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November Mainsheet 2017

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 11/15/2017


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
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

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

Board Members

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


  • 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
    • (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
          • 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


Halloween Party!  (by: 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 always - they were very beautiful!

INSTALLATION DINNER: (by: 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: (by: 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 or 262-945-9183

View from the Lantern Room

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


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 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 Werner 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:

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