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May Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 5/26/2019



As we move into this very busy summer for the Kenosha Yacht Club, the weather is breaking and we have had a few hopeful days of sun and warmth. Boats are slowly but surely moving off the dock and making their way to their summer homes thanks to Doug and all who show up for the Saturday work.

In May we had our annual Cinco De Derby Party complete with betting and best dressed prizes. This year’s event was in memory of Dana Fox who in the past has made this event extra fun. Out of the proceeds from the day, we were able to make a donation to NAMI in Dana’s memory. Thank you to Kathy Otto and her entire committee who worked to make this event very special.

Our next event will the be 61st Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 2nd, at 10:30am. Come on down for the ceremony, help us remember members and past members who have passed this year, bring your boat and have her blessed on the dock. Local dignitaries will share their perspective on the opening of boating season and we will welcome them all to this day. The Coast Guard, Vietnam Veterans and Rita will all be present to share this day with us. Following the Ceremony, we will be offering a buffet for everyone to enjoy. Plan to stay and eat together.

The Blessing of the Fleet will be Roger Owens first big event as our new KYC Bar and Restaurant manager. We give Roger a big welcome and I hope you will all greet and support him when you see him. The Restaurant will begin summer hours and menu on Sunday, May 26th. Check out the newsletter, website, Google and Facebook for current hours of operation. It is our restaurant! Let’s make it happen by coming by and bringing our family and friends!

If you haven’t signed up for our annual cleanup day, you can do that on our Members Only website. We will be doing the major part of the work on Saturday, June 1st from 9am – 4pm and all are welcome to do their share. If you can’t be there on the 1st, sign up for a specific job and do it anytime before June 2nd. Thanks to ALL who have made donations to our flower fund to help beautify the club for the Blessing and the rest of the summer. Your generosity is truly appreciated and your donation will be put to good use.

A note about June 1st. The History Center will be holding a car show that day and the Island will be closed to through traffic. We have made arrangements with Chris at the History Center to be allowed access to the Club. Just tell the person staffing the gate that you are going to the Kenosha Yacht Club and they will let you through.

We have heard great things from the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and they have a great summer planned! Check out their website, sign up your children and grandchildren and tell your neighbors and friend to sign up for lessons and events. If you or someone you know have been putting off learning to sail, now is the time for you to sign up for their adult classes too. Don’t miss these great community opportunities! It could be a life-changing experience!

And last but certainly not least, as we move into summer we are all looking forward to the Tall Ships Event August 1-4, 2019. We have a great team putting together our part in this event. Thanks to Sue Hill, Doug Vacarello, Virginia Hartley and Deb Strouf and the Galley Committee for providing leadership for this event. Our hope is that every member of the Club participate in some way whether it is giving an hour or being available for the whole event your time will be much appreciated and your experience will be truly awesome! So, if you have not signed up as a volunteer, please go to our volunteer section of our Members Only website and sign up now or contact Sue Hill to let her know of your interests.

As we track everyone’s volunteer hours, helping put boats in on Saturdays, volunteering to set up for the Blessing of the Fleet, helping with Club Cleanup and gardening, Helping the KCSC in many ways, working at Tall Ships or many other activities are all hours that count toward your required 12 hours. There are always new opportunities showing up on the website too so don’t forget to check it out.

Here’s wishing you a fun and safe boating season!

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday June 5th @ 7:00pm
  • First practice sail race is Thursday May 30th @ 6:30pm
  • KYC Club Clean-Up Day June 1st 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • 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 2019 race season is upon us - weather permitting the buoys will be in the water this weekend, including a new East buoy. Next Thursday, 30th is our practice race. The official racing starts on June 6th. I know spring weather hasn’t cooperated but it will soon so let’s get in the water and race ready!

      Remember we have a few races this season on Wednesday and some weeks skipped due to conflicts. Please check out the race calendar atEvents.

    • We have 20 boats already registered. If you haven’t registered, lease do so atSailboat Racing Registration

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



Cinco De Derby Party

The party was fun and there were some interesting hats.

See the pictures at:KYC Photo Albums

Golf Outing


The forecast was ominous with lightning bolts and heavy rains projected hour after hour. The dire weather forecast did not intimidate or deter the KYC golfers. One by one like brave soldiers, the golfers teed off in the face of daunting circumstances. Enough of the drama. Despite the bad forecast, the weather was not too bad after all. We golfers worked around some rain and wind and The 7th Annual Kenosha Yacht Club Golf Outing is in the books. Congratulations to Champion Andy Cross, a past KYC Golf Outing Champion, with a solid gross score of 90. Congratulations to Doug Vaccarello who won The Peoria Handicap Championship with an unbelievable net score of 49. I hope Doug shares the bottle of rum he won with the rest of his pirate crew.

Additional trophies for course competition winners awarded as follows:

Closest to the Pin, Hole #4 – Ed Montano
Men’s Longest Drive, Hole #5 – Steve Rasch
Men’s Longest Drive, Hole #14 – Jerry Ruffolo
Ladies’ Longest Drive, Hole #9 – Deb McRoberts
Longest Putt, Hole #18 – Andy Cross

Congratulations to all winners!!! A good time was had by all. All golfers left with a nice prize distributed according to best net scores using the Peoria Handicap System. Thanks to Maplecrest Country Club for once again this year being great hosts, including a tasty lunch at the 9th Hole turn, just as they have been for all seven years of the KYC Golf Outing. Thanks to KYC Bar and Grill for taking good care of all the thirsty golfers back at the KYC Clubhouse for the awards ceremony. Finally, thanks to all the golfers who participated and came out to play a good round making this event the smashing success that it is!!!

See pictures at:Golf Pictures

Happy boating all you golf duffers!!!
Mike Paulin
Past Commodore
Kenosha Yacht Club

Inaugural Safety Around Water event and KCSC capsize Demonstration

It was a chilly Second Saturday for the kick-off of Kenosha's Harbor Market and the inaugural Safety Around Water event. Bettie Westcott and Sue Hill staffed the booth representing the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and Kenosha Yacht Club, and promoted water safety by fitting and giving away lifejackets to youngsters.

One of the last 'live' events was a capsize to show how easily the Community Sailing Center boats can be righted. Paul Westcott narrated the event while Ethan Myers and Ben Raimonde demonstrated. Jerry Ruffolo drove the chase boat with Lydia Nelson keeping watch. The capsize was performed two times so everyone had a good view of how the boat was righted. Special thanks to Ethan and Ben for performing this drill on such a cold day. Lydia, Ben and Ethan are instructors in the summer youth sailing program.
Capsize 01
Capsize 02
The event was sponsored by the Safety Around Water Coalition formed by the Kenosha YMCA. It included water safety experts from the U.S. Coast Guard, village of Somers Fire Department, city of Kenosha Police and Fire departments, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, Kenosha Sports Fishing and Conservation, Kenosha County Health Department, Kenosha County Dive Team, Wisconsin DNR, Kenosha Community Sailing Center and Kenosha Yacht Club, and the Kenosha YMCA.

TheKenosha Safety Around Water Coalition’s mission is to create a healthy respect and safe enjoyment of water in the Kenosha area through education and advocacy. The focus this year is on Lake Michigan safety. This event is one result of the coalition’s efforts. Bob Spitz, Bettie Westcott and Paul Westcott represent the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and Kenosha Yacht Club on this coalition.

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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!

Greetings!Memorial Day is around the corner and that means the Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 event is just two months away!

Please show your support for this important event by signing up as a volunteer. Email Sue Hill attallships.kyc.kcsc@gmail.comto volunteer or log in as a member and sign up as a volunteer.

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.

UPDATE on volunteer positions - 33% of KYC members signed up to volunteer!

Out of 74 total volunteers, 61 are KYC members and 13 are 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 help support this event.

Tall Ship event positions- We’ve been recruiting for these very special event positions since last Fall and they are all filled! Thanks to Virginia Hartley, Head Ship Liaison Officer, and Doug Vaccarello, Head Line Handler, for their continuing efforts regarding these positions.
• Ship Liaison Officers (SLO) - full
• Line handlers - full

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.

For the latest information on the Kenosha Tall Ships event,

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


Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We wish Ron Otto continued healing following cataract surgery!
  • 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.
  • The Blessing of the Fleet is June 2nd at 10:30pm. We hope for a great day!
  • Wishes for dock safety as boats continue 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


Spring was slow to take hold this year, but it has taken root. Most of the boats are in the water and a few have already gone out on the few nice days we have had.
There are a lot of activities coming up so make sure you keep an eye on the club's Events Calendar for upcoming activities and get involved.
The lake water is much higher this year and the city did work on the wall in front of the Yacht Club. Please be very careful if you moor your boat to the wall as there is a large beam at or below water level the whole length of the wall.
Sailor's Dictionary:
What's the difference between a Boat and a Yacht?
ABoatis where the owner works on it.
AYachtis where someone else works on it.
Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum