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June Mainsheet 2021

 | Published on 6/25/2021


Greetings to all members.

We are well into summer and the boating season. A lot of people think its all down hill from the Fourth of July! As to that, while it would be nice to have a club event to watch the fireworks, the logistics can be overwhelming. I do not think we can get exceptions to the closure of Simmons Island for our club, and parking elsewhere and walking is a pain. Having watched from my boat in the marina as many do, the traffic after is still foreboding. I hope some of you can make the effort and enjoy the great club location.

With this great location, the restaurant has been doing very well with the nicer weather. The club has been very crowded on nice days and there have been many special event rentals. Therefore, members need to understand that we need to let the restaurant capitalize on this narrow window of opportunity to turn the profit needed to help pay the bills and keep dues reasonable, to pay down our debt, and to put money away to get us through next winter and next year without SBA assistance.

Some considerations that I feel need to be reiterated: 1) We(members) do not have prioritized seating in the restaurant. The only way this would be possible is if we could add space and have a Members Only section which would entail a minimum spend requirement. Be patient, enjoy the atmosphere, and welcome the public. 2) The land and dock belong to the city and our minimal lease is contingent on us promoting public access and enjoyment of Simmons Island which is done thru our public restaurant, our free dockage with power and water, and now our new rental opportunities.

I will continue to ask for volunteers(!?) to fulfill their service requirements and get things done. The same 5-6 people can’t shoulder all the burden. Our thanks to Jim Strouf, Doug Vaccarello, and Jim Pappas for averting a major disaster and doing a lot of grunt work to repair a major leak under the floor in the kitchen and Dan Newman who pitches in whenever there is a problem, Joyce and Eric keeping up on financials, and of course Deb Strouf heading up the Galley Committee and working closely with Jen Miller. There have been a few completed projects on the jobs list which I will again send out but grass and weeds are still growing and our meeting area needs to be prepared for in person meetings. Remember that we will start enjoying our club facility for the July 7 member meeting as well as providing remote Zoom.

As always, seek out and welcome our recent new members, congratulate our great sailors who represent the club so well in big races – Queen’s Cup placers Brian Hettrick ( Ace’s Dream), Eric Routman (Lizard), Jim Pappas (Joan Claire), Laura Struthers (Patriot), Mike Ludke ( Smokin J), and my boat Takedown-2 with help from Lee Rosenbaum jumping aboard from Kookaburra. And, yes, buy your favorite board member and your commodore a drink. See you in July.


Ron Otto, Commodore

Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday July 7th @ 7:00pm
    • This will be both in person and a video meeting.

  • "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:
- David & Ines Calderwood
- Harry & Chris Hahn
-Charles Cooper & Janice Malacina


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • See you on the dock.

    • thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • 2021 Sailboat race season is underway. We have 21 boats registered and racing this year - will we have 22 next year?


      Our race calendar can be viewed on theKYC Website. We race most Thursdays and Sundays. If you’d like to jump on a boat and crew, we have aCrew Finderservice to match people with boats. You can also introduce yourself onGroups IO If you are a boat owner, in need of crew, also consider contacting Kenosha Community Sailing Center as a great source of new crew that have just completed sailing lessons and are excited to get out on the water.


      I always like to invite our Power Boat friends to come out to the race course and watch the fun from their boats. I recommend saying down wind and off to the side but watching racing is a great way to enjoy your boating season. Then join us back at KYC for a beverage and late dinner.


      See you on the water!

    • 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

Kenosha Community Sailing Center Update

June was all about outreach—we held our first ever ‘Ship Ahoy’ weekend with arts and crafts activities, a band, family dancing and BBQ It was a great deal of fun and Saturday was a perfect day for sailing kids and their parents in the harbor. Sunday was a bit of a disappointment because it rained, but that’s the risk of doing outdoor events. We are still happy that we were able to offer these activities to the community and got great press coverage on all that we had going on.

Louie Arecco, owner of Anytime Fitness and one of our board members, brough his “banana boat” which was a big hit with everyone. We also got donations from many local businesses for our raffle—Lou Perrine’s, Ruffalo’s Hair Studio, Sheridan Lanes, Twisted Cuisine, Sunshine Pizza, and Mike Bjorn’s. When you are making choices about where to go—please remember who supported us.

We can’t thank our volunteers enough. KYC members that helped included Bettie and Paul Wescott, Rae Ann Ostenberg, Bob Spitz, Patrick Perlman, Dan Newman, Karl and Lily Erickson, Meryl, Nico and Remy Strichartz. We are also grateful to Ron and Kathy Otto, Deb Strouf, and the entire Kenosha Yacht Club Restaurant and Grille staff that worked extra hard all weekend. We are a relatively small organization doing big things—like the “Little Engine That Could” we just believe in ourselves!

We also participated in a large event held by the Kenosha Academy of Performing. Kathea Buck teaches there and we were happy to be a part of it. We met lots of great people and introduced all of our great offerings to Kenosha families.

You may also have seen the Boys and Girls Club down in the harbor. We hosted the launching of the boats that the club made in their camp. The two-week boat building camp, sponsored by Snap-On and Offsite, was provided by the Chicago Maritime Arts Center. The building took place at the Boys and Girls Club where 13 youth were able to participate. It was a drizzly Saturday morning when they got to actually launch their boats—but the smiles from the kids, their parents, and all the sponsoring organizations couldn’t have been any brighter.

Lakeshore Pedal Tours Update

We started offering tours in June and it has been a big hit. KYC members receive a 10% discount and should use the promo code KYC2021 when booking a tour (

The vehicle holds 14-passengers and the weekends are very busy. We estimate that throughout the week we are bringing 100 or more new people down to the club. Many of them chose to eat and drink before and after their tours and we are working on specials to attract even more into the club.

We all pulled together for the 2021 Kenosha Civic Veteran’s Parade. Audrey and Avi, from the Kenosha Yacht Club Restaurant and Grille’s staff, rode on the pedal party bike along with staff and student of the Kenosha Community Sailing Center and passed out fruit snacks to the crowd. We hope you got a chance to see them in the parade and hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July. We will be riding and if you see us at the club or on the streets, be sure to honk or wave!

Bash 1
Bash 2


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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


  • A Big “Thank You” goes out to Meryl, the KCSC, Ron and Kathy and the KYC, Jenny, Deb and the Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Grille and ALL who worked to make the Ships Ahoy Dock party a fun weekend and a huge success! What a great weekend of camaraderie and working together.
  • We celebrate the Friday night fundraiser that gathered funds for the Hartley Scholarship which will assure more sailing scholarships are available for youth who wish to learn to sail.
  • We send out a “thank you” to the KYC members who took students from the Kenosha Literacy Council out sailing on the final day of the Dock Party. What a great way to connect with the community.
  • We send out wishes to all who are out on the water for safety and an enjoyable boating season. And, good luck to all our racers throughout the season.
  • We wish Jenny and the Kenosha Yacht Club Bar and Grille staff a great summer as we continue this season with many upgrades. Come on down and check out the new look of our Island Deck and enjoy some good food, drink and camaraderie. We extend gratitude to ALL who have worked so hard to create a more welcoming space and those who continue to care for the building and grounds! A special thanks to the two Jims!
  • We wish Chuck Binzel a speedy recovery for a leg infection.

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


Sail racing is in full swing and our KYC racers are making their mark around the lake.
Doublehanded Race Results:
Ron Otto (TakeDown 2), 1st Place Division 2
Laura Studders (Patriot), 1st Place Division 4
Queen's Cup 2021 Results:
Ron Otto (TakeDown 2), 2nd Place in Short Handed Division
Brian Hettrick (Aces Dream) 3rd Place in Division 9
Jim Pappas (Joan Claire) 5th Place in Division 9
Laura Studders (Patriot), 6th Place in Division 9
Eric Routman (Lizard), 4th Place in Division 8
Mike Ludtke (Smokin J), 13th Place in Division 6
Randy Bredin (Shmokin Joe) 1st Place in Division 4

Volunteers are always need for various chores around the club. A list is online under Volunteering, so you can pick and choose those that take advantage of your specific expertise.

How Did We Get “Square Meal”?
A solid, hearty meal said to be derived from the square wooden platters hot meals were served aboard ship in good weather.

Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum