Knotmeter - February 27, 2013

Knotmeter - February 27, 2014

FeBREWary TGIF - Wag the Wolf - Final Friday!
AND Queen's Sailing Team!

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.

This friday's TGIF will be hosted by Queen's Sailing Team! Join them at the club for some free munchies, and in the spirit of extra curriculars our specials will be:
1 pitcher of draft and 2 nacho platters for $24.95! 
2 pitchers and 1 nacho platter for $29.95!
Plus taxes and gratuities.

Congratulations to Peter Cohrs on winning the Blue Rodeo tickets in last week's FeBREWary draw!

This is the final week of our FeBREWary promotion. We have had so much fun sampling tasty beers with you! Keep an eye on our taps for more in the future.

Up this week: Wag the Wolf

Wag the Wolf is a weissbier (wheat beer) that has been generously “late-addition” hopped with organic New Zealand varieties to provide abundant aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Made with 65% wheat, and fermented with a traditional German weissbier yeast, expect pleasant fruit and spice flavours with a restrained bitterness on the finish.

For each FeBREWary beer that members purchase, they will receive  a hand made wooden Beau’s coaster while supplies last.

For information on all five offerings, click here.

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

Ice Rink

The rain and freeze has made our ice surfaces perfect for a famliy skate or a game of pick-up hockey! We do our best to keep the surface clear but are always looking for help. There is a shovel in the main entrance of the club available to clear the surface. Thanks go out to those that have pitched in already!

Remember: Members coming down to skate get 15% off their food purchase during restaurant hours!

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.

Sailors' Handbook Advertising Opportunity

Looking for an affordable way to advertise to Club members?
We are currently accepting advertisers for our 2014 Sailors' Handbook. The deadline to submit ads is March 31. Anyone owning or working in a business/organisation that might be interested in advertising to KYC sailors should contact for details.

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: 

Thursday: Cream of Brocolli, Turkey, Bacon & Brie Panino
TGIF Friday: 2 Nachos 1 Pitcher / 1 Nacho 2 Pitchers see above!
Saturday: Turkey Quesadillas
Sunday Brunch: Mushroom Omelette, Blueberry Pancakes

Weekly Dessert: Artemis Cake

Click here for the menu!

Upcoming Events at KYC
Feb 27 Sailors' Meeting - 7PM - Main Level
Feb 28 TGIF - FeBREWary & Queen's Sailing Team! - 4PM
Mar 1 Sunday Brunch - 10:30AM
Mar 7 TGIF - Shark Fleet - 4PM
Mar 9 Sunday Brunch - 10:30AM
April 3 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Rig Tuning
April 10 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Sail Trimming
For a complete list of upcoming events please

Robert Davis - International Fleet Victory

Robert Davis finished up his winter training and regatta schedule at the Laser Class midwinter championships in Florida last weekend

Robert topped the 50 boat international fleet from 10 countries for his first big international victory. Even though the score line was close, a very consistent 3,5,6,2,1,3  proved that he has made some strong gains this winter.

Robert leaves for Europe for a 2 month training and regatta schedule on March 19th 
His progress can be followed on

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 Rob's story, and to find out more info about the award, please visit:

Speaker's Series - Tristan Story 

We are delighted to welcomeTristan Story  back to KYC for another series. Tristan has kindly agreed to present to us about

"Rig Tuning" on Thursday April 3rd and
"Sail Trimming" on Thursday April 10th. 

Both talks start at 7PM.

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.

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)

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.