IT’S CRIBBAGE TIME!!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME CRIBBAGE?
The KYC Cribbage League will be starting up again on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00pm. Our sign-up / warm-up / instructional / organizational session will be held on Thursday, December 14th 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 4th – March 29th. The one-night tournament will take place on Thursday, April 5th. As always, we will play in teams of two. New teams are welcome. 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 and cards if you have them.
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 14th, 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 14th at 7:00pm.

 

November Mainsheet 2017

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Thoughts From The Commodore

Our boating season is officially over. Haul out has been completed and our boats have been safely stored on the KYC Dock for the upcoming winter months.  None to soon either as fall descended upon us and the weather turned cold very quickly.  If you are storing on the dock, please remember to take your garbage home with you if you have not already done so.

The end of our boating season signaled the beginning of our fall and winter activities.  Our annual Halloween Party was October 28th, coincidently the last day of boat haul out, and a great time was had by all.  We had pumpkin carving and a costume contest and prizes were awarded to the two pumpkins getting the most votes. Three fabulous prizes were given for the best costumes chosen from many great costumes and I think I might have won, but I was busy judging the costume contest with Past Commodore, Mike Paulin. The restaurant offered some very tasty party specials and the bar had a pretty good night as well.

On November 11th we gathered for our Past Commodores’ and Installation Dinner.  The evening began with an informative presentation offered by Rose from Women and Children’s Horizons.  Then the KYC Officers took their Oath of Office followed by the KCSC Officers doing the same and it was great to have the KCSC be a part of the night. The official part of the evening concluded with the awarding of The Yachtsperson of the Year by Jim Strouf on behalf of our last years recipient, Shannon Devine.  Shannon chose Alex “Sandy” Kyle as the 2017 Yachtsperson of the Year for his distinguished volunteer services to the KYC and the KCSC.  Congratulations Sandy!

Andy Cross did an excellent job as MC for the evening and the fun time was made possible through the efforts of our Rear-Commodore and Activities Chair, Deb Strouf and her committee:  Amy Adams, Deb Detters, Kathy Otto, Dana Fox and Andy Cross.  A big “thank you” to all of you for an amazing night.

So, it is time to start looking forward to our next big event – the Christmas Party on December 9th.  Watch for your invitation and party details and please remember your gifts for the children at Women and Children’s Horizons.

Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and Joyce and I will be looking forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Party.

Bob Rinehart         

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

 

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC membership meeting is Tuesday December 5th, 7:00 PM
  • December 9th KYC Annual Christmas / Holiday Party
  • January 10 – 14 – Strictly Sail (McCormick Place) KYC will have a booth

Board Members:

            Position                         

  • Commodore                  Robert Rinehart
  • Vice Commodore        Ron Otto
  • Rear Commodore       Deb Strouf
  • Secretary                        Lee Rosenbaum
  • Treasurer                        Jack Ciesemier
  • Trustee                             Andy Cross
  • Trustee                             Tom Deters
  • Trustee                             Dan Newman
  • House Director             Jim Strouf
  • Past Commodore        Michael Paulin

 

 Announcements:
  • Boat Haul Out (Doug Vaccarello)
    • Boat haul-out is complete and the boats are put to bed for the winter.
    • Please make sure you take all your garbage home and do not place it in KYC/KCSC or restaurant garbage cans.
  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    • The racing season is over.
    • There will be a meeting November 18th (9:00am second floor KYC) to review the past season and look at ways to improve for next year.
    • We are still looking for Race Committee for next year.  Contact John Weiss if your interested.
    • All Racing Results can be found on the KYC website under Racing Results.
  • Strictly Sail (Mike Paulin)
    • KYC will have a booth at Strictly Sail January 10– 14.
    • We need volunteers to staff the booth for shifts each day.
    • If you can help out contact Mike Paulin at Commodore@kenoshayactclub.com
    • (you receive a free pass to the show for that day)
  • New KYC Club Management Software (Lee Rosenbaum)
    • The board is working on implementing a new Club Management Software that will also include a new website.  The target to roll this out is January 2018.
    • We are hoping this new system when implemented will provide for better communication for the entire club, along with all the back-end systems for billing, emailing, calendar, event registration, Mainsheet….
    • The website will have two views:
      • Public view: Anyone can see this view
      • Member Only view: Only KYC members using their own login/password will be able to see this view.
        • Included in the Member’s Only view will be a Member’s Directory listing contact information of all members.
        • The board is aware that some members may not want to be listed in the directory, or only have certain information listed (i.e. Name only).  If this is the case please contact Lee Rosenbaum at Rosenbaum.L@gmail.com
          • As a note: A member will have the ability to change their information or what information can be seen by others anytime they want, by logging in and making the change.
  • Lake House Bar & Grill Winter Hours
    • The Lake House has limited hours over the winter months.
      • Monday – Tuesday: Closed
      • Wednesday – Friday: Open at 3:00pm
      • Saturday – Sunday: Open at 10:00am

Articles:

*Halloween Party! (Deb Strouf)

Halloween Party review – Halloween party was a success! We had about ~30 club members attend. The winners of the pumpkin carving contest:

  1. Doug Meyers (member)
  2. Carin Cummings (member)

They each received a $25 gift certificate to the Lake House (donated by the restaurant).

We had 5 children (ages 8 and under) parade their costumes around the club – which was very cute – it was nice having some younger kids participate. (Note – we should consider setting up a corner of the upstairs with some toys/coloring books/mini furniture, etc) to give the kids something to do – this could help with the younger families that want to attend/participate, but want to bring their kids along….something to think about)

Best Costume gift baskets were given to the top 3 costumes, as chosen by Mike Paulin and Bob Rinehart…a special thanks to Kathy Otto and her awesome gift basket making skills…..as always – they were very beautiful!

*INSTALLATION DINNER (Lee Rosenbaum)

On Saturday, November 11th the KYC / KCSC held it’s Annual Past Commodores Dinner and Installation of Officers.  It was a fantastic turnout and could not have been pulled off without the efforts of of the coordinating committee!!!  Andy Cross did a fine job of MC and kept the lively room laughing and the festivities moving along.

There was a presentation from the Women’s & Children’s Horizon shelter (see next article for ways to help).

The Yachtsman of The Year award was presented to Alex (Sandy) Kyle for huge amount of volunteer hours he puts in, in support of the club.  Well deserved Sandy!!

 

*Women’s & Children’s Horizon (Deb Strouf)

KYC is again this year collecting items for the Women’s & Children’s Horizon facility.

  • Here is a link to items needed for the shelter: LINK
  • Here is a link to a wish list from the residents: LINK

Folks can start bringing the gifts in unwrapped at anytime, there will be a barrel out to place donations.  For the Christmas party on 12/9, anyone that brings a gift, will receive a ticket for a door prize.

*Good Winds (Joyce Rinehart)

  • Dana Fox was sent a plant as she recovers
  • Jack Harkens was sent a plant as he recovers.
  • Tom Deters has new Grandson: Hugo came 2wks early and
    born in London

Joyce can be reached at rbobjoyr@aol.com or 262-945-9183

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As you well know, October and November can be rough weather on Lake Michigan. By December, most “lakers” have been put up for the winter season. Can you imagine what it was like to be aboard the vessel mentioned in this story?

October 17, 1872  Kenosha Telegraph

LOSS OF THE PROPELLER LAC LA BELLE OF THE ENGLEMANN LINE

Monday afternoon, the startling announcement was made that the steamer Lac La Belle, of the Englemann Line, had floundered and gone down twenty miles off Racine. About the first news received was that a boat had arrived at Kenosha, containing a number of persons from the ill-fated ship. The Lac La Belle left her dock at Milwaukee on Sunday evening, between the hours of nine and ten-about the usual time of leaving-and although the wind through the day had been brisk, no fears were felt as to her ability to make the trip as quickly and safely as usual. She was lightly freighted, and as near as can be ascertained, had on board in passengers and crew, fifty-three persons. What brought about the calamity is at present a mystery. Within the past week vessel inspectors were examining her, and expressed their admiration for her condition and equipment. The most that seems to be known is, that she sprung a leak, and despite the most gallant and persistent efforts of the part of those in charge of her, went to the bottom. The vessel was valued at $65,000, and insured for $40,000.

The boat that was reported to have come ashore at this place, proved to be that in which the Captain and three men left the vessel. This boat was the last to surrender the Lac La Belle, and face the merciless waves that rolled over the unfortunate voyagers. Mr. Geo. Barber, of this city, saw the boat when it was out in the lake, and built a fire on the beach. After a long struggle in the water they came ashore only in time to save their lives, for if he had been exposed much longer they would certainly have perished. They were removed to the Becker farm-house, their clothing changed, and every effort being used to make them comfortable, they went to bed and slept soundly till the next morning. On Tuesday they left for Milwaukee where they met their fellow sailors and passengers.

THE SECOND ENGINEER’S STORY

The second engineer of the Lac La Belle, who was in one of the boats which arrived at Milwaukee, gives the following account of the disaster: They left Milwaukee at 9 o’clock Monday night. About midnight the steamer sprung a leak, and made water rapidly. There were about twenty-five passengers on board, including seven ladies and three children. The crew worked hard all night to prevent the vessel from sinking, and threw considerable cargo overboard, but all to o purpose. Finding the steamer about to sink, they prepared to take to the life-boats, of which there were five. Into one of these five, five of the ladies were put, with a good crew to manage it. The men were, however, tired, having worked all night with nothing to eat, and suffering with cold. When the last boat left the steamer, five men were left on her. When she went down I saw four of them in the water, and one clinging to a piece of timber. I think they must have been lost, as we could give them no assistance without danger of swamping our boat. Two of the five boats drifted south toward Kenosha.

Ed. C. Werner

Blast From The Past:

Here is a picture of the old KYC Bar:

Letter from the Editor:

Safety Tip:

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

Summary: This product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers:

  • Plastic handle fire extinguishers
  • Plastic push-button fire extinguishers

This Recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger branded fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

Follow These Steps:

1.  View the following links to determine if you have an affected model:

2.  If you believe that you may have an affected model, before continuing, also use the Fire Extinguisher ID Guide (link above) to locate and collect your Model Number, Serial Number, and Date Code (if applicable). The Date Code is a 10-digit number printed on the side of your fire extinguisher, near the bottom.  Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture, and these five numbers are what you will need to proceed.

For full details go to: https://inmarmarketaction.com/kidde/Kidde284US/

Sailor’s Dictionary:  BERTH:  Any horizontal surface whose total area does not exceed one half of the surface area of an average man at rest, onto which at least one liter of some liquid seeps during any 12-hour period and above which there are not less than 10 pounds of improperly secured objects.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

October Mainsheet 2017

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Hello Fellow KYC Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Kenosha Yacht club for giving me the opportunity to be your next commodore.  It is a real honor.  The KYC is known all around Lake Michigan as the Port of Friendship and the home of really top-notch sailors and I am very proud to be considered your leader.

Most of you know me as I have been a member since 2007 and I have served on the Board of Directors for seven years holding the offices of House Chair, Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair and now your Commodore.

I first became interested in sailing when I was 12 years old while on vacation in northern Michigan around the Petoskey area. Beginning when I was 7 years old we always took two weeks’ vacation at the same place on Pickerel Lake where I became friends with some of the local kids.  One day I was invited to go sailing and I was hooked.

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.  My dad had a 16’ runabout that we used on vacation and the rest of the year we would hang out on the Ohio River – not a great place to sail. I didn’t get back to sailing until recently.  My nephew had just purchased a 26’ trailered sailboat, and having no sailing experience, he asked if I could go out with him and help him learn to sail his new boat.  As I had some knowledge, I thought I could give it a shot.  He wasn’t completely wrong and I guess you don’t forget everything.  So, we sailed on Lake Geneva for a month or more then became tired of the trip out there and decided to try Lake Michigan.  Only trouble was we had to step the mast each time we went under the bridge at Simmons Island.  On one of our excursions, we were looking for a place to tie up to do the mast and the KYC seemed the most logical place in sight.

We asked permission from the only person on the dock, Jack Harkins, who was working on his boat, Pearl Fisher. After we had the mast stepped, Jack asked if we could help set his ports.  We were only too happy to help him.  In conversation with him he eventually asked if we had ever thought about joining the KYC and the rest, as they say, is history.  A couple of years later Joyce and I purchased a Catalina 27, Summer Wind, and have been enjoying it ever since. This initial connection with Jack and his invitation to join the club has taught me that reaching out to other people and inviting to join us can pay off.

As I prepare to take the leadership as commodore, I think back a couple of years ago to when the Breakwater Bar and Grill closed I remember that it was a pretty rough time for the KYC.  With the direction of Commodore Mike Paulin and the rest of the KYC Board we were able to work through the tough times and contract with a great restaurant, The Lake House.  I look forward to working with them as we move forward.

Our activities committee has a number of upcoming fun and exciting events planned for us for the rest of the year and I look forward to seeing everyone there. Our annual Halloween Party will be on Saturday, October 28th, the 2017 KYC/KCSC Past Commodores’ Dinner and Installation of Officers will be on Saturday, November 11th.  If you did not get an invitation check this newsletter or the website for details.  We will also be hosting the Christmas Party on December 9th and I invite you to mark your calendars and watch for further details.

As I take the helm as your new commodore I will be looking forward to talking to everyone around the club and listening to your ideas for our future development at the Kenosha Yacht Club.

Bob Rinehart         

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

 

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC membership meeting is Tuesday November 7th, 7:00 PM
  • October 21, 28 – Boat Haul Out: Come out and help 8:15am – Noon
  • October 28thKYC Annual Halloween Party
  • November 11thKYC / KCSC Annual Past Commodores Dinner and Installation of Officers
  • December 9th KYC Annual Christmas / Holiday Party

New Board Members:

KYC would like to introduce the newly elected Board and thank the departing board for all their hard work over the past 2 years.

            Position                         Recommendation

  • Commodore                  Robert Rinehart
  • Vice Commodore        Ron Otto
  • Rear Commodore       Deb Strouf
  • Secretary                        Lee Rosenbaum
  • Treasurer                        Jack Ciesemier
  • Trustee                            Andy Cross
  • Trustee                            Tom Deters
  • Trustee                            Dan Newman
  • House Director             Jim Strouf
  • Past Commodore        Michael Paulin

 

Membership Committee Report:

The KYC Membership Committee and the entire Kenosha Yacht Club welcome our newest members:

Bob Rinehart, Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair

Announcements:

  • Boat Haul Out (Doug Vaccarello)
    • A completed contract, payment and proof of insurance must be sent to and received by Kenosha Yacht Club prior to boat haul out.
    • The schedule for haul out is posted in the meeting room upstairs at KYC. Make sure you select your date now so we can arrange for your cradle to be transported to the dock.
    • Don’t forget, if your storing your boat at KYC you need to help on haul out days or you will incur an extra charge.  All others are welcome to help as well. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow members. (Saturdays in October: 8:15am – noon).
  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    • The racing season is over.
    • There will be a meeting scheduled in November to review the past season and look at ways to improve for next year.
    • We are still looking for Race Committee for next year.  Contact John Weiss if your interested.
    • All Racing Results can be found on the KYC website under Racing Results.

 

Articles:

*Halloween Party!

RSVP: https://www.punchbowl.com/parties/254ca2ed2a8bd720cfd0

Please Join us for the KYC’s Annual Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 28th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Wear your favorite Costume and join us for some drink specials – Food & Drink  Specials.
– Prizes awarded for best costumes
– Bring a decorated Pumpkin
Pumpkin Decorating Guidelines:

  • Pumpkins may be real or fake(Styrofoam).
  • Pumpkins may be any shape or size
  • Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or decorated to your choosing
  • Gourds that are decorated will also be eligible to enter into contest
  • If your pumpkin is carved and you wish to “light it up” please bring your own candle or light device.

**Please bring your pumpkin pre-decorated**
There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pumpkins entered into the contest.
This will be a SPOOK-TACULAR TIME!  And Enjoy the best view on the Lake!

*INSTALLATION DINNER – RSVP NOW:

Saturday, November 11th is KYC / KCSC Annual Past Commodores Dinner and Installation of Officers,

Please join us to celebrate this time honored event!! If you plan on attending this event, you must RSVP by Sunday 11/5 with your dinner selection. The cost of the dinner is $45 per person. (payment can be made online by selecting the “Contribute” section or you can pay when you check-in at the dinner – but you MUST RSVP) This includes a fabulous dinner selection prepared by The Lake House: (select dinner for each guest in the “Poll” section).

Dinner Includes:

Your choice of one of the following:

  • Option 1: Pan Seared Halibut, Roasted Red Potatoes,Risotto with lemon wine butter
  • Option 2: Grilled Fillet, with Baby Carrots, Green Beans and Red Potatoes
  • Option 3: Chicken Parmesan, Fettuccine, Mozzarella Cheese and Marinara Sauce
  • Option 4: Vegetarian Tostada with Black Beans and Guacamole

In Addition To:

  • Assorted passed appetizers
  • Salad of mixed greens
  • Assortment of Desserts
  • Cash Bar (Complimentary house wine or draft beer voucher with each paid meal)
  • Music / Entertainment by Transistor Radio
  •  Photo Booth and much much more!

Make your dinner selection for each person via the invite or by contacting Deb Strouf.  Please email for any food allergy or dietary restrictions. RSVP via this link:   https://www.punchbowl.com/parties/cf7e38ee4a74bf652dcb

or via email notification to deb.strouf@gmail.com . If you have already RSVP’d via the e-vite, there is no need to call or email.

We regret that we will not be able to accommodate any walk-ins. Please reply by November 5th.  Thank you and we hope to see you at the Kenosha Yacht Club on November 11th.

*Boat Haul-Out (by: Lee Rosenbaum)

It’s that time of year again, when we say goodbye to the boating season and put our vessels on the hard.  Each Saturday in October you can find a hardy group, heaving and pushing thousands of pounds of boat around the KYC dock, placing them in their winter births.

A Belly Wash before being put to bed for the winter.
What’s the easiest way to store a boat in the smallest space?  Cut it up of course!!

*Good Winds

We all thank Dana Fox for her work as our Good Winds coordinator while she was also serving on the Board as our secretary . As Dana steps down, Joyce Rinehart will be available for all Good Winds needs that come before the KYC/KCSC.  If you or someone you know in our club has a health issue or a death in the family, please let Joyce know and she will let that person know the we at the KYC/KCSC are thinking about them.  She is also open to hearing about milestones and celebration in our members’ lives.

Joyce can be reached at rbobjoyr@aol.com or 262-945-9183

*Congratulations to Ed & John for taking 1st & 2nd in the Buccaneer 18 North American Championships!!!

2017 Buccaneer 18 North Americans

Published on October 1st, 2017 in Scuttlebutt

BNAC Nationals 2017

Twenty-one Buccaneer 18s competed for their North American Championship (September 29-October 1) at Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, CT. Sailing in predominantly northerly winds in the lee of the shore on Niantic Bay, the Buccaneers enjoyed optimal racing conditions as winds were constantly in the 12-15 knot range allowing for excellent upwind competition and some exciting downwind planning.

PRO Harlan Fredericksen noted, “The 21 2-perrson crews from across the country enjoyed campaign conditions as the offshore winds let us race without a big sea state, allowing the boats to fly upwind and down.”

After a dozen races, it was Ed Montano (Kenosha, WI), sailing ATREVIDA with Trevor Bath (Milwaukee, WI), on top of the podium capturing his third consecutive Buccaneer 18 North Americas title. Montano finished with 18 points (all top-3 finished after throwing out two fourths), 10 points ahead of John Weiss (Kenosha, WI) and Jay Foght (Kenosha, WI) on BLIND SQUIRREL with three wins in their total. In third, with 31 points were Jimmy Yurko (Solomon’s Island, MD) and Evan Scott (Hollywood, MD) aboard WASABI with four bullets to their credit.

Ed Montano commented, “What a weekend! We had some interesting races in different conditions. It was really a game of Chutes & Ladders as the Buccaneer 18 fleet has gotten pretty competitive over the last few years. Going into Sunday, anyone of a handful of boats could have won. These boats are versatile and fun to race in a variety of conditions. I enjoyed every bit of this regatta. And, the Niantic Bay Yacht Club put on a great show for us.”

*Some Final “thank yous” from the past Membership Chair (by: Bob Rinehart)

In the past year we have received many new members.  We continue to welcome them and hope that they will find ways to participate in the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center.

A BIG thank you to Sue Spitz for doing a great job at administering our Mentor Program.  And a very special thanks to all of our mentors who have kept new members informed of our meetings, activities and other special events at our Club.

Thank you to the Membership Committee, all who helped with our Open Houses in the past two years, those who helped host the Student Appreciation Parties and those who staffed Harbor Market. Also thank you to all who have told someone about the KYC/KCSC and invited a new member to join.  Thanks to Past Commodore, Mike Paulin, who invited several of his dock mates at North Point Marina to join us.

We send out a special thank you to the Kenosha Community Sailing Center Board and volunteers who have had a great part in bringing new members to our Club through Harbor Market and their sailing classes and activities.  You have done a great job!

*Deters San Juan Whale Watching Trip

On September 16th, Deb and Tom Deters traveled to Seattle Washington to visit their son John.  A highlight of the trip was the Whale Watching Excursion in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle.  For three hours we were exposed to the beauty of the islands, the natural sea life of eagles, seals and whales.  While I tried to capture this trip in pictures, the video of our excursion the tour boat provided is fantastic.  I want to share it with the KYC membership and hope to have others provide pictures or videos of their trips as well.  Please click on the link to view the Whale Watching Trip we enjoyed so much.  http://blog.watchwhales.com/september-16th-2017-tour-photos-tkwbkwmpbb/

View from the Lantern Room

The story noted below showed up during my time doing research at the reference library some time back.  Finally getting around to writing it up and sharing it with you.  The situation with the building of the Racine Reef light brought up a very controversial argument with reference as to whether the Wind Point lighthouse was needed anymore once the Reef light was commissioned.

I would offer a guess that a lot of “words” were “exchanged” over this issue.

June 8, 1905   The Telegraph-Courier                               

                                       WIND POINT LIGHT IS NEEDED

                                    Attempt to Have Reef Light Take Its Place is Ridiculed.

                 Marine men are agitated over the rumor that as soon as the new light and fog station on Racine reef is completed the light at Wind Point will be abandoned.  This report comes the men who are at present employed on the new light station.  Some time ago an attempt was made to do away with the Milwaukee North Point light, and a vigorous protest was entered by marine men from all of the large lake cities.  They believed in an abundance of light stations and will not consent to the discontinuance of a single one.

It is argued by some of the officials of the government light service that here will be no further use for the Wind Point light, and that it will only be a needless expenditure of money to keep it in operation.  It is said that there will be no difficulty in keeping off the point, as the new reef light will be so much farther in the lake, thus making it comparatively easy for the captains to secure their course for Milwaukee.  While an attempt will be made for the discontinuance of the light, here is every reason to believe that it will be warmly contested by all the transportation companies, as well as the owners of the large boats plying between Chicago and the lower lakes.

Well we know how this situation turned out!

Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor:

The LAST RACE RACE took place from Waukegan to Kenosha on Sept 30th.  Again KYC had a great showing with 7 boats racing.  Congratulations to Ron Otto who took line honors with Takedown2.  There was some excitement:

  • A piling on the dock at Waukegan gave way and Randy Bredin ended up getting his shorts wet.
  • As Windlassie started to pull away from the dock her steering cable jumped the track and she was under full power heading right toward Kookaburra.  It sure was scary seeing those tiger teeth coming right at you.  In the end Jim Strouf was able to quickly repair and join the race.

Here is a short video of the race: https://youtu.be/anrMN5lFeS8

Sailor’s Dictionary:  Engine:  Sailboats are equipped with a variety of engines, but all of them work on the internal destruction principle, in which highly machined parts are rapidly converted into low-grade scrap, producing in the process energy in the form of heat, which is used to boil bilge water; vibration, which improves the muscle tone of the crew; and a small amount of rotational force, which drives the average size sailboat at speeds approaching a furlong per fortnight.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

Winter Boat Haul-Out Starts Saturday Oct 7

Winter Boat Haul-Out

We will start hauling out member boats this Saturday Oct 7 at 8:15am.

The schedule for winter boat storage at KYC has been posted upstairs.

Please sign-up for your haul-out day so that your cradle can be transported to the dock in order to be available when required.

Also, new this year:  You must have completed the following before haul-out or your boat.

  • Storage payment in full received by KYC
  • Signed contract received by KYC
  • Copy of your  boat insurance received by KYC

And of course we need your able bodies helping on the various haul-out days.

  • Saturday October 7
  • Saturday October 14
  • Saturday October 21
  • Saturday October 28

Any questions, contact Doug Vaccarello

The Last Race Race – Bitter End

The Bitter End—Last Race Race!

Join Us at The Kenosha Yacht Club on Saturday, September 30th to celebrate the Waukegan to Kenosha Last Race of the season.

After Race Food & Cocktails Specials:

– Build Your Own Burger – starting at $3.00

– Build Your Own Chicken Sandwich – starting at $3.00

– 32oz Miller Lite Pitchers – $4.00

-Rum Rummers – $6.5

The Deck at the Lake House at the KYC has been reserved for Racers, Crews and their Guests.  Don’t miss out on this fun afternoon / evening of food, drinks and the best view in Kenosha!

September Mainsheet 2017

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NOTE: Make sure you at least glance through the whole newsletter.

Waypoints

Hello Fellow KYC Members,

I was excited to hear about The Great Loop boat trip about to begin for KYC members Ed Montano and Shannon Devine.  Most people only dream or talk about such a trip.  I admire their bold adventurous spirit in not just wanting to but actually doing it.  I would like to embark on such a trip someday.  Club members can read the article in the August, 2017 KYC Mainsheet for information about their trip.  Best wishes and good luck to Ed and Shannon in their maritime adventure starting soon.  I look forward to your return and to hearing about The Great Loop Trip and some related fascinating good stories. (Great going away party on Saturday, September 9!!!!!)

On Saturday, July 8th, an important and unique event took place at our clubhouse and surrounding area.  The Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center co-sponsored this Kenosha event to support the Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  The 1 mile walk, led by Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster of Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes, brought attention to the beauty, majesty and importance of the Great Lakes.  Julia and Alyssa have begun their 332+ mile walk from Milwaukee to Lake Superior.  They started their journey on Saturday, August 26, 2017 and are well over half way to the finish line.  Television and radio have covered their travel along the way.  Additional information can be found at their website www.wsogl.com and on Facebook.  On behalf of KYC, we are proud to have participated in a rare and significant local Kenosha event supporting an even bigger regional endeavor with such notoriety – Julia and Alyssa’s Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  Please continue to support this great cause, because we all have a stake in keeping the Great Lakes clean and healthy.  Best Wishes for much continued success to Julia and Alyssa in their 332+ mile walk as they get closer to Lake Superior and in related future endeavors for their worthy cause.

It is the time of year when formal clubhouse events slow down as members are sail racing, enjoying recreational boating on Lake Michigan and other late summer/early fall activities.  It is a good time to remind KYC Members regarding the existing procedures and requirements that are still in place for end of season boat haul outs and winter storage.  The KYC Board will use the previous list of KYC Members utilizing winter boat storage at the club and discuss changes, if any, to the list with Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello.  Documents for end of season boat haul outs and winter storage will be sent to KYC Members on the current list or will be available online at KYC Website.  A completed contract, payment and proof of insurance must be sent to and received by Kenosha Yacht Club prior to boat haul out.  KYC Members should talk to Doug Vaccarello with questions or interest regarding the waiting list for winter boat storage at KYC.

Monitor the KYC Website for details on all upcoming social events including plans for a bitter-end party on September 30th after the last sail race.

Last item to address, ‘tis the season for nominations and elections for the 2017/2018 KYC Board.  Please refer to the “Upcoming Board Member Elections” section in the KYC Mainsheet for detailed information on this subject.

Well, this is it.  Hard to believe the clock is about to strike midnight for my time as KYC Commodore.  I would like to thank everyone who served as board members, committee members, worked in the office and/or participated & assisted in KYC events and activities during my two one-year terms.  I believe I am passing the torch to a new Commodore with the club in great shape.  Please join me in supporting and assisting the new Commodore in any and all ways.  I ask that all members strive to be more active in the club.  The more people involved in official capacities or just helping out will make for a better and stronger Kenosha Yacht Club.  I and others gave great efforts and sacrifices over the last two years and I hope KYC members will remember Commodore Mike Paulin and the board I served with as having completed a job well done resulting in Mission Accomplished (Please don’t be honest about your opinion of my Waypoints articles – ha ha).  I remember a lot of cool experiences and fun, but also many challenges along the way.  Overall, it was a great experience and I was honored and humbled to serve as your KYC Commodore.  Happy Boating!!!  I am now off to beautiful Saugatuck, Michigan for a fun time with my family at my niece’s wedding, so I will now be signing off for the last time as KYC Commodore……………….

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

 

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC membership meeting is Tuesday October 3rd, 7:00 PM (Voting for new Board Members)
  • September 30 – Bitter End Race from Waukegan to Kenosha (Check the Website for developing details)
  • October 28thKYC Annual Halloween Party
  • November 11thInstallation of Officers Dinner
  • December 9th KYC Annual Christmas / Holiday Party

Upcoming Board Member Elections:

The Nominating Committee would like to present its recommended slate for the upcomming (November) Board elections

            Position                         Recommendation

  • Commodore                  Robert Rinehart
  • Vice Commodore        Ron Otto
  • Rear Commodore       Deb Strouf
  • Secretary                        Lee Rosenbaum
  • Treasurer                        Jack Ciesemier
  • Trustee                            Andy Cross
  • Trustee                            Tom Deters
  • Trustee                            Dan Newman
  • House Director             Jim Strouf
  • Past Commodore        Michael Paulin

 

Note from the board about Elections to Clarify the process from the By-laws:
Elections
Section 1 Election of Officers
The election of officers will be held at the annual membership meeting in October. On or about the first of August, the Board of Directors will appoint a nominating committee of five (5) members consisting of four voting members with five years tenure and a chairperson, being an active past Commodore.
This committee will nominate a member of the Club for each office including that of the Trustees to be filled at the annual election. These nominations should be certified to the Recording Secretary of the Club in writing on or before August 20th.
It is the duty of the committee or any group nominating a candidate to provide a written acceptance and to serve as an officer for the Club. The acceptance must be filed by August 20th.
Once the nominating committee has chosen a candidate for Commodore, they may seek the candidate’s advice on the nominations.
The Recording Secretary will then post the nominations, known as the “Nominating Committee’s Slate,” in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
If no other nominations are made, as provided in Article VII, Section 2, the Recording Secretary will cast one ballot at the annual election for the group nominated. These will then become the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year and until their successors are duly elected.
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Section 2 Other Nominations
At the September membership meeting any member qualified to vote can nominate another member for an office, if he or she agrees to being put on the slate, for election at the annual meeting in October. Any nomination must be seconded and the member being nominated must be present to accept. The Recording Secretary will post the nominations in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
The Recording Secretary will then notify the Board of Directors of all nominations. At the annual election, the members qualified to vote will vote for one person for each office from the nominations, and upon the ballots distributed by tellers appointed by the presiding officer of the meeting. The candidates receiving the majority of votes cast for all candidates for each office shall be the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year, beginning on the first Tuesday of November. In the event no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for any one office, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall have a run-off between them until one receives a majority of votes cast.
Section 3 Qualified Voters
Only members whose indebtedness to the Club is paid up to within one month of any membership meeting shall be entitled to vote at the annual elections meeting. A member who is qualified to vote may vote in person or by written proxy.

Membership Committee Report:

The KYC Membership Committee and the entire Kenosha Yacht Club welcome our newest members:

  • Zach Albert
  • Fred Henry
  • Meryl Strichartz & Nicolet DaRose
  • Jim Niccolai
  • Darren & Jennifer Miller

Hope to see all of you around the club often!

We are especially grateful to the KCSC for inviting these new people into the KYC.  They have all been sailing on Tuesday night at the KCSC open sail and we wish them good sailing and a big welcome to the KYC. We look forward to your participation in our many events throughout the year and hope to see you at the next Member Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Bob Rinehart, Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair

Announcements:

  • Boat Haul Out (Doug Vaccarello)
    • A completed contract, payment and proof of insurance must be sent to and received by Kenosha Yacht Club prior to boat haul out.
    • The schedule for haul out is posted in the meeting room upstairs at KYC. Make sure you select your date now so we can arrange for your cradle to be transported to the dock.
    • Don’t forget, if your storing your boat at KYC you need to help on haul out days or you will incur an extra charge.  All others are welcome to help as well. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow members. (Saturdays in October: 8:00am – noon).
  • Racing News (John Weiss)

As I write this article, Thursday racing is finished for the 2017 season and we only have a few Sundays remaining.  It seems like summer just started but as a close friend reminds me “life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it spins…”  How about that for telling us to make sure we get as much time on the water as possible 🙂

Few notes:

Thank you to Dan Lane and Dan Noah for being the 2017 Thursday race committee.  You really had to negotiate some crazy weather and balance communication with us racers.  RC is not an easy job but critical to any program’s success.  Your decisiveness and commitment to running things “On Time” kept us all in line.  Looking to 2018, we will need a new race committee.  Please contact me (John Weiss – john@myweiss.com) if you’d be interested in taking this post on.  We love power-boaters (I am one too) and this is a great way to make sure you spend time on your boat!

Thank you to Sandy for making improvements to the KYC medium size crane and fixing it again last week.  Your efforts are definitely appreciated and ensured our ability to dry sail from KYC.

Thank you to Chad & Ed and all that that contributed to re-positioning our buoys.  We’ll survey the fleet but my humble opinion is this configuration opened up a great variety of course options and we seemed to take advantage of them all.  Nice work!

As September draws to a close, we need to get the buoys out.  Current target date for removal is 9/24 as I’m not available again until mid-October…  I’d like to provide a preemptive “thank you” to Pete Thompson for providing the BoatUS boat for that crucial operation.  I would also ask everyone to buy BoatUS insurance to support Pete since he does such a great job supporting us.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the captains and crews.  You are the reason we put together this program.  I truly feel KYC racing is something that makes Kenosha special.  We have fun and we give the people that visit our lakefront something beautiful to watch in the summer evenings.  If you need a reminder, just take a look at Lee’s videos on YouTube.

We’ll do our usual post season debrief in November – I’ll offer up some dates in a few weeks.  We’ll also do our Winner’s Dinner in early spring to get everyone thinking warm summer thoughts.  Until then, let’s try to catch as many Friday happy hours so we can talk about Ed & Shannon behind their backs as they do the “Great Loop”.

    • All Racing Results can be found on the KYC website under Racing Results.

 

Articles:

*Shannon & Ed’s Going Away Party: (by: Deb Strouf)

On September 9th, there was a Bon Voyage gathering to wish Shannon & Ed fair winds and smooth sailing as they prepare to depart on their year long adventure of The Great Loop. There was a large turnout of members, friends and family and some new friendships were made!

Blaise & Marley – New Friendships!………………Shannon & Ed Leaving Kenosha Harbor
Great Loop

*Event Planning: (by: Deb Strouf)

Attention all members new and old. The 2017 boating season will soon be wrapping up which means that the KYC Fall Events will soon be upon us.

  • September 30th – Bitter End Race from Waukegan to Kenosha (Check the Website for developing details)
  • October 28thKYC Annual Halloween Party
  • November 11thInstallation of Officers Dinner
  • December 9th KYC Annual Christmas / Holiday Party

Putting together a club event is a great way to get some hours in. If there are any members that are interested in running an event, or have an idea for a new event, please let a board or committee member know. Please remember that large club events do not need to be handled all by yourself. The club has been doing this for a long time, and there is no lack of knowledge or experience among the members when it comes to running an event. A committee can be assembled for large events, to help with making it run smoothly without a lot of stress.

Anyone that is interested, please contact: deb.strouf@gmail.com

View from the Lantern Room

September, the best sailing of the season, I always thought.  A sloppy sea, consistant winds, no (or very few) power boats out there and water running down the lee rail when close-hauled.  Oh yes, great sailing!

With the closing of the sailing season, though, we still had a party (or two) on the yacht club dock.  For example, back in 1958, my goodness, that’s 59 years ago, we had the annual “bratwurst/corn” cook-out.

                               Yacht Club Plans Cook-out

One of the most popular social events on the Kenosha Yacht Club calendar will take place Sunday, September 7, when the annual “bratwurst and corn” cook-out is held on the club dock from 3 to 8 p.m.  This event is open to all club members and their guests among whom (weather permitting) will be associates from Milwaukee, Racine, Waukegan and Chicago yacht clubs.

Commodore John P. Reis has selected a large group of members to handle details.  Alfred Viets and Robert Conklin are in charge of setting up the event, Everett Yance, food chairman, will be assisted by Joseph Werner, Lloyd Barth, Charles Werner, Harold Miller, Francis Werner, Gerald LaPoint, Robert Perry, Oillie Skronski.  Mr. and Mrs. Al Zimmerman, will be in charge of the outdoor refreshment stand.  Harold Jornt and Lawrence Smith are in charge of equipment, Edward Stern heads the lean-up squad, and Edward Grota, will handle lighting arrangements.

Between 250 and 300persons areexpected to attend.

It was a terrific party, I can tell you.  I was there.

To finish off the boating season lets go over some U.S. Coast Guard figures for the year 2017 of Hoax Rescue Calls:

  • 161  Confirmed or suspected hoax call fielded by the Coast Guard in fiscal 2016, up from 135 the previous year.
  • 160 plus  Hoax calls made in the Great Lakes region lone so far in 2017, nearly a 300 percent increase from last year.
  • 16,343   Search and Rescue cases fielded by the Coast Guard in fiscal 2016.
  • $15,000  Hourly cost of rescue operations for an HC-130J Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft.  Hoax callers may be forced to repay the Coast Guard for costs incurred.
  • 21  As in Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced communications system that helps locate distressed boaters.  Its first location (Atlantic City, New Jersey) came online in 2005; it now covers the entire continental US. coastline.
  • $250,000  Fine a prank caller could face if convicted of making a phony distress call, a Class D felony.

As a retired Coastie, thanks for making another safe boating season.

Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor:

KYC racers have been some of the major participators in this years larger regattas and have been doing very well.  This past month was the LMSS Q Race with 6 boats from KYC.  This was a double handed race from Racine around the Mid Lake Buoy and back (66.4 nautical miles). The race started as a downwind sled ride with high winds out of the West which included building following waves with boats under spinnakers.  A number of boats rounded-up with some dropping out of the race due to damaged sails.  Once rounding the mid-lake buoy, the fleet started the beat into the wind for the leg back to Racine.  For awhile, the wind died and boats had a hard time making way.  Towards evening the wind picked up again as we approached the  coastline.

Final results for KYC boats:

  • Kookaburra: 1st in Division, 2nd Overall
  • Takedown2: 2nd in division, 3rd Overall
  • Joan Claire: 2nd in division, 4th Overall
Joan Claire, Takedown2, Kookaburra

Sailor’s Dictionary:  Anchor:  Any of a number of heavy, hook-shaped devices that is dropped over the side of the boat on the end of a length of rope and/or chain, and which is designed to hold a vessel securely in place until (a) the wind exceeds 2 knots, (b) the owner and crew depart, or (c) 3 a.m.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

Winter Boat Storage at KYC

Winter Boat Storage

The schedule for winter boat storage at KYC has been posted upstairs.

Please sign-up for your haul-out day so that your cradle can be transported to the dock in order to be available when required.

Also, new this year:  You must have completed the following before haul-out or your boat stays in the water.

  • Storage payment in full received by KYC
  • Signed contract received by KYC
  • Copy of your  boat insurance received by KYC

And of course we need your able bodies helping on the various haul-out days.

Any questions, contact Doug Vaccarello

August Mainsheet 2017

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Waypoints

Hello Fellow KYC Members,

Congratulations to all the KYC members who participated last month in the the Hook Sail Race from Racine to Marinette/Menominee with racing results which were an impressive showing for our club!!!!

On Saturday, July 8th, an important and unique event took place at our clubhouse and surrounding area.  The Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center co-sponsored this Kenosha event to support the Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  The 1 mile walk, led by Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster of Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes, brought attention to the beauty, majesty and importance of the Great Lakes.  The time has arrived for Julia and Alyssa to begin their 332+ mile walk from Milwaukee to Lake Superior.  If you are able, please attend the sendoff event starting at 11:00am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Discovery World (500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202 ) and join Julia and Alyssa for a fun community event to celebrate the start of their journey to raise awareness for our Great Lakes!  The sendoff event is free and open to the public, no registration required.  The event will coincide with Discovery World’s “Science Saturday” activities and the Kohls Design It! Lab will be set up offering crafts and fun experiments for kids and adults to partake in!  Additional information can be found at their website www.wsogl.com.  On behalf of KYC, we are proud to have participated in a rare and significant local Kenosha event supporting an even bigger regional endeavor with such notoriety – Julia and Alyssa’s Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  Please continue to support this great cause, because we all have a stake in keeping the Great Lakes clean and healthy.  Best Wishes for much continued success to Julia and Alyssa in their upcoming 332+ mile walk and related endeavors for their worthy cause.

Tribute Island Music Festival, a City of Kenosha/Happenings Magazine/Wisconsin Tourism live music event on Simmons Island occurred on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.  The event planning, preparation and operation was well done.  Cover bands played on several stages all day long on Saturday and Sunday.  It was great summer good times!!  Thank you to all KYC Members for your patience and cooperation in helping KYC accommodate this unique and fun special event in Kenosha.

It is the time of year when formal clubhouse events slow down as members are sail racing, enjoying recreational boating on Lake Michigan and other late summer activities.  It is a good time to remind KYC Members regarding the existing procedures and requirements that are still in place for end of season boat haul outs and winter storage.  The KYC Board will use the previous list of KYC Members utilizing winter boat storage at the club and discuss changes, if any, to the list with Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello.  Documents for end of season boat haul outs and winter storage will be sent to KYC Members on the current list.  A completed contract, payment and proof of insurance must be sent to and received by Kenosha Yacht Club prior to boat haul out.  KYC Members should talk to Doug Vaccarello with questions or interest regarding the waiting list for winter boat storage at KYC.

Monitor the KYC Website for details on all upcoming social events including plans for a bitter-end party on September 30th after the last sail race.

Last item to address, ‘tis the season for nominations and elections for the 2017/2018 KYC Board.  Please refer to the “Upcoming Board Member Elections” section in the KYC Mainsheet for detailed information on this subject.

Enjoy the rest of summer and hang out in the outside areas of the Lake House Bar and Grille while the good weather lasts.  Happy Boating!!!

 

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

Summer is slipping by, but a historian’s life is never done.  That statement means nothing but it does get me to start my August Mainsheet article.  And what about my article?  Reminds me of the time I was giving my dissertation at the 1866 lighthouse to a senior group of visitors. During the presentation I mentioned that there were no lighthouses in the State of Arizona.  After my presentation, one of the guests came up to me and said, that there was once a lighthouse in Arizona! She mentioned that back in the wagon days on the trail to the west coast that in Arizona someone had lite a light in the desert for travelers to find water!  They called that light a lighthouse!  A good story, I thought, though I never used it.

A couple of weeks ago a niece of mine, who now resides in Arizona, after I told this story to her said, “Oh yes, we do have lighthouses in Arizona!”  She said, “I’ll send you some information on that.”  Well, she did, and this is what I learned from that!

Lighthouses of the United States:  Arizona    

                The U.S. state of Arizona is landlocked and mostly desert; navigation is limited to the lakes created by a series of dams on the Colorado River, including the section that forms the border between Arizona and California.  One of these lakes is Lake Havasu, where the diligent members of the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club have built a series of lighthouses.    These lights are reduced size replicas inspired by famous lighthouses of the U.S. and Canada. The lights are legitimate aids to navigation, with designs approved by the Coast Guard and locations approved by the state as part of a master plan for lighting the waterways of the lake.  The plan calls for more than 20 lighthouses, including several on the California side of the lake.

The information described above is part of www.unc.edu/rowlett/lighthouse/az.htm.  A very interesting insight to all the lighthouses, by State, including our lighthouse in the Wisconsin section.

Special thanks to my niece, Cathy Campbell, now of Huachuca City, Arizona.

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC membership meeting is Tuesday September 12th, 7:00 PM
  • Bitter-End party on September 30th after the last sail race (stay tuned for info.)

Upcoming Board Member Elections:

The Nominating Committee would like to present its recommended slate for the upcomming (November) Board elections

            Position                         Recommendation

  • Commodore                  Robert Rinehart
  • Vice Commodore        Ron Otto
  • Rear Commodore       Deb Strouf
  • Secretary                        Lee Rosenbaum
  • Treasurer                        Jack Ciesemier
  • Trustee                            Andy Cross
  • Trustee                            Tom Deters
  • Trustee                            Dan Newman
  • House Director             Jim Strouf
  • Past Commodore        Michael Paulin

We would like to thank the Nominating Committee for their efforts

  • Doug Vaccarello
  • Jim Buck
  • Tom Deters
  • Ed Montano
  • Mike Marquardt
Note from the board about Elections to Clarify the process from the By-laws:
Elections
Section 1 Election of Officers
The election of officers will be held at the annual membership meeting in October. On or about the first of August, the Board of Directors will appoint a nominating committee of five (5) members consisting of four voting members with five years tenure and a chairperson, being an active past Commodore.
This committee will nominate a member of the Club for each office including that of the Trustees to be filled at the annual election. These nominations should be certified to the Recording Secretary of the Club in writing on or before August 20th.
It is the duty of the committee or any group nominating a candidate to provide a written acceptance and to serve as an officer for the Club. The acceptance must be filed by August 20th.
Once the nominating committee has chosen a candidate for Commodore, they may seek the candidate’s advice on the nominations.
The Recording Secretary will then post the nominations, known as the “Nominating Committee’s Slate,” in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
If no other nominations are made, as provided in Article VII, Section 2, the Recording Secretary will cast one ballot at the annual election for the group nominated. These will then become the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year and until their successors are duly elected.
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Section 2 Other Nominations
At the September membership meeting any member qualified to vote can nominate another member for an office, if he or she agrees to being put on the slate, for election at the annual meeting in October. Any nomination must be seconded and the member being nominated must be present to accept. The Recording Secretary will post the nominations in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
The Recording Secretary will then notify the Board of Directors of all nominations. At the annual election, the members qualified to vote will vote for one person for each office from the nominations, and upon the ballots distributed by tellers appointed by the presiding officer of the meeting. The candidates receiving the majority of votes cast for all candidates for each office shall be the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year, beginning on the first Tuesday of November. In the event no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for any one office, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall have a run-off between them until one receives a majority of votes cast.
Section 3 Qualified Voters
Only members whose indebtedness to the Club is paid up to within one month of any membership meeting shall be entitled to vote at the annual elections meeting. A member who is qualified to vote may vote in person or by written proxy.

Membership Committee Report:

The KYC Membership Committee and the entire Kenosha Yacht Club welcome our newest members:

  • Mark & Jay Hawkins
  • Mark & Lynda Fulkes
  • Charles Wilson & Kate Gillogly
  • Wayne & Denise Kaleciak
  • Paul W. Peterson
  • Eric & Diane Routman
  • Diego Rael

Hope to see all of you around the club often!

Bob Rinehart, Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair

Announcements:

  • Boat Haul Out (Doug Vaccarello)
    • A completed contract, payment and proof of insurance must be sent to and received by Kenosha Yacht Club prior to boat haul out.
    • Information is being sent to those on the list for keeping their boat on the hard at KYC over the winter.
  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    • With only a few weeks of racing remaining, I’d like to call out to our membership to see if there is interest for 2018 Race Committee.  Dan Lane has once again been a great race committee but I’m guessing he’ll want to race his boat in 2018.  So, if you have a boat and would like a reason to use it, KYC racing is here to help.  A non-racing boat is preferred.A great way to understand what’s involved would be to join Dan for a Thursday evening this summer – its pretty easy and fun.  Here’s an overview of what KYC racing needs:KYC Racing Needs:
      • Racing starts last week of May, ends mid-September
      • Race committee for Thursday evenings ~6pm to ~8pm
      • Race committee for Sundays mornings ~ 10:30am to 1pm nice to have but Thursday is more important
      • Commitment to as many dates as possible but flexible if you need dates off, would like 60 to 70% of dates so we have consistency

      Responsibilities:

      • Start races on time
      • Finish races
      • Scoring (optional)
      • Safety boat
      • Enjoy

      Benefits:

      • Admiration of your fellow KYC members
      • $50/date to help offset your fuel and expenses
      • Learn about sailboat racing
      • Boating karma – the weather gods will look favorable upon your vessel

      Please reach out to John Weiss if you are interested – john@myweiss.com or 262-652-6964.

    • All Racing Results using both scoring systems can be found on the KYC website under Racing Results.

KCSC News:

I wanted to share this email and pictures with all of you. First, thanks Captain Mike for making this happen.  This is meeting our goal of reaching awareness of our organization in the Kenosha Community.  (Jim Buck)

Hello, Jim & Lori!

Our group purchased a sailing trip at the Hospice Alliance Gala and couldn’t be happier with the decision!  We scheduled our sailing trip to celebrate two of the birthdays in our group and it was a truly magical excursion.  We loved watching the sunset over our hometown from Lake Michigan.  Captain Mike also took extra good care of us and accommodated our request to sail past our home on 3rd Avenue.  We are grateful to have the KCSC in our community and look forward to going on a sail again soon!  

Thank you,
Jennifer Dooley

Happy sailors on Magic

Articles:

*The Montano’s Lift Anchor

When Ed and I moved to Kenosha, we never imagined how full our life would become here. We have been on the go since we got the keys to our front door and we would not have it any other way. It has been a wild ride between regular life, sailing, and Kenosha Yacht Club. However, and alas, we have been offered an amazing opportunity to hit some of the coolest rivers, maneuver some of the most marvelous locks, and see some amazing country in the United States. We are lifting anchor and attempting to complete the Great Loop through the next year.

We are beyond excited and there is a lot to do in the next month before we leave, but we are ready to see what this adventure has to offer us. The funny thing is, is that we seem to forget that as adults we can do whatever we want. We spend time reading things we should or should not do, we seek out advice, we look for answers, but we forget that ultimately are free to do what we want. Aside from just “getting away,” Ed and I are looking forward to slowing down and enjoying being on the water. Though, we anticipate problems, the prospect of adventure was too strong to turn down.

The boat we will be living on for a year is a True North 38, which is technically a down east lobster style boat. It has a large transom area with a picnic boat-like back end, meant for company and a great day out on the boat. The galley, dining area, and cockpit all reside under a hard top with canvas or screen window for protection off the end. There is one forward birth cabin, with a full head and shower down below as well. The table, lowered on hydraulics, also serves as a guest bed, so we are definitely looking forward to visits from family and friends. There is plenty of room for Laina’s bed and we are gearing up for lots of family time on our 38 foot house for the next year.

Please stay tuned to the next Mainsheet as we will get Lee information on our website and blog documenting our journey. We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer and we look forward to sharing our adventure with you!

-Ed Montano and Shannon Devine

Great Loop

 

Letter from the Editor:

A proud father has to gloat.  My son Adam (who crews with us) got married on August 12th to the love of his life, Maddie.  It was a lovely affair and we could not be more happy for them.  They are honeymooning in the Galapagos Islands.  If you remember from school, Charles Darwin (work on evolution) made some of his discoveries there.  The animals are not afraid of humans so swimming with the penguins or approaching the giant tortoises, marine iguanas or Blue Footed Boobies are easy.

Best of all, not only did I gain a daughter, but maybe even another crew member!!

Sailor’s Dictionary: Port is a fine wine, always stowed on the left side of the boat.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum

July Mainsheet 2017

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Waypoints

Hello Fellow KYC Members,

This weekend is Tribute Island Music Festival, a City of Kenosha/Happenings Magazine/Wisconsin Tourism live music event on Simmons Island scheduled for Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.  KYC members are not allowed to drive motor vehicles onto Simmons Island to the Kenosha Yacht Club during the two days of this event, so plan accordingly.  KYC members can certainly walk to the yacht club by entering the festival grounds through the general public entrance gates and paying the festival admission fee.  The Lake House Bar and Grille will be open both days.  Cover bands will play on several stages all day long on Saturday and Sunday.  Additional information can be found on the City of Kenosha website under News/Special Events.  Enjoy the Tribute Island Music Festival if you are able to attend.  It should be great summer good times!!  Thank you for your patience and cooperation in helping KYC accommodate this unique and fun special event in Kenosha.

On Saturday, July 8th, an important and unique event took place at our clubhouse and surrounding area.  The Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center co-sponsored this Kenosha event to support the Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes.  Thanks to all individuals and organizations who were present to support this event by donating, walking or participating in the other activities.  KYC was honored by the participation of Mayor John Antaramian and The U.S. Coast Guard in the event.  The U.S. Coast Guard moored their 45-foot response boat at the KYC for tours.  The 1 mile walk, led by Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster of Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes, brought attention to the beauty, majesty and importance of the Great Lakes.  The Kenosha History Center offered 1/2 price tickets to climb the old lighthouse tower of which I and other walkers took advantage.  Kenosha has an impressive and fascinating history that the Kenosha History Center displays so well.  Thanks also to Kenosha News, Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association, City of Kenosha Water Utility, Seebeck Gallery, Lucky Dog Charters, Minuteman Press-Kenosha, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Southport Marina for their various contributions to the event.  A film crew for the documentary was there to film the event.  On behalf of KYC, we are proud to have participated in a rare and significant local event supporting an even bigger regional endeavor with such notoriety.  Please continue to support this great cause, because we all have a stake in keeping the Great Lakes clean and healthy.  Finally, and most importantly, KYC Member Sue Hill is recognized for an incredible effort as the organizer of this Kenosha event.  This very successful Kenosha event to support Julia and Alyssa’s Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes cause does not happen without her.  Sue had a brilliant idea and followed through with tenacious, unwavering and tireless planning and execution of this event.  All KYC members please join me in expressing gratitude to Sue Hill for a job well done that brought such positive attention to KYC and KCSC and such strong awareness to the important cause of Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes!!!  Thanks also to all KYC and KCSC members who helped out to make this event happen.  Through the Kenosha event, organizations and individuals combined to donate over $1,000 to Great Lakes causes.  Best Wishes for much continued success to Julia and Alyssa in their upcoming 332+ mile walk and related endeavors for their worthy cause.

Wednesday, August 2 is another Northwoods League Home Run Derby.  The event in Kenosha Harbor is hosted by the Kenosha Kingfish baseball organization.  This should be an awesome experience similar to last year’s event.  I saw video footage of last year’s event on ESPN and CBS Sports.  KYC Dock and Derrick Chairman Doug Vaccarello will need a crew to help the Kingfish setup the home run fence and foul poles (using sailboat masts) in the water and providing other assistance.  Send a message to the KYC email address if you are interested in helping out.  Plan to visit the Lake House Bar and Grille on August 2.  The Kenosha Yacht Club will be a fun place to be that evening with a good view of the Kingfish event as we will watch baseballs fly into the water in front of the club.  A live band and fireworks were part of the Kingfish’s activities last year.  Another KYC Outing at the Kenosha Kingfish is a possibility.  Last year’s outing was a home run blast and I hope we can do it again!!!

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

Good Luck to all KYC members participating this month in the Hook Sail Race from Racine to Marinette/Menominee and the Chicago to Mackinac Sail Race!!!!

It is getting hot.  Continue to be safe, enjoy the rest of summer and Happy Boating!!!

Mike Paulin         commodore

Commodore

Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club
commodore@kenoshayachtclub.com

View from the Lantern Room

By the year 1906 the Kenosha harbor was a definite cesspool!  It was not described as a foul smelling body of water or, more mildly stated, that the harbor smelled bad.  No, it was aptly described as having a definite “Stench”!

Can you imagine, after reading the following article, what it was like to be a boater?  Or what it must have been like to live on the north side of the harbor?  And, how about the personnel living at the lighthouse or the Life Saving Station?

Thinking about it, why did it take so long before the city officials took action to clean up the harbor?

July 12, 1906   The Telegraph-Courier

                        WILL CURB STENCH

 Tannery Officials Meet Health Committee Half Way in Effort to Clean Kenosha River

                         RIVER TO BE DREDGED NOW

 Company Will Also Make New Arrangement for the Disposal of Refuse so as to Purify

Water-Gas Company to Follow

The stench from the tannery, which for years has been a blight to the property on the North side of the city is to be curbed and the Kenosha river (Pike Creek) which has been hindered in its flow y the refuse from the institution is to be dredged out and an effort will be made to keep it clean in the future.

This morning Mayor Gorman, City Attorney Slater, Health Officer John B. Spalding an Alderman C. Fred Stemm of the Sixth ward, went to the office of the tannery to consult with the officials of the company as to what steps were to be taken to clean up the river and if possible do away with the stench.

C.W. Allen met the committee more than half way and advised the members that the company had already taken steps to secure the changes desired.  He stated that the company was willing to meet every demand in reason that the committee could make and that the reforms would be started at once.  The company, before the visit of the committee, had made arrangements for the dredging of the river, and the dredges will be here within a few days to clean the river along the tannery docks.

The company has also arranged for the building of a catch basin along the docks to catch the refuse from the various buildings.  Added to this a platform will be erected on which all animal matter will be thrown, and from this platform it will be hauled away and buried or burned.  The great objection has come from the fact that animal matter dumped into the river has been thrown up on the banks by the tide, and with the coming of warm weather an awful stench arises from this dried matter.

With the changes now planned it is thought that this will all be done away with and that the only refuse poured into the river will be the liquor from the vats.  There is no stench connected with the liquor.  The river was dredged five years ago at the expense of the company and the work this year will be done in the same matter.  This afternoon the committee made a visit to the plant of the Kenosha Gas and Electric Company and the officials of this company have agreed to do all in their power to do away with the nuisances.

The matter of putting a flushing tunnel in the river was discussed but it is not thought that this can be done.  In other cities the flushing tunnels have been put in by the cities and it would be impossible with the present financial condition of Kenosha to make these changes.

Ed. C. Werner

Club News:

Upcoming Events

  • Next membership meeting is Tuesday August 1st, 7:00 PM
  • Tribute Island Music Festival, July 22, 23 (see info in commodore’s letter)
  •  Car Show: Saturday July 29, 2017 (see flyer in last months Mainsheet)
  • Kenosha Kingfish Home Run Derby, August 2nd, 5:00pm

Upcoming Board Member Elections:

Note from the board about Elections to Clarify the process from the By-laws:
Elections
Section 1 Election of Officers
The election of officers will be held at the annual membership meeting in October. On or about the first of August, the Board of Directors will appoint a nominating committee of five (5) members consisting of four voting members with five years tenure and a chairperson, being an active past Commodore.
This committee will nominate a member of the Club for each office including that of the Trustees to be filled at the annual election. These nominations should be certified to the Recording Secretary of the Club in writing on or before August 20th.
It is the duty of the committee or any group nominating a candidate to provide a written acceptance and to serve as an officer for the Club. The acceptance must be filed by August 20th.
Once the nominating committee has chosen a candidate for Commodore, they may seek the candidate’s advice on the nominations.
The Recording Secretary will then post the nominations, known as the “Nominating Committee’s Slate,” in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
If no other nominations are made, as provided in Article VII, Section 2, the Recording Secretary will cast one ballot at the annual election for the group nominated. These will then become the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year and until their successors are duly elected.
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Section 2 Other Nominations
At the September membership meeting any member qualified to vote can nominate another member for an office, if he or she agrees to being put on the slate, for election at the annual meeting in October. Any nomination must be seconded and the member being nominated must be present to accept. The Recording Secretary will post the nominations in the next Club newsletter or in a special mailing to members.
The Recording Secretary will then notify the Board of Directors of all nominations. At the annual election, the members qualified to vote will vote for one person for each office from the nominations, and upon the ballots distributed by tellers appointed by the presiding officer of the meeting. The candidates receiving the majority of votes cast for all candidates for each office shall be the duly elected officers and Trustees of the Club for the ensuing year, beginning on the first Tuesday of November. In the event no candidate receives a majority of votes cast for any one office, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall have a run-off between them until one receives a majority of votes cast.
Section 3 Qualified Voters
Only members whose indebtedness to the Club is paid up to within one month of any membership meeting shall be entitled to vote at the annual elections meeting. A member who is qualified to vote may vote in person or by written proxy.

Announcements:

  • Boat Launching (Doug Vaccarello)
    • Boats are in the water!
  • Racing News (John Weiss)
    •      As you read this article the 2017 KYC racing season is now over 1/2 way complete.  That’s hard to believe as it seems that the summer just started.  We have now completed 3 Thursday races (2 additional aborted due to wind dying) and 4 Sunday races.  The new buoy layout is resulting in some great creativity in courses.  Courses can be as short as 2 miles and can range from windward/leeward to round the buoys or crisscrossing.  We’ve done them all this year.
           I’d also like to invite our power boating friends to come out to spectate on Thursdays or Sundays.  The course legs are only 1 mile so if you drift to the side of the course, you can get some great viewing.  It really makes for a great evening on the water.  Maybe motor behind the fleet to watch the action, then return to the club for some comradery and a few beverages.
    • All Racing 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
Kookaburra & September Song
Sunday Race

 

Articles:

*Queens Cup Photos

Lizard: Eric Routman, Bob Kearns, Randy Bredin, Bob Arndt, Marc Southard
Wind Lassie: Jim Strouf
Kookaburra: Adam & Lee Rosenbaum, Chuck Binzel, Chad Kurszewski

 *Hook Race Photos

Video of the 2017 Hook Race taken by Lee Rosenbaum can be seen athttps://youtu.be/oduUkKYkqxg

Wind & Waves: They are never what you want, where you want, when you want.

 *Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes – Kenosha Event

WSOGL

The Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes – Kenosha event was a big success!  Over 70 people (including 50+ walkers) visited the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center (KCSC) on July 8, and over $1,000 was raised for environmental non-profit organizations working to sustain the Great Lakes.  We were especially pleased with the Kenosha News coverage, which helped raise community awareness of the KYC and KCSC (official co-sponsors of the event):

Mayor Antaramian kicked off the event and delivered an important and timely message for the Kenosha community:  We all need to be stewards of Lake Michigan and the future of the Great Lakes is in our hands.  He emphasized how important Lake Michigan is to everyone in Kenosha.

Highlights on the short one-mile walk included stops in which Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster educated walkers on topics related to Lake Michigan improvements and continuing challenges.

Partners who helped make this a success included:

  • S. Coast Guard (tours of their 45’ response boat)
  • S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (pollution control information and games)
  • Kenosha Sport Fishing & Conservation Association (Pike river clean-up and conservation information)
  • City of Kenosha Water Utility (Traveling Tap and free water bottles)
  • Rayni Day Productions film crew (collected footage & interviews for the documentary)
  • Sponsors at the $100 level included the KYC, Kenosha Sport Fishing & Conservation, Lucky Dog Charters, and Southport Marina. Seebeck Gallery donated bookmarks.
  • Minuteman Press – Kenosha donated printing of all flyers and posters for the event.
  • Lake House Bar & Grill (opened one hour early, and offered a burger and drink special to support the event)

Last, a big thank you goes to the volunteers who helped make this a success, in particular Jim Buck, President, KCSC; Mike Paulin, Commodore, KYC; Deb Strouf, Board Member/KYC Event Coordinator; KCSC and KYC Board members who attended planning meetings, etc., and numerous KYC and KCSC volunteers who helped on July 8th.  Thank you!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?:  The big send-off!  August 26th is the official send off for their 332+ mile hike.  It will take place at the Discovery Center in Milwaukee (11:00 – noon).  The event is free, open to the public and will coincide with Discovery World’s “Science Saturday” activities and the Kohls Design It! Lab, which will offer crafts and fun experiments for kids and adults. At noon, folks may join Julia and Alyssa for the first mile of their journey along the beautiful lakefront on the Oak Leaf Trail!

Follow them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WSOGL/ or http://www.wsogl.com/

Consider donating to help them meet their fundraising goal, and follow their journey to learn more about Lake Michigan and Great Lakes issues.

 Sue Hill

*Jack Cesiemer turned 80

KYC member and Board Trustee Jack Cesiemer turned 80 years old this month and received quite the surprise from his family – A brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee!!!  While Jack will miss his trusty Volvo (she was coming up on 300K miles); be looking for him around the KYC in his new ride!

Jack Cesiemer’s Birthday Surprise From his family

Letter from the Editor:

I hope you are enjoying the Mainsheet.  If you have any ideas for improvements or content please let me know.  Remember this is your Newsletter!

There has been a lot of Port-to-Port races over the past month. Here’s a summary.

Eric Routman (Lizard) finished first on the Chicago to Waukegan race.

A number of KYC members raced the Queens Cup (Milwaukee to South Haven, MI) on June 23rd.  133 boats started the race and KYC made a nice overall showing:

  • 1st: Wind Lassie: Jim & Dave Strouf, (1st in Double Handed Division)
  • 2nd: Aces Dream: Brian Hettrick (2nd in Cruising Division)
  • 33rd: Lizard: Eric Routman, Bob Kearns, Randy Bredin, Bob Arnt, Marc Southard(3rd in Division)
  • 51st: Kookaburra: Lee Rosenbaum, Chad Kurszewski, Chuck Binzel, Adam Rosenbaum (5th in Division)
  • Ed Montano crewed on Rambler out of Chicago: 9th overall (4th in Division).  We won’t hold it against him for not sailing on a KYC boat.

Ron Otto (Takedown-2) raced in the Solo Mac (Chicago to Mackinac Island).  This is a grueling solo race taking Ron 55:31:18 (yes that is over two days straight of racing solo). Congrats Ron on completing this challenge.  And don’t forget he had to sail the boat back to Kenosha too.

The Hook Race started on July 15th (Racine to Upper Door County’s  Menominee, MI). Nine KYC boats started the race out of the 32 boats.  Congrats to all that finished as it was a grueling race.

  • 1st: Sirocco: Doug Vaccarello, Jerry Ruffolo, Jon Seebeck, Max Seebeck (PHRF-3)
  • 2nd: Kookaburra: Lee Rosenbaum, Chad Kurszewski (Double Handed Division)
  • 3rd: Wind Lassie: Jim & Dave Strouf (Double Handed Division)
  • 7th: Takedown 2: Ron Otto, (PHRF-1)

Ed Montano raced the 109th Chicago to Mackinac Island on Rambler finishing 51 out of 81 in their division.  They gave assistance to another boat during the race.

Sailor’s Dictionary: A Flashlight is a tubular metal container used for storing dead batteries prior to their disposal.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum