Knotmeter - May 26, 2017

Knotmeter - May 26, 2017

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| May 27: Pigeon Island Race

The Pigeon Island Race will take place May 27th. For details please refer to the Sailors Handbook, available online at


| June 3: Sailpast 2017

Detailed Sailpast Sls
1330 hrs Please be on water
1400 hrs The Orange Peel will stand near Myles Shoal as a marshalling point for the fleet (this may vary in a North Wind)
1430 hrs The Orange Peel, displaying Code Flag ‘L’ will lead the fleet to the Sailpast & Review of the Fleet

We will be doing a very different approach for dinner this year. Chef will be creating Multiple Food Stations as well as passed Hors D’oeuvres – Plenty of food and a tremendous selection! We are reviewing set up (as you may have seen, staff have done a great job in creating a new patio outside the Clubhouse for all to enjoy).

Commodore Cameron and our Executive Officers will Review the Fleet from Vice Commodore’s boat Valkyr 11, which will be located south of the KYC Flag Staff. Participants should assemble on the water at 1400hrs, in the vicinity of the Orange Peel.

For details, participants should monitor VHF Ch.71 or come within hail of the Orange Peel. The order of sail will be in-line, from the smallest to the largest, power and sail intermixed.

Participants should salute to the Commodore by dipping their ensign or luffing their foresail.

Celebration ashore:
After sailing-past, return to KYC and “dress ship”. Mooring allocation for boats that are not normally moored at KYC will be available. Call ‘KYC Gas Dock’ on channel 71.

Each Year the Reviewing Group Presents Awards for various reasons, some created during Sailpast.

This year's sail past menu will be in the form of a cocktail style reception:
If you have been to our Spring Food & Beverage Fair or December’s Commodore’s Christmas Party – you know what kind of experience you are in for! (We may also be sampling some product….)

We will be asking all to check in at the bar before you “hit” the Food Stations.
Let’s celebrate the many things we have accomplished this past spring!
Music will be performed by Lisa Vee and The VIP

Please reserve your food tickets by contacting Greg by email at or by phone at 613-548-3052.


| Every Wednesday night...

Women in Wind will continue to meet every Wednesday evening in the spring after yoga with Norah 4-5pm. Join us for social time directly after yoga for drinks, dinner etc.


| YOGA AT KYC With Norah Greatrix!

Come down to KYC for yoga, every Wednesday!

  • Where: Partridge Room (Upstairs), KYC
  • When: 1545h, every Wednesday, classes formally start at 1600h.
  • Cost: The cost is $10 per session (which we will be happy to apply to your account)
  • What to Bring: Mat, comfortable clothes & H2O (A mat can be arranged in advance if you need, please contact Norah for this and with any questions pertaining to what will be covered in class).


| New Members Proposers

We would like to take a moment to appreciate all the members who have participated in our membership drive over the past few months:

Ted Ison
John Lowther
Mageara Fitzpatrick
Terri Hodges
Rosemary Wilson
Ralph Shaw
Heidi Colburn
E. Howarth
H. McQugan
Brian & Sherry Lachine
Rob Crothers
Gord Crothers
Kevin Deluzio
John Colden
Jeff Boyd
Susan LeBaron
Darwin Muir

Thank you all!


| Weekend Features

  • Duck breast with black currant butter sauce, creme fraiche mashed potatoes and green beans - $23
  • Omelette: roasted red peppers, spinach and chevre - $12
  • Weekend Special: Croque Monsieur - $14

| Beer of the Week

Bodacious Blueberry Blonde Ale

Packing an awesome - gnarly - radical punch is this latest creation from Broadhead called Bodacious Blueberry Blonde Ale. When you take a sip of this one, you'll be reminded that summer is about to be here! Watch out - there's a wallop of Blueberry flavour and aroma in a clear golden blonde ale. This beer has been brewed with fresh - picked local blueberries from Canaan Blueberres which is located just outside Ottawa!

| Wine of the Month

I have been saving this launch for our Boat Launch! I am a HUGE FAN of a good Chianti, and I know this one will not disappoint! For when you say “Italian wine” and you say Chianti.

It is the most commonly consumed wine in Italy, and interestingly, the most commonly consumed Italian wine in the world, Chianti is emblematic of what Italy means to the world of wine. Chianti is a red wine that comes from Tuscany, but can contain small amounts of white grapes during blending. This is not the case with Chianti Classico, which must be solely made from red Sangiovese grapes (fresh cherry, strawberries, and red plum pleasure the senses when enjoying this wine). Winemakers have spent the last couple of decades trying to change the old image of Chianti: Wine bottles in wicker basket, interestingly also called fiascoes. They've done so by producing very nice wines through state of the art growing and fermentation techniques..

Chanit is not considered to age well, and loses steam quickly. Find the youngest bottle you can to get the most out of its vibrance. This wine is versatile and its high acidity allows it to be eaten with a wide range of foods. Enjoy Chianti best with fast food, pizza, red pasta, and salami sandwiches.

The Chianti I have chosen is Castiglioni Chianti, which is a deep ruby red with purplish highlights. Notes of small red-berry fruits like mulberry and currant insinuate themselves on the nose, while the ripe plum is perfectly in tune with fragrant violet and geranium. The palate is smooth, warm and elegantly balanced. A long, harmonious finish, good persistency, with a lightly spicy aftertaste.

Full-flavored dishes such as meat-sauced pappardelle, and roast chicken as well, sautéed beef with vegetables, and medium-aged cheeses. A perfect pairing with this weekend’s dinner special! “Bulgogi Flank steak with house made Kim Chi”

I hope you enjoy! Let the staff (or me) know what you think!

Junior Sailing

| Summer Sailing

We weather is getting warmer and it has been beautiful out on the water last week! Spaces in the summer program are very quickly running out - make sure you and your friends are signed up.

| Spring Training

Registration for spring sailing is still open! If you're interested, please email James via: Last Wednesday it was an absolutely beautiful evening out on the water with 6 - 14 knot breeze. We continued to have a boat handling / speed focus + discussed some outcome and process goals (general, knowledge, mental and fitness) for the season. The sailors did some rudderless, long up / downs, and a couple of boat handling focused races which had a backwards sailing twist. It is fantastic to see the sailors learning new skills and developing existing skills.

| Dinghy Racing - Monday Nights

Just a reminder that Monday evenings are Dinghy Race Night. - it will be fun racing! Coach James will be out on the water and will do some coaching and starting analysis for all sailors who are out on the water. The next Monday Night racing is: May 29th The schedule is:
5pm - rigging
5:30pm - skipper’s meeting
6:00pm - gun
A couple of short races before sunset


| Coach Focus

We continue the coach focus series which enables the sailors to learn a little bit more about their coaches for the season. There is also the coach and guest coach focus series running on Facebook - check out Guest Coach Chris Cook's video. He went to the 2008 Olympics placing 5th place in the Finn Class


Cal Siemens - CANsail 3/ 4 Instructor
Cal is entering his third year of engineering at McMaster University this fall. He has been sailing out of Kingston Yacht Club for twelve years, starting in the Junior Sailing program. He raced doublehanded 420s competitively for three years, competing in CORK Gold fleet two years in a row. He now races collegiate 420s in the McMaster University Sailing Team and is starting his third season in September. Wanting to share his knowledge and teach the next generation of sailors Cal became a coach at KYC in 2015. This is his third year teaching CANSail 3/4 and is excited to return for another great year.

Kayla Simmons - CANsail 3/ 4 Instructor
Kayla started sailing at Sail Parry Sound Sailing School. There she raced for three years and began coaching students. Kayla was an instructor here at KYC last year and she is looking forward to seeing the staff and students again this year! Kayla is half way through her nursing degree at Queen’s University and enjoyed sailing with the Queen’s Team this past season. Kayla is excited to have another fantastic summer teaching sailing again!

Sam Fumat - Instructor
Samuel is currently finishing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. He started sailing at KYC in CANSail 2, formerly known as White Sail III, at the age of 14 years old and up until CANSail 5 with the race team. With his crew in a 420, he placed second in Silver fleet at CORK that year. He has been a sailing instructor for the Opti levels at KYC every year after that and is now in his third year of instructing. Samuel loves coaching because he really wants to share his passion for the sport and feels that sailing should be fun for everyone.

| You 'Opti' Try it - Relay Race Fundraiser for the JS Race Program

On Saturday June 17 from 11am to 6pm, there will be relay style races (with one adult, one child), awards, entertainment, a silent auction and a BBQ. There's a $100 team pledge (suggested entry) which allows you to race, receive 2 BBQ tickets plus 2 participant goody bags.

To learn more, check out:


| Jemmett's Landing

INTERESTED IN HELPING COMMISSION JEMMETT'S LANDING FOR THE SEASON? We need a group of volunteers to go to Jemmett's Landing to get the Property ready for the year. The plan would be to go there by boat on Sunday, May 28 and to spend a few hours getting it ready for the year. The plan is to gather at the club at 9:30am and leave shortly after for a day at the property. Arrival by land is also possible. If you can contribute please contact Greg at

| Able Sail Volunteers

Able Sail is seeking additional volunteer board members. The board members collectively run the program and maintain the fleet, but at this time we especially need people with some fundraising skills.

Don’t want to make a full commitment to the board? We also welcome volunteers to help out with boat maintenance/repair, companion sailing, and event planning – on a one-time or continuing basis. The Able Sail program is very fun and rewarding, and we would love to have your participation.


To kick off the May series, we had 7 boats (3 Sharks and 4 PHRF) out Tuesday and 9 boats (3 Sharks and 6 PHRF) Thursday, including 2 new boats on the line: a Farr/Mumm 30 (Wilby/Hull syndicate) and a 2nd Mirage 24 (Weguelins). James Rountree, our new KYC Sailing Manager, is getting up to speed very quickly. If you get a chance, say hi to James. An electrically rejuvenated Orange Peel is back in service. Remember, the water is very cold (and high) so please dress accordingly and be careful out there!

The is a very cool (and free) iPhone/Android app called RaceQs available for fleets of racing boats to record their tracks and view online after racing. See for more info. RaceQs could provide some post-race entertainment and perhaps even a few insights. Thanks to Chris Currie for suggesting this. Let's try it out...

* Unfilled Race Committee slots will be automatically assigned in early June. Note: weekend races are eligible too. Many of these only require starting a race on Saturday morning.
* People looking for a boat to crew on should sign up on the white board before evening races.
* There are still a few Sailors' Handbooks and 2017-2020 Racing Rules books available (ask at the bar).