Knotmeter - April 26, 2019

Knotmeter - April 26, 2019

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| May 1: PhotoArt Series


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| May 2: Keelboat Racing Starts

Keelboat Racing Starts Thursday, May 2nd!


| Weekend Features

Friday-Sunday Dinner feature:
  • Beer battered fish and chips with a red cabbage and apple slaw - $19
  • Weekend Special: chocolate chip and banana pancakes - $10
  • Omlette: Bonnechere cheese, roasted red peppers and spinach - $13

| Beer of the Week


German-Style Amber Ale 4.7% ABV

Altbier is an amber-hued, finely balanced lagered ale, something of a cousin to Beau’s flagship beer, Lug Tread. While both beers are German-style lagered ales, Altbier offers up high-intensity, balanced maltiness and more hop presence. It has subtle fruity ale notes, and a crisp lager finish.

History and Style

Alt is a German style of ale that originates from the northern part of the Rhineland. Caramunich malts give Altbier its colour and a subtle caramel sweetness. This beer recipe is a true Beau’s classic — in fact, Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara had been tinkering with it even before Beau’s opened its doors. It was first released in 2008 as “Festivale,” a signature release for Ottawa’s Jazz Festival. It has popped up several times in the Beau’s repertoire over the past decade, garnering awards in 2009 and 2012. The flags in the artwork are a subtle tribute to the story of this beer.

Tasting Notes

Altbier pours bright deep copper with a thick white foam. Malt dominates the aroma giving impressions of dark bread crust with undertones of grassy hops. The flavour feature assertive hop bitterness in harmony with a grainy malt backbone. The finish is crisp and dry.


| Wine of the Month

Junior Sailing


| Billet's Request

The club is looking for any members willing to open their doors to visiting sailors during our busy regatta season this summer. The dates of the regattas are:
9er Canadians: 2 - 4 August 2019
Youth Championships: 12 - 16 August 2019
CORK: 16 - 20 August 2019
4.7 World Championships: 16 -23 August 2019

| Cruisers Dinner

The Cruisers Dinner was held Saturday to celebrate our cruising lives. Awards: Peter Fedora and Ze Keeping won the 500 NM Flag and the Most Number of Miles Trophy. Brenda Dobbie Charette was awarded The Broken Winch Award for her broken wing incident last spring. Bob Story and Tarja Jaatinen won the Long Distance Award for their cruise to the Bahamas and back.

| 29er Sailing Program - Sam Harris

As you may or may not know I’m fundraising to not only purchase a 29er, but also to bring the 29er sailing program back to KYC! I have found a boat to purchase from former 29er and KYC racer. Currently the fundraising is on go fund me, to reach our goal with this small timeline, we need help expanding to new fundraising markets, the KYC members! I think a big selling point is, we only need 225 more people to donate 20$ and we will have reached our goal of sailing a 29er and bringing an amazing program back to KYC. Thank you!

| Sailing

At long last, keelboat racing starts... next Thursday! Tuesday is being left open for practice/shakedown sailing. The race management crew will be out for some orientation and practice operating the Orange Peel. And remember, the water is very cold and the air cool. So dress warmly and think safety first!

The Spring Sailors Evening on was a great success! There were 75+ individuals attending. We were treated to a briefing by Rosemary Wilson on the prestigious Blind Sailing Worlds regatta that KYC will be hosting in the first week of September, an update on KYC hosted regattas in general (and the need for volunteers) from Robert Weguelin, an informative & timely briefing on required safety equipment by Peter French and a stimulating pep talk from John Vines on expectations for use of KYC motorboats. As a bonus, we raised $340 for the BWS regatta by raffling off some KYC regalia!

The 2019 Sailors Handbook booklets were distributed, accompanied with verbal updates on program highlights and some Q&A with program leads. This year, ads have returned to the Handbook (printed and online), bringing in about $1,000 to club coffers. If you know companies or organisations that would benefit from placing an ad (this year for online or next year for both) please direct them to the Manager.

Keelboat racers should note that there will be no racing the 1st week on September, as a result of hosting the BWS regatta that week. Instead, we will be racing in the 1st week of October, 1st signal for those 2 races being 1745 instead of 1800. Weekend events and the Kingston Keelboat Championship are basically unchanged from last year. Evening racing starts Thursday May 2.

We also met KYC's new Sailing Manager, Fraser Smith, who along with Nick Langhorn (ALTS) and Tristan Story (bosun) will be providing keelboat race management services this year. I think we'll be in good hands! Please welcome them and feel free to share your opinions with them.

Regarding PHRF, renewal of your rating/certificate is automatic and many racers will need their mainsails measured. Please contact Chris Walmsley or Rob Colwell for details.

With the Race Committee duty lottery, we filled all the May slots and almost all the June & September slots. Reminder: each racing boat is required to perform 2 duties per year. The duty schedule is available online at "Sailing / Race Committee Duties". Email your requests for duty to the Race Office at Please try to be at the Orange Peel with your crew at 1700 for evening races and 1 hour before 1st signal for weekend races.

Please share your views on our Sailing programs with the individuals listed below.

Racing: (Race Office); fleet captains: Steve Harrison (PHRF 1), John Vines (PHRF 2) & Robin Wynne-Edwards (Sharks); PHRF reps: Rob Colwell & Chris Walmsley
Regattas: (Regattas Office) Robert Weguelin
Radio Controlled: Paul Switzer & John Lowther
Community Club: Peter French
Women In Wind: Kate Simpson, Kim Garrett & Mary Wilson
Cruising: Bob Story & Rosemary Wilson
Able Sail Kingston: Audrey Kobayashi & John Curtis
Sailing Committee: Ken Martin, Chair