Knotmeter - February 19, 2016

Knotmeter - February 19, 2016 (Revised)

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Membership Fees are Due

Please Update your Member Profile
We will be billing membership at the end of February. We are asking that you go into your member profile and ensure all of your information is correct (especially your birth dates)! As you are aware, we are offering discounts to members who are 35 and under! It is also a great way to assist us by ensuring your other information (mailing, phone number etc) are also correct. We also use this information to review Club trends. So the more information you can provide us…the better!
We thank you in advance for your assistance!

  • Members with a valid credit card on file will have their membership Renewal applied to your credit card on February 29th.
  • Members who do not have a credit card on file should mail or drop-off cheques dated February 29th. Alternatively, please drop in and pay by debit card, credit card, or cash.
  • If you are wishing to update (adding/deleting any nominees and/or dependants), change your membership category or unsure if you are returning please let us know as so we can follow up.
Click here to update Member Profile Click here for Membership Pricing

Note on Dependants:
Dependants older than the age of 23 are required to get their own membership. They can be converted to an associate at a discounted price as above. Dependants who have a disability and are dependent upon a family member “for the necessities of life” are excepted, but must register with the office.

Donations to Corinthian Fund and Able Sail Kingston
This time of year, we also offer the option to members to charge a donation to the Corinthian Fund and/or Able Sail Kingston to their KYC Member Account.
Click here to Donate

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| February: Beau’s Febrewary

Each week every Febrewary beer purchased will get you a ticket for a weekly draw for a Beau's scarf. Once all the Febrewary beer is gone there will be a grand prize draw for a beautiful Beau's branded wooden crate filled with 12 different Beau's beers.

KYC will be bringing in a new beer from Beau's All Natural Brewing each Friday in February. This year Chef Neil will be preparing a delicious special to go with each beer. Make sure you come to your club to try these exciting beer and food pairings!

Check out all of the beers here

| February 25th: Canadian Ocean Racing - Speaker Series - Sandy Macpherson

The presentation, by Sandy Macpherson, the new Skipper of O Canada, will consist of the following:

  • Brief background on Sandy and his sailing projects
  • Description of Canadian Ocean Racing and how he got involved
  • Pictures and Videos from their trip from Vancouver to Toronto (via Panama)
  • What the team has done since he left the boat (TJV St. Barts - Port La Foret)
  • What the plan is now
  • How people can get involved

About Sandy:

Sandy Macpherson is the current skipper, and former director of training and development, of Canadian Ocean Racing. Sandy joined the team in March 2015 after a successful campaign in the Mini 650 class. Sandy is the only Canadian to finish the Mini Race Les Sables – Azores – Les Sables, which is a 2400 mile solo race from France to the Azores and back on a 21 foot boat. 

Click here for event details

| February 26th: Queen's Sailing TGIF

Come down to KYC to meet and find out more about the Queen’s Sailing Team (QST) while participating in a night of sailing trivia. So, brush up on your general sailing knowledge along with some KYC and QST fun facts! 15% off pitchers will be available along with finger foods and appetizers provided by QST.!

| February 27th: Town Hall - Harbour Update

Saturday, February 27 at 1300 to review current and future harbour redevelopment plans and activities. Detailed drawings, financial information and timelines will be presented.

| March 3rd: Cruising Club Annual Dinner

Please join us for an evening of entertainment and fine dining at KYC. All welcome.
This year's meeting includes a review of the best of the 2015 events by John Mason, a special dinner from our Chef at KYC, and a not to be missed invited speaker, Michael Hill,  on diving in the local area.

Events will kick off at 6 pm,  with dinner at 6:30, coffee, desert, and our invited speaker at 7:30

If you cannot make dinner, everyone is still welcome at the talk (free).

Chef Neil has prepared a special prix fixe dinner, see below for the menu. Reserve your place now with James at

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Mixed mushrooms in vegetable broth, finished with cream.


  Roasted Local Sirloin
Enright farms sirloin roasted whole and served with a red wine jus,
celeriac mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.


Roast Chicken
Herb & garlic stuffed chicken supreme with sundried tomato cream sauce, served with celeriac mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.


Vegetarian ‘Lasagna
Pasta noodles layered with balsamic roasted vegetables, spinach infused ricotta cheese and house-made tomato sauce, topped with gratineed mozzarella cheese.

  Crème Brûlée
Classic Vanilla custard with bruleed sugar on top.

| March 11th: Trivia TGIF

Trivia TGIF, quiz-master Ted Ison returns with a new batch of nautically themed trivia. Sign your team up with James today at

| March 12th: Our Cosmic Origin with Gary Boyle (speaker series)

Join us for a delightful evening as astronomer Gary Boyle walks us through our galaxy! After the presentation...if the weather and stars cooperate...we will have a change to go outside and view Jupiter through his telescope. The show starts at 7pm, tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Come down for dinner or an appetizer and see what the stars have to offer. Click here for event details

| March 18th: Cruisers and Friends of Jemmet’s Landing TGIF

| March 19th: St. Patrick’s Day Tasting Dinner

Join us for KYC’s fourth installment in our winter dinner series for a four course St. Patrick’s Day dinner. There will be Irish-inspired food paired with beer and perhaps a whiskey or two. Stay tuned for the menu, cost will be $50 per person. Click here for event details

| March 24th: Able Sail Fundraiser

| April 1st: CORK TGIF

| TGIF’s

If you or a group you are involved in at KYC want to host a TGIF, please contact James to set up a date and arrange other details.

| March Events - Mark Your Calendar

  • Thur, March 3rd - Cruising Fleet Dinner
  • Wed, March 9th - WinW Book Club Night 5:30 - 7
  • Fri, March 11th - TGIF Trivia Night
  • Sat, March 12th - Our Cosmic Origin with Gary Boyle (speaker series) Click here for event details
  • Fri, March 18th - TGIF Cruisers and Friends of Jemmett's Landing Night
  • Sat, March 19th - St. Patrick’s Day Tasting Dinner Click here for event details
  • Thur, March 24th - Able Sail Fundraiser
  • Fri, April 1st - CORK TGIF

| YOGA AT KYC With Norah Greatrix!

Come down to KYC for yoga, every Wednesday!

  • Where: Partridge Room (Upstairs), KYC
  • When: 1545h, every Wednesday, classes formally start at 1600h.
  • Cost: The cost is $10 per session (which we will be happy to apply to your account)
  • What to Bring: Mat, comfortable clothes & H2O (A mat can be arranged in advance if you need, please contact Norah for this and with any questions pertaining to what will be covered in class).
About Nora >> Sign up Today!

| Kingston Power and Sail Squadron Upcoming events

KPSS Events Coming up @ KYC


| Weekly Features

  • Febrewary App Special: Sauteed calamari and chorizo with a spicy tomato sauce and grilled bread $10
  • Every Tuesday: Appetizer + 1/2 pint of beer or small glass of wine - $15
  • Every Wednesday/Thursday: Burger and a Beer - $15
    • Curry Lamb with Mint Raita
    • Arugula Almond Pesto and Brie

| Weekend Features

  • Lemon pepper linguine with shrimp and crab in a fennel white wine butter sauce $20
  • Blueberry pancakes
  • Quiche: Salmon and chevre $11
  • Omelette du jour: crab, cherry tomato and basil $12

| Featured Beer

This week’s Febrewary release is the Farm Table Pils. This is a brewed in the style of a traditional northern German pilsner and has a pale straw colour, with great clarity and a pillowy white head. The aroma is herbal and hoppy with some grainy, malty notes. A refreshing hop bite, dominates the flavour, which is counterbalanced by clean malt sweetness. The finish is quick and dry.

Chef Neil suggests pairing a sauteed calamari and chorizo with tomato sauce appetizer. This app is the perfect accompaniment to the refreshing Farm Table Pils and will only be available as long as the Farm Table Pils lasts at the bar.


| 2016 Launch Dates

Mark your calendars! Here are the 2016 launch days:
Boats: Wednesday, May 4 2016
Masts: Thursday, May 5 2016

| TOWN HALL MEETING - Feb 27 - 1300hrs

The Board of Directors and the Harbour Redevelopment Committee has scheduled a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 27 at 1300 to review current and future harbour redevelopment plans and activities. Detailed drawings, financial information and timelines will be presented. Please make plans to attend as the Board and committee members would like comments and suggestions. 

Junior Sailing

| Junior Sailing Registraton is now open

Registration has opened for these levels:

  • Wet Feet
  • Opti Beginner
  • Opti Intermediate
  • Opti Advanced
  • CANSail 1
  • CANSail 2
  • CANSail 3
  • CANSail 4

Race Team Registration Opening Soon
Registration for the Race Team levels will be opening soon. Stay tuned to KYC website and social media channels for more.

| Junior Sailing Committee - Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Junior Sailing Committee and/or its subcommittees. If you have any interest in helping to shape the KYC Junior Sailing Program, please contact Ze Keeping ze.keeping@kingstonyachtclub. ca to express your interest.

| KYC Opti Sailor Featured on CTV

One of KYC's Opti Sailors was featured on CTV Canada AM for his painting. Click here for the Interview and Article >>


| Follow our athletes at the Laser Midwinters East

Cheer on our athletes as they compete at the Laser Midwinters East:

  • Laser
    • Robert Davis
    • Hugh Macrae
    • Ross Murdoch
    • Brendan Aulthouse
  • Laser Radial
    • Violet Stafford
Click here for Results >>

| Highlights from the Sailing World Cup

Congratulations to all of the KYC and Queen's Sailing Team (QST) athletes down in Miami who perserved under some tough weather at the Sailing World Cup. We are so proud!

While these teams have done well to qualify the country, they still have to meet a strict performance standard in order to be nominated by Sail Canada to the Olympic committee. Athletes must demonstrate performance potential in order to be selected. We wish everyone luck over the coming weeks and months as they continue their training and competition. Click here for World Cup Results   Click here for World Rankings

| Robert Davis (KYC)
Placed 29th in Miami, jumping to 20th on World Rankings (Top Canadian!) and qualifing for World Cup
Click here to support Robert

| Danielle Boyd (KYC) and Erin Rafuse
Placed 21st in Miami, ranked 21st in the world, top Canadian 49erFX team (previously qualified Canada a berth in Rio Olympics)
Click here to support Team Rafuse/Boyd

| Allie Surrette & Ali ten Hove (KYC)
Placed 12th in Miami, ranked 54 in the world, top Canadian Female 470 team, and qualified Canada a berth in Rio Olympics!
Click here to support Team A2

| Olivia Mew (QST)
Placed 31st in Miami, ranked 91st in the world and qualified Canada a berth in Rio Olympics!
Click here to support Olivia

| Sail Canada "Club Judge" Seminar

Saturday March 5, 2016
KYC will be hosting a "Club Judge" seminar, taught by National Judge, Wendy Loat.  If you are a sailor or racer then this is a great opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills.  This is a great seminar for anyone interested in racing or race management.  You don't need to have aspirations to become a Judge to participate. For details on the Sail Canada Judging program, click here .

The seminar will run from 10am to 4pm, with a break for lunch.   There is a fee of $20 per person that includes a $5 discount on lunch purchased at the Club.   Coffee and snacks will be provided during the course..
Please register in advance with the Manager ( ) if you are interested.


Please do join us! We welcome all Club members to our events. Our aim is to assemble a wide variety of events that are as inclusive as possible. So whether you are a new member of the Club, an adult learn to sail graduate, associate member, powerboat operator, aspiring boat owner or established sailor, please look us up!

This year's program will include single day events, full weekends and longer trips away. Road access is important, to ensure that all KYC members may attend key events. We are updating our e-mail distribution list at this time, so if you wish to receive our news directly, please send us your contact information to Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Next up: The Annual Cruisers Dinner on Thursday March 3rd. Guest speaker will be Mike Hill, accomplished diver, pilot and award winning Canadian Power and Sail Squadron Instructor. Cruising Awards will be presented and new Cruising burgees issued as well. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Final details regarding menu, cost and timings will be published shortly. 
We ask for any further nominations please for our four established Cruising awards, namely Fort Frontenac Cruising Cup, Brass Winch Award, Broken Winch Award and the Long Haul Award.

Plans are well underway for a great 2016 season!
--- May Corcoran and Peter Fedora, Cruising Fleet Co-Captains

New Member to our KYC Team!

We would like to welcome John Whelan to our KYC Team who will start his career the week of February 15th as our Club Controller. John completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University, as well as his Graduate Diploma in Accounting (also from Queen's), and most recently earned his CPA. John is coming to us from Wilkinson & Company LLP and is very excited to assist us with our Club finances as well as many of our Club services.

John will be hanging his hat (so to speak) in the Saint's Rest office. Please feel free to stop in, say “Hi” and get to more about him!