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Februrary Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 2/23/2019

February 2019


It may seem slow around the Club right now but don’t let that deceive you. There is a lot happening.

There are people working daily to get the Kenosha Yacht Club and the Kenosha Community Sailing Center ready for our participation in the Tall Ships Event coming to the Kenosha Harbor August 1-4th. If you haven’t had the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for this amazing event, please go to our website and add your name to the ever-growing list of those who don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Sue Hill who is doing a great job of organizing our volunteers. She can be reached at I encourage you to invite your family and friends to join us too. You don’t have to be a member to volunteer to work with us.

The KYC and KCSC are working closely together to plan for our future. We are excited and grateful that thanks to Ericka Bernhardt’s contacts we have become class projects for two classes at Gateway Technical College. Both the Architectural Drafting/Commercial class and the Environmental Impact Class are working this semester to come up with new ideas and designs for us. Thanks to all who have participated in the class meetings and we look forward to seeing the results of that work and will keep the membership informed as we move forward.

It is exciting to announce that thanks to Anne Cassidy the Carthage Sailing Club will begin soon. In coordination with the KCSC, they will be doing capsize tests in the Carthage pool and begin sailing in the spring. Congratulations Anne and welcome to the Carthage team!

Once again we staffed a booth at the Chicago Boat and RV Show. During that event we promoted the KYC, promoted the KCSC, and handed out flyers for the Tall Ships weekend and the 1st Aid on the Water training. It was a great time for those who took a shift or two and I thank Mike Paulin for organizing our participation in the Boat Show and all who staffed our booth.

Forty two people from our club and all over the state gathered last Saturday at the KYC for a very good and helpful event. Trainer and emergency nurse, Shelly Galligan, offered us a guided tour through First Aid on the Water. It was a great morning, a very useful presentation, and I think we all came away with many myths busted and greater understanding and confidence about handling medical emergencies about our boats. Thanks to Randy Bredin for organizing this event, to Sue Hill for helping with publicity, Lee Rosenbaum for taking reservations and to all who helped set up and take down.

The Galley Committee is very busy evaluating the past year and planning for the coming year. Thanks to those who serve on this committee and for your hard work. We look forward to hearing upcoming news from Deb Strouf and her committee as their spring and summer plans unfold.

As we move into March, watch for word from our new Activities/Events Committee chair, Kathy Otto. Kathy is busy putting together some great events for all of us.

No matter what you are doing to fill these days, enjoy what is left of winter and keep your eyes on the spring that is coming!

Have a great end of February and beginning of March and I look forward to seeing you at our March 6th Member Meeting.

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday March 6th @ 7:00pm
  • Captain's License Class: March 8,9,10 & 15,16,17 (see information below)
  • St Patrick's Day Bar Krawl March 17, 3:30pm (see information below)
  • Blessing of The Fleet: June 2, 10:30am
  • Tall Ships in Kenosha: August 1-4

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 asleep for the winter.

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • Spring is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about non-frozen water fun. April only six weeks away it would seem like a good idea to combine the April Fools Regatta with the preseason race meeting and the post 2018 season party. Looking at the calendar April 6 would appear to be the date, unless it’s snowing...

      Please keep an eye out for an update on the Yahoo Group but this is the thinking as of right now. Enjoy the rest of the winter and look forward to seeing you as the birds come back, sun comes out and the ice departs.

First Aid on the Water seminar - Great turnout! Great class!

By Sue Hill

Shelly Galligan’s seminar, FIRST AID ON THE WATER - How to handle medical emergencies aboard, had a great turnout with 42 attendees. This event was sponsored by the KYC and KSCS and organized/promoted by Randy Bredin, Lee Rosenbaum and Sue Hill.

Everyone left knowing more about how to prevent injuries and handle the unique medical emergencies that could arise on the water:cold water rescue (hypothermia), motion sickness, punctures/cuts/burns, etc.


If you spend any time out on Lake Michigan, it’s worth checking out Shelly’s website because there is lots of useful and interesting information:

  • If you’d like to sign up for Shelly’s articles, scroll to the bottom of her website page and provide your email address.

Here is my summary of the main points from the US Coast Guard article:

  1. Wear your life jacket.

  2. If you wear an auto inflatable vest, you need to know where the manual inflate hose is (and need to be able to find it in the dark!).

  3. What’s in your pockets?Safety at Sea courses point out that “if we go overboard, we go with only what we have on.”Make sure you have a whistle and waterproof light or strobe.

  4. Do regular radio checks and use automated radio check channels (24, 26, 27, 28) or channel 9 if you must; do not use channel 16 for radio checks.

  5. Call the Coast Guard on your VHF radio and not your cell phone.Have your cell phone as back-up but do not rely on it as your primary form of communication.

  6. Get trained in basic first aid and CPR.“On the water, the time it takes for help to arrive could be measured in hours…”

  7. Help improve USCG response time by using a marine-band VHF radio equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Six Pack Captain's License


Interested in getting your Captains license?

A class will be held at KYC on March 8,9,10 and 15,16,17.

Theses dates are for two consecutive weeks Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Information and sign-up is located at:Click Here

For questions contact: Jim Strouf at

Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums Association

Please join us at the KYC on Sunday, March 17 to listen to the Kenosha Area Pipes & Drums.

The KYC has been scheduled as a stop for the 2019 KAPDA Kenosha Krawl. The band is scheduled to play at 3:30 pm, come early to ensure you have a front row seat for this Kenosha St. Patty’s Day tradition. The KYC Bar & Restaurant will be having food and drink specials (be sure to check our Facebook Page for updates), and as always - this will be a great time!

We will be looking for a few volunteers to assist with this event, if you are interested, please email Deb Strouf with your availability.

For additional information and a complete schedule for 2019 KAPDA Kenosha Krawl visit:

Tall Ships Return to Kenosha!

Mark your calendars for August 1 - 4 when Tall Ships return to Kenosha!

The KYC and KCSC need your help to make the Tall Ships event a success!



Sailing, warm weather, and the Kenosha Tall Ships 2019®event may seem far off during this cold, snowy weather, but planning is underway. More than fifty-five individuals have volunteered, but we need more members to show your support for this important event. Friends and neighbors can volunteer, too – you don’t need to be a KYC member to volunteer.


You don’t know your schedule five months from now? That’s OK! We will be sending out a survey to determine your availability and shift/day preferences. Unless you are signed up with Virginia Hartley as a Ship Liaison Officer (with required availability of the same shift throughout the event), you will be able to volunteer based on your availability.


As one of the official sponsors of the event, we play a key role in a number of areas:


  • Kenosha Community Sailing & Yacht Club“Sail Away Village”(located east of the KYC parking lot where 96 sail away ticket-holders board the two sail away vessels, Red Witch & Appledore IV)


  • Restaurant/bar and outdoor grills to serve the visiting public; provide box lunches for sail away patrons


  • Recruiting volunteers for the critical Kenosha Tall Ship 2019®event positions of Ship Liaison Officers (26+ needed) and line handlers for the Sail Away Village.Line catchers are also needed for the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet Thursday afternoon (south wall).


Thank you to those who have already volunteered. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at


Thank you!

Sue Hill

Kenosha Community Sailing & Yacht Club Tall Ships Volunteer Coordinator


Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We send our deepest sympathy to Steve and Sharon Lind at the passing of Steve’s mother. You are in our thoughts at this sad time.
  • Continued wishes for strength and healing for Susan Campo during this time of dealing with health issues and our wishes are also for Tony as he supports Susan through treatment and healing.
  • A wish for continued healing for our Commodore, Bob.
  • Wishes for healing for Dave Hirst following heart surgery on Wednesday. Our thoughts are with you, Dave.
  • Stay warm and safe and find hope it the fact that March is almost here! That means that we are only a month away from the April Fools Regatta. Can spring be far way?

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


The Routmans went to Portugal in December and among other things, went sailing out of Portimão and watched a sunset from Monsaraz Castle.

Letter From The Editor


Don't know about you, but this winter has been one of the worst in memory.
  • Snow,
  • High Winds,
  • Bone Chilling Temperatures (Polar Vortex),
  • Freezing Rain,
  • Flooding
I for one am looking forward to Spring and a little thawing out!
For those that joined the First Aid on The Water class, you enjoyed a first rate presentation on how to deal with issues out on the water. After dealing with one last year, all I can recommend is try and be prepared. It is surprising how long it takes in our sailboats to get back into the harbor, even from as close as our race area just off-shore.
The Tall Ships coming Aug 1-4 provides a great opportunity to get involved in a great event. Sign-up to be a volunteer, you're help is needed.

Sailor's Dictionary:

Boom:Laterally mounted pole to which a sail is fastened. Often used during jibing to shift crew members to a fixed, horizontal position.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum