Knotmeter - January 17, 2020

Knotmeter - January 17, 2020

It might feel cold, but the summer is only a few months away!

Special Announcements

| Membership Renewals

As in prior years, we will be charging 2020 membership fees to member accounts on January 31st. The membership fees are not due to be paid until February 28th, at which time the credit cards on file will be automatically charged.

Please let the office know if you would like any changes made to your membership category before February 28th. In addition, please review the information we have on file through and you can make changed to your contact information online, which will reflect our records in the office. If any changes are required for membership categories, please email Kindly email all requests, even if discussed with Greg or another member of the office staff, as written requests are required to authorize membership changes.

Thank you,

John Whelan
Club Controller


Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of Events »

| January 15: Cruiser's Muster

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. The poker party that begins the original version is replaced with a remarkable evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers, but the hilarity remains!

Neil Simon’s revision of his hugely successful play The Odd Couple sees the lead characters transformed into Olive Madison and Florence Unger. Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have VERY different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) is brought to the stage with a fantastic cast: Krista Berg, Alex Boese, Susan Del-Mei, Heather Hayhow, Ben Hudson, Rebecca Lee, Derek Liston, and Helana Marks. The show is directed by Matthew Davis.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) runs January 23rd-25th, January 30th-February 1st and February 6th-8th, 2020 at 7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM). The show will be performed at The Kingston Yacht Club, 1 Maitland Street, Kingston.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students, seniors and military, and $10 for youth 18 and under and are available through the King's Town Players website here. Tickets will also be available at the door.


| February 8: Judge Seminar at NSC

Upcoming Club Judge Seminar

What actually happens in the protest room? If I get involved in a protest, how can I present my side better? Why do we need judges at regattas anyway? What does a sailing judge actually do? How do I become a certified Sail Canada judge?

If you have any of these questions or have already decided you want to become a certified Club Judge, register for the full day Club Judge seminar at Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa on February 8. The course will be taught by Greg Dargavel who is a National Judge and sails out of NSC but sailed out of Kingston in the past.

Registration will be available on the Ontario Sailing Website soon. The link will be available a future Knotmeter. If you have questions, please send them to . Save the date. See you there.

Also interested in the Race Officer side of race officiating? Stay tuned for a potential Club Race Officer course coming to NSC in March.


| Weekend Features

Friday-Sunday Dinner feature:
  • Teriyaki salmon with basmati rice and bok choy - $28
  • Weekend Special: Chocolate mousse crepe with poached pear compote - $12
  • Omlette: broccoli and cheddar - $13

| Featured Beer

Good Time IPA

Session IPA 4% ABV

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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


| Club Judge Seminar Registration Now Open

Registration for the upcoming Saturday, February 8 Club Judge seminar at Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa is now open. To register, please go to: If you have questions, email . The seminar is a full day event with time to order your favourite lunch from The Galley.

Topics focus on the things club judges need to know in their role in club racing events and local/regional regattas.

| TIM IRWIN inducted into Kingston Sports Hall of Fame

Another KYC sailor hes been elected to the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame.
It’s two day old news by now, but I am delighted to inform members that our long time and Life Member Tim Irwin has been elected to the KDSHF.
Tim has had a long and illustrious “career” as a sailor and eminent builder of sailing.
Tim sailed a Dragon (lovely boats!) to a fourth place finish at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, and since that time has been heavily involved in CORK, and helping to bring sailing events to Kingston.
Tim’s legacy to sailing in Kingston is deep and extensive.
A true builder of the art and sport of sailing.
Congratulations and thank you, Tim!

Tim joins others from KYC who have been inducted, they being: Ross Cameron, Harry Jemmett, Bud Gormley, Leroy Grant and Bart Dalton.
May I also add that KYC has an outstanding legacy of sailors and builders of sailing, and suggest that they too be nominated to the KDSHF.
It’s only fitting.

| News from the KYC Corinthian Fund

Happy New Year from the Corinthian Fund Committee and Sailing Athletes! Thank you to everyone and their families who donated in 2019 to the Fund. We were able to support six Kingston-based sailors last year, and that is because of the continued support from contributing KYC members. Without the continued support from the Club community, it becomes more difficult for sailors to attend the necessary regattas to reach their goals, and move forward in the sport of sailing.

A new year brings new regattas, fresh wind, chances to improve, and 365 days to Pay it Forward. We are happy to have the time to reflect on the hard work and share the results of the young sailors we supported last year through our first Corinthian Fund Spotlight feature in the Log.

| Corinthian Fund Spotlight

Corinthian Fund Spotlight

Our next Corinthian Fund Spotlight features Hugh Macrae. It is a big week for Canada down in Miami, where Hugh, along with Robert Davis and other Canadian Laser sailors are about to start the Miami World Cup – the final opportunity for Canada to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We wish Hugh, Robert, and all the sailors the best of luck at Miami World Cup and will be following the regatta closely!

Sailor Spotlight: Hugh Macrae

Hello Kingston Yacht Club!

I am going to share some insight on my routine as a Laser sailor competing on the world circuit. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Hugh. I was initially exposed to sailing through the junior sailing program at KYC – early 2000s.

Since learning the basics in the optimist at KYC I have managed to continually improve my game as a sailor. Today I am writing to you from Miami where myself and the other Canadian Laser sailors, are beginning their final preparations for the last opportunity to qualify Canada in the Laser for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Miami World Cup, starting next week, is the final opportunity for one more country to qualify in the North American and Caribbean region. This is done by placing the highest of the countries that have not qualified. Who is the battle against? I’ll answer that by outlining which country has already qualified in the North American and Caribbean region, the United States. This creates pressure, a pressure that I’ve been excited to confront after the many years of training.

To gear back a bit, I’ll share some moments from the recent events and training blocks. The focus over the past summer was Laser World Championships in July. This event threw some curve balls at me, as they all do, where I managed to walk away placing 66th. The big learning outcome for this event was a reoccurring one, trust the process. It took me a long time to even know what “the process” meant, and only until now am I able to trust it and stick to it thanks to the help of my coach – the great Lawrence Lemieux … or Larry.

For those of you who are asking what the heck is he going on about – the process is merely a few rules that if followed, will bring you success. For example, I will relate to hockey as many Canadians appreciate and understand the game. If you are a left winger, one aspect of the “the process” for you would be positioning and keeping mindful of not falling to deep in your end (i.e. keeping close to the opposing team defensemen). Very similar the left winger, positioning is a huge part of “the process” as a sailor.

The joy of the sport is the same for everyone – always learning and improving!

Thanks for the support!

Hugh Macrae