Knotmeter - May 25, 2018

Knotmeter - May 25, 2018

New lights, new planter boxes, same great view!

Special announcements

| KYC “odds & ends” Update:

Kayaks & paddleboards are out for usage (although we have a few life jackets for use, we do ask you to bring your own). Please remember to check in with the bar staff and fill out the waiver form. The current water trampoline is still not in operation due to several fall and winter holes. We plan on sending it to Jemmett’s for it’s sunset retirement and acquire a new one which can handle the day-to-day activities.

Jemmett’s mooring balls are in and our dock has also been fixed from some minor winter damage. The furniture and tent are in place, and outhouse has also been dropped off! We have firewood for use and more is on the way. Please remember all members are welcome to use this fantastic extended property of ours, however, please remember:

1. Wet mooring facilities (including rafting) are reserved for Full Members only.
2. No generators permitted on the property or on boats at wet moorings;
3. Boats moored on the dock for 2 nights or longer must give way to newly arriving boats (e.g. raft or move to mooring ball);
4. Consideration must always be given to other members enjoying the facility (e.g. accommodating those who request dockside/rafted mooring);
5. Boats must fly the KYC Burgee at all times when at a mooring (dock or mooring ball).

We undertook a washroom renovation for both washrooms and showering facilities in the JS building. Unfortunately, the partition walls were delayed arriving which has pushed the finalization of this project off by a few weeks due to the added workload Brad and our team face during launch and the weeks following. We expect the project to be completed the first week of June. (Please note the Men’s is still operational, and we ask if anyone needs the showering facilities to use them for the time being).

Our main dining tent is up! Our break wall tent will be operational for Sailpast weekend. We also anticipate the water level to continue to rise more, this may affect some of the concrete on our main dock, however, we do not foresee it to impact our outdoor dining.

Lastly, we have welcomed over 20 new members thus far in 2018, a full list will follow in next weeks Knotmeter.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to give me a ring or an email. I will be more than happy to discuss any and all experiences.

Greg McNab

Upcoming Events

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| Caption Contest

The winner of last weeks Caption Contest was Ken Martin! Ken's caption:
"What? No one told me that for peak performance Olsen 30's had to be skippered from up here!"


| May 27: Marine Museum

If you were to ask a typical visitor to a maritime museum or historic ship to name important themes in North American maritime history, it is reasonable to expect that they would mention at least some of the following: whaling, naval affairs, shipwrecks, commercial shipping, lighthouses and inland waterways. It is also reasonable to expect that far fewer, if any, of them would mention the fiberglass runabout on its trailer in their driveway, or the personal watercraft at their vacation house. And yet pleasure boating is and has been an activity of significant economic and social consequence, and is worthy of consideration as an important part of maritime history. Maritime curator and historian John Summers will take you on an illustrated tour through the history of recreational boating to show you just why, and how, it is important.

John Summers
As a young boy fascinated by boats, John harboured dreams of becoming a naval architect until he found out that his chosen profession involved math, and lots of it. Frustrated in this initial career choice, he turned instead to maritime history and maritime museums. He has followed this interest around North America to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, the Marine Museum of Upper Canada, The Pier: Toronto's Waterfront Museum, The International Yacht Restoration School, The Antique Boat Museum and the Canadian Canoe Museum. Along the way, he has built and restored traditional wooden boats, taught boat building, sailing and seamanship, designed and curated exhibits and managed maritime museum artifacts and archives. An active freelancer, he writes regularly for WoodenBoat magazine and his new book on museum exhibit planning and design has just been published.

For more information, contact the the Marine Museum at 613-542-2261 or


| June 2: Sail Past


Detailed Sailpast SIs
1330 hrs Please be on water
1400 hrs The Orange Peel will stand near Myles Shoal as a marshaling point for the fleet (this may vary in a North Wind)
1430 hrs The Orange Peel, displaying Code Flag ‘L’ will lead the fleet to the Sailpast & Review of the Fleet

We will be doing the same concept as last year’s dinner which we found very successful and had fantastic reviews about! Chef will be creating Multiple Food Stations as well as passed Hors D’oeuvres – Plenty of food and a tremendous selection! We are reviewing set up (as you may have seen, staff have done a great job in creating a new patio outside the Clubhouse for all to enjoy).

?Commodore Cameron and our Executive Officers will Review the Fleet from Rear Commodore’s Boat La Galouine, which will be located south of the KYC Flag Staff. Participants should assemble on the water at 1400hrs, in the vicinity of the Orange Peel. For details, participants should monitor VHF Ch.71 or come within hail of the Orange Peel. The order of sail will be in-line, from the smallest to the largest, power and sail intermixed.

Participants should salute to the Commodore by dipping their ensign or luffing their foresail.

Celebration ashore:
After sailing-past, return to KYC and “dress ship”. Mooring allocation for boats that are not normally moored at KYC will be available. Call ‘KYC Gas Dock’ on channel 71.

?Each Year the Reviewing Group Presents Awards for various reasons, some created during Sailpast?.

Menu: $28
This year's sail past menu will be in the form of a cocktail style reception:
If you have been to our Spring Food & Beverage Fair or December’s Commodore’s Christmas Party – you know what kind of experience you are in for! (We may also be sampling some product….) We will be asking all to check in at the bar before you “hit” the Food Stations. Let’s celebrate the many things we have accomplished this past spring!

Music will be performed by >Head Over Heels & the Bob Robertson Trio

Alternatively: Reserve your food tickets contact Greg by e-mail at or by phone at (613) 548-3052


| June 16: Science of Beer


| June 16: KYC Sail to Amherst Island

KYC Sail to Amherst Island Saturday June 16 2018

N 44° 11.53´ W 076° 39.31´ Point “X” on chart below.

Judith and Robert Mackenzie invite the Cruisers and friends to their place on Amherst Island on Saturday June 16. This is a rain or shine event. Come by boat or by car. Plan to arrive about noon hour.

Bring your own lunch. We will offer wine, cold beer, glasses, plates and cutlery.

Getting There by Boat

Our place is on the north shore of Amherst Island located on the North Channel west of The Brothers Islands and east of Preston Cove which is located just east of Griffin Point. With reference to the chart below proceed west past The Brothers Islands to the point marked "X" on the chart. Stay off the Amherst Island shore by keeping the entire Lennox Generating Plant in sight until reaching Point “X”.

The coordinates of Point "X" are N 44° 11.53´ W 076° 39.31´.

Point “X” is sightly past (west) our yellow cottage with brown roofing. When the chimney on the brown roof lines up with a red marker near the shore proceed into the shore from Point “X”. Use the chimney and red marker as a range. Stay on the range!

There is no dock so anchor nearby in the area marked by a WHITE float. Bring your dinghy, if not someone will ferry you to shore. Best to wear water footwear for landing.

If you want assistance call 613 384-6861 and someone will be ready to “talk you in”.

Getting There by By Car

The Amherst Island ferry departs hourly from Millhaven on the half hour. Departures from the Island are on the hour. $9 return for a vehicle. Bicycles $1.50. People free. If travelling by car consider doubling up and save a fare.

On arrival on the island proceed straight ahead to the four-way stop intersection and turn left onto Front Road. Proceed through the hamlet of Stella and go eastward about 4 km. Our place is at 1150 Front Road.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing you.

Judith and Robert Mackenzie


| June 17: Father's Day


| Weekend Features

  • Friday/Saturday Feature: Herb and garlic stuffed chicken supreme with romesco sauce, mashed potatoes and asparagus - $22
  • Weekend Special: crab cake benny with mornay sauce - $14
  • Omlette: blue cheese, mushrooms and arugula - $13

| Beer of the Week

Dark Helmut

Imperious Schwarzbier(Black Lager) 7.3% ABV

Dark Helmüt is an extra-strong version of a German black lager. It displays a mellow roasted character that is juxtaposed with the enjoyable lager crispness.

History & Style
Schwarzbier is the name for the German black lager style. It has refined mocha inflections and a surprisingly subtle roasted flavour for a beer as dark as the furthest reaches of the galaxy. We first brewed this beer recipe in 2012 for our annual Beau’s Oktoberfest celebrations.
Tasting Notes
Malty, bready notes (think pumpernickel without caraway) provide the backdrop to this clean, crisp beer. Malt depth maintains a pleasant balance and keeps the bigger alcohol presence nicely integrated. The finish is bright and crisp.


| Wine of the Month


| Want to Learn to Sail a 2.4?

Ontario Sailing coach Emily Hill is running a high level training camp for racing coaches in the 2.4 on June 13, 13, and 15.

We are looking for competent sailors who know racing rules, and who would like to sail the club-owned 2.4 boats, and receive some first class coaching.



KYC is hosting the Shark Worlds 2018 from August 24 to 31. Can you provide accommodation for the participants in your home or on your boat?

Thanks for considering this.

Please contact:

Ann Rouget

Shark Worlds 2018, Accommodations Coordinator,


| Congratulations Canadian Sailing Team

Congratulations to the following members of the 2018-19 Canadian Sailing Team and The Canadian Sailing Development Squad :

The Canadian Sailing Team (National Team)

Robert Davis - Kingston, ON - KYC/ RCYC - Laser

The Canadian Sailing Development Squad

Ali ten Hove – Kingston, ON – KYC – 49erFX
Mariah Millen – Toronto, ON – RCYC – 49erFX (Ali's Partner)

Pat Wilson – Kingston, ON – KYC/RNSYS – 49er/I420
Arie Moffat – Kingston, ON – KYC/RNSYS – 49er/I420


| Sailing

The Pigeon Island Race, our 1st long distance of the year, goes off this Saturday (19 nm, 0930 skippers meeting, 1030 first signal). This can be a great day out on the lake. Refer to the Sailors Handbook for details. Note: it's a counter race in the Kingston Keelboat Championship. Racers, who haven't already done so, should consider using raceQs app to record their race tracks and view the fleet tracks after the race. This can be in interesting and illuminating exercise. Note: you should set your "auto-end" to longer then the 3 hour default. This feature is for those who forget to terminate their tracks after the race.

Please check the online Race Committee Duty Calendar to see your duties and to sign up for particular slots. There are still unfilled duty slots in June. On June 1, the Race Office will assign any unfilled duty slots to racing boats as needed. Note: it would be great if skippers or a member of the crew could help Arcchit enter results into Sailwave (by checking reading them off the handwritten sheets to him); it's a lot quicker that way! Finally, there should be a member of the crew on deck to announce the post-race results.

Community Club boats are now available for booking and checkout.

Please share your thoughts on any of our Sailing programs with the appropriate people. There are also now new program specific KYC email addresses for members or the public wishing to connect about a specific program:
Racing: Steve Harrison & Peter Kraszewski (PHRF 1), John Vines (PHRF 2), Robin Wynne-Edwards (Sharks), Rob Colwell & Chris Walmsley (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 Kingston: Audrey Kobayashi & John Curtis
Sailing Ken Martin, Chair