Hello Fellow KYC Members,

As I write this letter on a rainy day, it is now officially calendar Spring.  Launch time is drawing near!!!  Coordinate with KYC Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello for the launching of boats.  I plan to launch on April 21 at North Point Marina.  The KYC kicks off the boating events season with our traditional April Fool’s Regatta tentatively planned to immediately follow the KYC Membership meeting on Saturday, April 1.  Monitor the KYC Website to confirm the event schedule.  The restaurant and bar will be open.

The KYC Mardi Gras party on March 4 was a Fat Tuesday celebration that would make the Crescent City proud.  The KYC was engulfed in French Quarter decadence for at least one day. Thanks to all KYC members who made this event happen.

The coming weeks and months have in store many club events and activities.  A Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo party is scheduled for Saturday, May 6.  The 5th Annual KYC Golf Outing is just a few weeks away on Sunday, May 7.  KYC Golf Outing information will be sent to all members.  Monitor the KYC Website and watch for emails for details on all upcoming social events.

Some very important news to report about the KYC Mainsheet.  Shannon Devine has decided that the March 2017 edition of the KYC Mainsheet will be her last as the Editor of this fine publication.  The KYC Board will provide club information to members in the meantime until the future of the Mainsheet is determined.  I would like to thank Shannon for many years of hard work and her results in this important position.  I feel it must be noted here Shannon’s other significant history with the club as Chairperson of the most recent KYC Galley Search Committee, a volunteer in service on other KYC committees and the current holder of the KYC Yachtsman of the Year Award.  When the Mainsheet appears in our inbox on a regular basis, we can easily forget or take for granted the unique creativity, tremendous effort and coordination, consistently applied every month year after year, required of Shannon to produce the quality product that club members received.  A big reason for the awesome new restaurant opening at the KYC is the efforts of Shannon as Chairperson.  I greatly appreciate Shannon’s dedication and contributions to the club.  Thank You Shannon!!!  I look forward to continuing to work with Shannon in the future as an invaluable resource to ensure Kenosha Yacht Club remains a great organization.  I ask all KYC members to also thank Shannon and express their sincere appreciation the next time you see her in the clubhouse.

Any members interested in being Editor of the KYC Mainsheet or contributing as a member of the editorial staff please notify the club by sending a message to the KYC club email address.  For great club traditions such as the KYC Mainsheet to continue, KYC members must be involved by bringing their various skills, knowledge and abilities to club activities.

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.

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.

See ya at the April Fool’s Regatta,

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

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March, 2017

No ice in the harbor now so it is time to look forward to spring fitting out.  Well, maybe a little early yet but one can at least eek under the winter cover!  Nevertheless, I have a harbor “incident” left over from a February story that I want to tell you about.  In this story, a true story no less, no ice was mentioned but I’m sure the harbor water was mighty cold.  And, in February of 1909, when this story happened, the harbor was a cesspool.

February 25, 1909   The Telegraph-Courier                                                                                                                                           FELL INTO HARBOR                      

           John Ward, a Deck Hand on City of Marquette

 Has Narrow Escape From Death                                                             

 CONDITION IS STILL CRITICAL                                                                    

    Members of Crew Fish Man Out of the Water But His Lungs Were Filled

                               With Pollution and Pneumonia is Feared                              

John Ward, 40 years of age, employed as a deck hand on board the steamer City of Marquette, had a narrow escape from death just at noon Sunday when he fell from the gang plank leading from the docks to the steamer into the river and before he was rescued he was so filled up with the polluted water of the river that he is at the Kenosha Hospital and it is feared that his condition is very serious.  Ward had come in on the boat at midnight Saturday night, but Sunday morning with of other employees of the company he had come down town and they returned to the boat just before dinner time.  Ward was with second engineer Milton Hansen and fireman John Kelly at the time of the accident and as he started to walk from the dock to the steamer which lay about seven feet out in the harbor he slipped and fell.  He could not swim and he sank like a rock and failed to come to the surface.  The men with him saw him pawing the water a couple of feet under the surface and Hansen went to the rescue.  Laying down on the boat he managed to reach down with his foot and get it under the body of Ward and pulled him to the surface getting his head out of the water. Other members of the crew were at their dinner at the                                                                 time, but they were hurriedly summoned and in a short time the drowning man was pulled from the water.  He was unconscious, but the men began work at once to restore him.  A physician was hurriedly summoned and by the time  he arrived the members of the crew had restored the man to consciousness, but he was very sick on account of the great amount of the dirty water which he had taken into his stomach and lungs.  Capt. Hill was hurriedly summoned and when he reached he boat Ward was conscious, but seemed to be suffering a great deal from the effects of the water and as soon as possible an ambulance was called and the captain directed him to be removed to the Kenosha Hospital and everything possible done for him.  Dr. J. B. Spalding was in attendance and with a vigorous use of a stomach pump he managed to remove much of the water from the stomach of the man, but he discovered that his lungs had been filled with the water.  Ward was a very sick man on Sunday night and it was feared that he would not recover.

The man lives at McKeesport, Pa., and had been employed on the boat as a deck hand for some time.  He was a steady hard working man of muscular physique and Capt. Hill declared that he had always been an excellent workman.  It is not thought that he has any family as he never mentioned these relatives to other members of the crew.

Note:  No follow up information was mentioned so we assume that Mr. Ward recovered.  ECW

 

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

Next meeting is April 1st, 12:00 PM!

All Sailors!!!

April Fools Regatta, this Saturday

It’s officially Spring. Racing will start immediately after the Noon Membership Meeting.  Bring a change of clothes with you (in case you swim!)

  • Entry fee is a $10+ donation to the KCSC

  • Racing to start after the KYC Membership Meeeting (about 12:30pm

  • Get there at 10am to help setup

Announcements:

The Events committee is gearing up for the Annual Cinco de Derby Party which is run in conjunction with the Annual Golf Outing!

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

Articles:

 *Because this is my last Mainsheet, I decided to share this oldie but goodie, written by moi, in 2012. Things have definitely changed since then…..However, the idea still stand. Your Club is what you make of it-

If you know my husband Ed, you know that you will most likely find him bellied up to bar or showing off his RC boat on any given Friday night at the Kenosha Yacht Club/ Breakwater Bar and Grill. Many times I tag along, knowing that there will be many members, enjoying double bubble and their Friday evenings. It is comforting to look around at the familiar, smiling faces and to hear their voices and laughter. Somewhere behind me I hear Deb Strouf’s laugh, or Gary Powell’s animated conversations, or Doug Vacarello scolding Andy Schmeling for once again sneaking his meerkat/dog into the bar. In fact, the best description of a Friday double bubble is controlled chaos and…almost like being home for the holidays. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, it is a welcome feeling being able to truly have a place where everybody knows your name. For me, this is what being a member of a club is truly about.

The yacht club, like many other organizations is what you make of it. It is not a business organization which caters to every client’s specific needs or wants. For me, as well as many others, it is an escape from the grind of a work week and much, much more. It is a club steeped in tradition and history. It has seen its fair share of problems and hopefully we are experiencing the rebirth of a vital organization. It seems every month we are voting in new members, the board is ever working towards the betterment of the club, and the members are participating more and more every year. The Kenosha Yacht Club is more than just about winter storage and sailboat racing, every year we are adding more events to the schedule. Continuing on the path of growth and change will be important for the survival of the KYC. Anything experiencing growth is going to be painful, but it is important to remember that nobody, the board, the members, or the restaurant, are making decisions to personally hurt or offend anyone. Everyone has a different vision of how to move forward, it is why we have meetings, it is why we vote for board members. There is going to be dissent and criticism, but remember, everyone is working for the betterment of the club and we need to recognize the positive work and effort so many are putting forth, instead of just focusing on personal perceived negatives or affronts. Whether it is the hours Virginia Hartley puts into organizing the cribbage league or Gary’s Mainsheet, or the people who are always at the club doing the little things that make it work, we need to recognize these before being persistently critical. Not one person volunteering their time are doing it to put the club asunder, they are doing it because they care about it as well and treat it like they would their own house. As a consequence, many of our new members joined because they were attracted to the events the clubs holds, old and new such as, cribbage, double bubble, and the many diverse boating activities now being offered.

When my husband and I joined the club, there was not much incentive for us to be there, except for the sailboat racing part. We would go to the club, but not many members would be around and when announced that the monthly meeting would discuss raising dues there were many many faces I had never seen throughout the whole summer of being a member. It was a disheartening experience to say the least, so I am beyond elated about some of the changes and the increasing participation of members in the last few years. The Buccaneer National Championships were beyond successful and it was because of the participation of the members. The upcoming Coho Classic sounds like it will be a smashing success and we are lucky to be having events such as these. We are using the Kenosha Yacht Club!

I would like to share the sentiments of one of our newest members of the club, someone who grew up at the Waukegan Yacht Club. After taking one look around the room during double bubble, he acknowledge this is what a yacht club should look like. His family were at their club every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday no questions asked, it was just what you did. Now I understand that people are busy and we cannot expect that, but Fridays are a great start.

In closing, this summer can be a great opportunity to further expand the renewal and progress of the Kenosha Yacht Club. I hope that everyone will have the ability to enjoy the many events and opportunities the club will offer this summer, starting with the always fabulous Blessing of the Fleet! And remember, being a member of a club is not always about what the club can do for you, but, what you can do for your club.

Letter from the Editor:

Hello everyone! The weather is teasing us a bit lately, but summer is almost here 🙂 As you probably read above, this is my last Mainsheet. I want to thank my husband, Past Commodore Ed Montano and present Commodore Mike Paulin for always getting me their Waypoints in a timely manner with great updates and information. It is beyond utterly helpful. I want to send a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Ed Werner for always producing and curating amazingly informative but also entertaining articles every month. Without him and the commodores, it would be hard to get content every month. I also want to thank Gary Powell for always providing great pictures for a majority of our events, he is great at capturing the moment.

Alas, I have enjoyed playing around with the Mainsheet these past few years; tying new articles, news updates, seeing photos. Despite a few complaints, it has been mostly enjoyable. Admittedly it has been hard lately and this summer was a very trying time at the club, at least for me. Getting content and information from the club members is always challenging since we are all busy and have stuff going on, but when we stop having dialogue with each other we loose opportunities to make a positive impact or have our voices heard. My involvement in the club has always been about how I can help, offering what might be my strengths in service of the club when it needs the help. It has not been about what I personally want, and it has not been about what I can do to get my way over other members. I think that is an important idea to remember in regards to other people who spend hours upon hours volunteering for the club. After all, those who give as  much as they can are doing it because they care, because they want to see the club succeed, because they believe the club is only as good as we can make it.

On that note, I would encourage anyone who would like to take up the editorship of the Mainsheet to contact either myself or Commodore Mike Paulin ASAP. It is a good way to put in a few hours each month in service of the club. There is no strict guidelines of what you can and cannot do each month. Otherwise, Edwin and myself are peacing out of Kenosha for a year come August, we are excited to take an adventure! Please let me know if you have any other questions about the position or what it entails. I would be happy to help anyone make a smooth transition into this position.

Thank you-

BNAC14Anchor’s Aweigh

Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar @ SSYC

SSYC is hosting a Racing Rules Seminar on March 26th.   They have asked me to pass this along, I just called and reserved my spot.  If you want to stay up on the rules so I dont get the best of you , you should sign up too!

The invitation is below.
Hope to see you there!
Ed Montano


Join us at South Shore Yacht Club~12:30PM to 4:30PM
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Instructed by John Strassman

The Rules have been Updated ~ Every four years the RRS reviewed and updated, and this class will cover changes, clarifications and basics.

2017-2020 US SAILING Racing Rules.

Do you and your crew know what to do when you converge with another boat on the race course?

Invite your team because this program is open to all racers/sailors!

Shake off the winter cobwebs and join us for day of reviewing the rules.   You’ll refresh your knowledge of rights and obligations that make racing fairer, more competitive and safer!

John Strassman will bring his vast knowledge and sense of humor to inform us about changes and the basics of racing rules.  And after the day, if you still have more questions there will be time to enjoy the SSYC downstairs bar.  John Strassman has been an instructor for many USSAILING classes, PRO for many of our local regattas, interim MCSC director, US Sailing RC Committee chair, USSAILING National and International Race Officer and more!!!

Sign up today and pay only $25 in advance~ space limited!
Make your payment to SSYC ~ 2300 E Nock Street ~ Milwaukee, WI 53207 ~ 414-481-2331

This event is a fundraiser for SSYC Junior Foundation and SSYC Race/Sail Committee
For any other questions call Debbie Koelliker 414 412 0907

$35.00 at the door ~ reserve your seat today!

February Mainsheet

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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!!!!

Think Spring!!!!!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

February, 2017

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

Club News:

Upcoming Events

Next meeting is March 4th, 12:00 PM!

Announcements:

The meeting on March 4th will immediately be followed by a Mardi Gras party! Please stay tuned for details! I think…..

Articles:

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.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/02/27/global-sailing-group-converges-on-st-pete-for.html

Letter from the Editor:

Seems like spring is on the horizon. Lots of things coming up…stay tuned for details? Bueller? Anyone out there????

Thank you-

BNAC14Anchor’s Aweigh

January Mainsheet

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Hello Fellow KYC Members,

We have made it to 2017!!!!  I hope it is a great year for the Kenosha Yacht Club and all its members.  The coming weeks and months have in store many club events and activities.  A Super Bowl party is ready to go.  All members have been sent an evite.  Unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers did not RSVP, but great food, refreshments and fun will still provide a great time for all.  A Mardi Gras party will immediately follow the March 4 KYC membership meeting.  A St. Patrick’s Day party is a possibility.  The traditional April Fool’s Regatta is right around the corner.  Hard to believe that the 5th Annual KYC Golf Outing is just a few weeks away in the spring.  A Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo party is in the planning stages for the first Saturday in May.  Monitor the KYC Website for details on upcoming social events in the new year.

After the January KYC membership meeting, a chili cook-off party was a good and tasty time.  The First Place chili was made by Deb Strouf.  Jack Ciesemier finished in Second Place and Tom Deters finished in Third Place.  Tom, Third Place again????!!!!!  I suggest going back to culinary school for remedial classes and take a serious shot next year at breaking into the winner’s circle.  All joking aside, congratulations to Deb, Jack and Tom for their outstanding chili entries finishing one, two and three!!!  Thanks to all KYC members who participated in our classic Winter event.

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 the Winter.  Members can wine & dine while enjoying camaraderie as we wait for what little ice there is to melt.  (Cribbage is Thursday nights…Teams are always looking for substitute players).

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.

Next, but not least important, many thanks to Dick Schmidt for an incredible effort in leading the Kenosha Yacht Club presence at the January 11-15, 2017 Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.  All members should consider taking a shift at our booth next year.  I truly had a good time hanging out with fellow club members, meeting show attendees, promoting the club and sailing center, and talking about boats and Lake Michigan.  Thanks to all club members who had a role in setup, breakdown and taking shifts running the booth.

On a related topic, 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.

I will provide a full report and analysis of Punxsutawney Phil’s experience on Groundhog Day in next month’s letter.

Think Spring!!!!!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

January, 2017

New years and time to spend some Sea Story time at the club.  Of course there is always the stories of last seasons sailing adventures but, once in awhile, a story comes up that is rather unusual.  Harkin’ back to 1967 and let me tell you about what happened on the city dock just off the KYC property!

June 8, 1967   Kenosha Evening News   

 

                                                Spilled milk

                                              Good riddance

            The city isn’t going to cry over spilled milk – or spoiled milk, either – but it’s quite relieved to be rid of 150 tons of smelly dried milk.

This overripe cargo, which had been on the city’s north docks since it was removed from the hold of a burning ship several weeks ago, was hauled away Tuesday and buried.

The city fire department then hosed down the area from which it was removed. Rains today are helping to remove final traces of the milk.

While the city fumed – and the milk added fumes of its own – the city health department told the U.S. Food and Drug Division about the milk.  That division yesterday decided that a potential buyer could not have the soured dried milk for industrial uses, but that the supply must be destroyed.

It was immediately trucked away Tuesday and buried in the Tirabassi dump, south of 80th St., under federal supervision.  Then the fire department finished the housecleaning at the water front.

The US. Department of Agriculture, which owned the milk, will be billed for the burial.

 

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

Next meeting is February 4th, 12:00 PM!

Announcements:

 

Don’t forget about the Superbowl Party!

Join your KYC friends for the SuperBowl.

Burgers, Brats, Sides All-You-Can-Eat

$15 / person.

80% Payback raffle on scores each quarter.

Other Games.

Guests Welcome! Please view your email’s from KYC as one contains an evite!

Articles:

 

Letter from the Editor:

So….thank you again to Dick Schmidt for all that he does to organize and represent our yacht club at Strictly Sail! Also definitely hit up The Lake House, it still is the best view on the lake!

Thank you-
BNAC14Anchor’s Aweigh

December Mainsheet

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Hello Fellow KYC Members,

Welcome Winter!!!  Do we have a choice?  We can get through it together with some parties at the club, Cribbage games and start a countdown to Spring Launch.  In just a few days, the calendar will be turning over to greet 2017.  At that time, all of us boaters can begin the countdown.  Keep this happy thought as you shovel out from the next Kenosha Winter Storm.

The Kenosha Yacht Club had another great December.  The KYC Christmas Party was the usual classic Winter event.  Great food and refreshments were plentiful.  A white elephant gift exchange was a big hit.  Thanks to all who participated and contributed in all aspects of this holiday event.  A special thanks to everyone who planned, prepared and conducted this Very Merry Party.

The Kenosha Yacht Club will continue to have a presence at the Strictly Sail Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Once again, Dick Schmidt is leading the effort.  All members should consider taking a shift at our booth this year to have a good time hanging out with Dick Schmidt, meeting show attendees, promoting our club and sailing center, and talking about boats and Lake Michigan.  Club members can also help out with setup and breakdown in addition to or in lieu of taking shifts running the booth.  The Strictly Sail Show runs from January 11-15, 2017.

Stop by when you have a chance to wine and dine at The Lake House Bar and Grille at the Kenosha Yacht Club.  The restaurant is open through the winter.  Please continue to support the restaurant and spread the word to all your relatives, neighbors and friends that The Lake House is a great place to escape the cold and snow and enjoy camaraderie as we patiently wait for the ice to melt.

Monitor the KYC Website for details on upcoming social events in the new year.  A chili contest/football party is in the planning stages…………………..stay tuned.

Warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!  No doubt 2017 will be a great year for KYC!!!!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

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December, 2016

With the yachts secured on the yacht club dock it is time to settle down  and spend some time at the club reliving the last season’s adventures out on the bounding main to use an old sailors term.  Makes for an interesting “story-telling” time.  As we all know every year there are new stories to tell, or maybe retell.  Maybe revise or improve.  Of course probably everyone had some adventure, or misadventure out there!  Even back in 1878 versions of these stories were told.  For example:

The Telegraph-Courier   February 14, 1878

ALONE AT SEA.

A Little Boy Four Days on a Schooner in the Open Ocean.

The rescue of the lad, Adolphus Parker, who was carried to sea on the 23rd inst. In the schooner Twilight, which broke her moorings at the inlet at Atlantic City and drifted out, had already been reported.  A Times reporter yesterday secured the following statement of Parker’s adventurous trip.  He said: “When she first parted her moorings I thought I would run her ashore; but she struck the wharf and sheered off into the stream.   I then threw over a small Kedge anchor, which dragged to the first buoy and there parted the cable.  Noticing she was fast being driven on the bar, I hoisted sail to keep her off.  The surfboat put out to help me, but tuned back.  Meanwhile I tried to haul her close to the wind, after clearing the bar, in the hope of receiving assistance, which did not come.  I now found myself fast being driven to sea, and did not think the schooner would be able to stand the terrible waves which struck her.  The rigging as poor, sails torn, and the prospect of her weathering the gale not very promising.  On Wednesday night a heavy sea broke over the wheel.  The rigging and deck were covered with ice, and it was with difficulty I kept myself from freezing.  On Thursday I suppose I was near the Gulf Stream. There was about a foot and a half of water in the hold, and a heavy sea rolling.  The pumps gave out, and I was forced to bail her out with a bucket.  About 4 o’clock on Thursday afternoon the wind sprung up fresh from the southeast.  I then headed west, and about 10 o’clock at night was hailed by a bark, which cleared the schooner by only ten feet.  The schooner’s lights went out, and I took down the starboard light, relit it, and hung the signal light in the main rigging on the port side.  On Friday morning I sighted land near Beach Haven, and after beating about all day, headed up abreast of Absecom light.  The sea was very rough, and, failing to bring the vessel into the inlet, and as the water was up to the cabin floor, I beached her on Little Brigantine shoals, where I was taken off, after having been without sleep four days and three nights.

Now, to me, that’s a sea story!

 

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

Next meeting is January 7th, 12:00 PM, followed by the Chili Cook off!

Announcements:

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Don’t forget about the boat show, Strictly Sail January 11-15th! Check out the volunteer schedule!

 

It’s Cribbage Time!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CRIBBAGE? The KYC Cribbage League will be starting up again on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:00pm. Our sign-up / warm-up / instructional / organizational session will be held on Thursday, December 8th at the KYC. We will have a 14-week season (thirteen weeks of regular season play followed by a one-night double elimination tournament). The regular season will run from January 5th – March 30th. The one-night tournament will take place on Thursday, April 6th. As always, we will play in teams of two. New teams are welcome. Cribbage is an easy game to pick up, so those who’d like to learn are encouraged to participate as well. If you’d like to participate on an infrequent basis, we are always looking for reliable subs, so please get in touch. Team fee is $25. Please bring a cribbage board if you have one.

THERE IS ONLY ONE RESTRICTION ON THE LEAGUE AND THAT IS, FOR LOGISTICAL REASONS WE CAN ONLY HAVE AN EVEN NUMBER OF TEAMS.

If you cannot make the session on December 8th, you must contact me by e-mail to let me know that you wish to play:

cribbage@kenoshayachtclub.com

Team sign-up for the Cribbage League will close on Saturday, December 30th. No teams will be added after that date…no exceptions will be made.

If you have any other questions regarding the Cribbage League, feel free to get in touch at the e-mail address shown above.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 30th at 7:00pm!

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Classes at MCSC

Click on this link, mcsc, so view the list of winter classes being hosted at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center! There are some interesting classes on there 🙂

1956 Lone Star Boat built by GM

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Ugly Sweater Contest Winners!

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Letter from the Editor:

I am not even sure what to say for 2016. There was such an odd air or atmosphere surrounding everything that is is easy to forget all the cool things that happened at the club this year. For one thing, we finally had a hot summer! One of those hot weekends happened to be when the America’s Cup World Series visited Navy Pier, where we found so many KYC members it was such an awesome event! I know everyday I watched the racing with a different member/s.

This was followed up by the opening of our new management team’s bar/restaurant, The Lake House. Despite so many obstacles they have kept their nose to the grind and are continuing to work on their concept. We also were lucky to help out with the Home Run Derby for the Northwoods League, hosted by our own Kenosha Kingfish. A few weeks later, many members participated in what were pretty epic Hook and Mac Races, with vastly different weather conditions, showing the true power and nature of our great lake, Lake Michigan.

We consistently had a great amount of competitors in our Thursday and Sunday racing series, with great volunteers for race committee! A big thanks to all those who participated in these annual events. Our local Buccaneer fleet also hosted the North American Championships with Racine Yacht Club, where our members took 1st and 2nd for the third year in a row. To cap it off the sailing center had another busy and productive year, with a great end of the season BBQ with phenomenal weather.

So in closing I just want to say, despite adversity, a lot of great things happened this year. We continue to have a membership dedicated to keeping things going as best as they can. Because we ALL care and we ALL want what is best, it can be hard to keep our heads up when disagreements occur. But remember, it is because we ALL want what is best. We all have a vision of what that means, and when we are working in an organization with other people all volunteering their time, which is all priceless, we need to remember that reconciling our ideas with our fellow members’ is what makes our club a club. It is what keeps this organization going. Not one person or group of people makes all the decisions. So, where there is sometimes an atmosphere of discord, it is because people are welcome to voice their opinions and are asked to. Not every club operates this way. Not every club is forthcoming about what they are doing. We are a small club, we do not ask a lot out of our members. Some of the things we have done this year have been amazing. When the Lake House succeeds we succeed. When the Kenosha Community Sailing Center succeeds, we succeed. So, here is to 2017. Lets go out there and make it the best!

Thank you-
BNAC14Anchor’s Aweigh