Knotmeter - July 7, 2017

Knotmeter - July 7, 2017

Thanks to all who took part in the Sailpast celebration of Canada Day. Special recognition to Sailpast Fleet Captain Ken Martin and leader James Rountree who led the parade in the Orange Peel.

Upcoming Events

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For race details, please refer to the "Sailing / Racing / Sailors Handbook" of our KYC web site.



Thus weekend, KYC is hosting this high performance sport boat class's regatta. Come down to the club and watch this exciting racing and cheer on our local entrant (Lucky Varment, skipper James Colburn). Race results will be posted online in the "Sailing / Racing / Regattas" area of our web site. Please contact Robert Weguelin, our lead on KYC-hosted regattas, if you are interested in helping with this or future regattas.



The event includes a chase race from the KYC clubhouse to our Wolfe Island property, followed by a BBQ by Chef Neil and assorted festivities. For race details please refer to the "Sailors Handbook".


| August 5-7: KYC Waupoos Rendezvous

The KYC Cruising Fleet will be gathering from all directions for a rendezvous at Waupoos Marina again this Civic Holiday Weekend. We have reserved slips for up to 16 boats and can get more space if we know in advance. There are also opportunities to camp for those of you who have jumped to an airstream or fifth wheel (you know who you are ;-) ). Our plans are for a laid back weekend enjoying each other’s company with potential for wine and/or cheese excursions.

Saturday August 5:

Converge on Waupoos from multiple directions. Boats will be coming from Kingston, Gunnar’s fleet of extended cruisers from Oswego, and others, including Signature, from points west.

Saturday is the Shirley Homer Race for boats from various Quinte clubs and they let us join in to play last year. They will be holding their festivities under the roof on shore Saturday night and we will have a progressive supper on the dock.

Progressive Supper: We will take turns visiting around the fleet for tapas as the evening advances. Everybody will get a chance to play host, and we can all get to know a little more about each other’s boats. BYOB, details to follow.

Sunday August 6:

A lazy day in the County. Those feeling less lazy will have the opportunity for a winery or cheese factory visit, pub lunch or whatever takes their fancy.

BBQ Dinner and Dance: Under the roof starting about 6. Bring your meat, drink, and a salad to share. We’ll also need table cloths, utensils, etc. but the BBQs will be there ;-) Dance music to follow for as long as we can stay awake…

Monday August 7:

Return to KYC. It isn’t a race. It really isn’t. But we will assign start times for each boat in the fleet and the first one between KYC mark P and the flagpole will get some kind of bragging rights at the cruisers’ dinner next winter.

If you are interested, please email Rick Sellens with boat name, length, beam, draft, and number of people. If you let us know your port and date of departure, we can let the rest of the fleet know who’s coming from which direction. If you have requests for the music, make sure they get to us so they can be included in the evening on Sunday.

Register before July 21 to be sure of getting a slip.


| August 18, 19, 20: Jazz Cruise Weekend

This year’s “cruise or drive” tour to Picton for the Jazz Festival features a Friday night show at the Regent Theatre with general audience appeal. This has been a popular event for many years and once again KYC members have “first chance” on a block of excellent seats for the Friday, August 18th show featuring the work of Brazilian jazz composer Antonio Carlos Jobim (performed by Gord Sheard and Luanda Jones). For more information visit

There’s lots to do in the Picton area – so it’s not just about the jazz. To begin with, we will hold our traditional BYO dinner on Friday night at Miss Lily’s Café. Show tickets at the Regent are $42 each and the pre-show dinner is expected to be about $30 all in! (more on the dinner later). You are welcome to participate in one or both events.

Jazz concert tickets for August 18th should be reserved right now through the club, by contacting the office at KYC (613-548-3052) or emailing - Tickets will be charged to your club account and John Kitney will get these to you before the event. Harbour mooring will also be arranged for those who are interested, along with a second evening outing on Saturday night still in the works (perhaps another Festival Players live theatre production like we did last year). Please let John know that you have ordered your jazz concert tickets ( so that he can survey participants for interest in the other weekend activities.


| 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

  • Chicken Saltimbocca with green beans and mini red potatoes - $19
  • Omelette: Artichoke hearts, spinach and Swiss cheese - $13
  • Weekend Special: Huevos rancheros - $13

| Beer of the Week

This week we are featuring something from Beau's that we have been tryring to get our hands on for some time!

Beau’s Brewery is welcoming the long days and long evening shadows of summer with two new beers that play off each other like day and night. Called “Buenos Dias”. This beer features organic lime juice, lime and orange peel, and sea salt.

Beau’s Gruit Series takes inspiration from centuries-old brewing tradition; a time before the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516 declared that all beer be made solely with barley, hops and water. In gruit ale, herbs, spices and other botanicals replace a dominant hop character, throwing the door open to experimentation. Released four times a year during solstices and equinoxes, each gruit in the series has a unique combination of ingredients and flavours.

The aroma of Buenos Dias offers pronounced citrus notes, with subtle coriander undercurrents. Zippy lime flavour is accented with a wicking salt edge in the mouthfeel. The finish is quick, clean and dry.

| 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

| Adventure Sailing

Junior Sailing has introduced a new course called Adventure Sailing for sailors 11-17 years old, interested in getting out on the water without a focus on racing. Sailors will learn basic sailing knowledge, gain confidence on the water and get to try out all different types of boats, such as 420s, FJs, and sharks. Check out the video we posted on our Facebook page for more information: Facebook Video
Spaces are filling up very quickly, so tell your friends and family to sign up soon if they want to join us at Junior Sailing for the summer! -



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. This is a great opportunity to do some of your own sailing and further your understanding of your son or daughter's sailing. Sign up has just been released so sign up before the classes begin to fill up -

If you have any questions, please contact KYC Sailing Manager James Rountree via:


| Dinghy Racing - Monday Nights

Dinghy Race Night continues this coming Monday. Meet at KYC at 5:00pm to rig for a 5:30 skippers meeting and 6:00pm first race. We look forward to fun races with Coach James, Coach Grace and the other JS Coaches!


| Racing

There was a great turnout of 25-30 boats for Mayor's Canada Day 150 Sailpast. KYC's Orange Peel, piloted by our Sailing Manager James Rountree, led the parade, sporting it's new large burgee. The mayor, assorted dignitaries and an enthusiastic crowd were on the viewing stand at Crawford Dock.

The Shark fleet completed a close June series. With 11 competitors, the winners were:

     1st Shanti (Jeff Boyd)
     2nd Cariad (Melodie Gummer)
     3rd Shadfly (Steve Raddon)

Details are available in "Sailing / Racing / Results" area of our web site.

The PHRF 1 and PHRF 2 fleets continue their June-July Tuesday and June-July Thursday series racing.

| Viper North Americans - Volunteers Needed

The Viper North American Regatta is looking for volunteers to assist with organizing/planning committee. For more information or to volunteer please contact Heidi Colburn at

| 49er and 49erFX Junior World Championships June 28-July 2nd

The championships kicked off at KYC with the help of the Town Crier, Arielle Morgan as MC and Commodore/Race Officer Ross Cameron. Athletes, coaches, volunteers and families enjoyed the food and drinks on the newest patio area at the club.

After 4 exciting days the Junior World Championship titles were decided just off the KYC breakwater. 3 exciting medal races in each fleet lasting 6 minutes each! It was a very busy day for the RC and volunteers!

KYC was well represented in the 49er FX class by Max Wood, Nate and Cameron Colburn. Ali Ten Hove (KYC) and Mariah Millen (RCYC) placed 5th overall in the FX fleet.

Canadians William Jones and Evan Depaul won the overall title in the 49er class (Both of the boys attended school here in Kingston, with William sailing on the QST)

| 49er and 49er FX North American Championships

CORK First events of the summer! 49er and 49er FX North American Championships and the 29er Canadian Championships June 22-25th

Local athletes that competed this past weekend
Jake Adair (placed 2nd overall)

49er and 49er FX North American Championships

49er FX (women’s Olympic class boat)
1ST place and the 49er FX North American Champions
Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd representing Canada won the Frank Bethwaite Cup
Alexandra TEN HOVE (KYC)

6th place
Arielle MORGAN (KYC)


49er (men’s Olympic Class boat)
11th place

A special award was presented Sunday to the youngest sailors in the fleet:

Natasha Bryant representing Australia and Nate Colburn representing Canada (KYC)
They both showed tremendous perseverance and determination especially given the breezy conditions this regatta!

2nd place overall in the 29er Canadians

Ali Ten Hove (sail # CAN 821), Nate and Cameron Colburn (CAN 906) compete in the 49er and 49erFX Junior World Championships

Racing Thurs-Sun with medal races Sun afternoon.


| Small Club of the Year Award!