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October Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 10/17/2018


Autumn Greetings to all KYC Members and Friends:

Another boating season is nearly over, our boats are coming out of the water and the dock is filling up. Some of us are still hoping for a few more hours on the water though. Thanks to Doug, his faithful crew, and all who show up every Saturday to remove masts, haul out boats and get both safely stored away for the long winter months.

As we move through these fall days and nights, we are grateful to Jim Strouf and his house committee for preparing our building for our new meeting room furnace and air conditioner. Thanks for all the work to make it happen. It will be nice to have heat again and, of course, cool air next summer.

We have several upcoming events that I invite everyone to attend. On Saturday, October 27th, the activities committee has planned our annual Halloween Party complete with costume and pumpkin carving contests. Good luck to all who compete. Good food and drinks will be available so don’t miss this costume optional fun night beginning at 6:00pm.

November 10thwe will see our club transformed as we gather for the Past Commodore’s and Installation Dinner. This is always a great evening of good conversation, laughter and celebration as we honor our Past Commodores and install and welcome our KYC and KCSC Boards for the coming year. I hope you will join Joyce and me for this special night!

Finally, our Holiday Party will be held on December 8thand this will be a private party as we close our club to the public for the night. Last year’s Holiday Party was so much fun and we look forward to another great party hosted by the activities committee.

Watch Club Express for invitations and details about each of these three upcoming events in the days ahead. Come and join the fun. I hope to see many of our new members there.

At the City of Kenosha Common Council meeting last Monday night, Past Commodores Virginia and Tom Hartley presented a check on be half of the KYC to the City Life Rings Fund for $1,000 which was welcomed with applause. A big “thank you to both of them for representing us at this meeting and to Virginia for initiating and implementing our donations fund. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.

Many members are asking, “What about our own docks?” So, the KYC Board is responding to that inquiry. Watch for details on our website in the weeks ahead about how to donate to life rings for our own docks.

Thanks to all who are making a special effort to stop by our bar and restaurant during this slower season. It can make a big difference!

Fair Winds and see you around the club,



Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday November 7th, 7:00pm
  • KYC Halloween Party - Saturday 10/27: Costume Contest and Pumpkin Carving Contest 6:00 pm
  • 2018 Installation of Officers: Saturday November 10 2018 - Invitations will be sent out this week
  • KYC Annual Holiday Party: SAVE-THE-DATE: Saturday December 8th

Board Members

Commodore Robert Rinehart
Vice Commodore Ron Otto
Rear Commodore Deb Strouf
Secretary Lee Rosenbaum
Treasurer Eric Routman
Trustee Jack Ciesemier
Trustee Tom Deters
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Strouf
Past Commodore Michael Paulin


Voting for Board of Directors
Voting on our new Board of Directors took place at the October Membership Meeting.The recommended slate below was voted in.
Thank you to Andy Cross for all his work on the board.
Thank you to Jack Ciesemier for his work as treasurer and we look forward to his contributions as a trustee.
Nominated People are:
Commodore Robert Rinehart
Vice Commodore Ron Otto
Rear Commodore Deb Strouf
Secretary Lee Rosenbaum
Treasurer Eric Routman
Trustee Jack Ciesemier
Trustee Tom Deters
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Strouf

  • New Members WELCOME
    • Michael & Ellen Ludke
    • Kris & Joe Gresk

  • Dock & Derrick (Doug Vacarello)
    • Boats are being hauled out. Come and enjoy the fun.
    • While unloading your boats on the KYC dock, if you have a bag of garbage please take it to the dumpster.DO NOT fill up a garbage can, unless YOUare going to empty that can yourself. People are watching. Thank you.
    • please recycle your anti freeze plastic containers betaking them home, not in our garbage cans.

  • Sailboat Racing (John Weiss)
    • 2018 is in the books and Buccaneers have left the dock to make way for the PHRF boats.At the start of this year I was quite concerned about getting our buoys out of the water.Thanks to Doug for connecting us with Matt Berg and his new work boat - two davits.Last Wednesday Doug, Jerry, Matt and I were able to get the remaining four buoys out for the season.I’ll make repairs over the winter and have them ready for 2019.


      As per our usual format, we will have a “post season debrief” in November.I’ll send out date options via the Yahoo Group and look forward to discussing the “good”, the “bad”, and how we can make 2019 a better racing season at KYC.


      Congratulations to all that participated this summer.Here are the top 3 from each fleet:

      Full race results can be found here:Results


      Thursday Series


      PHRF Fleet

      • Takedown2
      • Ruffian
      • Kookaburra


      Buccaneer Fleet

      • Derailer
      • Samantha
      • Blind Squirrel


      Sunday Series


      PHRF Fleet

      • Takedown2
      • Bon Temps
      • Kookaburra


      Buccaneer Fleet

      • Derailer
      • Blind Squirrel
      • Samantha

Pulling Boats on Saturday
Taking a break from pulling boats...this is what it is all about!

2018 KCSC Summer’s Youth Programs


The program was a tremendous success this year. We wanted to thank those that made this program a success! We are now focused on planning for next summer. This showed us that with the help of the Kenosha Community our program can continue to grow every year.


Thanks to all the parents who chose to send their children to our program for the summer and to the students who showed up and make the summer worth the effort.


Special Thanks to the Following:

The youth instructors and volunteers

  • Instructors; Ben Raimonde, Thomas Erickson and Ethan Myers. Their daily work included rigging, launching, teaching, safety watch, lesson planning, and putting fun in all student activities.
  • Lydia Nelson, who volunteered all summer, every day. She also brought her friends to help when needed with the heavy work.
  • Jovany Sanchez and Dylan Barnes who helped with rigging and cleaning and general dock work.
  • Volunteer Henry Main who help write the survey, recruited some students and raised scholarship money.
  • John Gransee for running the Harborside Sailing Week

The people who added to the summer program by making presentations to support the STEM portion of the classes.

  • Barbara Wagner - Wisconsin Kiters Club
  • Roger Field, Sue Hill and Katie Karow - Kenosha Water Utility
  • Craig Helker “The Department of Natural Resources”
  • Chris Allen – Kenosha History Center
  • Captain Craig Jones – Sportfishing and Conservation Association
  • Mallory Vagnoni -RecPlex

Members of the Kenosha Yacht Club who provided special help;

  • Big boat’s week - Ron Otto; Mark LaServe; and Jack Ciesemier
  • Small boats week; Ralph Ruffalo; Daniel Noah; Tom Hartley; and Dan Lane
  • Bob Spitz for help with keeping the boats and dock in shape.
  • Art Noel for taking pictures weekly.


Kenosha Yacht Club Restaurant staff for patience with our students and us and for sharing their space.


And to all the others who were there when we needed them.


Bettie & Paul Westcott

And the Kenosha Community Sailing Center Board

Galley Update:


A'hoy from the Galley Team! As we move into Fall and Winter months, the Galley has launched the new Fall Menu. If you haven't tried out the new menu selections, make sure to stop by and give it a try.Galley Hours for the Fall Season are: Wednesday - Friday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Bar is open later). Sat - Sun - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. Brunch menu is no longer available, but will be reintroduced in the Spring!Brody & his team are working on some fun and exciting events that will announced in the coming weeks, be sure to check these out!


As you start planning your winter and Holiday activities, keep in mind that the KYC Bar & Restaurant is available to host your events. We offer a full bar service and catering for your events. Our skilled team also offers customized catering menu options as well as custom bar packages. Ask Brody about developing a special craft cocktail menu for your event! Our team can develop an event plan to exceed your expectationsfor an event of any size or budget.


Be sure to check out the latest news on our Facebook Page! Be sure to Like Us!!!

14th Annual Kenosha History Center Chili Cook-Off:


The KYC Bar & Restaurant will be competing in the14th Annual Kenosha HIstory Center Chili Cook-Off this Saturday - 10/20. This event will be held at the UAW and tickets will be available for purchase at the KYC Bar as well as at the door of event. Be sure to attend this event and support OUR club! See the flyer for additional information.

The Tall Ships Are Coming!


Kenosha is very fortunate to have the Tall Ships Challenge coming to the Kenosha Harbor August 1-4th, 2019!


The KYC will be involved in several ways and plans are just beginning. If you would like to be a volunteer for this event, please add your name to the volunteer list on our website.


Watch for upcoming meetings, updates, history and requests throughout the year.


This is going to be an awesome time for all of us so get ready to share in this event in any way that works for you!

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


    • Wishes for healing are sent to Flori Ventura as he heals from surgery.
    • Wishes for continued healing for Susan Campo as she recovers from complications after surgery and for Tony as he supports Susan through this difficult time.
    • Safe boat pulling to all our boat owners and our hall out crew!

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

View From The Lantern Room

Fall is upon us once again! Fall colors are nice, steady breezes on the lake and, for me, this was the best sailing weather of the year. And you had the lake, to a great degree, to yourself. For all practical purposes, the power boats were already lining up to come out of the water. The fall sailing weather was somewhat cooler but a jacket took care of that. With a spanking breeze, you could lay the lee side of your boat down, plow through the bow waves and enjoy a good sail. Oh yes, I do miss that sail!

But that is to shortly come to an end. Another sailing season will soon end and, we too, have to sail over to the KYC dock get in-line to come out of the water. All is not really lost though. The crew working the dock, removing your mast, carrying it over to the flagpole for winter storage are a hardy group, friendly and more than willing to help you as you come out of the water. Yes, that yachting spirit is still alive at the club.

November, 1907 was a typical fall time in the Kenosha harbor as the commercial vessels also called it a season as they came to Kenosha to “lay up” for the winter.


November 28, 1907The Telegraph-Courier



Steam Barges ADRIATIC and RUFUS P. RANNEY Laid up in Kenosha.


Two of the largest boats on the lake, the steam barges ADRIATIC and RUFUS P. RANNEYboth sailing out of Cleveland, O., as home port have been laid up in the Kenosha river for the winter and they will remain in port here until Spring. With the laying up of the boats the men owning them have put a large number of men at work to place them in condition for the new season and the work will continue during the winter.

For years Kenosha has been a favorite place for the laying up small boats and yachts, but this is the first time that any of the larger lake vessels have been laid up in the Kenosha rive for the winter.


I have no further information about this new enterprise in the Kenosha harbor. How long did it last, did the vessels come back the following year or was it just a one-time deal?

Ed WernerEd. C. Werner

Letter From The Editor

By the time you read this, most of the boats will be in their winter homes and this past season will be just a memory.

KYC racers did participatein the LAST RACE, race at the end of September. This race was from Waukegan to Kenosha and had some challenging conditions. No not like the Hook race, but the exact opposite. Very little wind and no waves challenged the fleet. As usual, KYC had an excellent showing and here is the order of finish for KYC boats:

-Second Star: Stan Smith / Sue Hill
-Patriot: Laura Studders
-Bon Temps: Flori Ventura
-TakeDown2: Ron Otto

As we approach the off season, if you should take an interesting vacation and would like to share, write something up and send it in for inclusion in an upcoming Mainsheet.

Sailor's Dictionary:

SHOT OF WHISKEY: In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum