Knotmeter - December 20, 2019

Knotmeter - December 20, 2019

The Yuletide Luncheon brought yuletide cheer!

Special Announcements

| Proposed Launch changes

Given that the proposed dates of April 25, 26, 2020, with potentially chilly weather (leading up to and including launch day) makes it difficult to get wax and bottom paint on etc etc…
The next best dates for Napanee Crane are May 8 and 11 (Friday and Monday resp’y) (Sunday is available but Mother’s Day Brunch is a popular event…)
Sailing committee has agreed to the idea of a late lauch as it won’t materially affect he racing schedule.
My calculations suggest that we can probably launch ALL the boats and T docks, and raise all 16 "big” masts in one day.
It’ll be tight, but we just GO til it’s done.

Would like to nail his down asap.

Cheers, Peter Cohrs


| Clubhouse Network Upgrades

During the club closure, our IT team will be performing upgrades and maintenance on our clubhouse networking infrastructure. We ask members to expect intermittent outages accessing their account statements and/or viewing updated wind data from our weather station during this time. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Upcoming Events

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| December 21: Commodore's Commandeered Cocktail Party


| 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


| Canada secures berth for the 2020 Olympics

The 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49er FX and Nacra 17 World Championships wrapped up with the final fleet races and medal races being held on Sunday. The regatta challenged the Canadian sailors with tough conditions and tougher competition.

In the 49er FX fleet, the team of Ali Ten Hove and Mariah Millen (ON) posted some strong results throughout the regatta, with multiple finishes in the top 10 against some very stiff competition. As an added bonus, thanks to their excellent sailing at the PanAm games in Lima and a strong finish from the American FX team at the Worlds, Canada has secured a continental berth for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

| Sailing

The Sailing Committee met recently to continue their debriefing of last year and working on next year's programs. Event dates will be finalised by mid-January, online Sailors Handbook available mid-February and printed booklets by end of March.

Peter Van Rossem, Tom Wilson (Board rep) and Craig Leroux (Community Club) have joined the Committee.


The idea of having several weekend races in October is being discussed. It would be less formal than our regular racing but would get us out on the water several times during a month when many of our racing boats otherwise often sit idle. It's been suggested that Sunday morning races followed by lunch would be a good format. The SIs are being worked out. Please share your thoughts on this idea with your fleet captains.

We are looking for a (paid or volunteer) Race Management Coordinator for next year. Perhaps you or someone you know (e.g. retired racer, former LTS instructor working/studying in Kingston) would like to help run our evening & weekend regular races. The time requirement is approximately a few hours two evenings a week and a couple of hours starting eight Saturday racing events through the sailing season.

There is an ongoing problem finding new crew for racing. Several options are being discussed. We are looking for ways of attracting new members to KYC so they can try out sailing/racing (to see if they like it) and experience our club before having to commit.


After a very busy and successful (operationally & financially) year hosting regattas the plan is for a lighter load this coming year, probably including regattas for Sharks, 9ers, Albacores, IOM and coastal rowing (yes!). Last year, the Blind Worlds brought great recognition to KYC due to large volunteer contributions by many members. We continue to work on improving our processes for hosting regattas at KYC.

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 or committees 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