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February Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 2/17/2018


Greetings KYC Members-

Even though there is snow on the ground, there’s a hint of spring in the air and a boating season on the horizon.  We are only a month away from the first day of spring and a month and a half from our annual April Fools Regatta.  There is hope!

In spite of a city-wide power outage that shut down our January Member Meeting, which was scheduled to be our 2018 planning meeting, we were able to reschedule, do some great goal setting and were ready to celebrate those goals at our February Meeting.  Thanks to all who participated in any way in these two meetings! 

The Community Connections Committee is already at work as convener, Andy Cross, has called the Committee to begin with a virtual brainstorming conversation.  Randy Bredin has agreed to chair the Education Committee which is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 26th at 6:00pm and the Social Connections Committee will also meet to begin their goal conversation at 6pm on the 26th. What a great beginning!

On Saturday, March 10th, we will be offered the opportunity to learn about sailmaking.  Joe Davis will be leading a workshop using one of the sewing machines he brought to the KCSC sail loft several years ago.  As Joe retires from sailmaking, the KCSC has purchased his machines.  His presentation will start at 1:00pm.  We will start the day with our Annual Chili Cookoff beginning at 11:00am. Bring your favorite chili or just come enjoy someone else’s and vote for your favorite. 

We are pleased to announce that our KYC bar is coming together nicely.  Come by on Friday nights from 3-6pm for our Happy Hour and watch our website for additional hours.  Thanks to Rear Commodore Deb Strouf’s excellent crew for painting and redecorating our bar.  Thanks to Clair Pauschert for taking the helm and restocking and organizing it.

On another note, the Board is in the process of making some changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.  Watch for information as those changes come together.

The Kenosha Community Sailing Center is in the process of putting their 2018 Catalog together and each of us received an invitation to become a sponsor.  Please consider advertising your business or being a personal sponsor of this great endeavor.


Hope to see you at Happy Hour!


Bob Rinehart
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday March 7th, 7:00PM
  • March 10: Chili Cook-off: 11:00am
  • March 10: Learn about Sail Making by: Joe Davis: 1:00pm
  • April 15: Presentation - Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (Kenosha Public Museum)

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


  • Sailboat Racing (John Weiss)

    Racers, the winter has been interesting but pretty good if you enjoy skiing.  Not so much if you like iceboating.  For those that have gone south for some liquid water, here’s to you!


    We have a number of things we need to get back on track for the 2018 racing season.  John Weiss will be sending out the survey for our Winner’s Party so please look for the message via the Yahoo Group and respond with your availability.


    Sail fast!

  • KYC Bar is Open under limited hours
    • Claire has happily returned as our bar keep.  Come by and say hello. We are accepting Cash & Credit Cards.
    • A Galley Strategy & Search Committee has been formed and are working hard to find and implement a solution for the restaurant.  If you have anyone that is interested in submitting a proposal, please have them email:

  • Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation
    • Check out the LMSRF website for information on racing on Lake Michigan


Volunteer Plan for The Kenosha Community Sailing Center

Goal: Staff a summer youth sailing program with sufficient volunteers to provide a safe and fun learning environment for students.

Bettie Westcott has put together a plan that can be viewed HERE.

Great Lakes Education

Take Action for a Healthy Lake Michigan!
In her continuing series on Lake Michigan this month Sue Hill dives into the issue surrounding Asian Carp.
You can read the full article here:  Click Here

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 
  • Our thoughts go out to Ron and Kathy Otto as they support family members through some difficult health issues. 

  • We extend our sympathy to Jim Kremers at the passing of his wife, Sunny Rullman.  Sunny will be missed by many in our Club.

  • Lee & Joan Rosenbaum's son Eric has become engaged.

    If you or someone you know of is in need of some Good Winds, please let me know.  We do acknowledge celebrations as well as difficult times in our member's lives.
Please continue to let Joyce know as you become aware of members who might need some “Good Winds.” Joyce can be reached at or 262-945-9183
Joyce Rinehart Joyce Rinehart

View from the Lantern Room

I know it is still January and we have some winter to get through yet and I know the Old Lake can “kick up” even into Spring but why not tell you a story about what the Old Lake can do even in the month of March!  This story happened in March of 1899.


March 23, 1899   The Telegraph-Courier






                                           PASSENGERS AND CREW SAVED


The vessel Had Left Chicago at Eight O’ Clock Last night, and Had a Hard Fight Against                 

                                 Wind and Snow – May Stay in the Ice Several Days.


                The big Goodrich passenger steamer ATLANTA, running between Chicago and Milwaukee, went on the beach between this city and Racine early this morning.  The steamer is not thought to be in any immediate danger, and the company owning her have ordered three tugs and a steamer to proceed to the scene and attempt to release her without damage.  The passengers on the vessel, consisting of 52 souls, were all rescued by the crew unassisted, and have found comfortable places in the different hotels at Racine.

                The steamer is firmly in the sand and a little over two and half miles from Racine, while the life saving stations both in this city and Racine have tendered their services, the company seems to think the boat is in no danger, and will wait until assistance can arrive from Chicago.

                According to the story of one of the crew, the vessel left Chicago at its regular time last night with the 52 passengers and a large amount of freight.  As soon as the boat left Chicago the pilot took the usual course to Racine.  The vessel had only been in the lake a short time when a terrific wind and snow storm came up from the northeast.  In a few moments the lake became very rough and it was impossible for the liner to make any headway against the storm.  However the pilot made every effort to hold her to the course until they were no longer able to throw the lead, and in a few moments later the vessel buried its hull in the ice along the beach, and before any change could be made the vessel was firmly fixed in the sand about 500 feet from shore, with her hull out about eight inches.

                The passengers became greatly alarmed when the vessel was beached, but the crew worked manfully and soon cut a channel through the ice to the shore and the passengers were all landed by means of a small boat, and the storm on the lakes was the worst in years.

                The vessel is not injured in any way and will probably be released this evening.  The passengers were all sent to their destinations this morning.  This is the second accident to the Goodrich boats during the last two months.

                Capt. Cameron of the life saving station visited the beached vessel this afternoon and assisted in removing the crew from the vessel.  The captain says that the boat has only touched the shore and is no danger whatever.  The captain of the boat is David Corcoran wand was formerly a great friend of the head of the life saving station here and he stated to the Kenosha man that it would be impossible for the boat to be released until the wind swings round to the west and blows the ice out into the lake again.  The captain says that there is a full seven miles of ice between the vessel and open water.

Ed Werner Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor

For those that attended the KYC planning meeting (thank you).  For those that joined a committe (a bigger thank you).

KYC can only survive if the membership gets involved. The three new committees that were formed is a great start.  If you want to get involved, go check out the committees page and sign-up. Or if your interest and skills fall in a different area, let the board know and we will make sure you have a way to contribute and get involved.  And hey, it's more fun when your involved!

Sailor’s Thinking:  Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice but because you are.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum