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April Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 4/21/2019



In between snow, rain and sunshine it is great to see everyone down on the dock working on boats. Better days are coming!

We had a great turnout for the Gateway Student’s presentation. Thanks to all who were able to attend. The Architectural and the Environmental Impact classes made the Kenosha Yacht Club and the Kenosha Community Sailing Center their spring class project as they looked at what environmental effects a new building would have where our current one stands. Each Architectural student created their own design for a new building. These students did an amazing job and it was fun to see their creativity and look at their options. We were honored to have then use us as a class project and to share their final results.

Thanks to those who put the ramp in and welcome to the Carthage Sailing Club Students who have been out sailing!

Our boat launch will begin this Saturday and continue through the next few weeks. Please remember that if you have a boat on the dock you need to be there each Saturday to help out. If you do not have a boat on the dock you are still encouraged to come by and help. We need many strong people to do this work and everyone is really appreciated. Helping launch boats counts as your volunteer hours so if you are looking for a way to get your hours in, this is a great opportunity. Don’t forget to sign the volunteer list each week.

Upcoming social events include the Cinco De Derby Party on May 4th which is being help in memory of Dana Fox this year and the 7th Annual Golf Outing on May 19th. Further information on both events and Golf Outing registration can be found on the website. Come on out for both and enjoy a fun time with your boating friends!

On June 2nd we will offer the 61st Blessing of the Fleet. Bring your boat and your family and friends and come on by for this special way to begin our boating season. Some volunteers will be needed for setup and cleanup and both count toward volunteer hours. You can sign up online to help out at the Blessing of the Fleet.


Thanks to the Tall Ships Steering Committee, our plans to be a Tall Ships Sponsor are coming along and we are very excited about this upcoming event August 1 – 4, 2019. It is not too late to sign up as a volunteer for Kenosha Tall Ships. Go to the volunteer section on our website and sign up today to join the 63 who have already made a commitment. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Sue Hill who is doing a great job of organizing our volunteers. She can be reached 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.


Our restaurant will be expanding to spring hours and a new spring menu soon. In the meantime, come on by for Happy Hour and enjoy our Friday Fish Fry too. Watch for further information as we gear up!

Have a great end of April and beginning of May!

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday May 1st @ 7:00pm
  • Cinco De Derby Party.Saturday May 4th @ 3:00pm, (see below for more informaiton)
  • 7th Annual Golf Outing: May 19th (see below for more information & registration)
  • First practice sail race is Thursday May 30th @ 6:30pm
  • Blessing of the Fleet June 2nd
  • 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)
    • Boat launching will be every Saturday,weather permitting, until the dock is empty.
    • Stop dragging your feet and get ready! Don't get me irritated. We all know the rules. Don't irritate me. If you have a problem call me at 262-945-3994.

      thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • The April Fools regatta was held Saturday April 6th. This was the first time the KCSC Hartley 12's were used for this event.

      Participants were: Patrick Perlman, Ron Otto, Flori Ventura and Paul Wescott. Stan Smith intended to race but he cut open his hand flipping boats requiring a trip to the emergency room and 11 stitches. Winds were 6-8 out of the SSE. Six races were sailed although Doug got preoccupied and only scored five of them. Patrick Perlman narrowly beat Paul Wescott to take the regatta.

      Thanks to Jerry Ruffalo for launching his boat and being race committee.

    • Hats off to everybody who attended our Spring race meeting and the awards dinner a few weeks ago. An updated schedule for the 2019 race season is available on our website. A number of modifications have been made to the sailing instructions and we will be leveraging two race committees for the season. Buoys are being readied for deployment before Memorial Day and our first Thursday night race, which is a practice race, will be held the last Thursday of May. So now is the time to get your boat ready!

      Please pay attention to the calendar as a number of dates have been changed and this year and we have two Wednesday night races in place of Thursday races, for total of 23 Thursday and Sunday races possible.

      I believe we have almost 15 boat already registered. I you haven’t registered, lease do so at

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



Cinco De Derby Party

Please join us at the annual Cinco De Derby Party onSaturday, May 4th at 3:00pm. We will be calling this year’s event “Dana’s Derby De Mayo” in remembrance of member and friend Dana Fox. This was always a very special party for Dana.


- Ron Otto will host the Derby Lottery.

-We will also continue with our tradition of a Derby hat and attire contest, at 5:00 pm with prizes for both gentlemen andladies.

- In addition, we will have a 3 hourly, 50/25/25 lotteries (50% to winner, 25% to KYC and 25% to NAMI in Dana’s name) beginning at 3:30pm.

- There will be bar specials, complimentary bar snacks and the full restaurant menu will be available.


Decorate your hat, find your Derby finery and come down for a great time. Get there early to enjoy all the activities leading up to the running of the race at 5:50pm.

If you have questions, additional ideas or are interested in helping out prior with decorating or during the party please contact Kathy Otto

Thanks, and we hope to see you there.

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

The Poop on Volunteering and Current Volunteer Opportunities

There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, 'what happened?'
-- Casey Stengel

Volunteers are the engine that makes the Yacht Club and Community Sailing Center what they are today and what ‘keeps the lights on’. Board members and others devote countless hours in a variety of ways to support the KYC and the Kenosha Community Sailing Center.

To make volunteering and tracking of hours toward the 12-hour member commitment, we will be working with volunteer leaders to identify and describe volunteer opportunities on the KYC website (so members can view and sign up for once they log in). An email will be sent out once this is activated. Sue Hill volunteered to act as a Volunteer Liaison during this time of transition to a more structured system.

There are many ways to volunteer and support the KYC and KCSC - for now, email the lead for the event or

Here is a general list - details for special events or requests will come by email:

Take ownership of this event!: KYC-KCSC float in the Civic Parade (6/30)- Theme is “Liberty at the Lake.”
• Volunteer to help (as requested) for special events at the KYC (e.g., May 4 “Dana’s Derby De Mayo” decorating or at the party) - Kathy Otto, Chair, Activities Committee
Monthly meetings- Attend a KYC monthly membership meeting or KCSC monthly meeting (earn 1hr) - check the event calendar for meeting schedule
• Performclean-uparound the club (either inside or outside) - Dock and KYC-KCSC Clean-Up Day (to prepare for June 2 Blessing of the Fleet) is June 1.
• Garden spruce-up at the KYC grounds
• Instruct or volunteer to support theKCSC youth classes
• Assist withspecial KCSC events(Tuesday night KYC member & KCSC Family sailing class) - (earn 1 hr or more)
• Volunteer for theTall Shipsevent through the KYC-KCSC - Sue Hill, Volunteer Coordinator - email Sue Hill
• Organize an activity or event - one idea is a Kid’s-themed Pirates Day in advance of the Tall Ships event.
• Use your specific talents to better the club -immediate need for Web Development, Marketing including Social Marketing, and Grant writing skills!

Kenosha Community Sailing Center

The Kenosha Community Sailing Center is busy preparing for a variety of activities as the sailing season approaches. In addition to finalizing the 2019 catalog for adult and youth classes for print, instructors are
Carthage Sail Club
teaching students participating in the Carthage College Sailing Club.

Students with the Carthage Sailing Club learn life-saving skills under the watchful eyes of instructors from the Kenosha Community Sailing Center. The exercise took place on Capsize Day at the Koenitzer Aquatic Center. (Photo: John Simpson)

The City of Kenosha has named May “Lake Michigan Safety Awareness Month”

May is National Water Safety Awareness Month and the YMCA-ledKenosha Safety Around Water Coalition(in which the KYC-KCSC participates) is celebrating this designation by holding a poster contest for students in grades K-12 and a water safety event with demonstrations and activities on May 11 at the north end of Harbor Market.

OnMay 11, opening day for the Harbor Market, the KCSC-KYC will have a booth and participate in this event. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booth, and we are also looking for folks to sail the Hartley sailboats in the basin to draw attention to the KYC, and the KCSC classes.

Here’s a link with information on theposter contest. Stay tuned for more information from Bettie Westcott as we get closer to the event.

Advertise in the KYC Mainsheet Newsletter

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Cost: $10 per monthly issue

Size: Business Card size

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

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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.
  • Our sympathy and thoughts are with our friends Chris and Mickey Nielson as they grieve the passing of Mickey’s father!
  • Happy Earth Day!
  • Wishes for dock safety as boats begin to go into the water!

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


OK, I was going to take the gas out of the snowblower last Saturday and then we had 4.5" on Sunday. This Saturday I said, no way will it snow again and drained the machine. So now you can be certain Spring has arrived.
The first boats have been launched and activity around the club is increasing.
Keep an eye on the club's Events Calendar for upcoming activities and get involved.
Sail Shape

Sailor's Dictionary:

"Sail Shape- One of the best ways to improve Sail Shape is to hoist them. Let's get those boats ready and out on the water.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum