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June Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 6/23/2019


Greetings KYC Members

As we move toward July, we do so hoping for a bit of summer in the coming days. This has been a challenging year for weather and June has been more of the same. Next week looks better and I hope everyone can be on the water for some of the week. Yet, despite the weather we have gotten all boats in the water, cleaned up the Club and held all planned events.

We have also moved into our summer bar and restaurant hours and menu. Weather and the ongoing dock issues have affected business but we are hopeful for a good year. This is the second year that the bar and restaurant have been operated by the KYC and we are excited that we have learned good lessons from last year that are being put into play. We all want the bar and restaurant to succeed and there are ways we can help. I encourage every member to come down to get a few drinks and a good meal on a regular basis and also, to tell your family and friends that we are open to the public and ready to serve them. As members, we are all responsible for frequently patronizing the Bar and Restaurant While you are there, don’t forget to get your KYC Wear from the Ship’s Store!

Golfers enjoyed a great day at our 7th Annual Golf Outing organized by Past Commodore, Mike Paulin. Every golfer received a great prize and winners were announced at the last member meeting and in the May Mainsheet. Congratulations to all and thanks to Mike!
A BIG “thank you” to each and every one who helped with dock, house and yard cleanup! We are looking so much better from the kitchen to the boat yard to the flower beds and it is amazing what can get done when we all work together! We appreciate Jim and Deb organizing our cleanup week! Thanks also to Bettie and her crew who are continuing to clean up the dock wall. Make sure your hours were logged for the time you spent helping.

June 2nd we participated in the 61st Annual Blessing of the Fleet and had a very special day. As we remembered those who passed this year and are greatly missed, we welcomed Rita LaPoint who brought us sunshine and participated in the Laying of the Wreath at the flagpole. We appreciated all the KYC/KCSC members who helped with setup and takedown and all who attended the ceremony. We were blessed by great speakers, all reminding us to be safe on the water, and a good sense of community.

We have been reminded by NOAA and others how dangerous the high water can be. They have confirmed that water level are the highest they have been in 40 years and that the level this month has set a record for June.Keep safe and help spread the word to others to use caution when around the water this year.

KCSC students are in the harbor and out on the Lake as the 2019 classes have begun. Adults and youth are learning to sail under the guidance of Vice Commodore, Ron Otto and Bettie and Paul Wescott and we wish the KCSC at great season!

Racing season has begun and our Sunday and Thursday races are in full swing (well, when the weather cooperates) and this weekend Ron Otto is doing the Solo Mac and Eric Routman is participating in the Chicago to Waukegan race. Next week many of our racers will be doing the Queen’s Cup. Good luck to all! We are always proud of our KYC racers!

We are a little over a month away from the Tall Ships coming to Kenosha August 1st-4th and we are busily getting ready for our part in this incredible weekend. It is not to late to volunteer and you can easily do that by going to our website “Members Only” section and clicking on “volunteering.” Please see Sue Hills article in this Mainsheet.

The new life rings are now installed on our dock. Thanks to Jim Strouf for getting them up for us!

One final note – Our Dock Master, Doug, has been working endless hours with the city to try to resolve our docking issues created by the new dock the city put in and the high water and we appreciate all his time and efforts and hope for a resolution very soon. Thanks, Doug!

Have a great boating season and a safe and fun 4th of July,

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday July 10th @ 7:00pm
  • 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

Welcome to our New Members:
  • John & Shawna Neal


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Be careful if you tie-up to the sea wall. The water is very high and there is a wooden beam at or just below water level.

      thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • The 2019 race season is in full swing. We have had our first races on both Thurdsay & Sunday.

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

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



Flood 01
Flood 02
The weather is finally going to warm up and stay more consistently near or even slightly above normal next week and linger into the end of the month, pending wind direction. With the warmer weather, more visitors and swimmers will be heading to beaches along Lake Michigan.

As you all know, water levels on Lake Michigan are close to record levels. As of Wednesday, June 19th, the level was at 581.85 ft, and has been trending slowly upward since the start of the month. This sets a new mean record water level for June on Lake Michigan. The all-time record water level is 582.35 ft set in October 1986. Pending future rainfall around Lake Michigan, this record could be reached in the next month or so.

Water levels this high have not been experienced on Lake Michigan for over 30 years. Most of us are unfamiliar with the impacts these levels could cause. Several days ago, we received images of a portion of the lakeshore walkway and piers at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee being inundated. The images were taken in the late afternoon on Wednesday. Winds had been from the north to northeast all day, gusting as high as 15-19 knots.

Typically this time of year, winds are lighter and more offshore. However this warm season has been far from typical, and the potential for a more significant onshore wind event is more likely. In addition, the water levels will likely remain high into late summer and the Fall, when stronger, onshore wind events become more common.

Hence the National Weather Service in Milwaukee is very concerned about the impacts the high water levels may have during higher wind events. Potential impacts include:
• People on piers being swept off by waves and high water
• Direct flooding of structures along the shore.
• Direct flooding into river mouths with already high water levels.
• Erosion of shore areas, possibly causing structure failure into the lake.
• Any rapid moderate to strong water level fluctuation occurring with fast-moving thunderstorms, producing seiches, that may cause lakeshore flooding as well as swamping piers and breakwalls (more frequent on east side of lake) The NWS in Milwaukee (and most NWS offices with shore jurisdiction along Lake Michigan) will be taking a more proactive stance in safeguarding lives and protecting property from the above impacts. This will be achieved by implementing more stringent guidelines regarding the issuance of Lakeshore Flood Watches/Warnings and Advisories headlines.

The following guidelines will be followed:

Lakeshore Flood Watch/Warning
• Storm Force onshore winds (48kts or more) for any duration
• High end Gale Force winds (Gales of 40-47 kts) for any duration
• Low end Gale Force winds (Gales of 34 to 40 kts) for 3 to 6 hours or more
Remember a Watch is issued when conditions are expected in the next 12 to 48 hour period. A Warning is issued when conditions are imminent, highly likely or observed in the first 12 to 24 hour period.

Lakeshore Flood Advisory
• Onshore winds to 33 knots for 3 to 6 hours or more
• Onshore winds of 15 to 25 knots for 6 hours or more

Winds of 10 to 20 kts and below would not require a headline at this time.

The above are guidelines and can be adjusted as we observe lakeshore impacts as they occur during different onshore wind events.

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Tall Ships Return to Kenosha!

Greetings! July 4th is around the corner and that means the Kenosha Tall Ships® 2019 event is just one month away!

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 extend our sympathy to Nikki and Sandy Kyle at the passing of Nikki’s mother. Our thoughts are with you.
  • Wishes for safety for all in this 2019 boating season the waters of Lake Michigan.

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


Well, sail race season has finallyarrived. We have successfullycompleted both the first Thursday & Sunday races. They are a lot of fun, so get your boat out there. If you don't have a boat, we are always looking for crew.
This coming Friday, June 28th, is the start of the Queen's Cup. The race is from Milwaukee to St. Joseph, MI and there are a number of KYC boats entered in the race.
As of this writing, Ron Otto is on the Solo Mac race. We wish him all the best for the long trip up and back.
Eric Routman & Crew took 5th place out of 14 in the Chicago to Waukegan race on Saturday June 22. They were in the T10 division. The rains went south of the City and there were steady winds out of the East. Just a great day for a race.
Chicago to Waukegan Race
Eric Routman & Crew
Chicago to Waukegan T-10 Fleet
Sailor's Dictionary:
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Lee Rosenbaum