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October Mainsheet 2017

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 10/17/2017


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 28 , the 2017 KYC/KCSC Past Commodores’ Dinner and Installation of Officers will be on Saturday, November 11 . 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
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

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 28 – KYC Annual Halloween Party
  • November 11 – KYC / KCSC Annual Past Commodores Dinner and Installation of Officers
  • December 9 – KYC Annual Christmas / Holiday Party

Upcoming Board Member Elections

The Nominating Committee would like to present its recommended slate for the upcoming (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

Membership Committee Report

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

No new members this month 

Bob Rinehart, 
Vice-Commodore and Membership Chair


  • 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.


Halloween Party!  (by: Deb Strouf) 


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!


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:

or via email notification to . 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. 
Haul Out 2017

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 

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 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 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.

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  

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 Werner 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:

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