Knotmeter - March 13, 2014

Knotmeter - March 13, 2014

Able Sail Fundraiser - Premiere of "The Transpac"
Thursday March 27, 2014 ~ 19:00hrs
Kingston Yacht Club 

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

Financial Planning Survey & Town Hall Meeting
March 26, 19:00h

I would like to invite all members to attend a
Town Hall Meeting on March 26th at 7pm.

At this meeting we will provide an update on the status of the
Harbour Project, further discuss long term financial requirements necessary to maintain our facility, and how the club might
be able to accomplish these requirements.

  You have already received an e-mail letter from me, providing additional details of the issues that will be discussed.

A short online survey is now available here, and I encourage all members to spend a few minutes to fill it in and let us know what you think.  I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Chris Walmsley

TGIF - Power Squadron and Marine Museum
Friday, March 14 - 4PM

Come on down, have a bite to eat and socialize with Kingston Power and Sail Squadron and the Marine Museum folk!

Family Day

Saturday, March 22, 15:00h

Come down to KYC for an afternoon of family fun on Saturday,  March 22nd. There will be ice skating from 3-4pm with warm drinks and snacks in the Clubhouse afterwards. After skating, we will feature a family movie on the projector screen in the outer bar area. (In the event of bad weather we will have a staff member running crafts and games inside before the movie.)

The kitchen will be preparing family-sized plates of spaghetti and meatballs. You can order individually, or each family portion gets a large plate of spaghetti to serve, a half loaf of garlic bread and unlimited visits to the salad bar!

This is the perfect opportunity to bring guests and family members, and socialize with other adults, while your children have fun and meet new friends.  The whole family is welcome!

There is no need to RSVP, however we ask that you contact the office if you think you will be attending in order to help us plan better.

Single Dinner: $14.95
Family Portion: $39.95!

KYC Scotch Night
Saturday, March 29

Kingston Yacht Club is pleased to announce KYC Scotch Night on Saturday March 29.  Scotch Night will feature a three course dinner, paired with three to four different single malts. Local scotch expert Sylvain Bouffard will lead the tasting along with KYC’s own Conrad Falkson and Doug Perkins.

$59.95 ++

Amuse Bouche
Chocolate cups filled with a Speyside Whiskey

Charcuterie and cheese offering

Roasted prime rib with a scotch peppercorn pan jus, mashed potatoes and root vegetable medley.

To be announced.

There will be limited registration, so register soon with James at . Stay tuned to the knotmeter for more details.

Ontario Sailing Race Officer Course (1 & 2) 
April 12 and 13th.
Location:  Kingston Yacht Club
Instructors:  Ross Cameron & Bill Visser
Level 1 (Assistant Race Officer) &  Level 2 (Club Race Officer)
Saturday morning:  Level 1 (no prerequisite)
Saturday afternoon and Sunday day long (Level 2)
For additional information, contact Ross Cameron:
To register:

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 
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Sailors' Winter Meeting last Thursday.

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

This week:
Tonight: Celery & Cheddar soup, Southwest Steak Wrap, Turkey Stew, Greek Chocolate Cake

Friday: Wings and a Pint Deal, Mussels with Tomatos, Jalapeno. and Tequila sauce, Cream of Asparagus, Blueberry Cheesecake

Saturday: Cauliflower and Cheese soup, Crab Cakes

Sunday Brunch: Mediterranean Omelette, Western Omelette wrap

Click here for the menu!

Upcoming Events at KYC
Mar 14 TGIF - Marine Museum & KPSS - 4PM
Mar 16 Sunday Brunch - 10:30AM
Mar 22 Family Day @ The Club
Mar 26 Town Hall Meeting - 7PM
Mar 27 Able Sail Fundraiser -"The Transpac" Premere - 7PM 
Mar 29 Scotch Night
April 3 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Rig Tuning
April 10 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Sail Trimming
April 12 Race Officer Course (Level 1)
April 13 Race Officer Course (Level 2)
For a complete list of upcoming events please

Volunteers Needed - Leisure Show
March 22, 2014
We are looking for volunteers to help run the KYC booth at the City of Kingston Leisure Show. We will be promoting the Junior Sailing, Adult Learn to Sail, Community Club, and Membership Programs. Volunteers will be representing KYC, and chatting to potential members and/or potential sailing school participants.
The event will run all day on Saturday March 22. Setup will happen in the afternoon of Friday March 21. Volunteers Required.
Please contact the Office - 

Launch is Coming
Oyez, Oyez, Oyeeeeeez!
All sailors, believe it or nay, 
Launch day is a mere, six weeks away, 
With masts to follow, six weeks  plus a dayyy..
All ye take note!
Calling upon able bodied sailors of all ages and stripes.
You braun and brains are required
for BOTH launch and masts up days.
We would like some "youngblood"to step up please,
as we will be "down" a few vets.
Please let the office know if you will volunteer for these fun events.

We will hold a launch breakfast as well as some stew for lunch for the volunteers. Launch is April 26th - Masts April 27th. Many hands make light work!

-Peter Cohrs

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 welcome Tristan 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.

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.

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.