Knotmeter - August 14, 2014

Knotmeter - August 14, 2014

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. We are short on people volunteering their boat for the sail, 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 including Tropical Gazpacho, Jerk Chicken, Trinidadian Goat Stew with Paratha Roti and Volcano Ice Cream for Dessert. The bar staff will be mixing up Mojitos and Painkillers for all the thirsty sailors, all set to Caribbean music.

JLS Wins Shark U.S. National Championship!


Three KYC Sharks White Star, Shadfly and Jonathan Livingston Seagull departed for Mallets Bay Boat Club in Mallets Bay Vermont for the US Shark National Championship Regatta this past weekend where 23 Sharks all competed for the championships.
 Due to the lack of wind, racing was delayed until around noon when the wind from the north filled in to 5-8 knots and 4 races were sailed. Steve, Norah and Julian on board Shadfly took some great races on Saturday posting an 11,2,3 and a 5 but later found themselves on the wrong side of 50/50 protest which lost them their second place finish. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, on the other hand, posted finishes of 1,1,1,2 for the day, putting a tight grip early on in the regatta for the championships.
The race on Sunday started in approximately 5 knots of breeze and was later shortened to three legs where five boats finished and the rest of the fleet failed to make the required 30 minute time limit after the first boat finished....Jonathan Livingston Seagull won this race too, clenching  the US Shark National Championships after counting 4 firsts for the regatta. Congratulations to Sean Marshall, Tiberius Trifu and Peter Van Rossem for their win. Congratulations as well to Shadfly who were also one of the five boats to finish in the very challenging light air race on Sunday, placing them in 5th overall for the regatta.   Congratulations also to White Star who made a great effort to compete and who were proud to fly the KYC burgee at regattas this year.
KYC Shark Fleet Cap

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 can 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.

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, this week we are bringing back Beau's Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale. We also have a few bottles left of Beau's Festivale, their summer seasonal, which will not be available for much longer. Both are 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 Pale Ale

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 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

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 15 TGIF Sail (Caribbean Theme Night!)
August 22 Cottage Friday
August 29 ALTS Graduation & TGIF
September 5 TGIF Sail
September 6 Carruthers Series
September 12-14 I0M Canadian Championships
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

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.