Knotmeter - February 21, 2020

Knotmeter - February 21, 2020

Our Club's resident fox family is back this year!

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| February 21: TGIF Fundraiser

TGIF on Friday the 21st of February

Tim Irwin Is hosting as a celebration of his 80th birthday and fund raiser for the KYC National and Development Team members

Ali ten Hove

Robert Davis

Hugh MacCrae

As I write this, Ali, Robert and Hugh are in Australia competing in their World Championship – Ali in the 470FX where she is sitting 18th out of 44 having just finished 7th in the 8th race in the gold fleet. (Way to go Ali)

Robert sitting 39th and Hugh at 51st in the Laser class where the are leading a team of 7 Canadians in a field of 124 competitors.

You can follow the action for Ali here

And, for Robert and Hugh here

Contributions to the sailors can be made in cash, Through the club accounting system or through Wind Athletes.

No cards or presents for me please but if you would like to contribute $5.00 toward the cost of the food, that would be appreciated.


| March 4: High Water Flood Talks

We had a flood two of the past three years and, some say, this year will be worse.
United Shorelines Ontario is a group interested in discussing solutions to the water level problem.
There's a gathering at McArthur College on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm.
Plan to attend, listen and ask questions.

Find more information at:


| March 6: Movie Night


| 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.


| March 21: Bourbon Night



| March 27: Ted's Trivia Night

Ted's Trivia Night – Friday, March 27th 6 pm

We would like to challenge all KYC members (new and old, sailors and non-sailors) to participate in the Annual KYC Trivia Night now to be held on Friday, March 27th 6:00 pm. Mark your calendars and get your crew all pumped up for an evening that always proves to be entertaining, fun, informative and often somewhat humiliating for all but the winning contestants! We are pleased to once again have the considerable skills, depth of knowledge and crowd controlling expertise of Past Commodore Ted Ison as our Quizmaster. Questions will be sailing related as well as of general interest – something for salty dogs and landlubbers alike! We encourage members to form teams (max 6 members/team) based on boat crew, family associations, or simply smart friends that you think will know the answers. There will be lots of opportunity to scramble together a team from those at the bar, please submit your team entry to Brandon no later than March 25th so we can make the appropriate arrangements. Remember…it is not what you know ...or who you know is if you know someone that thinks they know all the answers and you can get them on your Trivia Team!


| April 18: A taste of Mexico



This year’s edition will be the POTLUCK PARTRIDGE BOWL. KYC will provide the BBQ, the charcoal and the lighter fluid.. and the firewood.. Details to be worked out, but a slight return to the days of a community party. It can’t come soon enough.


| Weekend Features

Fri/Sat Dinner Feature
  • Fish Tacos: 3 soft shell tortillas filled with cod, mango salsa, romaine lettuce, salsa verde and tequila sour cream, served with a black bean and corn salad - $20
  • Weekend Special: Croissant breakfast sandwich: Ham, cheddar, scrambled egg and avocado slices, choice of side - $14
  • Omlette: Artichoke hearts, spinach and Calabrese salami - $13

| Featured Beer


American Pale Ale 5%

Countdown is Beau’s certified organic pale ale. We brew it with a classic west-coast hop combo of Cascade and Simcoe, creating a tasty, aromatic ale with a clean hoppy finish. Pale Ale is the iconic craft beer style that changed the beer scene forever in America. Enjoy it now here at home, brewed fresh at Beau’s year-round.

History and Style

The American pale ale is a modern beer style that has its roots firmly on the west coast of the US of A. It is a hop-driven style with many aroma and flavour variations, as it takes on the character of the chosen hop varieties. Countdown is brewed with certified organic cascade and simcoe hops.

Tasting Notes

Countdown Pale Ale pours sunset-gold with intentional slight haziness and a white foam. The hop aromas offers fruity citrus and berry. The initial rush of malt sweetness gives way to firm hops that sweep in and suggest another sip. This medium-bodied ale is well balanced. The finish is clean and mildly hoppy.


| Wine of the Month


| Cruising - Thousand Islands Plan

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:

| Corinthian Fund Spotlight

Our next Corinthian Fund Sailor Spotlight, features Jake Adair, who is working towards his goal of training in the 49er for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.

Sailor Spotlight: Jake Adair

I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the Corinthian Fund for helping to support my training in the 49er with a goal of reaching the 2024 Olympics.

This year was challenging and we had our first exposure as a team to international competition.

At the end of June, we went to Germany to compete in our first ever Olympic Class European event - Kieler Woche Sailing Week and the 49er U23 Junior Worlds in Risor Norway. We went into these events with no expectations, as we had never competed against this many boats of this caliber. In fact, this was our first regatta sailing the 49er!  We learned a lot about managing frustration and expectations and came away knowing we have a long way to go to compete internationally.

I am currently attending Queen’s University in the Commerce program in my first year - so there was a whole new level of managing school, sailing, fundraising, and life in general. Galen and I did some training this fall and plan on reconnecting to train in Florida during Reading Week prior to gearing up for training and competition this summer.

Below is a summary of our results from 2019 and our plans for 2020:

Summer 2019 - Overall Results

Over the summer we competed in 2 international events in Europe and two North American events.

? Kieler Woche - Kiel, Germany - 67th (out of 82 boats)
? 49er U23 Junior Worlds - Risor, Norway - 45th (out of 53 boats)
? 49er Skiff Canadians - 5th (out of 8 boats)
? CORK OCR (North Americans) - 4th (out of 11 boats)

2020 Plans
? February training in Miami Cost: $3,000
? New sails for summer regattas Cost: $3,000
? Transportation to Europe x2 Cost: $2,000
? Boat charter Europe x3 Cost: $4,000
? Shared accommodation in Europe Cost: $1,500

Seeking funding continues to be a major part of my ongoing sailing campaign. With a budget over $50,000 per year just to keep going at my current sailing level, I have to keep looking for innovative ways to secure funding. We are now in a bigger boat with bigger sails, a new trailer, and more travelling.

Paying it Forward

At the 2019 March camp, I had the opportunity to coach 29er’s in Florida, and helped coach at RCYC this past spring. I look forward to any opportunities to guest coach or help inspire any young sailors at KYC. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!