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April Mainsheet 2021

 | Published on 4/27/2021


Greetings to all members.

There is definitely signs of renewal at KYC this spring. Of course, boats are being prepped and launched and the restaurant is becoming quite active. Two board and galley initiatives are taking place. The patio concrete has been poured and is ready for use. Looks great if you haven’t seen it and will look even better with tables and new umbrellas, plants and lights arranged. Thanks to all the hard work put in by the galley and dock committees. Also the building will be spruced up with new paint and signage. We were definitely in need of branding and marketing help – so now we should have a consistent brand to promote and an attractive “face” to welcome members and the public. Thanks to Westwords Marketing for getting on this to be ready for spring kickoff. Also our food vendor US Foods has excellent resources and services which our restaurant crew are taking advantage of.

We are very fortunate to have a pro ( retired painter ) Jim Pappas as house chair. With some help he is prepping and painting the building so we know it will be done right. That said, the board and committees need help. While we have been tied attacking day-to-day survival and initiating critical tasks, we haven’t done a very good job delegating and recruiting help. We hope to have a job list ready to publish soon. Regardless of your age, location, or Covid status, I am sure there is something that every member could undertake. Remember there are volunteer hours ( or payment ) required by the constitution and in the past we have let both be voluntary (-but..??).More importantly the whole nature and survival and affordability of our club depends upon an active membership. So get vaccinated and get out there!

Again, lets enjoy our great club facilities and camaraderie starting with the May Fools regatta followed by the Cinco de Derby Party this Saturday afternoon. The Wisconsin Marathon is that morning with some street blockage, but we’ve asked to be able to get thru for boat launching. There is a blood drive next Monday which we’re happy to support. Check the calendar regularly for events such as our limited Blessing of the Fleet event again the first Sunday of June. Most of all come out and support and enjoy YOUR club and restaurant. Hope to see you soon.

Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday May 5th @ 7:00pm
    • This will be a video meeting.

  • May Fools Regatta: May 1st. Races start at 1:00pm
  • Cinco De Derby Party: May 1st. Starting at 4:00pm
  • "Mixed Nuts" meets every Wednesday 3:00pm at the KYC Bar. Come share a story, a drink and some comradery.
  • Blessing of the Fleet: June 6th

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


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Weather permittingwe will be launch boats on Saturdays, so get them ready.
    • See you on the dock.

    • thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • The season is upon us, it's that time of year,

      get your boat ready, and start drinking beer,

      the days are a warming, the nights are a shrinking,

      let's get ready to hit the starting line, and do some boat drinking


      Bla, bla, bla another glass of wine and who knows where this limerick will go.


      If you haven't pulled the cover off your boat you better get crackin,

      please completeyour sign upand stop all the slacken…


      Alright, enough, first practice race is the last Thursday of May - hope we have a bunch of boats on the line for another great summer of KYC racing!

    • We have aMail 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.


Membership Cards:
For those that have renewed their memberships, your new membership cards are waiting for you at the KYC Bar.
Just ask the bartender for the box to retrieve yours.

If there are any questions please

Something fantastic has happened at KYC.
The uneven gravel outside between the wood deck and the basin wall isGONE!
It has been replaced with a nice smooth, level concrete deck.
This will allow for a more enjoyable outside seating area to enjoy the view and have a meal from the restaurant.

Dry Tortugas

The happiest day of the boating season.
Boat Launch 2021

Kenosha Yacht Club Hosts the Earth Day “After Party”

A local beach cleanup event concluded Saturday, April 24th with an “after party” at the Kenosha Yacht Club to celebrate the efforts of environmental groups. The “afterparty” which was sponsored by KYC and Lakeshore Pedal Tours was live-streamed on the Kenosha News Facebook page and gave the participating groups an opportunity share their missions virtually with the public. You can access the saved stream by going to

Commodore Ron Otto did a great job talking to the Cub Scouts and Jenny Miller had a wonderful lunch ready for the volunteers. Kudos to everyone -- the event was a huge success.

Pictured right: Various organizations and their participants lined up on the dock to speak to the press. Participating organizations included: WATERshed, Kenosha Community Sailing Center, SENO K/R Land trust, Southport Park Association, Boy Scout Troop 544, Cub Scout pack 422, Carthage United to Rescue Earth, Root Pike WIN, Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association and the Great Lakes Community Corp including their Veterans Corp.

Earth Day 2 2021

Kenosha Community Sailing Center
Our registration is open and we are really trying to get the word out about our new “Pod: Introduction to Racing” course. The course will focus on learning how to sail as a crew or “pod” and will integrate with the KYC races.

Among many other things, what makes this course special is that it will prepare sailors to be a part of a crew, ensure existing captains that new crew members are knowledgeable, and provide those with an interest in captaining the tools to manage a crew.

KYC members are entitled to a 10% discount. Please use the promo code KYC2021 during check out and be sure to let others know about our new offering.

We also have started getting Magic and Maestra (the boat formerly known as Senior Moments) ready for the season. If you just can’t get enough of prepping your own boat, we are happy for volunteer labor!

We participated in two Earth Day events this year. The first was Gateway Technical College’s virtual environmental expo and the second was a beach and park clean up in association with the EPA’s Trash Free Waters initiative. Bettie Wescott had a small band of KCSC students with her as they walked Simmons Island beach picking up trash. We give a big thanks to Nico, Lily E., Eva, Nicolet and Bettie who represented us at this community event.

We are still seeking corporate sponsors to help us purchase a new safety boat and expand our fleet. We have many highly visible ways of recognizing corporate sponsors, e.g. logos on sails, logos on boats, our webpage etc., but we just haven’t been able to get any bites. Our sponsorship packages start at $500 and are customizable. If you know of any companies that you think would want to support us, please email or call Jim Buck or Meryl Strichartz.

KSCS has also extended offers of employment to returning instructors and some new ones. Our instruction team will be the best ever and will even include four teen instructors-in-training. Wow!

Adult classes will be taught on Monday nights and we will have our “Open Sail” nights on Thursday and Friday. Please be friendly to our students when you see them. We are trying hard to build a supportive dock community and hope that many new students will become Yacht Club members.

And speaking of community building, KCSC boardmember and KYC member, has been writing a blog for the Happening Magazine Smart Reader. This publication comes out every two weeks and she has been trying to focus on activities around the harbor. This past issue she wrote about KYC’s racing, the April/May Fool’s Day Regatta, and the “Pod: Introduction to Racing” course.Check it out here.

Earth Day 2021

Lakeshore Pedal Tours Opening Soon

Soon there will be a 14-passenger quadricycle taking riders from the Kenosha Yacht Club to area attractions. Our soft opening will begin Friday May 21 and run through Friday May 28th. Our official opening date is Saturday, May 29th.

During our soft open we will be hosting charity rides. Currently, we have rides scheduled for the Kenosha Community Sailing Center, ELCA Urban Outreach, WATERshed, Root Pike WIN, Harborside Academy, and the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation.

Alderman Bill Siel has been very supportive of our operations and helping us make sure that we have all of our ducks in a row. We are committed to having a safe operation and want to make sure that we are in complete compliance with city ordinances. The City has asked that we host the Fourth of July parade sponsors (Snap-On) on the trolley and are welcoming us into Kenosha.

We are also excited to be partnering with the Kenosha Harbor Market. We will be running a tour every Saturday to the market and the publicity will be heavy. What fun it will be to have riders arrive at the market via our bike.

Please remember that Kenosha Yacht Club members will receive a 10% discount on any tours they book. Once this quadricycle hits the road, the community members who haven’t already seen pictures of it on social media will be very excited to have this in our town. It is a wonderful new activity that will help all of the bars and restaurants who have suffered in 2020, especially us.

Kenosha Harbor Dredging
There is currently dredging taking place by Kenosha Harbor.
The plans include to remove 20,000 cubic yards of sand from the federal channel, along with several options that could bring the total removed to 45,000 cubic yards.
The material will be hydraulically placed at Kenosha Dunes, approximately 2 miles south of the harbor. This is an area that has seen severe erosion during the high lake levels. This erosion is endangering a rare habitat that this material will help protect. Dredging is anticipated in spring 2021.
Please be careful when entering and exiting the channel.

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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • Wishing Deb Strouf a speedy recovery.
  • Wishing Flori Ventura thoughts for continued recovery.

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


Things are starting to happen at KYC. We now have a new concrete deck to enjoy a great meal and take in the view.
The restaurant is gearing up to offer a new menu and is hiring staff to take care of those coming out out hibernation, looking for a good meal and a glass of beer.
The days are getting longer so that must mean members are working on their boats are starting to launch.
Registration has started for KYC Racing, so get your boat registered. It is going to be a great season.
Volunteers are always need for various chores around the club. A list is being compiled so you can pick and choose those that take advantage of your specific expertise.
Sailor's Funny:
Life Preserver:
Any personal flotation device that will keep an individual who has fallen off a vessel above water long enough to be run over by it or another rescue craft.

Smooth Sailing -