Knotmeter - June 16, 2017

Knotmeter - June 16, 2017

Junior Sailing "Day Camp" image from 1960! (How many faces do you recognize?)

Special announcements

| Computer Equipment Donation

Do you have old tablets or computers that need a new home?

We are working on upgrading our wind/ weather displays as well as providing more technology to our Junior Sailing program (for showing on water video)

Help us out! We are looking for the following:
* Flat Screen monitors
* Monitor Mounts
* Windows PCs (old business computers with Windows 7 Pro or better, preferred)
* Macs and iPads

If you have anything which might be suitable to donate, please email


| A message from the office

We would like to thank all the members who have set the Club up as a Payee with your Bank Institution. We have seen an increase in this usage and plan on recognizing a cost saving with respect to bank charges by the year's end. We have also seen more activity of member use on our website! (Another Positive!!) If you are having issues with the website or notice (or have noticed) an error in billings or account activity, please give us a ring and we (well, John) will be more than happy to assist with any questions or concerns. Please remember, if it is your first time loggin in, your user name and password will be your account number.


| Stickers and Membership Cards are In!

Just a reminder to stop in at the Bar (if you have not already done so) and pick up your Car Stickers and Membership Cards! Brad and the team have done a great job in getting the yard ready for our dry mooring members so please remember to register your dry mooring with Greg in the front office (Mon-Fri 9-5) if you have not already done so (I see a few boats out there that do not have stickers on them!)


| Request for Historic Photos

If any of our members are in possession of historic photos of the club, could you please scan them and send to

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| America's cup - watch at KYC

Come join us this month to watch the America's Cup at KYC!
We will be live streaming all of the races, as well as playing replays of the latest races all month.

Schedule [times listed in Kingston time]

Saturday June 17th
Race 1: USA vs New Zealand
Race 2: New Zealand vs USA

Sunday June 18th
Race 3: New Zealand vs USA
Race 4: USA vs New Zealand

Saturday June 24th
Race 5: USA vs New Zealand
Race 6: New Zealand vs USA

Sunday June 25th
Race 7: New Zealand vs USA
Race 8*: USA vs New Zealand

Monday June 26th (TBC)
Race 9*: USA vs New Zealand
Race 10* New Zealand vs USA

Tuesday June 27th (TBC)
Race 11*: New Zealand vs USA
Race 12*: USA vs New Zealand
Race 13*: USA vs New Zealand

* if required

Subject to change, find official schedule here: [times listed in Bermuda time, subtract an hour for Kingston time]


| July 1:Canada Day

Canada Day 150 is approaching fast!

Please join us at the Club for our Annual Canada Day BBQ (4 - 8pm). Then stay & enjoy Kingston's Fireworks from the new centre dock or at the breakwall! Always a great day at the Club. We are will also be participating in Kingston's Canada Day Sailpast! (see poster for additional details).


| 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).


| Weekend Features

  • Chorizo, asiago and spinach stuffed chicken supreme with a smoked paprika tomato sauce, asparagus and basmati rice - $19
  • Omelette: Spanish omelette - $13
  • Weekend Special: Breakfast burger - $15

| Beer of the Week

Stone City Windward Belgian Wheat

App.: Hazy/cloudy golden with a nice bright white head.
Aroma: Bubble gum esters, sweet honey-like malt, quite fruity with stone fruits front and centre, some bread dough and yeast, not getting much in the way of phenolics or citrus/coriander.
Palate: Medium to medium+ body, moderate carbonation.
Flavour: Richly malty, cinnamon, fruity esters, tastes like a nice spice cake, sweet, still doesn’t have the coriander/citrus that one would expect; lightly to moderately sweet with low bitterness and an affable, sweet, pleasant malt character.

| Wine of the Month

Cazal Viel Syrah Rose

Cazal Viel Rose is a fresh and lively wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon reigon of France. Built on the ruins of ancient Roman an villa, Chateau Cazal Viel's land has a rich history of wine production stretching back as far as the year 1202 when the monks of the local Abbaye de Fontcaude used this site to cultivate their wine. Following the French Revolution in 1789 the Miquel family acquired the estate and began a family legacy of wine production that continues today.

Our wine of the month has a delicate pink colour with a blend of 85% Syrah & 15% Cinsault grape, This wine has invigorating red fruit flavours with round, mellow structure and a fresh and lively finish make this a perfect rose to accompany a meal or as a refreshing beverage all on it's own.

Junior Sailing


KYC is offering the Start Keelboat Sailing qualification which is an entry level course that builds basic keelboat sailing skills. This course is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience that want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace. The vast majority of the time will be spent on the water. Students will need to complete a workbook as an open book learning exercise before the end of the sessions in their own time.

Adult Learn to Sail Coaches - Sean Magee-Saxton and Simone Larose

Here's a little info about Sean:

Sean grew up sailing, and raced 420s, FJs, and keelboats for Queen’s University. He was a two-time MVP on the Queen’s Sailing team, and was the President of the Queen’s Recreational Sailing program at KYC. He has five years of coaching experience, and was head instructor at Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club last year. He is also currently pursuing a B.Ed. at Queen’s University.

Simone's bio will be in next week's Knotmeter

Pricing (for 18 hours of instruction, Start Keelboat Sailing qualification, and a one month KYC temporary membership)
$600 (non-members)
$400 (members)

Schedule of courses
Adult courses are offered in two formats:
- Weekday evenings (seven evenings, with one back up evening scheduled on the Wednesday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Weekend (4 days, with one back up weekend day scheduled on the Saturday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 10am to 5pm (with 1 hour for lunch).

For course dates and to SIGN UP, please visit:


| Summer Sailing

The Junior Program starts very soon on July 3rd - Spaces are very quickly running out. Make sure you and your friends are signed up before you miss out. It's going to be a great summer for sailing and being out on the water.


| Dinghy Racing - Monday Nights

As the weather and the water continue to warm up, we will be postponing Dinghy Race Night until Monday, June 26th. Mark it on your calendars, find yourself a skipper or a crew, and get ready for some fun races with Coach James, Coach Grace and the other JS Coaches!


| KYC Sail to Amherst Island

Saturday June 24 2017

N 44° 11.53 ? W 076° 39.31 ? Point “X” on chart below.

Judith and Robert Mackenzie invite the Cruisers to their place on Amherst Island on June 25. This is a rain or shine event. Come by boat or by car. Plan to arrive about noon hour. Bring your own lunch. We will offer wine, cold beer, glasses, plates and cutlery.

Getting There by Boat
Our place is on the north shore of Amherst Island located on the North Channel west of The Brothers Islands and east of Preston Cove which is located just east of Griffin Point. With reference to the chart below proceed west past The Brothers Islands to the point marked "X" on the chart. The coordinates of Point "X" are N 44° 11.53 ? W 076° 39.31 ?. Point “X” is slightly past (west) of our yellow cottage with brown roofing. Keep the entire Lennox Generating Plant in sight until reaching Point “X”. Proceeding into shore from Point “X” will be easier this year with high water but caution is still advised. Someone on shore can be contacted at 613 384-6868 who will be ready to “talk you in”. There is no dock so anchor nearby in the area marked by a WHITE float. Bring your dinghy, if not someone will ferry you to shore. Best to wear water footwear for landing.
We’ll also monitor Channel 71.

Getting There By Car
The Amherst Island ferry departs hourly from Millhaven on the half hour. Departures from the Island are on the hour. $9 return for a vehicle. Bicycles $1.50. People free. If travelling by car consider doubling up and save a fare. On arrival on the island proceed straight ahead to the four way stop intersection and turn left onto Front Road. Proceed through the hamlet of Stella and go about 4 km. Our place is at 1150 Front Road.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing you.

Judith and Robert Mackenzie


| Jemmett's update

Brad and the crew were out at the property earlier last week to "open" up the grounds. He was able to touch base with Dave Woodman (our Maintenance Person), as so they could review the property and come up with a maintenance plan. Please find a few photo's Brad was able to take while out there!

A few notes re: Jemmetts. We have put up the new tent and placed the mooring balls in the appropriate spots (please do not use the balls that have an X on them as the chain is worn and likely to break). We are working out a time for a diver to come in and put on new chains. Brad has also noted the last portion of the dock did not winter well (as you can see by the photos), unfortunately at this time we have no immediate plans to fix this. We recognize it is not ideal and dangerous. A plan will be formed within a week as to what we are going to do. Also HOGANS has agreed to assist us with our Port a Potty this season! Enjoy!

To see more images from our Jemmetts Landing update please see our Flickr Album at


| 1000 Island Alerts

The 1000 Island National Parks has detailed listing of the many facility restrictions and property closures due to the high water levels we are experinecing this year.

We recommend to all to review prior to heading down river (details are updated regularly for each Island).

| Community Club Skippers

Ahoy 'Jessie' Skippers: Jessie is available for reservations. Many thanks to our Yard Steward Brad and interim Bosun Max for recent repairs. (Bosun Cole is away for a few weeks so please record maintenance requests in Jessie’s logbook and email

Jessie may be reserved as detailed in the 2016 Community Club manual (downloadable when reserving). Our C&C 24 is currently in slip 23 next to the clubhouse. A key is at the Bar until the gas dock is back in operation. Please return Jessie's key to the Bar.

Shark 'Moonshine' is in the water marking the end of the flooded gas dock. Moonshine is not yet ready to be reserved.

On Sat 3 Jun, I am looking for crew for 'Jessie' to salute the Commodore at Sail past. Leave harbour by 1330.

On Sat 17 Jun, KYC is planning a 'Get Out on the Water' event. The public will be invited to visit and learn about KYC and our Junior Sailing and Adult Learn to Sail programs. Looking for several Skippers to show our Community Club boats at the dock. Please let me know if you can be a Community Club ambassador for two hours between 1000 – 1400.

Peter French

| 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).