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September Mainsheet 2021

 | Published on 9/28/2021

August 2021

Greetings to all members.

We all may have mixed feelings about the seasonal changes in September: Ending the racing season and the lessons and activities at the Sailing Center, the waning of the crowds at the restaurant and the visiting boaters on the dock, the first few cold days and nights, and the return to school for kids and the fall sports seasons. We are still wary of the continued effects of the pandemic both health-wise and economically. As you may have experienced, our restaurant is not alone in a shortage of reliable workers.

There is still a lot of work that goes on to get our club thru the off season. Of course, October Saturdays will be busy with boat haul out and storage – make sure you sign-up, get your contract and insurance forms in, and show up for some work and camaraderie. We can fit a few more boats, so take advantage of good savings over marina prices.Also at the October member meeting, the nominated slate will be voted in and the new officers are already getting ready for the transition. The continued work of getting our finances in order is ongoing. We are planning on an installation event, always a major fall highlight the first week of November, maybe in a modified way. Stay tuned for more information.

As part of the mixed feelings, we celebrate some of our happy occurrences such as weddings and births, while we also deal with the loss of members, relatives, and friends. We are happy with a safe boating season and the continued success of our racing program – recently the Buccaneer National Championships 1st, 3rd, and 5thplaces. Way to go Ed, John, and Al!Also, the Last Race race from Waukegan on a very gusty day was won by Pat Perlman’s Derailer Buccaneer ahead of a Santa Cruz 52! Also placing well was Laura Studders Patriot followed up by We Jammin, Takedown-2, Azeria, Magic, and Joan Claire. Thanks to the KCSC for reviving the Pirate Party and to Meryl for making the harbor come alive with the new pedal ducks.

As I have sporadically done over the last 2 years, I need to again thank all the special, hard-working board and committees that make your club what it is: Board Members Flori Ventura and Dan Newman, Board Members and House Committee Jim Pappas and Jim Strouf, Secretary and Website manager Lee Rosenbaum, Treasurer Eric Routman. Special recognition goes to officers Deb Strouf and Joyce Rinehart who have kept the restaurant and club going by undertaking completely our Covid relief funding and staying on top of all things financial, restaurant, and event wise.Committees that have kept us alive and progressing include Events with Kathy Otto, John Weiss’s Racing with race committee Pete Thompson, Virginia Hartley’s work on the Galley Committee and Branding and Signage, and of course for so many, many, many years, Doug Vaccarello for all things historical, around the building, and running the dock and derrick. Can’t forget Jim, Betty and Paul, Meryl, and Bob for giving us a great educational partner in the KCSC and our restaurant manager Jen Miller for keeping going above and beyond. Apologies to those that I have missed or failed to name. There is such a great core of dedicated people that I can’t help but be positive about the direction of our club. Lets all contribute our share, support the club and restaurant thru out the year, and enjoy the activities, location, and camaraderie that make the KYC so special.

Ron Otto, Commodore
Ron Otto

Upcoming Events

  • Next KYC Membership Meeting is Wednesday October 6th @ 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:
-Joshua Fugette & Jessica Zellner


  • Dock & Derrick(Doug Vacarello)
    • Make sure you sign-up online for your boat haul-out.

    • Remember that you must work 3 Saturdays other than your haul-out date.
    • thanks, Doug

  • Sailboat Racing(John Weiss)
    • KYC 2021 race year is finished and in the books. I’d like to thank all that participated in this great summer of racing. I’d also like to thank everyone that pitched in to make this race season a success:


      Pete and Jeanne Thompson- what a great job keeping us in line, starting on time and making it fun. We hope you’ll be on the water with us next year but we know we need to start looking for replacement for 2023 as you’ll be on the Great Loop. So now is the time to see who might be interested in learning from the best - any takers??


      Lee Rosenbaum & Chad Kurszewski- your efforts ranging from our Sunday RC, trophies, scoring and many other items are to be commended. You both might be our fleet’s glue.


      Doug Vaccarello- chief butt kicker and go to guy for all items unfulfilled - yada, yada thank you Doug!


      Congratulations to everyone that raced this years and our Winners:


      Thursday Series(NHC)

      • PHRF Fleet
        1. Saturday
        2. Kookaburra
        3. Lizard
      • Buccaneer Fleet
        1. Derailer
        2. PenGwen
        3. Blur


      Sunday Series(NHC)

      • PHRF Fleet
        1. Wind Chill
        2. Take Down 2
        3. Kookaburra
      • Buccaneer Fleet
        1. Derailer
        2. Samantha
        3. Blind Squirrel


      We will do a “Post Race Season” debrief in November, after all the boats are on the hard. Stay tuned to Groups IO emails but expect it to be scheduled on a Saturday morning ~ 9am and expect it via hybrid both in-person at KYC and via Zoom.


      Here’s a quick update on the Kenosha fleet’s attendance at the Buccaneer National Championships in Maryland. Kenosha boats included:


      • Al & Sam (PenGwen) - 5th Place B Fleet
      • Ed& Trevor (Atrevida) - 1st Place A Fleet
      • John & Jay (Blind Squirrel) - 3rd Place A Fleet


      That’s all for this issue - enjoy the remaining few weeks of 2021!


    • 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.

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Good Winds: (by: Joyce Rinehart)


    • Pete Thompson's mother passed away.


    • Larry LaPoint's memorial had eight boats at the scattering of his ashes.


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


Well the end of sailing season is fast approaching and the first boats will come out this Saturday.
Along with the end of the sailing season is the end of my tenure as Secretary and Editor of the Mainsheet.
I have enjoyed helping bring an increase in communication and a smooth process for both new members to join and existing members to renew their memberships.
A big thank you to Ron Otto for his two years guiding us as commodore through some very difficult times.
Also please give your support to Deb Strouf and the rest of the board as they work to set us up for the future.
Sailor's Funny:
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.
Smooth Sailing -
Lee Rosenbaum