Knotmeter - May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

May Long Weekend BBQ

David and Gillian wanted to remind everyone that this friday, May 15 is the first long weekend BBQ of the summer! Chef Neil and his team will be preparing delicious BBQ features on the grill outside with a of tasty sides and salads inside. Our bar staff will be mixing up mojitos on the bar. E-mail James to reserve your places at or come down to the club on Friday! The menu:

Jerk Chicken

Grilled house made Jerk Chicken.

 Debreziner Sausage

Grilled smoked sausage on a bun topped the way you like it.


Grilled and topped the way you like it.

 Baked Potatoes

 Roasted Ontario Asparagus

 Farm Gate Salad

Local baby greens, seasonal vegetables, four year old cheddar, honey cider vinaigrette.

 Greek Salad

Traditional Greek Salad with cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, sweet peppers and feta.


KYC’s house-made coleslaw.

 House Made Chips

Salted or BBQ.

Baked Beans

Fresh Vegetable Trays

Served with house made dip.

Dessert Trays

Adults are $20 and kids are $10 for the buffet, we will also be offering our full lunch and dinner menu.

Stay tuned to this space for the menu for sailpast. The Food & Beverage Fair has been rescheduled to Saturday June 20th and will feature new food ideas from Chef Neil's kitchen and wine and beer sampling from KYC's  suppliers. This is a great chance to find out about what we have in store for the club this summer or introduced new people to KYC. Members are $20 and non-members are $25. Please e-mail James at to reserve.

The Beau's Dunkel Buck is almost gone and to mark the start of summer weather we will be featuring Muskoka Brewery's Summerweiss, a delicous Bavarian style wheat beer.

Adult Learn to Sail Instructors Needed!

We are looking for a number of volunteer instructors to run our Adult Learn to Sail sessions! This is a great chance to support your club, sharpen your sailing skills and meet new people!

We are currently looking for instructors for all three sessions.
Every session runs Monday and Wednesday nights from
Session 1: June 1-26
Session 2: July 6-31
Session 3: Aug 10-Sept 4

We are able to work around availability (i.e. half session vs whole session or Monday nights only).

Within each session we offer a beginner level course as well as an intermediate level.

If you are new to the program, we offer an orientation "on the water" sesson to help get you acquainted with the material and the boats. These sessions are provided on a request basis.

If you would like to become an instructor or have questions
please contact or 613-548-3052 ext 1

Please include your availability, instruction level preference (beginner or intermediate) and your shirt size.

Jemmett's Landing Is Prepped and Ready For Another Season

Our lovely Club Property, Jemmett's Landing, has been prepared for the season. The four mooring balls have been re-installed, along with the lengthened swim ladder. Clean-up of the property has been completed, the fire pit readied, our temporary shelter set up, and all outdoor lawn furniture returned. We have a large volume of stacked firewood to burn on site.
Thank-you very much to volunteers Peter Fedora, Rheni Tauchid and Ze Keeping, and KYC's Brad Strawbridge for all of their assistance in getting Jemmett's Landing ready to go for another great year.

A small reminder, please, to take all of your garbage and recycling with you, as there is no pick-up at the Property.

Please do come - whether by boat, car, or bike - and enjoy your Club Property.

We hope to see you on the dock or sitting around the campfire!

A Message From the Commodore

May 1, 2015

As always, I am overwhelmed by the skill and enthusiasm of KYC’s volunteers. Launch and Mast days were very successful under the direction of Rear Commodore Peter Cohrs and Director Tom Moynihan with ‘tugboat’ assistance from our Yard Steward Brad. We launched 36 boats and the T-Dock in 7.5 hours on Saturday, weathered a delay when the crane had mechanical difficulties and had the remainder of the boats launched and masts up by 1545 on Sunday. 

Now that the boats are mostly launched, masts are up and the weather is improving, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide some updates and reminders. 

Around KYC

Please remember that the four-visit guest limit at KYC applies to racing, cruising and swimming crew. We encourage you to use all four of the individual guest privileges to introduce your friends and colleagues to the club. Membership forms are available online and at the office for those who would like to stay on beyond these visits. Help us keep our club vibrant by introducing new members.

Our canine friends must be under control at all times when not swimming, including on the dock areas. Additionally, please use your discretion when allowing dogs to swim by avoiding populated areas.

Jemmett’s Landing

Our remote property at Jemmett’s Landing is a very popular destination for members as the weather warms up. There is space for four boats on mooring balls and for four to six boats on the dock depending on size and rafting ability. A detailed review of our Bylaws and Policies by the Jemmett’s Property Committee was done and the decision made to uphold the mooring regulations for all KYC holdings. That means that use of moorings at Jemmett’s is reserved for full members in good standing. Use of the property in general remains a privilege of all membership categories. 

Please remember that collegiality and consideration is the key to managing this scarce resource: a two-night limit at the dock if others are waiting to pull up must be followed and rafting must happen when necessary. We anticipate the property will be ready for visitors by the long weekend this month.

Coming up at KYC

Please plan to attend Sailpast on June 6th. Kibitka will be anchored and ready to receive by 1530. We have booked the Roosevelts (with member Tom Stewart on vocals and harmonica) for the post-sailing party. Check them out online: 

Detailed sailing instructions will be issued later in the month. I look forward to seeing everyone at the traditional launch of the sailing season.

Fair winds everyone!


Women in Wind Meet & Greet

All women members of the club are cordially invited to the
Women in Wind Meet and Greet on May 20 at 5:30.
Since 1983 women sailors of KYC have been meeting on Wednesday nights for
sailing, skills building and social time.
This summer the tradition continues with the addition of dinghy sailing in the KYC 420’s.
Come on down and sign up for keelboat and dinghy sailing and get information about other activities.
Contact: Megan Willoughby

Summer Hours Now in Effect!

With the nice weather comes KYC's summer hours. KYC is now open 7 days a week! From Monday to Friday the bar will be open from 11:00 to 22:00 and Chef Neil Seguin's kitchen will be serving up our delicious new menu from 11:00 to 21:00 daily. On Saturday and Sunday we will be serving Brunch from 10:00 to 14:00 and the Lunch and Dinner Menu from 14:00 to 21:00 on Saturday, on Sunday the Lunch and Dinner Menu is available from 14:00 to 20:00. The bar will be open 10:00 to 22:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 21:00 on Sunday.

Starting this weekend, the Gas dock will also be open 7 days a week from 08:00 - 17:00.

Regatta Safety Officer Training Course
June 6th & 7th

This Regatta Safety Officer Training Program was developed to enhance the experience of competitors at regattas.

Successful completion of the theoretical training on Saturday and the Sunday, on- water practical session, will provide the participants with two of the three steps toward a
Safety Officer Certificate. For more information on this course offering please click here.

Registration for the course can be found here.

Weeknight Racing Has Begun!

Racing has started! Check out the new online "Racers' Handbook" under the "Sailing" area of the KYC web site. There are some changes to the SIs.

Some boats are still looking for crew. Please send details to Remember: even non-members can be guests up to 4 times per year.

Send your Race Committee duty requests to Spots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Our new Race Management Coordinator is Karl Poldre. If you have a chance, please introduce yourself to Karl and welcome him to the club.

Best of luck to all racers. Please check in with the RC before the race and remember: The water is very very cold. Stay safe!

FREE Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check

KYC Saturday May 23 1000 to 1400
Members of the Kingston Power and Sail Squadron will be at KYC May 23 between 1000 and 1400 offering free Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCC).  Invite one of our specialists aboard, and in about 30 minutes they will determine if you have the safety equipment required by Transport Canada.  If your boat is fully equipped you will receive a 2015 RVCC decal. 

If you require equipment, take your RVCC form to Marine Outfitters or West Marine for a 10% discount on required items.  To book your RVCC contact Graham Mutch at or 613-542-4406. 

See you on May 23.

Soling One Meter Canadian Championships

KYC radio control fleets will be hosting the Soling One Meter Canadian Championships on June 13/14 weekend off the breakwater. Registration and practice sailing will take place on Friday June 12 with racing all day on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 20 boats are expected from Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and several locations in the USA. We are looking for volunteers to help administer this event. Contact John Lowther or Paul Switzer at if you are interested in helping out.

Member Achievements

KYC member Esther Falkson won Silver medal at the Eastern Canadian Fencing Championship in Sherbrooke Qc the weekend of May 3rd. Esther fenced in the cadet class (U-17).
We congratulate her and wish her all the best at Nationals in BC on the weekend of May 15.

CORK Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that over 2400 sailors from 61 countries will be competing out of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour this summer?  CORK is hosting three separate Laser World Championships (Standard Men’s June 29-July 8), Masters (July 10-18) and the Radial Youth World Sailing Championships (August 14-20) as well as the annual CORK Regatta Series.  There is no doubt that  2015 will provide excellent on water and on shore volunteer opportunities for you, as a sailing enthusiast, to get involved with world class sailing competition!  Click on the following links to find out information on volunteering roles , training opportunities and the full CORK Regatta schedule  
Come  join in the fun by registering online or  by contacting 613 545 1322!

First and Last Sail

By David Grightmire

It was Zest’s first sail in her new incarnation. It would be the Commodore’s last sail.

The day was a bright, sunny, summer day with a fresh breeze from the east.

Loaded into the boat with the help of the hoist, we set off under motor. The Commodore was happy but quiet; his attendant was talkative and humorous.

We motored slowly upwind as we admired our waterfront and wandered into Confederation Basin to see who was visiting and what their water carriage 

We looked up to see the Commodore’s home. We imagined the view. We were the view.

After circling the basin we left and headed further east. 

Along the shore sightseeing ships were busy unloading and reloading visitors; the Wolfe Islander was disgorging another load of cars; a lone person was fishing
—a good 
excuse to enjoy a very fine day.

We came to the ever humming LaSalle Causeway. Time to turn, unfurl the jib and quiet the motor.The length of RMC slipped slowly by—a shoreline museum that provokes the imagination.

Quietly we returned to KYC. The Commodore was beaming.

Addendum: Able Sail, part of the Kingston Yacht Club, provides sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. Ron Watts donated his Sonar sailboat named ‘’Zest’’ to our program. Last summer we were able to take former Commodore Jamie Mahood on our first Able sail. Past Commodore Mahood passed away last December. We hope he is still sailing albeit on more lofty waters.

2015 Measurement Clinic

Sail Canada, with the support of ISAF, with ISAF, is considering hosting a measurement clinic in association with Laser World Championships in June 2015, with the object of developing Canadians with measurement skills.

The clinic will involve a combination of instruction and practical measurement sessions. There are no particular requirements for candidates who wish to attend the clinic, but racing experience is desirable.  Numeracy and a facility with measurement tools will also aid prospective measurers.

Expressions of interest in attending are welcomed to assist Sail Canada in determining whether hosting the clinic is worthwhile.

Please indicate interest by responding here


Upcoming Events at KYC
May 15 1st Summer BBQ
May 20 Women in Wind Meet and Greet
May 23 Pigeon Island Race
May 23 Vessel Courtesy Check
May 27 Women in Wind Sailing Begins
June 6 Sailpast
June 6-7 Regatta Safety Officer Training Course
June 20 Food & Beverage Fair
For a complete list of upcoming events please visit:

KPSS Upcoming Courses

Maritime Radio - Wednesday, June 3rd and 10th

Please visit the KPSS website to register:
or contact May Corcoran at 613 536-5367