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August Mainsheet 2020

Lee Rosenbaum  | Published on 8/31/2020


Greetings fellow members:

It is difficult to put into perspective the business of the Yacht Club amid the upheaval and conflagration that has been going on. While we are somewhat isolated on Simmons Island, the volatility of the past week which will probably be exacerbated by the President’s visit has affected all businesses including us profoundly. It is so disheartening to see valiant efforts by a great city and downtown community trying to take advantage of great summer weather so far to fight the virus and revitalize business activity go literally up in flames.

If you haven’t been downtown or to the club, it is a surreal scene - desolate and boarded up for miles around downtown as if having been evacuated for a natural disaster. While most businesses are trying to open during the day, public traffic is understandably way down except for protestors and gawkers.

We also bought plywood and boarded up the club as shown in this issue. While away from the main protests, as a liquor establishment we would be a prime target for looters. We have been open up until 5pm during the curfew to try to keep paying our workers and give some normalcy to our members, visiting boats, and the public. Thanks to your board and events people and a great donation from our new vendor, United Foods, we quickly put together a free lunch give away for volunteers, first responders, and those in need starting this Monday noon at the First Methodist Church.

We’re not sure how bad the effect on our bottom line will be until we put together the numbers for Wednesday’s member meeting. On a positive note, using the SBA money for wages and operating expenses, we have been able to use profits from the restaurant to pay off our state debt. That will be finished this week. No more high interest payments!! That gets us about half way there. If we have a decent fall I hope we can be out of debt except for our long-term SBA payback by the end of the year. Here’s to trying to get back to a more normal 2021. Stay safe and sound of mind and body. Let’s all keep working to revitalize our great club and great city.

Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday September 2nd @ 7:00pm
    • This will be a video meeting.

Board Members

Commodore Ron Otto
Vice Commodore Deb Strouf
Rear Commodore Joyce Rinehart
Secretary Lee Rosenbaum
Treasurer Eric Routman
Trustee Jack Ciesemier
Trustee Flori Ventura
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Strouf
Past Commodore Robert Rinehart


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Small hoist has been has been working great for the Buccaneers to launch.
    • Please maintain Social Distancing & wear masks on the dock when working around the boats.
    • At the end of September the haul-out list will be posted.

      thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • While 2020 will be a year that is largely remembered for incredible negatives, sailing at Kenosha yacht club has been a gift that gives us all some escape from this reality. The weather has been wonderful, the sailors have been incredible and I hope we have all found some relief out on the water.

      There are only a few more weeks to go and while events in Kenosha have been absolutely horrific, it is my hope that we are able to get some more enjoyment in before the leafs start to turn and we begin the process of winding down this summer. Please come out and join us either in your sailboats or spectate in your power boats and be thankful for all that is positive in a world that is full of chaos. Take this time to catch your breath, recharge and do something to make a positive difference in our community.

    • Current race schedule is posted -Events

    • We have aNEWMail Group for KYC sailboat racing
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      See you on the water!


KYC Boarded Up
KYC was boarded up to protect it from the riots going on in Kenosha.
A hugeTHANK YOUgoes out to Jim Strouf, Doug Vacarello and Ron Otto for working in the heat to protect our building.
Jen Miller and Kathy Otto secured the outdoor furniture & plants and removed all the liquor and glassware from the window & exposed areas.
Fingers crossed!!

8th Annual KYC Golf Outing
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Despite difficult circumstances in our world of 2020, KYC was able to pull off the 8th Annual Golf Outing after a delay of a few months. It created a positive feel good day during tough times. The weather for the rescheduled event in August should have been hot and humid, but luckily was sunny and pleasant for the KYC golfers. The 8th Annual Kenosha Yacht Club Golf Outing is in the books. Congratulations to Champion Matt Rice, a first time KYC Golf Outing Champion, with a solid gross score of 74. Congratulations to me, Mike Paulin, who won The Peoria Handicap Championship with a net score of 63. Last year’s Peoria Champion Doug Vaccarello still managed to win his bottle of rum.
Please share your prize with the rest of your pirate crew.

Additional trophies for course competition winners awarded as follows:

Closest to the Pin, Hole #4 – Matt Rice
Closest to the Pin, Hole #7 – Jerry Ruffolo
Men’s Longest Drive, Hole #5 – Matt Rice
Men’s Longest Drive, Hole #14 – Jason Ellis
Ladies’ Longest Drive, Hole #14 – Martia Kemps
Longest Putt, Hole #18 – Wayne Ollila

Congratulations to all winners!!!

A special thanks to the business sponsorship of this year’s Kenosha Yacht Club Golf Outing. RingCentral, Inc., a provider of cloud-based communications, contributed a generous monetary donation. The Wooden Nickel, 11606 Sheridan Road, Pleasant Prairie, WI and Makita Tools provided awesome prizes won by golfers.

A good time was had by all. All golfers left with a nice prize, including a grand prize 50-inch TV, 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 eight years of the KYC Golf Outing. Thanks to KYC Bar and Grill for taking good care of all the thirsty and hungry 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!!!
Photos of the event can be seen on the KYC website:Golf Outing 2020

Happy boating all you golf duffers!!!

Mike Paulin
KYC Golf Outing Coordinator



This week we will be starting our fall adult sailing classes with 11 students and we are very pleased with the interest in sailing. 2020 has been such a difficult year for everyone, but it goes to show that the spirit to learn new things and the will to be on the water is ever present and strong. If you have the chance to meet any of the new students, please be sure to extend a warm welcome.

We are officially done teaching the 2020 youth sailing classes and have begun prepping the boats for winter. Bettie is organizing the youth volunteers to come down and help winterize and give them a few more chances to be on the water. You might have noticed that one of our adult volunteers rebuilt the rack on the north side of the derrick house—thanks Chip! We truly have been blessed this year with great staff, volunteers, KCSC board members and our KYC partners; all of whom were flexible and committed to making the best of the sailing season – thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Kenosha News did a Facebook live stream from a sailboat in the harbor. It was a lot of fun. Bettie Wescott and Brian Ehmke talked about pretty much everything they could think of including KYC and the restaurant. Thank you both for representing us so well. We will be getting a copy of the video from Kenosha News and will be sure to make it available, if you missed it live. And please, if you do social media at all (and why wouldn’t you?), please follow us on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We rely on word-of-mouth which is synonymous these days with sharing a post.

The kayak and standup paddle board operation had been growing each weekend until the civil unrest. We had purchased dog life jackets and were hoping to do a promotion around National Dog Day (August 26th), but we just didn’t feel the playful climate was appropriate given the challenges our city has been facing. Hopefully, we will see a renewed interest in being downtown over Labor Day weekend, otherwise we will wrap up the kayak season and focus on future fun.

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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We send out warm wishes for healing and hope to all who have family and friends who have been touched by the Covid virus. Stay strong and stay safe.
  • We send our thoughts out to the entire Kenosha Community in this time of unbelievable chaos and uncertainty and we celebrate the beauty rising out of the ashes as more works of art appear on the boarded up buildings each day. They are signs of our strength as a community.
  • A big “thank you” to Deb Strouf and our entire restaurant staff as they have done a great job getting through each day as we have been affected by all that has been happening in our downtown area! Great job!

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


Wow, 2020 sure has thrown a lot at us. And it is not done yet.
Try to stay positive, healthy and safe.
Get out on the water and escape from what is happening on dry land for a while.

Sailor's Funny:

Spinnaker:An extremely large, lightweight, balloon-shaped piece of sailcloth frequently trailed in the water off the bow in a big bundle to slow the boat down.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum