Knotmeter - June 12, 2014

Knotmeter - June 12, 2014

This Friday (June 13)

Another edition of our ever-popular TGIF Sail is upon us!

The skinny: Non-boaters and boaters get paired up to go for a 2 (or so) hour sail. Food and drinks at the bar after! 

Boaters! - Please sign up your boats to take non-boaters.

Non-Boaters! - Let the office know you would like to go for a sail and we will pair you up with a boat!

Sign-up via  

A few members from Kingston Sport and Social Club will be joining us as well this Friday for our sail.
We extend a warm welcome to all of them and hope they have a great time on the water.

Sailpast 2014!

The weather certainly cooperated this past Saturday and we had a record turnout of almost 40 boats for Sailpast!
The Flag officers and I were proud to review such a smart
looking fleet and to officially open the KYC sailing
season with such a great event.

We'd like to acknowledge the on water participation
effort with our list of "fun" awards:

Buckbeak (Opti) - Best display of balloons
White Star - Bubbliest boat
Cariad - Best racing form (Spinnaker)
Cara Mia V - Best salute
Alchemy - Best dressed
Kibitka - Shiniest bowsprit
Ritalin - Cutest crew under 2!
Valkyr II - Most patriotic
Seattle Slewp - Closest "Fly By"
Turtle (Albacore) - Greatest delusions of grandeur (out of order)
Take Five - Best colour coordination

Click here for photos!

Once ashore, we all enjoyed a great afternoon, excellent dinner,  and then were treated to a music filled evening from Mauricio Montecinos Latin Fusion Band. I thank all those who came out and hope everyone enjoyed the official start to the KYC sailing season!  Thank you to the staff and volunteers who made it happen.
Chris Walmsley, Commodore

Financial Planning Update

I would like to invite all members to a Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 16th at 7pm.  I encourage all members to attend, particularly Associate members as the proposed changes would affect all membership categories.

At the last Town Hall meeting  we presented our working plan for a fee structure change and also reviewed the results from our online survey. At this Town Hall meeting we will present a refined plan with respect to fees that we hope will strike a balance between the financial needs of the club and the potential risks.

The ultimate goal is to put the club on a financial path where we can not only sustain our current infrastructure, but initiate strategic improvements so that the club and facilities will be here for generations to come.  

I look forward to seeing you there.
Chris Walmsley

West Marine Discount for KYC Members!
West Marine is offering KYC members a special discount on various 
items on June 12, 13, and 14.  Please see this flyer, for details on
which items are discounted.   Your purchases will also benefit KYC
as they will improve our overall discount.

Eastern Ontario Shark Championships
July 5-6

Registration is now open!
Click here to register!

Food & Beverage Update

The 2014 World Cup starts this week in Brazil. Check out all the action at KYC! The upcoming schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 12: Brazil vs. Croatia 3:45pm

Friday June 13: Mexico vs. Cameroon 11:45am

Spain vs. The Netherlands 2:45pm

Chile vs. Australia 5:45pm

Saturday June 14: Colombia vs. Greece 11:45am

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 2:45pm

England vs. Italy 5:45pm

Cote D'Ivoire vs. Japan 8:45pm

Sunday June 15: Switzerland vs. Ecuador 11:45am

France vs. Honduras 2:45pm

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 5:45pm

Monday June 16: Germany vs. Portugal 11:45am

Iran vs Nigeria 2:45pm

Ghana vs. U.S.A. 5:45pm

Tuesday June 17: Belgium vs. Algeria 11:45am

Brazil vs. Mexico 2:45pm

Russia vs. South Korea 5:45pm

Wednesday June 18: Australia vs The Netherlands 11:45am

Spain vs. Chile 2:45pm

Cameroon vs. Croatia 5:45pm

KYC is now offering weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 3:00pm.  KYC's brunch menu features classics like Eggs Benedict and Western Omelette, with daily specials, including a new feature omelette every day.

Mark your calenders,  KYC's food & beverage team are organizing a Lobster Night on Friday July 11, with help from the membership. KYC's lobster night will feature fresh lobster brought in overnight, directly from Nova Scotia. Stay tuned to the knotmeter for more details about reservations and the menu. 

New Regalia!

KYC is proud to annouce that the club has a brand new selection of KYC branded regailia. New items for sale include KYC branded caps, vests, waterproof jackets and golf shirts. Ask the bar staff for more details.

To All PHRF Racing Skippers

The cost of a PHRF certificate will increase to $35.00 this year.  The web-link that follows will take you to the letter from the PHRF-LO organization that explains the need for the increase.
Click here for more information

Any questions please contact Rob Colwell KYC PHRF Handicapper (

Upcoming Events at KYC
June 13 TGIF Sail! 
June 16 Town Hall Meeting - 7PM
June 21 Single/Double Handed Race
June 21-22 Solstice Cruise to Clayton
June 22 Practice Sprints
July 3-19 Extended Cruise
July 5-6 Eastern Ontario Shark Championships
July 26 Inside the Drama: America's Cup - 7:30PM
For a complete list of upcoming events please visit:

Safety Officer Training Program

June 14th

This course has evolved from a system of practices developed at CORK and has proven to work efficiently and effectively. References to CORK throughout this course are for examples only. Examples of safety programs from around the world will also be used.

The course will be conducted over two days and result in certification. The Certificate will be recognized and provided by Ontario Sailing.

Register Here:

Upcoming Cruising Dates

The summer cruising season is shaping up!
Robert and Judith MacKenzie are once again graciously hosting the Cruising Fleet at their Amherst Island home.  The date for this year’s cruise is Sunday, June 15.  Typically, those travelling by car meet at the ferry dock to share the $9.00 round trip ferry cost.  If you are arriving by boat, you will need a dinghy to go ashore.
Departure from the KYC is at approximately 10:00 a.m. with a noon hour arrival time at Amherst Island.  Participants bring their own food to contribute to the pot luck   
Directions on how to get to Robert and Judith’s home on Amherst Island will be forwarded next week. In the meantime, please advise Robert and Judith if you intend to participate.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

1)       Solstice Cruise to Clayton
(June 21, 22)

Join the Cruisers on the third weekend of June for a trip to Clayton, NY. We have about 6 boats committed so far and would love to add some more.  Visit the Antique Boat Museum, enjoy the annual Steamboat Flotilla, check out the Thousand Islands Arts Centre and Hand-weaving Museum, explore the shops and share some fine dining with friends. Email Lou Franchi at to get on our list and receive updates on our plans (organizers are Lou Franchi and John Kitney). Remember that captain and crew require proper documentation for entry into the USA.

2)      Extended Cruise with John Mason “Come Fly with Me”
(July 3 – 19)

This trip will take you east to Cornwall for adventures, entertainment, and reunions with old friends. Consider flying through the air on ropes, in balloons, or in a glider... perhaps even navigating some rapids or enjoying great theatre and fine dining . To learn more contact John Mason at

3)      2014 Jazz Cruise Weekend
(Aug 15, 16, 17)

Yes – there is another cruise to Picton this year, on the weekend of the Picton Jazz Festival. The main show is Saturday, August 16th at the Regent Theatre. Group reservations will be made for Friday night dining and there will be another catered group meal (BYO) on Saturday before the show.  The featured Saturday night entertainment is the Rene Rosnes Quartet (check for details).  KYC has 24 excellent seats reserved for Saturday night on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please call the KYC office to put tickets at $40 each on your tab ($38 this year,with booking charges). Once you have booked your tickets, please let John Kitney know ( and he will follow up with other details regarding dining and dockage requirements. Details for dinner on Saturday will be arranged later. Cost will be about $28 per person.

Wet Feet Online Registration is Open!

We will be offering two sessions:
Tuesdays 5-7pm for 6 weeks starting on July 8th
Wednesdays 5-7pm for 6 weeks starting on July 9th
Registration will be done online.
You can visit the Junior Sailing page here:

Inside the Drama: America's Cup 2013

Saturday July 26th 7:30PM
Kingston Yacht Club

The Marine Museum presents:
A talk with Steve Killing, New Zealand Design Team Member.

Emirates Team New Zealand seemed to be unbeatable in the 2013 America’s Cup and yet Oracle managed to pull ahead to victory. Steve Killing will be sharing his stories and photos of  this event as a member of the New Zealand design team. The connection between his design of Fred Eaton’s Toronto-based C-Class catamaran and the America’s Cup is a fascinating story of being in the right place at the right time.

$20 per person, to reserve contact Jana Clark 613-542-2261

Click here for more information.

Message from the Commodore

KYC Members,

I am writing to inform you that our General Manager, Glenn Singleton, has resigned from his position as General Manager at KYC to accept another job.  This will take effect at the end of June, 2014.

Glenn has helped the club through a very active and challenging period.  He has elevated our F&B service at the club, improved our member services and help make it possible for the Board to tackle larger projects.  I want to extend my best wishes and success to Glenn in his future endeavours.

The Flag Officers, Board of Directors and staff will work hard keep things running smoothly, but I ask for understanding and cooperation from the membership as we adjust and until we are able to fill the vacancy.

Chris Walmsley

Breakwall Reminder

Now that the warmer weather is here the sailing season can be declared "Officially Open!"  Therefore, members are asked to refrain from driving on to the breakwall. We have 6 lovely and spacious new carts so there is no reason for anyone to drive out to the breakwall. 

OK, OK, there are always exceptions to every rule so if you feel you should be permitted to drive on to the breakwall
please request permission in person at the office or email

Requests must include the reason,
estimated arrival and departure times. 

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and respect of this request.

Jemmett's Landing Update

KYC's property on Wolfe Island, Jemmett's Landing, is ready to go for the season. The board has updated the Jemmett's Landing Usage Policy. For more information about Jemmett's Landing and the new policy, please see KYC's website here:

Motor Boat Donation
The Junior Sailing Program is in need of a powerboat to help complement the coachboat fleet. We are looking for a power boat that is seaworthy and suitable for basic sailing instruction.
With or without engine.
Any member who has a boat that is looking for a new lease on life should contact
Matt White 613-540-4417

Bicycles Needed

We're seeking two bicycles for our yard staff.
Having a couple of tough bikes around for our staff will speed their trips around the yard/breakwater and increase their efficiency.
preferred are:
- single speed with pedal brake
- small or medium size frame with high bars
- not in need of significant repair.

Donation preferred, but KYC will consider buying "cheap".
please contact either Peter Cohrs
or Brad Strawbridge

Please email before bringing your donations to the Club.

Racing Update

The KYC racing marks are in the same locations as last year. Please see the KYC website for their coordinates:

"On the Water" guarantee: just show up between 5:00 - 5:30 pm, put your name on "Seeking boat/crew" white board near the bar and we'll get you on a racing sailboat or (at the very least) the committee boat!

Crew/Boats Bank: currently 3 crew seeking boats and 2 boats seeking crew. Details are viewable on the "Sailing > Racing > Crew/Boat Bank" web page. Send updates to

Escort Boats Need for YMCA Swim Across Lake Ontario

The summer of 2013 saw a daring group of women attempt to swim the 305 kilometre length of Lake Ontario from Kingston to Burlington. Unfortunately they weren't successful in their bid. They have, however, inspired a group of Kingston athletes to take up the challenge.

From July 14th-19th, a group of athletes and their coach - marathon swimmer, Vicki Keith - will embark on an exciting, charitable adventure from Burlington to Kingston, Ontario. The team will swim in relay fashion day and night for six days along the shore of Lake Ontario until they reach their destination. This is a fundraising event to help YMCA's across Ontario create more accessible opportunities for young people with physical disabilities.

We are looking for large boats, both sail and power, to join us on this journey. Ideally we would like to find one or two boats that would complete the whole adventure with us, but we are also welcoming boaters who would like to 'come aboard' our flotilla for a day or two to support the athletes and the charity.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Vicki Keith at  or (613) 546-2647 ext 251.

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:

Also: CORK is looking for volunteers!

CORK is looking for volunteers for events this summer, both on water and shore tasks. Event schedule and description of tasks is on the CORK website

or call the CORK office at 613 545 1322

Welcome to CORK!

KPSS - Course Dates

Kingston Power and Sail Squadron has released new course dates for this year. Please visit their website for details.

Hours of Operation

Gas Dock

*Please note Brunch is served from 10:30-3 and regular menu is served 3-9pm.

For more information on other KYC events and programs please visit our website.