Knotmeter - November 29, 2019

Knotmeter - November 29, 2019

Special Announcements


Yesterday evening’s AGM went well.
Thanks to ALL who attended.
Firstly, on behalf of the Board thank you for re-electing and electing a full slate.
Thank you for your confidence. It’s going to be a busy year. We will have four new dynamic Board members, all who are itching to get at it. The members approved the new "rate card” and the emergency repair levy.
Soon, (we are working on scheduling things) there will rock, lots of it, and equipment gracing our shores and installing the much needed shoreline reinforcements.

Stay tuned.
Lots of upcoming activities coming up at KYC.
See you at the Club!

Cheers, Peter Cohrs


| Lake Ontario WAter Levels

Representatives from KYC have recently attended presentations and rallies put on by United Shoreline: Ontario and United Shoreline: USA in both Alexandria Bay and Trenton. This is a brief article is intended to provide information and to encourage all members of KYC to educate themselves on an issue that is extremely important for the management of our infrastructure and for the future of our club.

From their website

“United Shoreline: Ontario is a grassroots community-based organization with the mandate of uniting the residents and municipalities of the north shore of Lake Ontario in one voice.

United Shoreline Ontario’s objective is to engage governments and private home owners towards the protection of lakeshore homes, families, businesses, emergency responders and municipalities from violent or wide-spread lake surge flooding. This flooding is predicted with the implementation of Plan 2014 and the implications of climate change. We are partners with United Shoreline USA, who share a similar mandate of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in the face of Plan 2014 and lake surge flooding on the south shore of Lake Ontario.”

Without trying to repeat the 7 great learning videos that are available on the website, suffice it to say there are many factors affecting the high-water, loss of business and erosion that riparians (those who live, work and play along the water) have experienced in 2017 & 2019. It seems that the only key factor that can be manipulated is the outflow rate at the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall. It appears from the very clear presentation we viewed at both presentations that the International Joint Commission is not taking the appropriate action to minimize the impact of a potential additional 300 mm (12”) lake level above that which we experienced last spring and summer.

UPDATE: Nov. 25, 2019: There was an article in the KWS on Saturday and a CBC news clip on Sunday that reported on the Nov. 23 protest rally at the IJC offices in Ottawa and noted that the IJC has directed the outflow be increased. (no indication of by how much).

To find out more, please take the opportunity to view the United Shoreline: Ontario website. Our decision making at KYC depends on an interested and educated membership.

R. J. Crothers,
Vice Commodore


Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| December 7: Annual Carol Singing


| December 7: Roast Beef Feast


| December 8: Children's Christmas Party


| December 12: Festive Yuletide Luncheon Buffet


| December 18: Cruiser's Muster


| December 21: Commodore's Commandeered Cocktail Party


| November: Movember

The Kingston yacht club team is participating in Movember this year! Please consider a donation at:


| Weekend Features

Friday-Sunday Dinner feature:
  • Beef short rib ragu with house made gnocchi and a sweet potato puree - $24
  • Weekend Special: Croque Monsieur - $14
  • Omlette: Spanish - $13

| Featured Beer

Good Time IPA

Session IPA 4% ABV

Good Time Session I.P.A. delivers fruity hop aromas and full flavour in an easy-to-enjoy light ale. Brewed with organic nelson sauvin and centennial hops, the recipe adds wheat and oats to barley malts for a satisfying and uncompromising craft beer experience.

History and Style

A session I.P.A. is a lower-alcohol expression of an India Pale Ale that highlights approachable hop aroma and flavour, without intense bitterness. The hop-derived citrus and tropical fruit notes lead into a fuller mouthfeel than might otherwise be expected from a light ale.

Tasting Notes

Good Time Session IPA pours gold with white foam. The aroma offers a combination of citrus, gooseberry, pineapple flavours and aromas. The flavour is juicy with subtle hop bitterness. The body is light and refreshing. The finish is clean and lingeringly hoppy.


| Wine of the Month


| Red Jacket Marketing Survey

As many of you may already know, the iconic Canadian racing yacht, Red Jacket, was bequeathed to Marine Museum of the Great Lakes by the late Peter Milligan. We are hoping to keep sailing her by charting her with captain and crew to groups who would be interested in seeing that it was like to sail. To determine interest, we have developed a Survey Monkey at We would really appreciate it if clicked on the link you took the 30 seconds it takes to answer the three simple questions. Please consider completing the survey even if you would not be interested at all. That would be important information for us to have.

Thanks for your help.

| Sailing

We had an excellent AWARDS DINNER, attended by > 100 members, to cap off another great year of racing at KYC. We presented flag, glassware & trophies to the many winners of our evening series and weekend events. Rear Commodore Rob McCrae enthusiastically conveyed thanks to all & motivational words from Commodore Peter Cohrs and Vice Commodore Rob Crothers enlightened us about the ongoing issue with high water and the need for action.

Overall, the Fleet Champions this year are:
PHRF 1 Dragon Bait (Sellens)
PHRF 2 Vandal (Tattersall)
Sharks JLS (Van Rossem)
and weekend series winners:
PHRF 1 Force 10 (Crowson)
PHRF 2 Selene (Vines)
Sharks R&R (Adams).

This year, special awards were won by: Abernathy Cup for “Best Team” - Dragon Bait

Whig Standard Bowl for “Most Improved Skipper” - Tom Wilson
Hourglass Award for “Special Spinnaker Skills” - Dragon Bait
1948 EYC Page Award for “Best KYC boat in EYC” - Force 10
Roger Tattersall Shotgun Trophy for "Race Committee Work” - Ken Martin
Scott Plaque for “Fleet Contribution” - Rachel Harris, Mike Hull, Siobhan Skehan, Robin Wynne-edwards
KYC Achievement & Leadership - Peter Van Rossem & Rosemary Wilson (for Blind Sailing Worlds regatta)

The evening also included presentation by Queen's Sailing Team of their awards for the year and an inspirational talk from Jodi Munden on blind sailing & the regatta we hosted.

We also recognised the success that KYC sailors had in other events, including JLS 2nd in Shark Worlds in Germany; Shanti 1st in the Shark Canadians; Peter Van Rossem, Melodie Gummer 1st in Blind Sailing Worlds in C3; Robin Wynn-Edwards 2nd in BSW; Breakaway J participated in J/80 Worlds in Spain; Ali ten Hove and Rob Davis participated in the Pan Am Games; Fegurs Murdock participated in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds.

Special thanks are due Liz Lazier for polishing all our trophies and helping to present all evening, Ross Cameron for managing the Special Awards selection process, Liz & Ross for front setting up the front table the night before, Tom Wilson for printing the programs, Robyn Wynne-Edwards, Brandon Tattersall & Robert Wegulein with handing out awards, and finally, Chef Neil, Brandon & all the staff for wonderful meal and service.

Professional photographer Geoff Webster took pictures during the evening. These are available on his website at in the gallery "KYC Awards Night 2019".

In a little over 5 months we'll be sailing again...

The Sailing Committee will be meeting in early/mid December to start working on next year's programs. Please share your views on our Sailing programs and how they can be improved, with the members listed below. If you are interested in helping out on any of KYC's programs, committees, etc, for the coming year, please step forward.

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