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May Mainsheet 2021


Greetings to all members.

Summer is upon us with new Covid protocols, new events, and new opportunities. So, this is a call to action to revitalize our club before it’s too late. I hope ALL members are ready to participate in upcoming club events, and to contribute in some way to building our club up again after its Covid stagnation.

While we felt it was still a little early to hold a full-blown Blessing of the Fleet with dignitaries and Coast Guard boats involved, we will do it again June 6th as a hybrid Zoom/in-person event. We do have room for members to spread out and enjoy the ceremony and all boats are encouraged to be on the dock all decked out. The boats, the Vets’ colors and 21-gun salute, the taps, and the Kenosha light house lighting will give notice to all that the KYC is still going strong. We have put out some well-deserved publicity for this historical event. Please join us.

The normal member events at the KYC Bar and Grille (new name with olde time spelling!) are as usual – the Wednesday Mixed Nuts, The Friday Happy hour, specials and socializing after the B.O.F. and Thursday and Sunday racing. We do count on the restaurant succeeding to keep your dues reasonable, so try it out – full summer menu and extended hours starting in June. We have invested a lot in attractiveness of the club with the new patio, furniture, and fire pits and heaters and will also have new umbrellas as well as possible canopies and entertainment. Let’s make it pay off! Your patronage can be the start to the club, the restaurant, and the KCSC making our part of Simmons Island the hub of an exciting, active, and vibrant boating season.

Our social events have been restricted, going back to the Installation Dinner for the current board, Halloween, Christmas, etc. Cinco de Derby was a good start as will be the B.O.F, and we will hold a special reintroduction, board meet and greet, new members welcome tent event Friday June 18 followed by the KCSC’s family dancing and games and pedicab and watercraft rental kickoff on the 19th and 20th.

You should all recognize by now, our club’s success can only be measured by what members put into and get out of the club, Hence the revitalization necessary to counteract the expected attrition as our members age. Again – the call to support our events, support the KCSC, and do what you can to improve the club. As a reminder, 12 hours of service is required by our constitution – but that can include 1 hour for each meeting attended and 2 hours for bringing in a new member!

An important service event that requires a lot of help is the annual dock, yard, and building clean-up day Saturday June 5th. Winter and summer storage members (per by-laws!) are expected to attend or send a proxy or pay $120. We have let this payment be voluntary recently as well as the $24/ hour for missed member service hours. Some members have complied but it’s not fair to let a few bear the burden. To this end, we will make it easier to sign up with a detailed list of needed projects and verify your hours on the KYC web site. Again, standing committees need to be filled – membership, galley, grounds (yes there is a grounds committee separate from the house committee). Membership is critical as we cannot continue to rely on just racing, the restaurant, and the KCSC to revitalize our membership. We need an active campaign!

I hope you are ready to get out, get active, and get things done. Your club needs YOU!


Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

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

  • Dock & Building Clean-Up Day June 5th
  • Blessing of the Fleet: June 6th
  • "Mixed Nuts" meets every Wednesday 3:00pm at the KYC Bar. Come share a story, a drink and some comradery.

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

New Members:
We welcome the following new members:
- Ron McLaughlin


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Weather permittingwe will be launch boats on Saturdays, so get them ready.
      • No boat launching Memorial Day Weekend.
    • Remember if you have a boat on the dock you must help out on 3 Saturday other than the day you launch.
    • See you on the dock.

    • thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • No limericks this time, just a few updates:


      • By the time you read this the buoys should be in the water for the 2021 race season
      • Thanks to all those that have registered, if you still need to, pleaseRegister Here
      • 1st Practice Race is scheduled for Thursday May 27th
      • Full race calendaris online


      Now get your boats in the water - see you at the starting line!

    • 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

Blessing 2021
Blessing of the Fleet 2021

As we observe the 63rd Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 6th, we invite members, friends and the community to join us virtually or by boat. There will also be limited “safe space” seating on the Island Deck.

We will begin at 10:30am as we remember our present and past members who have passed away this year by the reading of their names and the ringing of the bell. They will also be remembered in the lighting of the Southport Lighthouse that day. A traditional wreath will be placed at the flagpole and we will be joined by the Viet Nam Vets Honor Guard.

All boats brought to the Kenosha Yacht Club will be blessed and boaters are encouraged to display their brag flags. We will not be going to the marinas to bless boats this year but look forward to being able to do that again in 2022.

As we continue to heal from the Covid Pandemic, we will be observing current guidelines. We will not have our traditional buffet; however, the Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Grille will be open for all to enjoy the specials of the day that they will be offering.

We look forward to this transitional year as we work our way back to health and hope you will participate in the day in whatever way works best for you. Below is the Zoom invitation for all to use.

National Water Safety Month

Kenosha Community Sailing Center
May is an exciting time for all of us. The sailing instructors have been meeting Saturday mornings to get things ready for a great summer of sailing lessons. As usual, we are always worried that no one will sign up and then boom, the sun comes out and we get registrations. Please help us spread the word that registration is open! KYC2021 is the promo code you should use when registering yourself or your family members for courses.
The delivery of the Pedal ducks has been delayed because of a national shortage of fiberglass. Supply chain issues are real! Hopefully, we will see them in our harbor this season. If you know of a corporate sponsor or if you are feeling generous, we are accepting donations to bring these fun watercraft to our waters. Our kayak and standup paddleboard rentals will begin Memorial Day weekend, if the weather is nice. Please also spread the word about our rentals. All bookings are made online at our

We are also busy planning a weekend full of family fun (June 19-20th). As soon as our cabaret license (to have dance music) is approved by the City of Kenosha, we will start promoting the events. On Saturday, we are planning arts and crafts activities and a complimentary sailboat ride for participants. The craft projects will make perfect Father’s (or Grandfather) presents. At night, there will be dancing on the dock sponsored by Lakeshore Pedal Tours. We have rented a tent and dance floor and it will be so much fun! Then for Sunday we are planning a Family Dance that will include an introductory dance lesson and dances specifically for daddy/daughter, mother/son, grandparent/grandchild or for anyone who wants to get out and shake a tail feather! We will have more details to share and hope that some of you will step up and help us. We will need volunteers to sit at the crafting tables and manage the event. At minimum, we hope that you will encourage your family and friends to come to one or all of the events. The proceed will benefit the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and we need support!

KYC Students

Silt being deposited at the Kenosha Dunes
Thanks to Jim Pappas for the picture.

Lakeshore Pedal Tours
Lakeshore Pedal Tour’s party bike arrived this month and is attracting a lot of attention sitting in KYC’s parking lot and on social media. The City of Kenosha recently adopted an ordinance governing quadricycles which will delay the Memorial Day Weekend soft opening for charities. Meryl reports that the next Common Council meeting is on 6/7/2021 and she expects to be rolling soon.

Jenny, Deb, and Meryl are also working together to streamline an alcohol purchasing option. Lakeshore Pedal Tours is a BYOB operation and we want to encourage people to purchase their alcohol from KYC. Each Lakeshore Pedal Tour rider is allowed to bring 36 oz of fermented malt beverages in cans. Lakeshore Pedal Tours will send a link to KYC’s Bentobox, which is the restaurant’s online ordering system, when customers book a tour. When the Lakeshore Pedal Tour customers arrive for their tour, KYC will have the coolers packed and ready to go.

Fermented malt beverages are a lot more than beer. Flavored malt beverages have been popping up in various forms since the 1990s (anyone remember Zima?) and are being used to appeal to consumers changing tastes. The market segment has been growing and includes hard seltzers and brands like Mike’s Hard Lemonade, White Claw, and Truly.

Lakeshore Pedal Tours has also been busy partnering with the Kenosha Harbor Market and will offer tours on Saturday mornings. Lakeshore Pedal Tours is positioning itself as a tourist activity in Kenosha and wants very much to build relationships with organizations to showcase the best of Kenosha. The tours will begin and end at the Kenosha Yacht Club and this will be an important opportunity to share our corner of the harbor with everyone.

If you haven’t discovered this already, KYC Member Meryl Strichartz has been writing a blog titled Down By the Lake for Happenings Magazine’s Smart Reader.


Her latest blog focused on our Blessing of the Fleet and she has written about KYC racing and KCSC’s classes.


The Smart Reader can be found next to Happenings Magazine at the entrance of many grocery stores and restaurants. You can also read her blogs online by clicking on the following link.Click Here

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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • We sent our sympathy and thoughts to Amy Adams and her family as they remember and celebrate the life of her father, Dale Durden, who passed away May 17th.
  • We send our wishes for a very happy 100thbirthday on June 10thto Rita LaPoint! Happy Birthday, Rita! Hope your day is filled with celebrations.
  • There have been some beautiful weather days in the last couple of weeks and we hope for safety for all as we get the remaining boats in the water!
  • We look forward to the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 6th, at 10:30am. We hope for good weather and invite you to join us virtually or by boat at the KYC dock. A Zoom invitation is included with the Blessing of the Fleet article in this newsletter and will also be sent out to every member before the event. Safe boating to all!
  • We wish Jenny and the Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Grille staff a great summer as we enter this season with many upgrades. Come on down and check out the new look of our Island Deck and enjoy some good food, drink andcamaraderie. Weextend gratitude to ALL who have worked so hard to create a more welcoming space!
  • We sent our sympathy and thoughts to former member Andy Schmelling whose brother, Jim, passed away May 20th.
  • We look forward to the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, June 3rd, at 10:30am. We hope for good weather and look forward to enjoying the buffet that will be served by our new restaurant.

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


Boating season is about to start!!
Boats are being launched, the weather is warming up, race buoys are being set, people are getting their Covid vaccines and the cold wintery days are just a distant memory.
Yes, this summer is shaping up to be much better than last year, so plan to enjoy it.
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.
Boater's Info:
Gelcoat Repairs -Click Here for Document
How Did We Get “Port” & “Starboard”?
Many nautical terms have historical significance that’s developed over centuries. For instance, “starboard” (the right side of the boat when you’re facing the bow) is derived from the term “steerboard.”
This reference goes back to very early ships that were steered by a steering oar on the right-hand side of the ship – in the days before ships had rudders on their centerlines. When these ships came into a port, they needed to dock keeping the steering oar safe on the outside, away from the dock. So the “port” side referred to the left-hand side of the ship when facing forward, the side tied to the dock once the ship pulled into the dock.
However, another term that you may have heard is “larboard,” which was in common use until the middle of the 19th century; like port, it, too, referred to the left side of the ship as determined by the point of view of someone facing the bow.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum