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November Mainsheet 2018

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 11/18/2018


Greeting to everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the city dock work happening on the KYC dock, boat haul out has been very challenging but in the true nature of the KYC, everyone pulled together and all boats are finally out and no one was trapped by the gales of November. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and to Doug for staying on top of things and working out all the details. What a relief!

Just in time for the cold weather the new meeting room furnace has been installed. It is working great and thank you to Jim Strouf for all his work on this project.

October ended with our annual Halloween Party and everyone had a good time as we enjoyed good food and drinks, good conversations and some very unique costumes. Paul and Bettie Wescott were voted the best dressed! Thanks to our Activities Committee for a great night!

This is a busy time of year for our Activities Committee. The Halloween Party was followed, on November 10th,by our annual Past Commodore’s and Installation Dinner. It turned out to be a great night. The club was beautifully decorated and the restaurant did a good job providing delicious appetizers and a great meal. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this night very special including all who attended. I look forward to working with the 2019 Board and the KCSC in the months ahead.

On Saturday, December 8th, the Committee will go to work one more time as they prepare our annual Holiday Party. This is an event the everyone really enjoys and I invite you to watch for more details about this party which will be arriving soon. We will again collect unwrapped books and toys for Women and Children’s Horizons and the restaurant will provide meat. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. See you all on December 8that 5:00pm.

But, before our 5:00pm party, we will have our December Member Meeting at 3:30pm. Save the date and time and come by the club at 3:30pm and stay for a fun evening. (Please note that the December Member Meeting, as in the past, has been moved to coordinate with the Holiday Party so those who travel a distance only have to come out one time.

For the first time this year, we are participating in the Lightin’ Up Downtown Event which starts on November 23rdand is offered by Downtown Kenosha. Thanks to all who volunteered to decorate the KYC and to those who provided decorations. You can check out the activities atdowntownkenosha.organd watch for further information from me as well.

Don’t forget to go to our website and sign up to staff our booth at the Chicago Boat Show January 9th– 13th.

Have a good Thanksgiving week and I will see you around the Club,

Commodore Bob


Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Saturday December 8th, 3:30pm
  • KYC Annual Holiday Party: Saturday December 8th @ 5:00pm
    • There will be an email with reminders about unwrapped toys or books for Women's and Children's Horizons, also concerning bringing a dish to share for potluck, and the White Elephant exchange.
  • Strictly Sail Chicago: January 9-13 @ McCormick Place. KYC has a booth

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


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Boats are all put away for the winter.
    • Thanks to all that helped get the remainderof the boats out during less than ideal temps.

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • Notice of meeting:2018 KYC Post Race Season Debrief & 2019 Planning Meeting



      Time:9:30am sharp (hard stop at 11am)

      Location:KYC Upstairs Meeting Room


      A full agenda will be submitted a few days prior to the meeting via the Yahoo Group.


Last boats coming out of the water on a cold November day.
The end of September seems long ago, but it's fun to reminisce. Pete Thompson, Tortuga, took this photo of what happened to be the first two Kenosha boats across the finish line Second Star (blue spinnaker) and Patriot.
KYC Board Takes Oath at Installation Dinner
KCSC Board Takes Oath at Installation Dinner.
Deb Strouf was awarded Yachtsmen of the Year by Alex Kyle.
Well deserved award for all the hard work Deb does for the KYC.

Senate Passes Bill to Keep ballast water containing invasive species out of Great Lakes


Reprinted from:Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov 14, 2018

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set rules requiring that ocean-going ships entering the Great Lakes treat ballast water before the water is released into the lakes.

The new policy is contained in a funding bill for the U.S. Coast Guard, and it comes after conservationists and the shipping industryhave sparred for years overregulation of ballast water, a pollutant.

Under the measure, theEPA would regulate ballast water and the Coast Guard would enforce the rules. The bill keeps many clean water protectionswhile making it more difficult for states to enact protections that go beyond the federal measure.

Ballast water helps steady ships, but it also contains viruses, algae andan array of invasive organisms that have upended the ecosystem of the lakes.

Three new non-native species have been discovered in the Great Lakes in the lastfour years. In all, the lakes have been damaged by more than 180 invasive and non-native species, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This “biological pollution” has included quagga and zebra mussels, which have decimated fish populations andspurred algae outbreaks, including an outbreak that polluted the public drinking water supply of Toledo, Ohio, for two days in 2014.

The EPA removed ballast water from the list of industrial pollutants in the 1970s that would be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The thinking at the time: The water in tanks were not pollution because they contained only seawater.

Conservation groups applauded the Senate action because it eliminated earlier versions of the legislation that wouldhave removed many water protections.

"At a time when communities across the region are grappling with the environmental and economic devastation brought by aquatic invasive species, now is not the time to weaken clean water protections," theenvironmental groups said in a statement.

They included the National Wildlife Federation and state affiliates, including the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

An industry group, the Lake Carriers' Association, said the legislation struck a good balance of "achieving protection of both the economy and the environment."

The measure now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Tall Ships are Coming to the

Kenosha Harbor



The Tall Ships Challenge will arrive in Kenosha August 1 – 4, 2019 and we are looking forward to this amazing event.

Please be sure to hold these dates now so that you don’t miss a minute of it.

If you have not volunteered to help, but would like to, go to the volunteer section of our Member’s Only website and sign up. Training and informational meeting will be offered early in 2019 so watch for further information as time goes by.

In the meantime, spread the word that the Tall Ships are coming to the Kenosha Harbor!!!

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • Wishes for healing are sent to Jack Harkins as he heals from surgery.
  • Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and to your family and friends!

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 atgoodwinds@kenoshayachtclub.comor 262-945-9183


Joyce Rinehart

Letter From The Editor

All of theboats are out of the water and in their winter homes.

As you warm your toes by the fire reminisce of some of your sailing adventures this past year. It is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Spend some time with family & friends. Yes, those people you left on-shore as you went off on another wild race.

Then get ready for spring and getting the boats back into the water. It will be here before you know it.

Sailor's Dictionary:


Any one of a number of substances introduced into the spaces between planks in the hull and decking of a boat that give a smooth, finished appearance while still permitting the passage of a significant amount of seawater.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum