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October Mainsheet 2020

 | Published on 11/6/2020


Season’s greetings to all members.

We are definitely changing seasons in spite of a coming fall warm spell (is Indian Summer politically correct?) It entails much change at the club as it is in all organizations and families due to the Covid surge. The boating season and fall haul-out are officially over with many boats already covered and winterized. Thanks to Doug V. Pete T. and all who spent 5 weekends making it happen. Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the Commodore’s dinner and will do our induction of new House Chair Jim Pappas at the members’ meeting. We hope to do something live in the spring, if possible, to honor past commodores, welcome new members and enjoy some greatly missed social interaction. As of now, the same holds true of the Holiday Season party in December, although we hope the spirit will be kept alive by continuing our support of needy children thru the Urban Outreach program. We hope you can find some time to contribute, help decorate and spend a little quality time at our beautiful club – remember we do have some nice heaters for the deck.

Again unfortunately, the colder weather along with the Covid restrictions have hurt business at the restaurant, and we need to take a hard look at our finances. The board feels committed to keeping our restaurant workers employed with the SBA recovery funds we have received. While with a few good summer months, we have made good progress on reducing our debt, the challenge will be to come up with a budget that continues to account for the remaining debt and make sure we make it thru to when things somewhat return to normal and we can make more definitive long term plans. As I’m sure you all individually feel, there are so many unknowns we face a difficult job. My thanks to our great board and active volunteers who have put in the extra time and effort to keep us going. At least, we may have some type of resolution on the political front - won’t we? Please!

I hope you all consider our club something to be especially thankful for and will do what you feel safe doing to keep our common bonds going thru these tough times. Hopefully, we can continue active participation, communication, and comradery even if on-line or in small groups thru the coming months.

Season Blessings to all.

Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday December 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 Jim Strouf
Trustee Flori Ventura
Trustee Dan Newman
House Director Jim Pappas
Past Commodore Robert Rinehart

Welcome New Members
- Steve Daigle


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Boat haul-outs are complete
    • Please boat owners on the dock: Recycle antifreeze bottles at home. Do not fill our garbage cans with them. If a garbage can is full, ANYONE can empty them in the dumpster. We don't have a resident garbage man.

      thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • KYC Race Update - the 2020 season is over and I think we covered most items in the prior Mainsheet - congrats to all! We will schedule a post season dBrief to begin planning for the 2021 season once boats are out of the water. Please watch the group email for information.

      Also for those wintering in WI / IL, iceboating lends itself to being socially distance and super fun. More information can be found at Once I have my warm water boats put away, I’ll be taking down my Nite and ready for the first ice on Lake Como - come out and join the fun!

    • We have aNEWMail Group for KYC sailboat racing
    • To register, go to
      You have to opt-in to this list if you’d like to receive email updates specific to KYC sailboat racing. You can choose to receive individual posts or daily digests, etc. You can also unsubscribe.This Group will provide information on KYC racing topics.

      See you on the water!


Christmas Decorating and Charity

Yes, to do our part in reawakening the downtown, as the city and other businesses are committed to, we need to start planning for the Holiday Season. We are looking at the Saturdays before or after Thanksgiving to decorate inside and out. More info soon.

If you saw our recent email, you know we are partnering with Urban Outreach as our main charity as we did last year. Thanks to all who have come forward to sponsor a gift for needy children. So far, we can commit to 35 children. In addition, one of our members pledged $1000. That will go directly to Karl Erickson at Urban Outreach to provide for holiday needs.

You can still participate either by – requesting child or children’s info and wish list and receive the list by 11/15 to shop for and drop off, or by making a contribution of $25 per child and the shopping will be done for you ( checks payable to KYC with memo of Christmas Charity mailed to KYC or dropped in our locked outside mailbox). We need a response for either option by 11/10 and checks by 11/20. Respond to Kathy Otto,

ELCA Outreach Center

On behalf of the clients of the ELCA Outreach Center, I want to thank Kathy Otto and the membership of the KYC for supporting the Holiday Outreach Gift Giving once again this year. Last year, with the help of KYC members, the Outreach Center was able to distribute Christmas gifts to over 1,000 children here in Kenosha. Even with the pandemic this year, we are seeing the need for Christmas gift assistance for those struggling to make ends meet. We started collecting names in early October and are on track to have close to 850 children this year. While this pandemic is affecting everyone differently, we are helping as many people as we can. Our Legal Advice Service is operating via Zoom and we are having around 55 people come through our clothing closet each day for free clothes for their families. We are starting our English and Spanish GED classes back up in November too. Again, we thank you all for your support of the Holiday Outreach Gift Giving program!

Thank you Lee and please let me know if you have any questions.

Karl Erickson
Executive Director
ELCA Outreach Center
6218 26th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53143

The mission of the ELCA Outreach Center is to share God's love by addressing the needs of child
ren, youth and adults through programs and services that encourage them to become self-sufficient, caring and participating members of the community.

Worth Water
IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!Did you watchThe Worth Of Water? You can still watch it for FREE on YouTube! Watch, share and comment!

If you love and value Lake Michigan, watchThe Worth of Water - A Great Lakes Story. The Kenosha Community Sailing Center, Kenosha Yacht Club and Southport Marina supported Julia Robson and Alyssa Armbruster in their343 milejourney. In July 2017, KCSC and KYC hosted a fundraiser and walk forWalk to Sustain Our Great Lakesto promote awareness of Great Lakes issues and accomplishments. In April 2018, we brought them back to Kenosha (Kenosha Public Museum) to hear about their walk and learn more about the Great Lakes.

The film ends with “Your actions matter - the future of the Great Lakes is in our hands.” Julia Robson responded to viewers who wondered,Whatis needed beyond the obvious(be mindful of water consumption, reduce plastic use, pick up litter, etc.)? Her response was to VOTE for leaders on all levels who value and support science and the legislation we have in place to protect our air, protect our water, protect our environment.


FACEBOOK: search for ‘walk to sustain our great lakes’ - timely articles related to the Great Lakes are often posted on the WSOGL Facebook page.

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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 sent our wishes for healing from surgeries to our Trustee, Flori Ventura. We are thinking of you as we hope you are doing well and that your healing goes quickly.
  • Gratitude for a safe boat pulling season and for all who have been down on the docks helping out.
  • We send our wishes for continued healing to Bob Spitz following surgery to replace a mitral valve. Bob is doing well and looks forward to a quick and full recovery. We are thinking of you Bob!
  • Hope everyone is enjoying these beautiful last days of the season!
  • A reminder to all members that our Bar and Restaurant continue to be open this fall. Check out the new menu, come down and stay warm with our new deck heaters as you enjoy a good meal and a drink or call ahead for a carry out. Your support is much appreciated and essential right now.

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


All the boats have been pulled out of the water and are on the hard. Most have already been covered and put to bed for the winter. Now comes the dreaming of next season and story telling of the storms you raced through this past year.
Some are looking forward to the lakes freezing over so they can get their iceboats out.
I have started playing with a virtual reality headset and have been doing some sail racing with it. My wife hits me with a fan and sprays me with water to make it more realistic. Not 100% the same, but it allows me to practice some tactics.
As you all know we are now in the slow time for the restaurant & bar, so please patronize it as you are able.

Sailor's Funny:

Distress Signals:International signals which indicate that a boat is in danger. For example, in American waters: the sudden appearance of lawyers, the pointing of fingers, and repression of memories; in Italian waters: moaning, weeping, and wild gesticulations; in French waters: fistfights, horn blowing, and screamed accusations; in Spanish waters: boasts, taunts, and random gunfire; in Irish waters: rhythmic grunting, the sound of broken glass, and the detonation of small explosive devices; in Japanese waters: shouted apologies, the exchange of calling cards, and minor self-inflected wounds; and in English waters: doffed hats, the burning of toast, and the spilling of tea.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum