Knotmeter - March 9, 2018

Knotmeter - March 9, 2018

The Facilities Master Plan Town Hall Meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28th. All members are invited to attend and discuss the future of our club.

Special announcements

| Membership Survey

An important membership survey was emailed to all members on March 5th. If you did not receive the email or have been unable to access the survey please go to:


| PHRF Assistance

We are still looking for someone to help Rob Colwell with local PHRF handicapper tasks. If you are interested in helping, please contact Rob (contact coordinates in website "Members Area")

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| March 10: Book Launch and Signing

Come and Celebrate! Local author and historian David More launches the fourth historical novel in his award-winning Smithyman Saga, The King's Salt. The signing will take place from 7-9pm on March 10th.


| 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:

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.


| March 31: Journey Across Canada


| April 11: Cooking with Chef Neil


| Weekend Features

  • Surf & Turf: 6 oz California cut strip loin with shrimp and scallops, Bernaise sauce, creme fraiche mashed potatoes and green beans - $26
  • Weekend Special: East coast benny: 2 crab cakes topped with poached eggs and an asiago mornay sauce, served with homefries or farmgate salad. - $15
  • Omlette: roasted red peppers, baby spinach and chevre - $13

| Beer of the Week

Cavalier Bleu

Blueberry I.P.A. – 6.0% ABV

Built on the foundation of a generously hopped I.P.A., Cavalier Bleu blends the citrusy aromas of organic New Zealand hop varieties with the fruity flavours found in American Azacca and German Mandarina Bavaria hops. Topping it off is an infusion of organic blueberry juice made from wild Québec blueberries.

Cavalier Bleu pours hazy light brown with blue/purple undertones and a white foam. The aroma offers a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus and blueberry notes. The flavour offers intense tangy blueberry. The finish is dry and tart.

| Wine of the Month


Junior Sailing

| Introducing our new Sailing Manager and Head Instructor

We would like to welcome Arcchit Sehgal (2018 Sailing Manager) and Rachel Harris (JS Head Instructor) to KYC



A bit about Arcchit:

I grew up sailing on Kingston's waters with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program. After leaving the cadet program, I went on to coach the CANSail curriculum at different clubs across lake Ontario before becoming a keel and powerboat instructor. Last season, I was involved in developing and coaching the high performance program at National One Design Sailing Academy, laying down the foundation for the program to flourish into a premier keelboat training centre on lake Ontario.

This season, I hope to continue to develop KYC's junior club into a fun, safe, and competitive program for all levels of sailors.



"Hi there! My name is Rachel Harris, and I am thrilled to be the KYC head instructor for this coming summer! A bit about me:

I started sailing in Toronto when I was 15 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I sailed and raced 420s for 4 years, then went on to coach CANSail levels 1-6 and Adult Sailing. Recently I have turned my focus to keelboat sailing, and I’ve enjoyed the challenges of both course and distance racing in Canada and the US.

I am currently at Queen’s University in my last year of Linguistics. I am also part of the Queen’s Sailing Team as the 2018-2019 keelboat captain, and vice-president of the Queen’s Film Club.

For the upcoming season, my goals are to help young sailors engage in the KYC sailing community around them, motivate coaches to challenge themselves as teachers, and students to improve their sailing skills. I am looking forward to the beginning of the sailing season, and I’m excited to meet everyone!"


| Sailing

Late breaking news!
Ryan and Carolyn Heath are stepping forward to assume leadership in the Cruising Fleet. Their orientation will begin very soon. Expect to hear from them in upcoming communications to the fleet. Would members of the Cruising Fleet who have helped in the past and/or can help this year's individual cruising events, please reach out to Ryan or Carolyn. I'm sure they will appreciate it.

Your KYC Sailing Committee has met a couple of times in the New Year, to work on various things for the upcoming sailing season. Some racing-related items of note:

  • Thanks to all who responded to the racing plans survey! The results of the recent racing plans survey were reviewed; some acquired insights will be useful for future event planning purpose.
  • A decision has been made to split PHRF fleets into 2 equal sized fleets instead of the current approach (i.e. owner has discretion in choosing PHRF 1 or PHRF 2 fleet to participate in). It is expected this will result in 2 approximately 8-9 boat fleets instead of the 13 and 3 boat fleets we've had in recent years. This might not seem desirable for some racers, at first impression. However, it is felt that overall it will provide (a) better & more interesting racing and (b) improved race management (e.g. length of courses). The new approach will be tried as a 1 year trial and re-evaluated at the end of the 2018 season.
  • A decision has been made to not to combine PHRF 1 and PHRF 2 fleets into a single combined PHRF fleet.
  • There will be some changes in time limits for evening races.
  • Michael Nicoll-Griffith will be offering a post racing arbitration service most evenings.

More details on all of the above will be presented at the Spring Sailors Evening on Wed April 11 @ 7-9 pm. We plan to have the online version of the Sailors Handbook available by March 31.

PHRF handicaps for 2018 are expected soon. We will again be using a few local modifications to the PHRF-LO provided handicaps.

For details on KYC hosted regattas please refer to the Regattas area on our website.

If you have thoughts you'd like to share about any of our KYC Sailing programs, your reps on the Sailing Committee are:

Racing (Fleet Captains and PHRF): Steve Harrison & Peter Kraszewski (PHRF 1), John Vines (PHRF 2), Robin Wynne-Edwards (Sharks), Rob Colwell (PHRF)
Regattas: Robert Weguelin
Radio Controlled: Paul Switzer & John Lowther
Community Club: Peter French
Women In Wind: Mary Wilson
Cruising: Ryan and Carolyn Heath
Able Sail: Audrey Kobayashi & John Curtis

Contact coordinates for the above people are available in the "Members Area" on our website.