Knotmeter - December 11, 2014

Knotmeter - December 11, 2014

KYC Family Christmas Party

December 14

Attention Ladies and Gentleman… Boys and Girls…
The 2014 KYC Family Christmas Party 
is not one you will want to miss!
For Who?:  YOU, the KYC member, friends and family!

will make ALL AGES LAUGH!  Also BRING YOUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS, NIECES/NEPHEWS AND OTHER LITTLE CLOSE FRIENDS for the children’s games, crafts and Santa’s visit!!

When/Where?: Sunday December 14, 1400-1600hrs upstairs 

What?: Christmas games/crafts available for children at 1400hrs

will run the show from 1500-1530hrs

Santa is expected to arrive after Rob’s performance

Note: Parents, grandparents and guardians of little child(ren) attending...please place a gift wrap present with “your child’s” name on it in by 3pm in the KYC office (near Santa’s bag).

Commodore's Levee
January 1, 2015 - 1100-1700hrs

Start off the New Year right with your new Commodore, Rosemary Wilson! The Levee is always an extra special event here at KYC.
A drop-in event filled with food, beverage and good cheer!

No RSVP required.

Don't miss it!

Cruiser's Dinner and Awards Night
January 15 - 1730hrs 

Drinks in the Partridge Room followed by dinner at 1800hrs

Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce
Herb Roasted Mini Red Potatoes
Garden Salad
Seasonal Vegetables

Coffee and Tea

$28 plus taxes and gratuity.

Please RSVP to by December 20th.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

What a great Roast Beef Dinner and Carol Sing we had last week at the Club! It was a pleasure meeting more of the membership as well!

Greg McNab, General Manager

2014-2015 Board of Directors

We are happy to announce the 2014/2015 Board of Directors:

Commodore: Rosemary Wilson
Vice Commodore: Ross Cameron
Rear Commodore: Peter Cohrs
Finance Chair: Bob Story
Jr. Past Commodore: Chris Walmsley

Marc Ellemers
Ron Hodges
Ken Martin
Tom Moynihan
Ann Rouget
Ursula Thorley
Matt White

Online "Virtual Trophy Room" now available
The Heritage Committee is pleased to announce that the long-awaited "Virtual Trophy Room" is now available at the KYC website. After three years of work, Club trophies may be viewed on line, each with its story and award recipients over the years. Some of the trophies go back to 1895 and many are works of art in their own right.

Click here for the Virtual Trophy Room or visit our website and select it from the "Sailing" menu under trophies.

Please take a look and let us know what you think at 

Free, Free! Leftover items from tool room in Saints Rest
We are clearing out the old tool room on the ground floor of the Saints Rest to make room for archives storage. There are many and varied bits of hardware, plumbing, fasteners, and miscellaneous items to go. Bring a box or bag and take your pick charge!
Dates and time:  Saturday Dec. 13 and Saturday Dec. 20, from 10.00 - 13.00hrs.  Access will be via the JS door near the visitor washrooms.

Paul Davis Receives Canada 1 Award 

Above: Marianne Davis accepting the Canada 1 award on behalf of Paul Davis

The Canada 1 Award is presented to a member whose actions embody good sportsmanship and unselfish service to the club and to sailing.It is a special award that is not presented annually. Congratulations to Paul Davis on receiving this award. We thank him for his ongoing dedication to the Club and to the sport of sailing.

  Toronto International Boat Show Trip  2015

Collins Bay Yacht Club members are again running a highway coach trip to the Toronto International Boat Show and invite KYC members, spouses and friends to join us along with members from CFBKY Club.

Depart: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from CBYC parking lot at 8:15am

Arrive: at Boat Show at 11:00am

Depart: show a 6:00 pm  - Dinner at the Mandarin Chinese Buffet off Brock  Road, Pickering 

Return: CBYC parking lot 9:30 pm (or close to this)

NOTE: There will be a pickup at the Flying J Napanee at about 9:00am
COST:  for coach -same as last year $30.00 per person, a bargain!

PHONE:  Dennis Reed  at 613-373-0288 to book a seat

Interested in Volunteering at KYC?
We are looking for people interested in serving 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 by email or by phone 613-548-3052 ext 1

Hours of Operation


KYC Bar and Kitchen Renovations

By now, with the renovated bar having been opened just in time for the AGM, most of you have had an opportunity to see and hopefully USE, the bar.
As well, we have also completed some reno's to the kitchen. With the completion of these two projects, you now have an "excuse" to sample the delectables on the new menu, while sampling a glass of fine wine or good beer, at your now "ergonomically friendly" bar. Staff will no doubt extol the virtues of these renovations.
The buzz seems to be that the bar renos are a smashing success.
So, I wish to draw your attention to the team who put together the recent KYC bar renovations. They all deserve your thanks for helping to bring forth a successful project
The driving spirit behind the bar reno was was Terri Hodges, whose vision has come to fruition.
Thanks to Commodore Rosemary Wilson for bringing it to the Board and making the case to do the work.
Your Club Steward, Brad Strawbridge and his able helper Adrien Noble made the physical work look easy.
Brad pulled together the renovation team and the numbers to make it work and he sweated bullets to pull it all off in a short time frame.... he is now, we hope, enjoying the sunshine down south! Valuable contributions were made by your bar, administrative staff and Board Members, including Brett Thompson, James Walton and David Simon, as well as Jr. Past Commodore Chris Walmsley who did the flag graphics, Matt White who figured out what wires to pull, where to pull them, then pulled them! Megaera Fitzpatrick offered some useful tips on various items. I was pleased to provide the general design, to help interpret and realize the vision. A long overdue renovation made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers and staff alike. 
Please thank them.

Please take a look at the before and after pics. We are pleased to say that this project sets the standard for future work. We hope that members use and enjoy these upgraded facilities.

Cheers, Peter Cohrs

Before and after shots of the KYC Main Bar

Western Challenge Iceboat Regatta Report

Five members of KYC made the long trek (15 hours one way) to attend the Western Challenge Iceboat Regatta on Lake Kegonsa near Madison, Wisconsin. 

The host club was the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club and they know how to host a fabulous regatta.  The launch site was at Springer's restaurant on the shore of the lake, a perfect venue that offered warmth and great food for all the racers. 

Attendance at this regatta was amazing – one hundred DNs – yes one hundred – divided into Gold and Silver fleets plus 12 Renegades and five Ice Optis.  Friday was light air and ideal for tuning the boats, getting advice from other sailors and enjoying the company of the competitors.  Saturday was 8 to 10 knots of breeze which meant that boat speeds reached 40 knots.  Trust me, this is plenty fast when you are approaching the leeward mark with three boats right beside you. 

The excellent race committee got off five races before darkness threatened.  This was quite an achievement with four separate fleets to contend with.  The race course was traditional windward leeward with the addition of Darling marks that were set 150 yards inside the turning marks.  You have to leave the Darling mark to port which prevents people from gybing right at the leeward mark or tacking right at the weather mark and is designed to improve safety.  

Saturday evening the host club treated the fleet to FREE beer and appetizers at Springer’s and we all had a great time rehashing the day’s racing.  Sunday dawned sunny and with more breeze.  We sailed 3 more races in 12 to 15 knots.  This was full on, pedal to the metal, how fast can I go racing.  I didn’t know my mast could bend that far, but it did and the acceleration was mind blowing.  Bang the corners as fast as you can and try not to spin out.

Apart for the World/North Americans, the Western Challenge is usually the best attended regatta in North America.  It is traditionally held on the first weekend in December and is almost always held on fresh black ice.  This year’s regatta attracted sailors from around the globe. There were a dozen Canadians including 5 from Nova Scotia (they started driving on the Monday before the regatta) plus representatives from Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and North Carolina. Then we had the true long distance travellers from Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Oh, I should mention the entry fee for this regatta – free.  Was it worth the drive?  A resounding yes.


Gold Fleet (49 Boats)
Peter Van Rossem 24th (2nd Canadian)
John Curtis 37th

Silver Fleet (51 Boats)
Jim Foster 26th
Robin Wynne-Edwards 27th
Colin Duncan 37th

-Robin Wynne-Edwards

Life After Haul-Out

Have you ever noticed the transformation the yacht basin undergoes after haul out day? Of course the boats are all tucked in under a variety of covers and the whalers are huddled in a group as if to keep warm. That big pile of wooden structures at the end of the breakwater is the beloved T dock where many have enjoyed a cool midsummer swim. The water level falls so fast that it seems like someone has pulled the plug on Lake Ontario and the rock infrastructure beneath the inner basin docks is clearly visible.

But why is there a piece of yellow polypropylene line strung across from the end of the floating docks to the breakwater? Did someone forget to remove the little orange marker buoy at the west end of the basin and why is there a mooring buoy at the east end of the basin with no idiot line connecting it to the floating docks?

It is the model boat guys!

Any of you who drop in to the club on a late Sunday afternoon will notice that there is a small, intrepid group of model boat sailors from the International One Metre Fleet who will just not give up. They have a Frostbite Series and even a trophy to go with it! They are all bundled up in a variety of toques, scarves and ski jackets with mitts and transmitter covers over their radios. You may notice a spray bottle of antifreeze to keep the little string sheets and lines from freezing to the deck.

There are always a couple of mooring buoys which will serve as a starting line and the buoys at the ends of the basin complete a windward and return race course.  The yellow “safety line” is to prevent any errant boats from getting away. Nobody wants to try to chase down an IOM in that old black rowboat which is now the only access to the water. They start racing about 15:00 and after about an hour, once the sun starts to set and the temperature falls, you will find them in the bar clutching a hot cup of coffee to warm up frozen hands and debating the activities of the afternoon.

Soon it will freeze and they will have to stop. After that it is a long winter. You should use the time to find an IOM so you too can join the post season fun and stave off the separation anxiety from having your boat on the hard!

But then there was the February in 2004 when a keen IOM sailor in Montreal with cabin fever organized a mid-winter regatta in the Pointe Claire Olympic Pool using a number of 4 foot industrial fans. He was only allowed to use the pool from midnight until 6 AM but 11 IOMs showed up, 5 from KYC, and many races were run. At the 4 AM snack break, the local model powerboat guys arrived and put on a demo of their boats!The same sailor is talking about doing it again this winter. But that is another story.

Upcoming Events at KYC
December 14 KYC Family Christmas Party - 1400hrs
January 1 Commodore's Levee - 1100hrs
January 15 Cruiser's Dinner and Awards Night -1730hrs
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