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August Mainsheet 2019

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 8/24/2019

August 2019

Greetings KYC Members and Friends

Can you believe it is nearing the end of August? Hard to believe but it is, and everyone is savoring every day left in the season.

Kenosha Tall Ships has come and gone and what a great time we all had! The ships, captains and crew were all wonderful. Our volunteers were amazing! Thanks to each and every one of you for a great job well done! Thanks to all who worked before the event to make sure we were ready, to all who worked during the event, many of you for all four days and to all who worked following the event to clean-up and finish the job. I especially send a big “thank you” to the restaurant staff for their endless hours before, during and after Kenosha Tall Ships and to those who recruited and headed up our volunteers – Sue Hill, Virginia Hartley, Deb Strouf and Doug Vaccarello.

We have a great Club and a great community of people. It was a real joy to work together with so many of you during Kenosha Tall Ships!

The Kenosha Yacht Club will be hosting a celebration for this year’s KCSC sailing students on Sunday, September 15th at 1:00pm. This will be a mixer to get new members, current members and this year’s students and families together. Please mark your calendar now and come on down to the club to get to know this year’s students. Watch for further information about this event. We congratulate the Kenosha Community Sailing Center on a great summer!

It is that time of year again when our nominating committee is hard at work choosing a slate of officers for the coming year. I hope that if you are asked to serve on the KYC Board that you will thoughtfully consider saying “yes” to the invitation. In the next few days, you will receive an email with the nominated slate of officers. At our September Member Meeting we will invite nominations from the floor and in October we will vote on our 2020 officers. Nominations from the floor will not be received in October.

We have been invited to participate in the Pike River Clean-up hosted by the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association on September 21st. Information about this event was emailed to everyone and is found in this newsletter. Besides working that day, we have also set up the opportunity to donate to the clean-up day. To contribute, go to “Donations” on our website.

Billing has gone out to each of you who store on the dock for the winter. Thanks to those who have already paid their Winter Storage Fees. Please remember to submit a copy of your insurance and a signed contract along with your payment.

Here’s to many good boating days in the weeks ahead!

Commodore Bob

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday September 4th @ 7:00pm
    Join us in celebrating a great boating season on Sunday September 15th at 1:00 pm, dockside at KYC/KCSC.
    We are hoping to see a full crew of members and summer sailing students. Lunch will be provided.
    Opportunities for open sail for Youth program students and likely race crewing for interested adult students earlier in the day.
    Stay tuned for additional information.

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:
  • Angela Preston
  • Diane & Steve Powers


  • 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)
    • While summer started out slow with cool rainy temperatures, the pendulum flipped at the end of June and we’ve had some great racing. With only a few weeks remaining, I’d like to invite our powerboat friends to come out on Thursday evenings and watch the fun (please stay back from the start/finish line). Feel free to follow the fleet, just stay down wind of the fleet to avoid creating a wind shadow. Some of the best racing is yet to be had so come out, enjoy a beverage, and watch the fun! Then join in the fun at the KYC bar as we relive and pontificate about the evening’s race.

      Thursday Races start time: 6pm

    • Few House Keeping Items:

      • Last Thursday race is scheduled for September 12th
      • Last Sunday race is scheduled for September 22nd
      • Buccaneers need to be off the dock by October 1st

      Please pay attention to the calendar for racing -Events

      Race results to date can be found at -Racing Results

      Sail fast!


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


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City Tall Ship Letter

Kenosha Tall Ships 2019 - Nearly 120 volunteers made this event a success for the KYC and KCSC!

It’s nice to reflect on the success of the Tall Ships event. My opinion is that the support provided by the KYC and KCSC for the Kenosha Tall Ships 2019 event was key to its success! If you asked me why we did such an amazing job, I would say it was because of two things: (1) Beginning last fall, hours and hours of planning, including recruiting and organizing volunteers, and (2) AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!

Nearly 120 volunteers - KYC members and non-member friends/family, and KCSC supporters - made a major contribution to the success of this event for the City of Kenosha. And SPECIAL THANKS to the 76 KYC members - nearly 50% of our members - who volunteered in one or more of three groups of volunteers:

• Thirty-six (36) volunteers spent many hours staffing the KYC-KCSC information booth in the South Event area. Bettie Westcott and Jim Buck recruited these volunteers, which included youngsters involved with the sailing center. One of the biggest benefits of talking with the public was to be able to correct the misperception that the KYC (bar/restaurant) is a private club. Many of the people they spoke with didn't know about the KCSC and that you could take sailing lessons in the harbor without being a member.

• Forty-five (45) Tall Ships Event volunteers (recruited through the KYC) worked directly to support the event as Ship Liaison Officers (SLOs) and Line Handlers. Virginia Hartley, Head Ship Liaison Officer, managed the SLOs (along with other contributions) and Doug Vaccarello, Head Line Handler, managed the Line Handlers. Everything went like clock-work, even when things literally changed at the last minute on the north harbor wall.

• Thirty-seven (37) volunteers supported the KYC Bar & Restaurant operation; many came early for their assigned shifts, and stayed late; some just showed up and volunteered. “Thank you” doesn’t come close to recognizing the contribution from this group, for out of all the possible ways to volunteer, these positions were the least glamorous and the most fluid. Huge thanks to every one of these volunteers. I just can’t say how pleased I was to see the response to “all hands on deck” - THANK YOU! (Sue Hill recruited and organized these volunteers, and Deb Strouf was the interface between the bar/restaurant and the volunteers - in addition to many, many hours spent working with the restaurant operator to prepare for the event.)

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank Bob and Joyce Rinehart for their contribution to the planning and success of the event; and also Patti Lock, Tall Ships Consultant, for the time she devoted to planning the event. This was definitely a team effort and I apologize if I left anyone out. There were several volunteers (not named by choice) who went above and beyond in terms of the hours they devoted to helping the bar/restaurant succeed. Well done and Thank you!
By: Sue Hill

Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We extend our wishes for healing to Jack Harkins following a medical procedure.
  • We extend our wishes for healing to our restaurant general manager, Roger Owens, as he recovers from knee surgery.
  • Our sympathies go out to the family of Bruce Ford who died August 20, 2019. Bruce was an active longtime member of the Kenosha Yacht Club.
  • We are all very thankful for the great Tall Ships Event! It was amazing and we are really grateful for the 100 awesome volunteers!!! Everyone did a great job!
  • In the next couple of months, I will be stepping down as the Good Winds’ volunteer. It has been a great opportunity and I invite anyone who might be interested in being our next Good Winds’ volunteer to let me or any board member know.

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

Q-Race Winners from KYC
QRace Ron 2019
QRace Mike 2019
QRace Jim 2019
QRace Chad 2019

Letter From The Editor


The Q-Race is in the record book. The weather was was perfect for a quick shot out from Racine to the Mid Lake Buoy and back (no tacking). Again KYC was well represented by the following boats:
Smokin'J (Mike L.)2nd in Division, 3rd overall
Liberty Too (Bill B.) 1st in Division, 6th overall
Joan Clair (Jim P.): 2nd in Division, 8th overall
Kookaburra (Lee R., Chad K.): 3rd in Division, 15th overall
Takedown-2 (Ron O.): 3rd in Division, 11th overall
There is more racing this season, both at KYC and the surroundingyacht clubs. So get out there and enjoy the lake before winter returns.
Sailor's Funny:

Common sense is like deodorant. Those who need it the most, never use it.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum