Knotmeter - August 7, 2014

Knotmeter - August 1, 2014

Women in Wind - Annual BBQ
Friday, August 8 - 5:00pm

The Women in Wind are inviting all KYC members to join them for their annual BBQ this Friday. The Buffet will feature a choice of grilled salmon or grilled chicken supreme with an assortment of salads and side dishes. 

The kitchen will also be serving our patio menu. Come down to your club to enjoy a night of great food and friends. For more information or to reserve in advance, please e-mail

KYC Awarded Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

I am very pleased to report to the membership that KYC has been awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support our Junior Sailing program.  The grant is for $154,200, to be paid over a two year period starting this summer, and is targeted at renewal and growth of our Opti program in addition to supporting additional fall season programing.

The money will be spent on a broad range of JS related initiatives from supporting salaries for new positions, expanded instructor training, additional Optimist dinghies and 2 coach boats.  

Our Junior Sailing program is truly one of the best on Lake Ontario, as recognized by being designated an Ontario Sailing Regional Training centre. This grant will help keep our program going strong into the future by allowing us to expand our offerings and provide top quality instructors and equipment.

By the end of this season you should see new equipment arriving, and additional fall programming being promoted.  

I extend my sincere thanks those who were involved in the preparation and submission of this grant, as it was a significant endeavour, and look forward to a stronger program going into the future.

Chris Walmsley

Team Rafuse Boyd - Getting Ready for Rio Fundraiser

Thank you to the Kingston Yacht Club Corinthian fund for supporting me this sailing season. The KYC community has been a major part of my development as a sailor, and I am grateful for their continued support. Thank you. I hope you can join us Thursday August 14th as I continue my dream of representing KYC at the Rio Olympics!
Thank you
Danielle Boyd

ZEST is seeking sailors and volunteers

Thanks to a generous donation, Able Sail Kingston has added a Sonar to its fleet. The Sonar is the triple-handed boat sailed by Team Canada in the Paralympics. A little smaller than the Shark, it is similar in many ways, but has a large cockpit that be easily adapted for sailors with disabilities.

Thursday morning, it was tested out by Dr J. Mahood (KYC Commodore 1979-80), skippered by David Grightmire, one of the most dedicated of the Able Sailors. They had a blast!

We have big plans for the Sonar program, and we already have people lining up to sail. If all goes well, the Sonar should be on the water at least one day a week – Thursday – for the rest of the summer. Over the winter, we plan to apply for a grant to adapt the boat for people with more limiting disabilities.


As we are dry sailing ZEST, we need a few strongish people to help getting it in and out of the water every week.

And if you know anyone who would like to sail, we are looking for people who perhaps have given up their boats because they proved a little much, seniors who would like to get out and enjoy the Kingston waterfront, or anyone for whom a boat that requires more active participation would be difficult.

If you are interested, please get in touch:


Telephone: 613 915 1285 (for Bryson, the ASK instructor)

Officer of the Day

2014 Officer duties have been posted here:

Please check the list for your date.

Station 14 Interview with KYC 29er Team Members
KYC 29er Team members, Christina Black and Naomi Flanagan  interviewed by Station 14 about the 29er NA's at PoH. 

Click below to watch!

TGIF Sail & Caribbean Night

Friday, August 15

Join us for the next installment in our summer TGIF Sailing series. This event is for members without boats to get out on the water on other members boats. If you are interested in signing up to sail or in volunteering your boat, please e-mail

Back at the clubhouse, KYC's kitchen staff will be serving up authentic Caribbean dinner specials. The bar staff will be mixing up tropical drink specials for all the thirsty sailors, all set to caribbean music. 

Picton Jazz Cruise
August 15-17th

There are still tickets available through KYC for this not-to-miss event!

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.  

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.

Don't miss it!

Paddle Boards and Kayaks

Members wishing to take out our new water equipment are asked to do so at the main bar. You will be asked to sign a waiver (the first time) as well as read some basic usage guidelines also posted here:

Keys for the equipment are to be returned to the main bar immediately after use.

Food and Beverage Update 

We are now carrying a larger selection of draft beers, new this week is Beau's Kissmeyer Nordic Saison, a  refreshing new take on the classic Belgian style Saison. Served up as always in our chilled glassware.

Come on in and sample one (or all) of the new products:

Beau's B Side - Kissmeyer - Nordic Saison

Muskoka Brewery - Detour

Waupoos Premium Cider


Muskoka Brewery - Summer Weiss
Beaus - Festivale Seasonal 

All selections come with a seat on the best waterfront patio in Kingston. 

As always, we value your feedback. To comment on our new selection or on food and beverage in general please contact James Walton

Women in Wind - Dinghy Sailing Instruction

Women in wind are happy to announce that they will be hosting dinghy instructions with Megan Willoughby on August 12 & 19. A small fee will be necessary to cover costs. If you are interested please contact Megan Willoughby at to sign up or for more information

Member 420 Fleet 

Interested in sailing a terrific dinghy from the club's 420 fleet? Help us determine member interest in dinghy sailing  at KYC.

If you are interested in either sailing the 420s or helping to put this initiative in motion please contact

Racing Update

Racing Update
Series Winners:
PHRF 1 (June-July Tuesday): Touch of Class, Cara Mia, Force 10
PHRF 2  (June-July Tuesday): Selene, Scotia Maid, Jammin'
Sharks (June): Shadfly, Shanti, JLS
PHRF 1 (June-July Thursday): Touch of Class, Cara Mia, Benecuda
PHRF 2 (June-July Thursday): Selene, Mindemoya, Jammin'
Sharks (July): JLS, Dartos, Shanti
Only 2 more series to go!

Welcome to a new racer: J-24 "Blackjack" from RMC :-)

Attention ALTS graduates:

We really want to get you into weeknight and/or weekend racing.
See next 2 items...

Crew/Boats Bank: currently 9 people seeking boats
and 2 boats seeking crew. We need more boats!
Details at
Send updates to

"On the Water" guarantee:
show up between 5:00 - 5:30 pm,
put your name on the white board near the bar and we'll get you on either a racing boat or the race committee boat!

Upcoming Events at KYC
August 8 Women in Wind BBQ
August 9 Wolfe Island Race
August 15 TGIF Sail (Caribbean Theme Night!)
August 22 Cottage Friday
September 5 TGIF Sail
September 6 Carruthers Series
For a complete list of upcoming events please visit:

Robert Davis

After a very successful spring tour of Europe, Robert Davis is now ranked 18th in the world of 900 ranked Laser sailors. This has been an impressive progression to watch. Robert is in Kingston for the summer preparing for CORK and the world Championship in Spain in September.
You can follow him at

Hudson Yacht Club Summer Invitational Regatta

for RC Solings

John Lowther and Paul Switzer represented Kingston Yacht Club at this regatta. Also racing were yachts from Montreal, Ottawa and Hudson, a total a 12 boats. The 8 races were sailed in a light steady breeze and a choppy sea, winds out of the East.
Congratualtions to John Lowther and Paul Switzer who came first, and second overall!

IOM Canadians Registration Open

Click here to register for the regatta.

Volunteers Needed for Regattas

Currently looking for volunteers for the following regattas:

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

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.