Knotmeter - April 24, 2014

Knotmeter - April 24, 2014

Launch Weekend Update

The boats in the yard are getting their annual grooming which can only mean one thing-Launch is almost here!

Thanks to some hard work by the yard staff and a handful of members, the harbour is clear of ice so we will not have to postpone.

Commodore shoos ice out of the harbour with a deck brush.

A new take on 'ice fishing'.

Saturday Schedule

Breakfast: 7AM
Launch Start: 8AM

Chili + regular menu served starting at noon.
Please RSVP for the breakfast (volunteers excepted).

A reminder that all members are to be present while their boats are being launched.

F&B Hours Update
The Bar is now open on Mondays from 4-9pm

Food and Bar service will operate on Summer hours starting May 1st.
More details to follow in next week's Knotmeter

Normal Brunch Service Resumes

Thanks to everyone who attended our special edition Easter brunch buffett. This Sunday our normal brunch service resumes.

TGIF - ALTS Instructor Info Night & Launch! TGIF
April 25

Have you ever thought about becoming an Adult Learn to Sail instructor but didn't know how to start? This TGIF is for you!

Join us starting at 4PM for our regular Friday night fun. We will hold a meeting for all those interested in helping out with the ALTS program at 6PM in the Partridge Room.

The best way to hone your skills is to teach them to someone else!

Returning ALTS instructors are encouraged to attend as well.

Once we get an idea of who is interested at the meeting, we will hold an "on water" session to introduce you to our Club Sharks.

The “New Age of Sail" Gala Dinner 
and Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame Induction at KYC

On May 10th, KYC will host the inaugural gala dinner for the"New Age of Sail" exhibit that will open at the Marine Museum this summer.
At the dinner, Bruce Kirby and George Cuthbertson, honorary curators of the exhibit, will be inducted by Sail Canada into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame.

KYC is proud to be hosting this prestigious event and ask for cooperation and understanding from members as the club house will be busy and access limited during the afternoon and evening of May10th.

Click for further details on the exhibit and Hall of Fame Induction.

Tickets are available at $150/person with proceeds going to the Marine Museum. Seating is limited so reserve early.
This is an opportunity not to be missed!

For information and reservations, please call
Jana Clark at 613-542-2261.

Click here for ticket information.

Racing Update
The Practice Race planned for next Tuesday is being cancelled. The KYC racing marks will be laid that evening. We could use a couple more volunteers to help wtth that task. Racing for real starts next Thursday evening!

Reminder: please sign up for Race Committee duty by emailing
The RC Duty list is viewable on the KYC web site on the
"Sailing > Racing > Racing & RC Duty Schedule" web page. 

The "Crew/Boats Seeking" list has been started. It's viewable on the "Sailing > Racing > Crew/Boat Bank" web page and it's been posted to the bulletin board.
Send new items (or removals) to
Email lists are being created for KYC racers and racing boat owners. If you haven't received an email about this and want to included on either list please email

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 11th, 11am  to 1pm, later if warranted.

$24.95 per person, $14.95 under 12 years
Click Here for the menu.
To reserve>> in-person at the club, call 613-548-3052 ext 4 or email with arrival time, number in party and any dietary restrictions.

2014 Parking Stickers Available

The KYC bar has the 2014 parking stickers ready for pick-up. Please have your license plate number handy for the exchange.

Maritime War of 1812 Talk
John Grodzinski will be giving a talk about the "Maritime War of 1812" at the Marine Museum this Saturday at 2:30pm.  Doors open 
at 2:00pm.  This is part of the Perserve Our Wrecks AGM.  All 
are welcome.  Additional details can be found here.

Upcoming Events at KYC
April 25 TGIF - ALTS Instructor Info Session
April 26 Launch
April 27 Mast Stepping
April 27 Sunday Brunch @ 10:30
April 29 Practice Race Cancelled
May 1 Clubhouse/Restaurant switch to "Summer" hours.
May 1 Shark and PHRF racing begins
May 7 Cradles Loaded
May 10 New Age of Sail Gala 
May 11 Mother's Day Brunch
For a complete list of upcoming events please

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 Sailors' Handbooks Available

The new & improved Sailors' Handbook for 2014, including SIs for all events and more trophies & ads, is available at the bar of from the office. We have some new events planned this year, which will be of interest to racers. 

Junior and Adult Sailing Registration Open

JS and ALTS is now accepting registrations!

For more information on JS please visit:


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

NOTMAR - Mooring/Anchoring in Kingston Harbour Limits
From Transport Canada: Please note that mooring and anchoring within the limits of Kingston Harbour is prohibited.  Please see NOTMAR C157/14 for details.

Diane Reid Comes to KYC

 May 28th @ 7pm

Cost: 15$ at door and 10$ in advance. Those 18 and under may attend via a donation.

Please contact the KYC office (613 548 3052, to buy tickets in advance.

Come hear an example of how life is about living your dreams and triumphing over adversity! All attendees are donating to the KYC Learn to Sail Program, and once through the door become eligible  to bid to learn from Diane onboard your boat this summer! (Note: if you don't have your own boat and really want to win this cool training opportunity.. we will work something out!).

Proceeds are going to the purchase of new 420 sails for our race team.

Looking for Gifts in Kind: 

We are looking for donations for silent auction items. Anyone who would like to donate can contact Erika Vines

Volunteers Needed for Regattas

Currently looking for volunteers for the following regattas:

Eastern Ontario Shark Championship - July 5-6
29er North American Championships - July 21-24
IOM Canadian National Championship Regatta - Sept 12-14
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games - RCYC - July 8-20

If you are interested in participating please see this page for more info:

Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check

KPSS offers a annual, free check of safety equipment a boat must carry to ensure that the minimum safety required by Transport Canada is on board the vessel. This is a voluntary program that protects the anonymity of the boat owner while providing on-the-water indication of the vessel's compliance at the time of the check. The requirements are published by Transport Canada in the Safe Boating Guide: (

The check requires a visit to your boat by one of our trained specialists and takes about 30 minutes to complete. If you have the required equipment aboard, our specialist will issue a decal that can be displayed on your boat. Authorities (RCMP. OPP, CCG) will be able to see your compliance easily.

If you would like to arrange for one of our specialists to meet you at your boat, please complete the form below or send an email to our RVCC Coordinator ( 

From the Commodore

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Town Hall meeting on March 26th, 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

Member Profile Update

KYC Online Services has added the ability for members to add their boat name as well as their VHF MMSI number to the member roster. If you would like to add this info to your profile please visit:

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 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.

Race Management Coordinator Hired
Our new RMC this year is Samuel Thompson, a Queen's undergraduate student with extensive experience racing dingies, including Optis, Lasers & 29ers, as well as keelboats. Sam's been a member of Ontario and Queen's Sailing Teams and plans to sail 49ers this summer. He will be starting work on April 28. If you get a chance please welcome Sam to the club.

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.