Knotmeter - February 2, 2018

Knotmeter - February 2, 2018

Taking a break with Kingstown Players this Tuesday Februrary 6th! Book your tickets today!

Special announcements

| Request for Historical Documents

To all members:

Do you have precious, ancient or new KYC photos and/or stories that you think could contribute to filling out our history book? Please consider allowing us a look at them as we work toward 2021 125th Anniversary. At this particular point, if you have anything related to the Lightning fleet or the Hurricane JS fleet I would be grateful if you could let me know. We will treat them as the gold they are.

Dave More, Chair, Editorial Board, Setting the Mark


| IT/IM Committee Members Wanted

The IT/IM (Information Technology and Information Management) Committee is looking for new Committee Members to join the team. We work on everything from upgrading our wifi to implementing digital archives to preserve our club history. We looking for a variety of people with different skills/experience. Get in touch if you are interested:


| Website Survey

While we evaluate our current website and look to improve it for all our members, we are seeking feedback from the membership to guide discussions and support our decisions. Please help us out by completing this very short survey:

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| February 6: King's Town Players


| February 7: David More Speaker Series

Kingston's Maritime History Origins: From Indigenous canoes through the French regime to British ships of the Provincial Marine (ca. 1400 to 1785)


| February 7: Marine Museum 5 Part Speakers Series

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
and the
Kingston Yacht Club
The first of a five-part Speaker Series
Kingston's Regional Maritime History
Pre-Columbian (1500) to Loyalist Settlements (1784)
A presentation by David More
at the
Kingston Yacht Club
1 Maitland St.
Wednesday, February 7, at 7:00 pm


The early days in Kingston's Maritime History will be vividly portrayed in a slideshow that takes participants on a voyage beginning with Indigenous canoes and continues through the first sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. It explores the characters of the near-century-long French regime at Fort Frontenac, from Sieur de La Salle to René-Hippolyte La Force, Canada's first native-born naval flotilla commander. After the Seven Years' War the story shifts to the important British Revolutionary War fort and shipyard at Carleton Island (just south of Wolfe Island), and the tragic loss of the Provincial Marine warship Ontario, then finally returns to what became British Kingston, when Loyalist refugees settled here.

Admission by donation

Please RSVP to the Marine Museum at 613-542-2261 to reserve a seat, or email

| February - April: Speaker Series


Kingston's Maritime Heritage Speaker Series 2018

Kingston Yacht Club and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes are partnering with local experts to present members and the general public with a series of entertaining glimpses into the unique and impressive maritime heritage of our city and the region. In 2018 this will include five evening lectures at KYC:

Feb. 21: David More - Kingston's Maritime History Early Days: British Provincial Marine to Royal Dockyard (ca. 1785 to 1815)

March 7: Francis MacLachlan and friends - Kingston's Living Maritime Heritage: discussion of the living history of KYC and the value of square-rigger youth sail training on his brigantines, such as St. Lawrence II.

March: 21: Maurice Smith - Garden Island: local historian will talk about the enormous significance of D.D. Calvin and Garden Island to Kingston.

April 4: Maurice Smith - Kingston Shipyards: local historian will talk about the long and storied history of Kingston Shipyards, former home of the Museum.


| February 9: Women in Wind TGIF

Start time 5pm (munchies served after 5:30pm)

| February 14: Valentine's Day


| Febrewary


| Weekend Features

  • Herb and garlic stuffed chicken supreme with a sundried tomato cream sauce, fingerling potatoes and cider braised kale - $21
  • Weekend Special: Toasted western sandwich - $10
  • Omlette: Greek omelette - $13

| Wine of the Month


| Sailing

Now that the festive season is over & the club is open again, your Sailing Committee is back to work. Some items of interest:

For club Racing, we are considering some changes to our events and sailing instructions (SIs). We will be surveying all the racers by email in the near future about their racing plans for 2018, to better guide us in our decision making. Work has begun on the 2018 Sailors Handbook. We hope to have the online version available by end of February and printed booklets ready for distribution at the Spring Sailors Evening in April.

For regattas, KYC will be hosting the 29er Skiffs Training Camp and Canadians Regatta (July 28 - Aug 6), EYC (July 12-14), Shark Worlds (Aug 26 - Sept 1), and IOM Eastern Canadians (Sept 8-9).

The Radio Controlled group is exploring the possibility of doing some winter racing (in heated indoor pools) using Dragon Force 65 radio controlled boats (boat cost < $300). RCYC has 60+ racers that do this on a regular basis.

In Cruising, we are still looking for 1 or 2 people to take the reins in this program. It would involve communicating with the cruisers about their needs, attending in a monthly Sailing Committee meeting during the off-season, and securing volunteers to organise the individual events (see last year's list in the "Sailing / Cruising" area on our web site). There is already a lot of content (event details & resources) that's been created for use in the Sailors handbook, etc. Extensive cruising experience is not required; just some modest time availability and a willingness to help.

Community Club is considering adding few dinghies (perhaps Lasers) to its fleet. The approach would be similar to what we currently have for the Sharks and Jessie (i.e. with respect to booking and sailor checkout). We are looking for members with used & no longer needed (but still in reasonable shape) boats they'd be willing to donate (or sell perhaps for a very modest fee).

If you are interested in or want to help regarding any of the above please contact me, in person or by email to

KYC will also be hosting a variety of social events for regattas being run by CORK, including the Viper North Americans

Sailing is not that far away now...