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March Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 3/22/2018


Greetings Kenosha Yacht Club Members

We have had lots of changes around the KYC this month.  The Biggest of which was the needed rate change.  These changes were implemented to help us gain independence from having a restaurant and to help the club with rising insurance, utility, and other fixed costs.  It is the first increase in many years and I sincerely hope our members will support this change and that we will have no losses in membership.  If this causes a hardship for anyone, you are encouraged to contact the Board to discuss options that are available to you.  These conversations will be kept confidential.  I think this needed change will move the KYC in a more viable direction.

Another big change is the opening of our bar managed by Clair Pauschert and Brody Chamberlin.  We have been primarily open to members for several weeks and look forward to opening to the public soon.  Watch for our official Grand Opening to be announced.  We are very pleased with the support that has been given to our new bar by Club members and also the public.

We recently discovered that we were in possession of a handcrafted wooden ship which had been unceremoniously hidden in plain sight in our restaurant.  It has been loaned to the Kenosha History Center and will be reconditioned and displayed in the Lighthouse.  This boat has quite a story behind it and Pat Cooper knows the story.  If you see Pat around the Club, ask him about it.

We also had our Annual Chili Cookoff and lots of good food was offered.  The winners were:  1st Place – Dave Marchal; 2nd Place – Eric Routman and 3rd Place – Dan Newman.  Congratulations to our winners! And thanks to Deb for planning this event.  Following our chili sampling, we were treated to a great informational conversation and demonstration by retiring sailmaker, Joe Davis.  Thanks for the helpful workshop, Joe!

It is time to start looking toward our April Fools Regatta on Saturday, April 7th.  Patrick Perlman is busy planning this event for us so watch for the details.  We are also planning our 60th Blessing of the Fleet for Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 10:30am. If you are available to help set up or take down from this event, you can sign up on the members only website by going to “volunteering” under the “members” section.  Thanks in advance to all who will be available for this special event.

The weather is changing and folks are already on their boats preparing them for the upcoming boating season!  It is great to see action on the dock and we look forward to another great boating season!

In anticipation,


Bob Rinehart
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday April 4th, 7:00pm
  • April 7: April Fools Regatta (Boat Setup 10:00am)
  • April 15: Presentation - Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes (Kenosha Public Museum)
  • April 21: Sail Racing Meeting & Party

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 Launching (Doug Vaccarello)
    •  Boat Launching will begin on Saturday, April 14th and continue for the following few Saturdays. 
    • All boats should be in the water by the Blessing of the Fleet on June 3rd.  We need the dock cleared.
    • Please give Doug Vaccarello (262-945-2994) a call the week you plan to go in and let him know of your intentions. 
    • All members with boats on the dock are required to help launch boats. All others are welcomed as we need able bodies.
    • Also, remember to take you garbage and recyclables home with you!  Do not put in KYC garbage cans.

  • Sailboat Racing (John Weiss)
    • Racing meeting on April 21 at 3:00pm followed by party in the Bar.


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







Where:           MAPLECREST COUNTRY CLUB     


    9401 - 18TH Street      

                      Kenosha, WI  53144


When:              Sunday, May 6, 2018


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


Cost:              $ 60.00 per golfer -

     includes Golf, Cart, Lunch at the course, Trophies and Prizes


Aprez Golf:  All Golfers and their families are invited to the

                             Awards Ceremony immediately following at the

                             Kenosha Yacht Club, conveniently located at 

                             5130 - 4th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140.


RSVP by April 27, 2018 (singles or foursome) by delivering a check/cash payment & golfer names to Kenosha Yacht Club at the address above.



If you have any questions, please call Mike Paulin at 815-354-6180.

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.

Take Action for a Healthy Lake Michigan!  Get Educated on April 15th! Don’t miss this event! 

Don’t miss this KYC-KCSC Community event! 


The Worth of Water – A Great Lakes Story & Educational event – April 15, 1 p.m. (Sunday)


Come to the Kenosha Public Museum to show your support for the KYC, KCSC and to learn about issues affecting the Great Lakes.  You will not be disappointed!


Location:  Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Avenue, Kenosha, WI

On August 26, 2017 Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster set off on a 343-mile trek from Milwaukee to Lake Superior to raise awareness for the Great Lakes and freshwater conservation – the Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes. In spite of their majesty, the Great Lakes are a fragile ecosystem and face serious threats from pollution, invasive species, climate change, and degradation and loss of wetlands.

Learn from these amazing women about their inspiring journey and how you can help steward the largest body of fresh-water on the planet.  Joining them will be Titus Seilheimer, a fisheries scientist at Wisconsin Sea Grant, who will cover the topic of invasive species in the Great Lakes.


The Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center are partnering with the Kenosha Public Museum to host this event.  Members who met Julia and Alyssa at last summer’s KYC-KCSC event will be especially interested to hear from them again!  Meet at the KYC afterwards to enjoy event specials at the bar, socialize, and welcome the community (who will be invited to stop over following the museum event).

Here are some great links to topics in the news that relate to Lake Michigan.  Be educated!

Here are some great links to topics in the news that relate to Lake Michigan. Be Educated!

How invasive species have affected water quality – check out these amazing photos!:


Great information on the proposed Foxconn diversion in this video! Submit your comments to the Wisconsin DNR by March 21st!

Kenosha Go Calendar link


Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 
  • Our thoughts go out to Ron Otto as he moves his mother to a new location and to Kathy Otto as she helps care for her brother who is struggling with his health.

  • We extend our sympathies to Sharon and Pat Cooper at the passing of Sharon’s father, Olaf Grant.

  • Wishes for a speedy recovery are sent to Jeff Schenning following surgery.

  • Congratulations to Bill and Liz Bielanski as they welcome a new grandson!

  • Celebrate the sunshine and the slowly warming temperatures!.

    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 “winter” here in Kenosha BUT I have noticed a member or two already aboard their boats in the boatyard.  I realize from my own experiences that spring cannot come too soon to get the boat ready for an early launching.  OK, I’ll go along with it and try to help these sailors by writing up a really “Spring” article.


May 25, 1905      The Telegraph-Courier




Many new boats Being Launched in the Kenosha Harbor and Busy season Promised



About the busiest and one of the most interesting places in and around Kenosha these days are the yacht docks at the Morgan club house.  Everything is hurry and bustle, the big yacht “Pathfinder” is being overhauled from one end to the other under the supervision of Capt. I. Barbour with a full crew of men, and it is stated, she will be in better condition this year than she was the first season she floated.  A great many of the Chicago Yacht club boats and the Milwaukee Yacht club boats find their winter home on the yacht docks at the Morgan club house.

The yachting season of 1905 in Kenosha expects to be the most interesting ever experienced in or about our harbor.  The sailor boys are working hard, so as to have their boats in commission by July 1st.  The large cutter yacht “Mirella,” the flag ship of the Kenosha fleet, owned and sailed by Capt. Frank Jackson, is undergoing a number of improvements both to her cabin and outside, on the Morgan club docks.  Capt. Jackson expects to have her in the water sometime the coming week, and she is certainly going to look very handsome.

There will be added to the Kenosha fleet three new boats.  The 42-foot “Thetis,” owned by Capt. “Doc” Ferry, is waiting her rigging and “glad rags.”  The 36-foot “Benny Boy,” owned and built by Capt. Ben Robinson and the cutter yacht “Marguerite,” owned and built by Capt. Burt Ferry, are fast approaching completion, and will be sailing before the season is far advanced.  All of these boats mentioned have commodious cabins where the greatest comfort can be had.  All look for great things from the new boats. 

The ownership of the handsome 22-foot knock-about “Mame” has been transferred to Matt Wade.  There will be several naptha launches and smaller sailing boats in the fleet and the harbor will be a gay place.  It is expected that many hot contested evens will be pulled off over the course outside the harbor this summer. 


Personal Note:  I have completed and published my latest book entitled, KENOSHA LIGHT STATION.  A light reading of the lighthouses that served Kenosha over the years as well as a history of early Kenosha and the harbor area.  The book can be purchased at the History Center and costs $19.99.  I am sure you will enjoy reading it and learn some facts you never knew.    

Ed Werner Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor

Spring is in the air and members are starting or thinking about, getting their boats ready for launch. The days are getting longer and soon the activities will be picking up around KYC.

I'm looking forward to a great boating season and the next chapter of KYC.

Sailor’s Dictionary
:  Bar: Long, low-lying navigational hazard, usually awash, found at river mouths and harbor entrances, where it is composed of sand or mud, and ashore, where it is made of mahogany or some other dark wood. Sailors can be found in large numbers around both.

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum