Knotmeter - June 14, 2019

Knotmeter - June 14, 2019

WinW would like to thank Paul Switzer, John Clay and John Lowther for a fun evening testing our sailing skills out on the RC boats! Great time had by all!

Special Announcements

| Message from the General Manager

Mother Nature continues to challenge us this season.

We had a crew in last Friday to clean up the mess that was left from high winds during the beginning of the week. After looking at the conditions today, you would never know anything was done. Our Beach is again "gone" and water levels around the Clubhouse are at their highest thus far. Brad and the team will continue to relocate our walkways to provide safe passage to the clubhouse and docks (please watch your step as you use these structures). Hydro has now officially been turned off on the centre dock and our gas pumps are officially turned off until further notice.

At this time, the Clubhouse is not in any danger of flooding. The only way we are able to monitor the levels is by opening the trap door at the bar and measuring how close it is to the floor (20inches as of 9am today). From our best contacts and resources, we expect these contitions will not subside (at best) until the end of July. We have posted some videos on our facebook and instagram, so please have a look if you are not able to come down for a pint.

Our team are doing their best under stressful conditions and we encourage members to come down and have a bite or a brew and see our new Regailia to purchase! When we are able, we will continue to provide outdoor dining and lounging (our Thursday night pasta bar is proving to be a success). We will also have some live entertainment Friday, June 21st (Summer Solstice) as well as Canada Day BBQ - featuring our "Deep Deep Dive Dinner" Buffet.

Again, we encourage members to stop in, and continue to enjoy our Cotttage in the City!

Greg McNab,
General Manager


Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| June 18: JS Parent Info Night


| July 10: Paint Night Blind Worlds Fundraiser


| July 13: Brew Ha Ha Series


| July 19: Pan Am Games Send Off


| IT/IM Recruiting



| Weekend Features

Friday-Sunday Dinner feature:
  • Jamaican jerk chicken leg with black beans and rice, pineapple salsa, honey coriander yogurt and braised spinach - $18
  • Weekend Special: corned beef hash with 2 sunny side eggs and toast - $13
  • Omlette: Spanish Omelette - $13

| Featured Beer


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


| 2.4 Metre Class Volunteers Needed

| RC Sailing

Despite rising water levels but with perfect weather conditions Monday and Wednesday evenings, the DF 65 and IOM fleets were able to complete their first full week of sailing this week. Many thanks to the gas dock staff for moving whaler A to a floating dock so the decrepit mark setter (me) did not have to totter around on slippery flooded wooden docks to load the marks and start radio. Hopefully we can keep that system in place until the flood subsides.

We kept it informal this week with practice races to renew rusty skills and some rig tuning but next week we will get serious and record scores. Dust off your boat and come join the 3 regulars, the 2 Johns and me! It will be June after all!

Paul Switzer
IOM Fleet Captain

| Ramble & Finnish

Ramble On and Finnish Line 2.0 set off from KYC on May 20th for the Down East Circle Route (down the St Lawrence, around Nova Scotia, down the New England Coast to New York City, up the Hudson to the Erie Canal and across Lake Ontario). Unseasonably cold weather with high water in evidence everywhere. Called in at Brockville, Cyrsler Park, anchored east of Cornwall, Valleyfield, Kahnawake, Montreal YC, and on May 28 arrived Quebec City after 326 nm. Locks and bridges on the seaway were a challenge due to lack of information for pleasure craft however we learned that patience is a virtue after all. The currents proved lively often getting us over 10 knots with a high of 12.3. Heading into Montreal was a challenge as the 5.6 knot current worked against us and it took an hour to cover the 1.3 nm.

You can follow our progress at

Our next leg takes us into the Saguenay Fjord.

| Canada 2019 Blind Fleet Racing World Championship

Calling all Kingston Yacht Club Members!

The organizing committee is working hard to make this regatta all that it can be for racers and spectators alike. We are inviting all KYC members to become involved with this event. As hosts for the Blind Fleet Racing World Championships from September 1-8, 2019, we will need your help to fill in some gaps.

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas; billeting either on boats or in your home, volunteer assistance both on and off the water with - registering, event management and race committee, spectator or media boats, sponsorship or donation support. Taxable receipts are available.

Competitors from Europe, the United States, South America and New Zealand are expected - some 25 teams in all!

We also want to send a huge thank you out to all who attended our Launch Event on May the 10th, both in body or remotely via the live Facebook feed. If you missed the event, please check it out through the link below on the event website.

Thank you again to our inspirational guest speakers, Canadian blind sailor Jodi Munden and Chris Jonas of Blind Sailing Canada.

Any Questions, Suggestions, Offers, etc. can be sent to:

Or Leave your name and phone number with Greg at the Main office and we will call you!

For further information, please visit:
Launch Event Live Feed on Event website
KYC home site:

| Sailing

Our keelboat racing May series has been completed. We had 8 great races in a nice variety of conditions, with the following winners:
PHRF 1: 1st Long Time Running (Hull), 2nd Touch of Class (Cameron), 3rd Dragon Bait (Sellens);
PHRF 2: 1st Selene (Vines), 2nd Vandal (Tattersall), 3rd Teyma (Weguelin);
Sharks: 1st JLS (Van Rossem), 2nd Shanti (Boyd), 3rd Shadfly (Raddon).

Pigeon Island Race winners:
PHRF 1: 1st Long Time Running (Hull), 2nd Force 10 (Crowson)
PHRF 2: 1st Selene (Vines), 2nd Solevento (Duluzio)

Coming up in June, we have long distance Single/Double Handed Race on June 15 and the Harbour Race on June 22.

We will be implementing an online Crew Bank in the near future. If you are a crew looking for a boat or a skipper looking for crew, please email your details to the Race Office.

Copies of the 2019 Sailors Handbook are available behind the bar, in the Race Office, and online.

The remaining unfilled Race Committee duty lottery slots will be assigned early next week.

This is a reminder to start the app before each race. Subsequent viewing/analysis of fleet race tracks can be both informative and entertaining :)

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
Corinthian Fund: Gordon Crothers