Knotmeter - January 31, 2020

Knotmeter - January 31, 2020

Join us on Valentine's Day for a wonderful dinner by Chef Neil!

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 31: TGIF for Greg McNab

Our General Manager Greg McNab will soon depart Kingston Yacht Club for a new opportunity in Toronto.

Please join us at the Club for an informal "TGIF" gathering with Greg next Friday January 31st at 5:30 PM.

This will be an opportunity for members to thank Greg for his contributions to KYC over the past 5 years, and to wish him well.


| February 5: King's Town Players


| 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.


| March 18: Ramble On and Finnish Line talk

Chris and Linda (Ramble On) and Bob (Finnish Line 2.0) are giving a talk of their 2,950 nm voyage to the east coast this past summer at a club in Ottawa in February. After the off Broadway try out they will be presenting the same talk at our Club on Wednesday March 18th at 7pm. This is also a Cruiser Muster night.

Parks Canada is reviewing their management plan for the Thousand Islands National Park and would like to hear your views, opinions and suggestions on the future:

| Weekend Features

Friday-Sunday Dinner feature:
  • Coconut green curry with Chicken, cashews, spinach, peppers, onions. served with basmati rice and pita - $20
  • Weekend Special: Banana crepe with chocolate ganache and whipped cream - $12
  • Omlette: Chorizo, salsa and jack cheese frittata - $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


| 2020 DN North American Championship Regatta held in Glasgow Montana

This year, 2020 North American DN Ice Boat Regatta was a 3,000 Kilometer drive from Kingston and when the call was made that the regatta was happening, Colin Duncan and Peter Van Rossem made the commitment to represent KYC and Canada in this event.

It was the Western Region who organized the regatta and unfortunately when it was time to chose a site for the event, a major weather system was setting up to cover every lake that had ice with 6-8 inches of snow from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and the whole Eastern Seaboard.

The DN Class uses a weather predicting company to suggest where the best weather and ice would be after the weather system moved through the regions and it was decided that the regatta would be sailed just outside Glasgow, Montana, on Fort Peck Lake which is connected to the Missouri River.

Colin and Peter left Friday morning and drove through the major snow storm from Kalamazoo, MI and stopping in Chicago for the night. The next morning there was 6 inches of snow in the parking lot of the hotel but they managed to get back on the highway and planned to drive north to Fargo, ND. They experienced lots of black ice on most of the interstate and pushed through blizzard conditions with winds gusting to 45 knots. They only made it to Furgus Falls, MN for the night.

The next morning, the 2006 Diesel Jetta was not happy starting up in the -23C temperature and let them be know that she wanted to stay in Furgus Falls for the day. But it was decided. Push on and hopefully make Glasgow by early evening.

The drive was full of new scenery as they crossed from Minnesota, through North Dakota into Montana. The weather stayed cold during the trip but the sun was out so they could see the beautifully scenery including the Bad Lands and the famous BIG SKY grass lands once in Montana, arriving in Glasgow Sunday evening.

Sunday, they rigged their boats and practiced while skippers rolled in from Germany, Rhode Island, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Arizona and even Halifax, NS. We even had a scorer in from Poland for the event.

The first day of racing saw the Gold Fleet with three races sailed to officially constitute a regatta according to the sailing DN instructions as the Race Committee know that the forecast for wind was only 0 gusting to 5 knots for the next two days. So, after waiting patiently, more races were sailed but mostly in light air, until Saturday. Saturday was the last day of sailing and the wind filled in nicely for the skippers. There is a video of the last race if interested click north-american-championship-epic-battle-drone-video/

In the end, Colin Duncan sailed his DN to a 1st Place finish over all in the Bronze Fleet and now qualifies himself to sail in the Silver fleet in next years regatta. Peter Van Rossem finished in 10 th place in the Gold Fleet.

KYC was well represented on the ice with Colin flying the KYC Burgee on station and he also made the sign on the trailer as well.

If you are interested in hearing more about ice boating and the regatta experience, feel free to contact them to answer your questions. It’s a great way to spend your winter, while keeping in shape and sailing on the ice!

| 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.

| Corinthian Fund Spotlight

The Corinthian Fund's next Sailor Spotlight features Arie Moffat. Arie learned to sail and finished his junior levels at KYC in 2011 and 2012, joining the KYC Race Team in 2012. We are beyond proud of the work Arie has put into the sport of sailing, and are excited to see what is to come!

It all started at KYC:

From 2014 to 2017 I sailed the club and international 420 with skipper Pat Wilson. Together we rose from being decent junior sailors to 3-time Canadian youth champions in the C420, 3-time representatives of Canada at the Youth Sailing World Championships, and gold fleet finishers at the 2017 I420 European Championships. In 2018, Pat and I outgrew the I420 physically so we started sailing the 49er FX as training to ultimately sail the men’s 49er. Our first season in the new class was reasonably successful but it came time for me to move forward and address my desire to be a helmsman. Sadly, this drew my partnership with Pat to a close.

In the fall of 2018, I started training in the FX as a helm.

2019 Recap:

On January 1st, 2019, I was in Miami participating in my first training camp in the men’s 49er. I enjoyed the company of several talented junior 49er teams and incredible coach Krzys. In February, we all met again for another camp and at this point we were looking ahead to 2019 Kieler Woche (June) and the 49er Junior World Championships (July). Training continued throughout the spring but to my surprise, the new partnership ended just two weeks before the planned trip to Europe. When this happened, I managed to find someone to join our program and after a week of training we headed to Germany. At the time, I was naively confident given all of the factors stacked against us: A one-week-old partnership with my crew; incredibly competitive international fleets (including multiple world champions and Olympic gold medalists); no regattas under my belt in the 49er; no international regattas under my belt as a helm; and what turned out to be 3 weeks of heavy breeze. I need not describe the outcome!

Returning home and dialing the intensity way down, my partner and I were able to form our relationship in a normal way. We were successful at our 49er Canadian Championships finishing 3rd (tied for second) in the eight-boat fleet. At CORK OCR, after two days of poor races that put us in 9th place in an eleven-boat fleet, we climbed all the way into 5th with all top 4 finishes in the final five races of the regatta. We won several races over the two regattas.

Unable to find someone to sail with full time for the fall, I decided to go back to school for my 3rd year of Computer Engineering at Queen’s. To conclude 2019 (as I write this letter), I am physically right where I started — training in the 49er in Miami! However, after a year of many failures, some successes, several partner changes, several first experiences, a lot of support from others, and a lot of new confidence, I am in a much different place.

What the support from the KYC community means to me:

Sailing is challenging, thrilling, and has many parallels with life itself. It is also very demanding psychologically and financially. The generous support of KYC, its members and the Corinthian Fund not only relieves financial burden but also provides me with a reminder of the amazing

backing I have at home. Thank you for helping me to improve as a sailor. I look forward to representing the Kingston Yacht Club in 2020!

Arie Moffat