Knotmeter - June 19, 2014

Knotmeter - June 19, 2014

Cottage Friday 
June 20th 
It's back! 

Cottage Friday is happening down here at the Club all day this Friday.

This time we are serving up BBQ Chicken and Ribs for dinner starting at 5PM. 

Remember: For every dollar you spend on food you get a credit equal to that to spend at a future date (Up to July 7th).


Thanks to everyone who came out to our TGIF sail last Friday. Keep tuned to the website, social media and the Knotmeter for details on the next one

Financial Planning Update

I would like to extend my thanks for those who attended the Town Hall meeting
this past Monday.  There was a good turnout and some great feedback.  After some
fine tuning, we plan on bring our proposed changes to the membership for a vote 
sometime later in the summer, so please keep an eye out for notice of the next 
meeting (SGM). 

The presentation from the town hall meeting can be found at

Chris Walmsley

ALTS Instructors Needed!
Members, ALTS needs your help! 

We are still looking for one instructor to do Session B (Starting June 30th). The course can be split up between a few members if needed.

We also need 5+ instructors for Session C (Starting Aug 4th)

ALTS is an important source for new members and new entrants to the sport of sailing. If you have sailing experience and can spare to teach even a few lessons it would be a great contribution to your club and to the program.

We provide teaching materials as well as guidance for new instructors (as well as some official looking shirts).

If you are interested in becoming an instructor please contact Brett Thompson at or call 613-548-3052 ext 1

Eastern Ontario Shark Championships

July 5-6

Registration is now open!
Click here to register!

Racing Update

This Sunday will be the second of the planned "Racing Sprints". This will be a great opportunity for skill building (starts, jibes, etc) without pressure of results. The format is a set of short quick races, starting at 11:30 and finishing early/mid afternoon.
We need a few volunteers to help Sam with RC work. Please contact if you'd like to help.

On July 1, Canada Day, there will be Shark racing but no PHRF fleet racing. SI change will be posted.

New ALTS graduates: we'd really like to get you into weeknight and/or weekend racing. See next item...

Crew/Boats Bank: currently 10 people seeking boats and 1 boat seeking crew. We need more boats! See details on "Sailing > Racing > Crew/Boat Bank" web page. Send updates to

"On the Water" guarantee: 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 either a racing boat or the race committee boat!

Food & Beverage Update

This Cottage Friday, June 20 will mark the launch of KYC's new wine list. Come down to the club and try some of the new wines, ask your server for more details.

Remember that KYC will be showing every game of the FIFA world cup. There are games every day at 11:45, 2:45 and 5:45.

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. 

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.

Audrey Kobayashi featured in The Whig

Audrey was in Rhode Island this week taking part in The Clagett Regatta. Click here for the Whig article

Click here for the regatta results.

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 20 Cottage Friday
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:

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:

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.

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.