The Magic of the Kenosha Yacht Club and Sailing Center

6/5/2020 - Denise Bernacki

Sports & Outdoors
Kenosha Yacht Club and Sailing Center
Sailing Kenosha WI Magic

While Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer, June 7 was the OFFICIAL start of summer in Kenosha, according to the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center

The Blessing of the Fleet is a time-honored tradition at the Yacht Club and is the kickoff to the sailing season.  Most recently, Commodore Ron Otto shared some thoughts, club members honored those who had passed away in 2019, and Pastor Joyce Rinehart performed a blessing for the boats and crew who dock at the Kenosha Yacht Club, as well as a blessing of all boats docked in the Kenosha Marinas. The Yacht Club is a group of members who come together to celebrate their love of sailing and all things surrounding our beautiful lakefront.

If you aren’t a member of the Yacht Club, though, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to get involved. Including social memberships to the club, or just enjoying food and beverages at the on-site pub. Here are a few other ways you can enjoy the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha Community Sailing Center…

Let The Races Begin!

Now that bright, sunshiny days are ahead of us (and maybe you are going through Kenosha Tall Ships withdrawals), the Kenosha Yacht Club’s Thursday Night and Sunday Afternoon Races are here!  You can catch races any week - be sure to check the KYC website event calendar for updated schedules. There are plenty of places to watch the sailboats race along the harbor and Lake Michigan shoreline. 

Unleash the Inner Sailor in You!

If seeing the boats set sail on Lake Michigan hasn’t scratched that sailboat itch yet, maybe you need to explore a bit further…whether that be into the lake or onto a sailboat, you sailor, you!  Lucky for you, the Kenosha Community Sailing Center (KCSC) offers inexpensive youth, family and adult sailing classes – available for sailors between the ages of 8 and 108.  

The KCSC Youth Sailing Program teaches youngsters (ages 8-15) how to sail responsibly, enjoy the sport, improve their skills, and become sailors for life. The goal is to become a confident sailor on small one and two-person boats.  Taught on Lake Michigan, the KCSC Adult Sailing Program teaches the basic principles of sailing using sea-worthy sailboats with keels. You will become an active crew member after completing classroom sessions followed by on the water sessions.  Visit for all the details.

The Fleet

Once you are a certified sailor and a full member of the Kenosha Yacht Club, you have access to the club’s fleet. This means that even if you don’t own a boat of your own, there are several small crafts that you can “check out” to use. “Magic”, a 1968, 38-foot Hughes sailboat – was donated to the club years ago and is part of the fleet. It is used for lessons, racing, charity sails, club member check-out, and more. It is one of the best features of being a member of the club, and isn’t a benefit that every club offers. NEW THIS SUMMER - the KCSC and KYC will offer Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak rentals. Watch for additional details on their website. 

Looking straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies…and who knows, maybe there will be another rainbow over the harbor this weekend.  If you haven’t been to the lakefront yet in Kenosha this season, you now have two new reasons to go every week, and those two reasons may even spark an interest in you to learn a new sport. For membership information, please visit - they even have social memberships! If nothing else, the sailboats always make for great photo opportunities! Happy Adventuring!

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.