Knotmeter - February 20, 2014

Knotmeter - February 20, 2014

FeBREWary - Blue Rodeo Ticket Draw!

This February, in partnership with Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Kingston Yacht Club is proud to be offering five unique beers. A new beer will be released each Friday in February

Do not miss this week! Blue Rodeo Tickets are being drawn by our friend David Beauchesne from Beau's Brewery.

On top of the draw he will be bringing free samples of:

Nordic Pale Ale
Tom Green's Milk Stout
Lug Tread

Up this week: Collabrrrewnaut (Espresso Pilsner)

A coffee-infused classic Bohemian Pilsner. This beer was lagered for six weeks then cold-infused with a Bridgehead Peruvian micro lot espresso roast, to create a harmonious juxtaposition of light and dark.

For each FeBREWary beer that members purchase, they will receive a ballot for two tickets to see Blue Rodeo at the K-Rock Centre on Saturday, February 22nd. The draw will be held on Friday February 21st, so make sure you get down to the club to try these delicious beers, we will only have one keg of each beer so quantities will be limited. We will also be giving away wooden Beau’s coasters to members who purchase FeBREWary beers while supplies last.

For information on all five offerings, click here.

Men's Hockey Semifinal at KYC

We will be running food and beverage service on Friday starting at Noon for the Canada vs USA Mens Olympic Hockey Semifinal.

We will be playing the game on the TV in the bar with sound!

Latvia gave Canada a run for their money in the Quarters while USA trounced the Czechs. It's going to be a barn burner for sure!

KYC Race Coach wins Sail Canada Coach of the Year

Congratulations to KYC's Head Race Coach Rob Frost who has been selected as the 2013 "Coach of the Year". This is a great honour for Rob and KYC to get this national recognition. 
Rob will be presented the award at the 2013 Sail Canada Awards on Friday, February 28, 2014 in Toronto. For more information on the event click here.

KYC's Iceboating History featured in Article

KYC's past (and present) iceboating history is prominently featured in this article (pages 8-13), which iceboating and non-iceboating enthusiasts alike will enjoy. Thanks to KYC's David Page and Ralph Shaw for their contribution to the article.
We often forget that KYC was an Ice Yacht Club first!
Click here for the article (pages 8-13)

Sailors' Meetings 

On Thursday February 27, starting at 7 pm downstairs, the Sailing Committee will be hosting the Sailors' Winter Meeting. This will be an informal meeting to discuss a variety of topics, including: the Sailing Calendar for 2014, suggestions for improving the Sailors' Handbook, scoring issues & options, matching boats needing crew with crew looking for boats and other ideas afoot.
Please forward your thoughts for the meeting by email to Ken Martin at or in person to your fleet captain or any member of the Sailing Committee.
The Sailors' Spring Meeting will be held upstairs on Tuesday April 15, starting at 7 pm. The Sailors' Handbook for 2014 will be presented and discussed at that time.

KYC Winter Skating Rink

Andrew Kelm has been battling with the weather to keep our rinks in top shape. Thanks Andrew!

Any member who comes down with their skates to use the rinks will get 15% off any food purchase. There will also be specialty hot chocolates and coffees available at the bar for young and old alike. Child-friendly DVDs will be available for viewing in Sunshine Lounge so kids can be entertained while they are warming up.

Come on down to enjoy!

Winter Food and Beverage Update
Yes! We are open for the Winter! Foodservice is offered at KYC from Thursday-Saturday! This menu is geared toward sharing, and warming up after winter activities. 

This week:

Crab Cakes and Side $7.95

1/2 Rack Ribs $9.95 Full Rack 11.95

Choice of

6 oz Strip Steak
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Supreme 


Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Chardonnay Carrots



Mushroom, Spinach and Feta Omelette
French Toast

Click here for the menu!

We will also have the Olympics on TV at the bar for the recap of the daily competitions out of Sochi.

Upcoming Events at KYC
Feb 21  TGIF ~ FeBREWary ~ 4PM
Feb 22 Sunday Brunch ~ 10:30AM
Feb 27 Sailors' Meeting ~ 7PM ~ Main Level
For a complete list of upcoming events please

Long Term Financial Planning
Message from the Commodore

I would like to thank the members who attended the Town Hall meeting on January 22nd.  The topic of discussion was primarily the long term financial plan for the club. The fact of the matter is the club does not currently have the financial capacity to fund the repair and remediation of our aging infrastructure.  Some of this work needs to be done on the same timeline as the harbour project, and the rest as soon as possible thereafter, but likely ten or more years from now.  I then presented how an increase in fees could put us on a solid track for being able to manage our operations and our long term infrastructure requirements.

If you misssed the meeting, you can review the slideshow, or listen to the audio recording of the meeting located here:

We will be issuing a survey shortly and are planning a follow-up Town Hall meeting to further discuss this approach.  I want to be sure that all members, of all categories, are part of this discussion as this is an issue that affects everyone.   

We are really talking about the long term viability of the club, and all members should be very interested in this, but a fee change would also affect all members, and we want to know how you feel.  We will be sending out a questionnaire shortly to help gather feedback, but we welcome all comments.  Please send comments and questions to
Chris Walmsley

Women in Wind & KPSS Learning Events

In keeping with our mandate to enhance sailing skills, Women in Wind, in collaboration with the Canada Power Squadron, is once again sponsoring two learning events for KYC members this Winter.

SAIL:  March 12, 26, April 2, 19, 23, 30, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:30 - Partridge Room.  This Sailing Course is for new and experienced sailors who want to increase their sailing knowledge and skills.  It covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship.  The range of topics is broad:  from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.  Cost:  $150.00.  Follow to the Canada Power Squadron website to register for this course.

KPSS - Other Courses
Kingston Power and Sail Squadron has released new course dates for this year. Please visit their website for details.

Volunteers Needed for Summer Regattas
KYC in cooperation with CORK, will be hosting the 29' er North American Championships just prior to the 29'er World Championships that will take place this summer .

The regatta will take place July 21- 24

In preparation for this here is a list of courses and seminars that we are planning:

  • First Aid with CPR
  • VHF Radio Operator with license
  • Race Officer course
  • Sail Wave Race Scoring seminar
  • On water Safety course with Skiff specific module June 14/15

If you are interested in learning new skills and are able to help out for these events please contact Paul Davis by email at

We also need volunteers for a Shark Regatta being held July 5th-6th.
Currently need on shore volunteers and race committee.
Please contact the office if you are interested.

Able Sail Fundraiser - Premiere of "The Transpac"
Thursday March 27, 2014 ~ 19:00hrs
Kingston Yacht Club 
(lower level – wheelchair accessible)

Join us for a private screening of the sailing film The Transpac, silent auction and dessert tasting.

The Open 60 sailboat O Canada and her all Canadian crew, led by world-renowned sailor Richard Clarke, reunite to race in the Transpacific sailing race from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Transpac covers approximately 2225 nautical miles and is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds. 
With unprecedented coverage, you are taken on the adventure of a lifetime as every moment of their life onboard is caught on camera in this extremely intimate look at open ocean racing.

$15 at the Door
$10 Advance Tickets - online via Credit Card or Paypal account

Hours of Operation


The Gas Dock is now closed for the Winter.
For more information on other KYC events and programs please visit our website.