Knotmeter - March 27, 2014

Knotmeter - March 27, 2014

From the Commodore

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Town Hall meeting this past Wednesday, those who completed the survey, and everyone who has been part of the process over the past few years.  

We very much value your input and feedback. 

For those who couldn't attend, the presentation can be found here.

Chris Walmsley

Able Sail Fundraiser - Premiere of "The Transpac"
TONIGHT! ~ 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


Friday, March 28 - 4 pm
Come down and mix it up with the PHRF'ers. Along with the usual menu, there will be specials involving wings and beer!

Junior and Adult Sailing Registration Open

JS and ALTS is now accepting registrations!

For more information on JS please visit:

For Race team:


Spots are filling up quickly so don't delay. Register today!

Match Making Service

Would sailors looking for boats to race on and skippers/owners looking for racers please email your preferences & skills / needs to

2014 Ice Boating Pictures

We've had a great few weeks of awesome ice boating conditions. We are collecting all of the photos from the season on the KYC Flickr account. You can check out our latest collection here:

If you have photos to share, please send them to

Warmer Weather means Unsafe Ice Boating Conditions

We had a great weekend of iceboating, but during this past week the ice has begun to change dramatically. Several pressure ridges and dozens of cracks wider than an inch have appeared over the past few days.
Members should take precautions before heading out on the ice.

Always sail with a buddy and consult the fleet for the latest conditions before heading out. If you have a boat stored on the ice at KYC, you should monitor conditions carefully as the weather gets warmer.
Stay safe!

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.

KYC hosts successful DN Canadians on the Weekend

The DN Canadian Ice Boating Championships were held at Kingston Yacht Club in Kingston ON this past weekend.
A total of 7 races were held in decent winter conditions.

Final top 3 results:
1st James Thieler (US)
2nd Oliver Moore (US)
3rd Peter Van Rossem (1st Canadian)

A big thank you was extended to all the volunteers who helped run the regatta and especially the Queen's University Sailing Team who provided 6 people to help run the event.

With the World Championships set for the Central Region of North America next January, there is a good chance Kingston will host the event if they have the best ice in the region. There is no question Kingston Yacht Club has the capacity to hold such an event.

Kingston sailor and Olympian, John Curtis remarked "I'm not sure if I like the summer sailing in Kingston or winter sailing better."

Click here for results and full pictures 

Winter Food and Beverage Update

This week:
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Friday: Cream of Potato soup, Wing Night, Triple Layer Chocolate Cake

Saturday: Cream of Asparagus soup,Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Panini, Carrot Cake

Sunday Brunch: Spinach & Goat Cheese Omelette, French Toast

Click here for the menu!

Calabogie Ski Day

Come join us at Calebogie Peaks for a day of hopefully spring skiing;

Date:             Friday, March 28th
Lift Hours:     09:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:              Lift Tickets $20.00 p.p.

RSVP:            Brenda/Michael Charette

Upcoming Events at KYC
Mar 27 Able Sail Fundraiser -"The Transpac" Premere - 7PM 
Mar 28 TGIF - PHRF and Wing Night
Mar 28 Calabogie Ski Day
Mar 29 Scotch Night
Mar 30 Sunday Brunch
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 morn) (Level 2 aft)
April 13 Race Officer Course (Level 2 cont'd)
April 15 Sailor's Meeting
April 18 Good Friday - Club Closed
For a complete list of upcoming events please

BYC - Women in Wind 
Spring 2014 Seminar - Racing, Cruising, Building Skills

April 12 - Britannia Yacht Club

Britannia Yacht Club has extended an invitiation to our Women and Wind group to join their spring seminar. Please click here for more information

Nautical Yard Sale - BQYC

Saturday, April 12, 2014
10AM-4PM for more details (Subject Line: YARDSALE)

Sailors' Meetings 

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.

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:

Summer Jobs at KYC

KYC is a great place to work for the summer!
We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

1) Race Management Coordinator
2) Gas Dock Attendant

Full information can be found at:

Launch is Coming

You wouldn't beleive it but sailing season is right around the corner! 

We need some volunteers to help on both mast stepping and launch.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact 

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!

Speaker's Series - Tristan Story - UK Sailmakers

We are delighted to welcome Tristan Story from UK Sailmaking  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:  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.