Knotmeter - November 7, 2014

Knotmeter - November 7, 2014

2014 Sailors' Awards Night Dinner 
November 8th
Doors open : 1800hrs
Dinner served : 1900hrs(Reservations now closed)

Racing Photos Wanted
Do you have pictures from the racing season?
We need them for the slideshow!
Please send them to

KYC Family Christmas Party - Save the Date
December 14

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls…
This year’s KYC Family Christmas party is not one to be missed!

Please mark the afternoon of December 14th on your calendars.    

We want all members of our KYC family to come on down to the club and enjoy a great performance by Kingston’s very own magician, Rob Driscoll!

Rob will entertain the young and young at heart!  
Bring yourself, your kids, nieces and nephews, and grandkids!
Santa will also appear- he does not want to miss out either!

Please stay tuned for more details.

Kingston Blooms at KYC

If you parked in the KYC lot this season you may have had the chance to enjoy the wonderfully maintained gardens on the path between the lot and Saint's Rest. Debbie Loder, KYC Member and Saint's Rest resident spent countless hours curating the garden and has won 4th place in Kingston Blooms in the medium-sized garden category. It was a tight race and Debbie was honored at the awards ceremony earlier this month.

Congratulations Debbie! 

KYC Junior Sailing instructor, Elizabeth Rouget, recently competed with the Dalhousie Sailing team for Canada at the Student Yachting World Cup, in La Rochelle France.  The week long competition included teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Norway, Japan, USA, Wales, Canada, and Switzerland.  Elizabeth was responsible for navigating the coastal races in La Rochelle's busy port.  She also had the opportunity to work as mainsail trimmer.

Elizabeth came up through the JS program at KYC and encourages all young sailors to get experience in keel boat racing.  She has participated in KYC's club racing for the past couple of summers.  

Queen's Sailing Team ~  Two National Titles!

Queen's Sailing is the 2014 Canadian FLEET Racing National Champion!

Queen's Sailing is the 2014 Canadian TEAM Racing National Champion!

The team came third at the SYWoC Qualifiers this past weekend in Halifax, NS, and are competing in the Kennedy cup this weekend, which is the US National Collegiate Keelboat Championship at the US Naval Academy.

Support Queen's Sailing Team!

Bar Renovation & Bar Service Update:

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of service at KYC, the Downstairs bar and Kitchen will be closed from November 10-27. During this time the upstairs bar will be open to serve our members on November 13,14,15, 18-23, 25, 26.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this time and look forward to reopening the new an improved KYC Bar and Kitchen on November 27, just in time for the AGM!

Fall/Winter Hours of Operation

Gas Dock**

*Please note Brunch is served from 10:30-3 and regular menu is served 3-8pm.

Interested in Volunteering at KYC?
We are looking for people interested in serving on the board or on a committee for the upcoming year.  It is an exciting time to be involved with so many projects and initiatives moving ahead. If you like to get involved please contact the office.

New Wine at KYC:
We are offering a new white wine, Norman Hardie's Calcaire, from Prince Edward County. Come down to KYC to try this delicious dry white! Click the link for tasting notes:

Norman Hardie Calcaire

Upcoming Events at KYC
November 8 Sailors' Awards Night
November 22 KPSS - Aging and Boating
November 27 Annual General Meeting
For a complete list of upcoming events please visit:

Aging and Boating - Extending the Season
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 2 – 4 PM
R.S.V.P by: Nov.14
Email: or
613 536-5367 to register

Come and learn from fellow boaters and sailors how aging affects our enjoyment on the water and how to be proactive by adjusting our boating habits and implementing commonsense changes to reduce risk while boating & sailing.

Seminar Topics include:
Age related conditions, traits or diseases that affect boating enjoyment and safety
Dr. Stephen Yates & Jan Linscott

Legal Liability and the Aging Boater
John Gale (Barrister & Solicitor)

Adjusting Boating Habits and Implementing Changes
Graham Mutch & Cathy Bridgen 

Cradles, Masts and Haulout 2014

We have yet again, negotiated another round of the storage protocol for 2014.

Many thanks to the suite of volunteers who, once again have carried out these tasks.

Unloading the cradles on a blustery morning were: Jim Beatson, Mike Charrette, Darwin Muir, Rob Colwell, and myself, with the help of Yard Steward Brad.

Our mast de-stepping crew were:, Mike Charrette, Ron Dwyer, Darwin Muir, Rob Colwell, Bob Story, Ross Cameron, John Kitney, Andrew Kelm, Ken Martin, Tom Moynihan, Mary Westerland and myself. I’m happy to say that our mast morning went off without a hitch.

Our haulout crew, toiled for a long day and ably hooked and placed boat in their cradles. Your crew was: Mike Charrette, Ron Dwyer, Darwin Muir, Rob Colwell, Bob and Tristan Story, Ross Cameron, John Kitney, Andrew Kelm, Ken Martin, Tom Moynihan, Rick Sellens, Chris Walmsley, Mary Westerland and myself. Providing signals once again was my son Harrison, who while not a member, shows up often to provide consistent signals to Brian.

Our haulout wasn’t without it’s glitches, I am sorry to say, but as this is the first year we’ve done this without Dave McC., I tho’t it, and still think it a good idea to map this thing out in advance. Working on solutions with information I was given proved to be for the most part successful, but as I said, not without it’s minor glitches. That said, I will tweak the plan as required for upcoming launches and hauls. I am receptive to positive contributions on how to improve this event.  I hope that in general, the mapping out of this, and publishing

de-stepping and haul orders helped members to organize their days, better than in the past.

Thankfully we were “blessed” by acceptable weather, as opposed to driving rain, which has been known to dump on us on the past. I will be making some moves to see if we can tweak launch and haul dates, so that the risk of nasty weather doesn’t wreak havoc on our plans.

I’d like to emphasize the importance of having volunteers who “stick it out to the end”. Think of what the days would be like without a steady bunch of volunteers to help out. The days wouldn’t happen! So, I encourage all to throw in their efforts in years to come to keep KYC feeling like a Club, where all pitch in. Not only is it useful, but it is also fun. The endless banter amongst hookers, slingers, pushers and one-liners, is a joy to the ears.

Thanks to ALL who helped out, and I hope I’ve included you all in this acknowledgement.

Peter Cohrs.