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May Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 5/17/2018


May Greeting to each of you!

It might have arrived, spring that is!  All of the boat preparations on the dock point to the fact that it might truly be here.  Although, due to the weather we lost last Saturday for putting boats in, Doug and his crew are making good progress.  Just a reminder to those who have boats on the dock to take ALL your garbage, recyclables, paint and leftovers home with you.  The more each person cleans up their own mess, the less mess we will have to take care of on our dock clean-up days.  Thanks to all of you who have already done this.

As we move through spring and our annual boat launch, we also welcome our much-anticipated Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Restaurant which will offer a Soft Opening to our members and their guests this Saturday beginning at 5:00pm.  Come on down to the club, get your 20% off and be among the first to experience our new menu!

There is no way to adequately describe the endless volunteer hours that have gone into making this venture happen and on behalf of all of us, a special “thank you” to Deb, The Galley Committee and all who have volunteered. Whether it be an hour or a week or months to help get ready by cleaning the kitchen, dining room and bar; painting the bar and dining room, power washing and painting the deck, washing and painting the deck and terrace tables and chairs and landscaping or any other job or area that needed spiffing up, for your work we are very grateful. 

I encourage all of us to keep in mind that we will have an entirely new crew working in our bar and kitchen and it may take a few days for them to learn to work together as a team.  So, let’s make every effort to be not only patient but supportive of all who have been hired as staff.  On behalf of all of us, I thank Brody for his vision and hard work as our new General Manager and wish him well as the days move us to summer and our busy season.

Looking back, we had a very fun Cinco de Derby party on May 5th.  The Club looked very festive, bartenders were on hand to serve us, hats and bow ties were plentiful, bets were placed, and many won!  Good food was provided by members of the activities committee, Deb and Amy, and those who attended.  Thanks to everyone for a great party!

You are invited to come to the 60th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and honor this milestone.  It is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd, at 10:30am.  Following the ceremony, a buffet will be offered by our new restaurant and tickets will be available that day for $15.00 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.  Please see the complete information about this event in the Blessing of the Fleet article in this issue of the Mainsheet.

A huge “thank you” to all who have paid their annual dues and renewed their membership!  If you have not taken time to do this I encourage you to do so soon.

I want to welcome aboard Paul Peterson and his little friend, Kira, as our new bookkeeper and assistant!  Paul has been busy reconciling our accounts and updating Quickbooks.  Thanks Paul!

Everyone have a fun and safe boating season!

Fair winds and smooth sailing for our sailors and calm seas for our powerboaters!


Bob Rinehart
Bob Rinehart
Commodore, Kenosha Yacht Club

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday June 6th, 7:00pm
  • 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


  • Membership cards:

    For all new and existing members that have satisfied their membership dues payments, your NEW MEMBERSHIP CARDS are waiting for you at the BAR.
    Remember to show your cards when you order to receive a 20% discount on food and liquid refreshments.

  • Boat Launching (Doug Vaccarello)
    •  Boat Launching is each Saturday @ 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 (262-945-3994) 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 Racing Ditty 
  • The season is upon us,

    I start to hum.

    The boat’s in the water,

    I’m drinking a rum.

  • The buoys are ready,

    its time to  deploy.

    So all of you racers,

    can come out and enjoy.

  • So get those boats launched,

    afloat and tuned up.

    Get your crew dialed in,

    so they don’t screw up.

  • 2018 will be a great year,

    so come out to play and we’ll share a beer

    Please get registered and we’ll see you at our practice race on May 31st!

    Click Here to Register: Racing



60th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at Kenosha Yacht Club

Kenosha, WI: After our seemingly endless winter, The Kenosha Yacht Club (KYC) is determined to conduct the 60thth Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 10:30am.. Everyone is invited to participate, even if it is snowing.



Boats will line up at the KYC dock to participate in the blessing. After the ceremony, the Coast Guard Boat, accompanied by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, clergy and other officials embark on the Blessing. The entourage will travel to the Great Lakes Marina, and then to Southport Marina and bless the boats there.


Anyone who wishes to have a boat blessed should arrive at the Kenosha Yacht Club dock by 10am. Boats are encouraged to display their “Brag Flags”. Boats in the Great Lakes or Southport Marina may stay in their slips for the blessing, if desired.


Officiating will be Rev. Joyce Rinehart, and Deacon Terry Maack.



Best viewing of the blessing is on the friendly grounds of the KYC. In addition, the parade route is visible from much of the harbor. Favorite locations are: 1) across the harbor in Veteran’s Park, 2) either side of the channel linking Lake Michigan and the Harbor, 3) from the bridge on 50th leading to Simmons Island or 4) near the Southport Marina.


After the Blessing, there will be a Brunch at the Kenosha Yacht Club. Tickets will cost $15/adult and $7/child under 12.



The Kenosha Community Sailing Center (KCSC) will be on hand with information and fun for everyone from newbies to old salts.



The Kenosha Yacht Club ( is a not-­‐for-­‐profit group promoting all kinds of boating in Kenosha. It partners with the Kenosha Community Sailing Center to provide education , conservation and other events in the Kenosha Harbor.

60h Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Schedule of Events



Participating Boats Line up at KYC dock.


Blessing of the Fleet Program


Placement of Wreath


Brunch at the Kenosha Yacht Club




$ 7/child 12 and under


Sailing demonstrations by the Kenosha Community Sailing Center


Socialize with new and old friends at the Kenosha Yacht Club


KYC-KCSC Great Lakes Education - May 2018

Great Lakes Education - a short video about invasive species, an editorial on Illinois’ call for negotiation, and a recent community conversation on Foxconn

Here are some interesting links to Great Lakes and Wisconsin issues.  Enjoy!

Asian Carp

  • Journal Sentinel - Watch the final installment of

    “Across the Divide” - A critical conversation about Foxconn in Racine County

“Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou signed the biggest economic development deal in Wisconsin history last week, a $3 billion agreement that could bring up to 13,000 jobs to the Racine area over the next few years.


But before that happens, there are hundreds of details to attend to, especially at the local level. And there remain big philosophical questions about whether states and localities should spend so much taxpayer money to subsidize economic development.”


This video was recorded May 8, Wednesday night at Prairie School in Racine.  This is the last in a yearlong community conversation sponsored by the Journal Sentinel and WUWM (89.7-FM).

Or LISTEN to the event:  CLICK

By: Sue Hill

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart) 
  • Wishes for continued healing are sent to Paul Lendved as he continues in rehabilitation following an auto accident.  

  • We send our sympathy and thoughts to Kathy and Ron Otto as they remember and celebrate the life of Kathy’s brother who died recently.

  • Dave Hirst has completed his second eye surgery and we wish him speedy healing.

  • Our thoughts go out to Sue Hill as she helps care for her mother who has been diagnosed with cancer.

  • We extend our sympathy and thoughts to Ericka Bernhardt as she joins her family in remembering and celebrating the life of her mother who died recently.  

  • We look forward to the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 3rd, at 10:30am.  We hope for good weather and look forward to enjoying the buffet that will be served by our new restaurant. 

  • Congratulations to Dave and Kathy Marchel as they both retire!

    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. Joyce can be reached at or 262-945-9183

Joyce Rinehart Joyce Rinehart

View from the Lantern Room

Ah, the Merry Month of May! Here we go again with a new and refreshing boating season.  As you may or not be aware of, but every years, and for many, many years here in Kenosha, the boaters finally get the weather they need to get under the hull of their yachts and get them ready for sea.  Does that bring back memories to even us “older” sailors.  I remember them well.  So let’s go back in time and reminisce with our brothers back in 1905.

May 25, 1905   The Telegraph-Couirer


                               YACHTSMEN BUSY


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 ae 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 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 some time 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 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 bats in the fleet and the harbor will be a gay place.  It is expected that many hot contested events will be pulled off over the course outside the harbor this summer.

Ed Werner Ed. C. Werner

Letter from the Editor

Go Sailing
From Sailing Scuttlebutt

Smooth Sailing-

Lee Rosenbaum