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April Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 4/20/2018


Spring Greetings KYC Members

Just when we thought spring had sprung – April Fools!  High winds, rain then snow and ice, we have had it all.  And because of that, we have canceled our Annual Fools Regatta not once but twice because no one was foolish enough to take a Hartley into the harbor!  We have also rescheduled our first launch date although Doug and his crew have managed to get a few boats into the water despite it all.  I hope those who are in are doing OK.  Before this latest bout of bad weather came our way, the dock was filled with people cleaning, sanding, painting, and polishing their boats in preparation for launching and then, April Fools again… We are hopeful for this weekend which is looking better.  Watch for launching news and let Doug know if you plan to go in on Saturday.

Around our Club things are happening everywhere. Our Education, Community Connections and Social Connections Committees and our Strategic KCSC/KYC Planning Committee are all working hard to achieve our club goals.  Thanks to Sue Hill, last Sunday many of us participated in a really great presentation of The Worth of Water: A Great Lakes Story and Educational Event at the Kenosha Public Museum.  Alyssa Armbruster and Julia Robson shared the story of their 343 mile trek from Milwaukee to Lake Superior to raise awareness and money to promote the health of the great lake which is a fragile ecosystem.  They also presented their trailer for their upcoming movie.  I encourage you to watch for its release later in the year. Their current progress can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube. Look for Walk to Sustain our Great Lakes. Titus Seiheimer from the Wisconsin Sea Grant taught us much about the invasive species in the Great Lakes and I think we all learned something new. In spite of a very snowy Sunday, we had a full house and many enthusiastic participants.

We were able to connect with many throughout the community with whom we share these shores of Lake Michigan and invited all participants back to the KYC for appetizers and drinks.  It was a great day and I hope you saw the Spectrum Channel 14 and Kenosha News coverage.

Our bar is doing fantastic in its new beginnings and we are looking forward to expanding our food offerings and inviting the public in.  Our Galley Committee is doing a great job working through the details of giving birth to this new venture and we look forward to their reporting to our next Member Meeting on May 2nd

A huge thank you to the Galley Committee for all their hard work!

Save the dates for our upcoming events:

            April 21st2018 Sail Race Meeting and Party

            May 5th – Cinco de Derby Party

            May 6th – Annual Golf Outing

            June 3rd – Blessing of the Fleet

Check our KYC Website for details of these events and come and enjoy the time with other KYC Members.

I encourage everyone to visit our bar often and enjoy your 20% discount and free soda and coffee, bring your friends, enjoy some great drinks and some of the great food that Clair has been preparing.  We are currently open 3:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday – Friday and 11:00am to 9:00pm Saturday and Sunday.  Clair and Brody would be happy to welcome you at any time. As we move into spring and, hopefully, warmer weather, watch for our hours and services to expand.

I am very excited about all that is happening and I look forward to seeing you all around the Club!


Bob Rinehart
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday May 2nd, 7:00pm
    • Voting on new Constitution
  • April 21: Sail Race Meeting & Party 3:00pm Upstairs
  • May 5th: Cinco de Derby Party
  • May 6th: Annual golf Outing
  • June 3rd: Blessing of the Fleet

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 21st @ 8:00am and continuing 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)
    • 2018 KYC Sailboat Racing Season Kick-off (April 21st)
      • We will be having our annual pre-season Racing Kick-off Meeting/Party on April 21st.  In leu of trophies for 2017, the race fund will supply pizza for the event, drinks will be available via the KYC bar.  That said, we will provide a hardy round of applause for the 2017 winners followed by our collective admiration as we seek to knock them off their pedestals in 2018!
      • Pre-Season Fleet Kick-off Meeting:  3pm upstairs KYC, meeting will start on time so if you need a drink, plan to arrive 2:45pm   Party to follow Meeting ~ 4:30pm
      • If you are a sailor, plan to be here to get dialed into our 2018 season.  If you are not a sailor, come and join the festivities anyways since its too cold to be on your powerboat and a good reason to enjoy a boat drink!  Plus you can make fun of us Rag-baggers in person :)


  • 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.

KYC-KCSC Great Lakes Education - April 2018

Despite the snow event, over 100 people came to the Kenosha Public Museum on April 15 for The Worth of Water – A Great Lakes Story and Educational Event.  Thank you to everyone who helped support this event.  

Mayor Antaramian kicked off the event, displays (and a sailboat) were a big attraction, and the Kenosha News published two large articles (pre- and post-event).

In addition to educating people about issues facing the Great Lakes, the KYC-KSCS partnership with the Kenosha Public Museum increased visibility in the community.

Another plus was the opportunity to nurture new relationships with other organizations and individuals who have a stake in the Great Lakes:

Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha Water Utility, Mayor’s office, Kenosha Sport Fishing & Conservation, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Wisconsin Sea Grant.  

Relationships were solidified further over adult beverages and the great selection of tasty appetizers at the KYC (thanks, Deb!). 


  • Check out this AMAZING LIST of Earth Day events!  There are many events for children, informational booths and other activities, including    a KCSC booth – see


If you have ideas for topics to cover under Great Lakes Education newsletter articles, please let me know.

Thank you!  Sue Hill (

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 
  • We again extend our sympathies to Sharon and Pat Cooper at the passing of Sharon’s mother, Elsie Grant. What a difficult time to say “goodbye” to both parents in such a short time. Our thoughts are with you!

  • Wishes for a continued recovery are sent to Paul Lendved following an auto accident.  Paul sends his gratitude to all members for the plant he received from the KYC.

  • Our thoughts for healing are sent to Bill Vincent as he moves through cancer treatment.

  • We continue to remember Kathy and Ron Otto as they stand by Kathy’s brother who is struggling with health issues.

  • We send our greetings and good wishes to Rita LaPointe as we miss her around the KYC.

  • Continue to hope for Spring!

    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

Boating for Everyone

The Southern Cross Comes to Sheboygan

The sailing vessel Southern Cross, with her adventurer owner Howard Rice, will be in Sheboygan April 25- 29 as a stop-over on her journey around the world.

The Southern Cross is 11 foot 11 inch boat called a SCAMP. Southern Cross is hull #2 and customized for an extreme voyage in the treacherous conditions of the Strait of Magellan south to Cape Horn. This trip was more than an adventure, it was a teaching opportunity.

Howard live streamed his voyage with elementary school classrooms as he sailed and explored. Students and teachers were able to follow his course with ten minute location fixes, which they followed on maps. He was able to engage with students interactively answering questions and making their classroom learning more exciting, meaningful and real. The experience was amazing for students and teachers were thrilled as students and Howard talked as the little ship Southern Cross explored one of the remotest places on earth. Howard and the Southern Cross are sailing on and streaming the experience into classrooms worldwide. This unique program utilizing a small boat for teaching and introducing sailing to kids is exciting and you can learn more about it by visiting their web site:
VOYSC.COM and by joining us for Howard's presentation on Saturday April 28th.

Rice will be presenting at area schools April 26 and 27 with a presentation open to the public at the Sheboygan Yacht Club April 28th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Register for the public presentation at No admission fee, however donations are appreciated.

View from the Lantern Room

Moving into April and time to reminisce abit about "things" we did at the club during years past before we start on new adventures. Shooting the breeze at the bar a week or two ago we got around to talking about when the club sponsored a Door County Fish Boil for the restoration of our 1866 lighthouse. My gosh, that party was in 2002, sixteen years ago?

September 1, 2002 - Kenosha News


Fish boil event to aid Lighthouse restoration


The Southport Lighthouse Preservation Committee will present the sixth annual "Light the Lighthouse" Door County Style Fish Boil on September 6.

The event will be 4-6 p.m. at the Water's Edge Restaurant at the Kenosha Yacht Club on Simmons Island, 5130 Fourth Avenue.

Live music, a silent auction, lighthouse displays and narrated tours of the 1866 Kenosha (Southport) Lighthouse will highlight the event.

Funds from the event, which is the major fund-raising for the lighthouse committee, will be used to purchase outdoor lighting to illuminate the American flag at the lighthouse.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and are available at Water's Edge Restaurant, Andrea's, Kristi's Cafe, The Kenosha History Center or from any committee member.

The Fish Boil was a great success and enough money was raised to light the flagpole at the lighthouse. The yacht club had a big contribution to the Fish Boil's success.

The Door County Fish Boil is notable because only Whitefish can be used as the fish contribution. We understand that Whitefish is now making a comeback up in Door County waters.

Who knows, maybe the Lighthouse Door County Fish Boil will also make a comeback at the Kenosha Yacht Club?  

Ed Werner Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum