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March Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 3/22/2019



There is a touch of spring in the air and boating season is on the horizon. After the past few weeks, this is good news for all of us!

During the past month the KYC and KCSC boards have been busy working together as we look toward the future of our organization. Our goal is to assure that as we move forward, we continue to have a significant presence that offers boating experience, racing opportunities, sailing lessons, a place to gather, and an opportunity for camaraderie to the Kenosha Community and surrounding areas. This is a challenging and exciting time for our club. Stay tuned for further information.

Congratulations to ALL who completed the Captain’s Class recently held at the Kenosha Yacht Club!

The Galley Committee and staff and the Activities Committee did a great job welcoming the Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums during the Kenosha Pub Krawl last Sunday! Thank you to all of you and a special “Thank You” to all the KYC Members who worked as volunteers all day to make this event happen! You have your volunteer hours in! Seeing members as bar tenders, bussers, cooks, servers, raffle promoters, and runners for the bar was quite the sight! Everyone did an amazing job and the place looked awesome. It was a very successful day with a packed bar and dining room and it was good to see the deck in use again.

I hope you will come on down to the club for Happy Hour and the fish fry on Friday. Enjoy a few drinks, a good meal and the camaraderie of fellow Club members. While you are there, pick up your new membership cards (for those that have renewed) being held for you at the bar.

Saturday, April 6th (rain date is April 7th) will be an important day for all of us as we watch the bravest among us race in the April Fools Regatta. Boat set up begins at 10am. The Regatta will be followed by a 3:30pm Sail Race Spring Prep Meeting and a 6:00pm Awards and Party gathering. Don’t miss this day of racing events.

Our 7th Annual Golf Outing will take place on May 19th at Maplecrest Country Club. If you golf a lot or just occasionally you would be most welcome at this club event. You can register you and your family and friends on the KYC website. Register now for this day of fun.

Just a reminder that for the majority of us, our membership dues are due by April 1st so if you haven’t paid those fees yet, please do so soon. Also, if you have not paid your portion of our special assessment, I encourage you to get that in as soon as possible. Thanks to those who have paid their assessment fee, we have paid off all but $6,000 of our new furnace/air-conditioning loan. If everyone pays their fair share the loan will be completely paid off. We value each member and want you to know that if you are having difficulty paying the assessment, you can contact me or any board member to make arrangements that work for you.

Watch for news of other upcoming events such as our Cinco de Derby party and the first day of our boat launch and please save the date for our Blessing of the Fleet which will be June 2nd at 10:30am.

See you around the club and at our April 3rd Member Meeting!

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday April 3rd @ 7:00pm
  • April Fools Regatta: April 6th (see below under Sail Racing for info)
  • Cinco De Derby Party.Saturday May 4th, (Additional information will follow via email invitation)
  • 7th Annual Golf Outing: May 19th (see below for more information & registration)
  • 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)
    • Stay tuned for boat launching information

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • With the ice just days away from departure, it's time to refocus on summer fun. So why not start with a marathon day to get the juices flowing??

      Here’s the program for Saturday, April 6th:

      - April Fools Regatta: 11am to 2pm for racing, thank you to Patrick Perlman for volunteering to run this event

      - Bring: PFD, Change of Clothes & Towel (in case you swim!)

      - Entry fee is a $10+ donation to the KCSC Racing.

      - 2019 Race Meeting: 3:30pm, meeting to take place upstairs at KYC

      - Party & 2018 Awards: ~ 4:30pm (immediately after meeting), as of now John Weiss is organizer for party. Unless someone else takes charge, food will be very simple but delicious spread of appetizers/finger food from the KYC restaurant.

      Special thanks to Lee - he has been busy in his woodworking shop making some awesome awards. Once you see these, you'll want to buy new sails to ensure your chances on the podium next year.

      So with a full day on the docket, you’ll want to come down and join the fun - see you on the dock!

      Join the KYC Sail Race Group on Yahoo to stay informed on race happenings.



Golf Outing


9401 - 18TH Street
Kenosha, WI 53144

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019

Time: Tee Times start at 10:00 A.M.

Cost: $ 63.00 per golfer - includes Golf, Cart, Lunch at the course, Trophies and Prizes

Register Online: Click Here (Members must be logged-in)

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.

Inexperienced and casual golfers welcome!! Peoria Handicap System used to calculate a net score for each golfer to win prizes.

RSVP by May 10, 2019 (singles or foursome) by delivering a check/cash payment & golfer names to Kenosha Yacht Club at the address above.


Mike Paulin

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Cost: $10 per monthly issue

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Deadline:15th of each month in order to be in that month's issue

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Every year the Kenosha Community Sailing Center publishes a Catalog showcasing our sailing programs, a letter from the KYC Commodore and featuring businesses and individuals that support our mission. It is our primary annual fundraising effort. Please purchase an ad and show your support.

The order form is below or click here for a PDF version
Click Here

For more information

KCSC 2019 Catalog Form

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 NOW to make the Tall Ships event a success!


Spring is finally here! The Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 event is getting closer and there’s a lot to be done prior to August 1st.

Please show your support for this important event by signing up as a 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.

UPDATE on volunteer positions:

Thirty percent of KYC members have signed up to volunteer for the Tall Ships event, along with six non-members.A big “Thank you” to these folks for their willingness to support the club and help ensure the success of the event. We need everyone to consider how they can support this event - and there will be many ways to do so.

General volunteers- Planning is underway for our sponsor positions for this event and details will become available within the next month or so. If you are willing to help “as needed” for one or more shifts, please let me know or log in as a member and sign up in the KYC database.

Tall Ship event positions- descriptions provided previously in a volunteer recruitment email.
• Ship Liaison Officers (SLO)
• Line handlers for the Sail Away Village.
• Line catchers for the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet Thursday afternoon (south wall).
• General assistance in the Sail Away Village.

Watch your email for new information on volunteer positions as it becomes available.

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

Thank you!
Sue Hill
Kenosha Community Sailing & Yacht Club Tall Ships Volunteer Coordinator


Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • 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.
  • Wishes for continued healing for Dave Hirst following heart surgery now that he is home and doing well!
  • Happy 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.Joyce can be reached atgoodwinds@kenoshayachtclub.comor 262-945-9183


Joyce Rinehart

Letter From The Editor


Can you believe it? The snow and ice has finally departed the harbor & boat dock area. That can only mean Spring is here and activity around the club will be increasing.
Keep an eye on the club's Events Calendar for upcoming activities and get involved.
It's getting to be a great time to earn your volunteer hours, by helping spruce up around the club. Talk to Jim regarding helping clean-up both within and outside the club building and grounds.
Those that will be preparing their boats on the dock for launching, please remember to take your trash home with you and don't fill the club's refuse containers.
Looking forward to seeing everyone coming out of hibernation and enjoying boating out on the big lake soon.

Sailor's Dictionary:

"Ready about" (or "Prepare to tack")- indicates that the skipper in his infinite wisdom has decided to point the boat in roughly the same direction but with the wind on the other side. Crew should now secure sunglasses, beer cans, and snacks, and get ready for large amounts of flappy things crashing around the cabin, and for mainsheet traveler to slide across, removing fingers from unwary and ignorant passengers.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum