Celebrating over 125 years, Kinston Yacht Club is a private club situated within walking distance of downtown Kingston—our Cottage in the City! It provides its members with programs and a watersport venue for those who enjoy sailing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and power boating. It also boasts the only waterfront fine dining experience in Kingston and facilities to host events, from weddings to business meetings.
Join the club and enjoy what Kingston Yacht Club has to offer all year ‘round!
The KYC Kitchen is known by its members and guests for producing scrumptious dishes! Chef creates daily specials in addition to the regular menu using mostly locally sourced and organic ingredients.
Our full-service bar offers weekly beer and wine features from our local craft suppliers. There is always something new and exciting to tempt your tastebuds and quench your thirst!
Located on the main floor, the Member’s Lounge offers a panoramic view of the KYC harbour. It is the perfect place to meet some friends for a drink, grab a quick bite, or enjoy a gourmet meal. You’ll always find someone there to chat with, or you can just stay and watch the boats go by.
Also on the main floor, facing South West with lake and KYC Beach views, the Sunshine Room is a bright and sunny space used for private dining, or as a meeting space. It is equipped with a computer station, small library, tv and kids play area.
Located on the second level, The Partridge Room is an event space with wall-to-wall windows. It provides a bird’s eye view of the Kingston Harbour, from Fort Henry looking east, to the open waters of the lake and spectacular sunsets in the west, and everything in between! It can accommodate up to 120 guests and has its own bar area. It is equipped with the latest technology in overhead projector, viewing wall screen and sound system. Recently updated, it is the perfect venue for a wedding, celebration, or corporate event.
KYC’s patio is conveniently located at ground level. You can enjoy the warmth of the sun or cool breeze in the shade, while you enjoy a break. It is a full-service space, so you can relax with a drink or a meal.
The main floor is fully accessible by wheelchair ramp at the south entrance. An accessible private bathroom on the main floor is equipped with automatic door. As for our AODA policy for more information.
Kingston Yacht Club runs around-the-buoys club races on weeknights, long-distance races and invitational regattas on weekends, on a body of water dubbed “the best fresh-water sailing in the world”. Our program starts in May and continues through to mid-October! We are fortunate to have many high-calibre racers at KYC as well as many members with excellent race management skills. This combination results in a fantastic racing program!
KYC is home to keen racers which make up three fleets on race nights: Shark 24 fleet, PHRF A, PHRF B (which includes the white-sail-only fleet).
Every year Kingston Yacht Club hosts a handful of invitational regattas, from one-design national and world championships to regional multi-fleet regattas, such as EYC. KYC has also partnered with CORK to co-host some events.
Someone is usually looking for an extra crew or sub. Add your name to the crew bank, or come down to the club 45 minutes prior to the start to see if you can catch a ride—you won’t regret it!
Each Summer the cruisers at KYC coordinate several flotilla events to fun locations from the Jazz festival in the County, to the Gananoque Playhouse and the beautiful destinations in the islands. We also make good use of our club property on Wolfe Island, Jemmett’s Landing. See the Cruising page for details.
The use of Jemmett’s Landing is exclusive to members and accompanied guests. It is a wonderful getaway that is 11.3 nm due East from the KYC harbour, just West of Brakey Bay, at the east end of Wolfe Island. It is accessible by boat and by land. Boaters can usually find a mooring at the dock or on one of the mooring balls. The Jemmett’s Landing page provides details about how to get there, facilities, usage policies and more.
Where else can you take your family sailing without owning your own sailboat? KYC offers a small fleet of 24’ and 26' keelboats for members’ use. Community Club Skippers can sign out boats for a day sail or club racing. New to sailing? No problem! KYC offers Adult Learn To Sail courses that help you build your skills and earn qualification as a Community Club Skipper. See the Community Keelboat Sailing page for details.
Kingston Yacht Club has a group of avid RC racers racing two fleets: DragonForce 65 and International One Metre (IOM). During the summer season, they race weekly off the KYC break wall, and host international regattas as well! These are not toy boats, but serious craft with skillful operators. The races are fascinating to watch so come down and check it out. For more information, see the Radio Controlled Racing page.
Kingston Yacht Club provides members with a wide variety of amenities and services for their boating and watersport needs.
Dry dock, summer mooring, winter storage
KYC offers both dockage and Mediterranean-style mooring for keelboats. Both include access to power service and potable water. The break wall and inner harbour grounds accommodate dingy storage during the summer months. We also have a limited number or dry sail moorings for keelboats. Winter storage is also available at the club. At the beginning and end of the season, a crane is hired for launch and haul out.
Gas, Diesel, Ice, Pump Out
The “Gas Dock” is available to both members and visitors. Friendly, competent staff assist boaters with refueling, whether gas or diesel, and pump outs. Bags of ice cubes or blocks are available for sale for your convenience. You can reach the Gas Dock at 613-547-5844 or VHF Channel 68 during business hours.
The crane services crafts up to 3,000 lbs, such as Shark 24s. To operate the crane, members must be have completed crane certification training.
Swimming, Paddleboards, Kayaks
Even if you don’t have a boat of your own, you can still enjoy the water at KYC. A large dock off the break wall at the mouth of the harbour is the ideal place to slip into the water for a swim. It is one of the most popular attractions at the club. KYC also has a selection of paddleboards and kayaks that members can sign out.
The pebble beach is beautiful sunny spot to relax in a lounger while you enjoy a cool drink. On calm days it’s a great spot to wade in or go for a swim. When it’s blowing, you can watch the waves crash ashore. If you’re a kiteboarder, it’s a good place to launch!
Reciprocal Club Benefits
Kingston Yacht Club is the perfect location to stop before you venture east through the Thousand Islands, or if you are on your way west to the US side of the lake, Prince Edward County, or beyond. Come visit us for a night or two and check if KYC has reciprocal privileges with your club.