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Welcome to the Cruising Fleet!

2018 Fleet Captain: This position is currently vacant. Volunteer(s) requested: please contact Board member Ken Martin or General Manager Greg McNab if you are interested.

Please do join us! We welcome all KYC members to our events! Our aim is to assemble a wide variety of events that are as inclusive of your interests and motivations in, around and beside the water. So, whether you are a new member of KYC, an adult learn to sail graduate, associate member, powerboat operator, aspiring boat owner or established sailor, please look us up!

This year’s program will vary from single day events, to full weekends and some longer adventures of a week or longer. Road access to our events is also important, to ensure that all KYC members can attend the key event dates, and also in case of inclement weather. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do contact (TBA), or the individual event organizer.

We do also welcome your suggestions and input. Please see our 2017 event calendar below. Updates regarding events will be issued via e-mail and through a link in the weekly Knotmeter to the Cruising section of the KYC web-site. If your name is not yet on our contact e-mail list, please let us know using the contact information above.

Information about events is also posted as the season progresses on the Cruisers Notice Board in the Sunshine Room (west end of the main floor behind the fireplace). If you plan to attend an event, please reply to e-mail notices or use the sign-up sheets on the Cruiser’s Notice Board so that the event coordinator will know how many to expect. Note that some events do require pre-booking for slips, moorings and tickets.

The KYC Cruising Fleet members can be easily identified afloat by their Cruising burgees, flown below our KYC pennant on each boat’s signal halyard. Burgees are issued to all Cruising Fleet members, starting with the basic pennant, 5 year pennant and our new 10 year pennant. Please contact me directly should you require a burgee - we have them in stock.


12 September 2017

Please consider volunteering for your KYC and become the new Cruising Fleet Captain. I am stepping down this September 31st, 2017 and this mature program requires new leadership. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow this program, involve new members and inject your ideas and energy. The KYC Cruising Fleet is an active, experienced group who enjoy a wide variety of interests and local activities, usually accessible by both land and water. We hope to hear from you, soon!


Exciting News!

As approved by the membership at the November 2016 KYC Annual General Meeting, Associate Members who own boats are welcome to use Jemmett’s Landing for a $200 seasonal fee!

When your membership renewal package arrives from the General Manager’s Office, look for the “Associate Member Jemmett’s Seasonal Wet Mooring Fee” or contact Greg McNab directly for more information. We hope to see you all enjoying the Club Property next summer!

The link below is to our Jemmett`s Landing web page, and describes property location, facilities, policy and guidelines:


Jemmett’s Landing Mooring Balls: All four mooring balls are now available for your use at Jemmett’s. On Wednesday 09 August 2017 the two worn chain and tackles were completely replaced.

Breaking News: On 19 July 2017, Yard Steward Brad Strawbridge and Bosun Cole effected a major repair and upgrade to the ramp portion of the Jemmett’s Landing dock. Thank-you Gentlemen!

** Update as of 02 June 2017: Portapotties are scheduled to be installed at Jemmett’s today! **


Alerts!  1000 Islands (reviewed 20 July 2017)

The Thousand Islands National Parks has a detailed listing of the many facility restrictions and property closures due to the high water levels we are experiencing this year. Recommend to all to review prior to heading down river. Details are updated regularly for each island;


“Travellers should review the list of services and facilities available here prior to travel. Parks Canada is reviewing and updating information on a daily basis. Visitors can also follow current park conditions on Facebook, or on Twitter @TInationalpark.

For more information, please contact Thousand Islands National Park at 613-923-5261, or by email at ont-ti@pc.gc.ca.”

Comment: Things are slowly, but definitely improving! Water levels are slowly declining - and as properties dry out and receive maintenance, they are being gradually reopened. It appears the web-site information is being updated weekly.


At present there are four major awards issued to Cruising Fleet members.

  1. The Fort Frontenac Cruising Cup (FFCC). To meet the requirements for the award, cruisers must sail to a set of places in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The FFCC Log, which can be downloaded from the Cruising section of the KYC website or picked up at the KYC office or bar, lists the requirements that need to be completed to earn this award. Copies of the LOG can be downloaded by clicking here                     
  2. The Brass Winch Award – Recognition for doing something good for another boater, in terms of rendering assistance, good seamanship or enhancing safety.
  3. The Broken Winch Award – Recognition of an unfortunate event or incident of the past season, where perhaps an aspect of good seamanship is lacking or one’s actions were (unfortunately!) witnessed. Launch your spinnaker upside down, perhaps?
  4. The Long Haul Award – For those boaters (sail or power) who have travelled beyond Lake Ontario or down the St Lawrence River past Brockville for at least 1 month.

 Please note that the Cruising Awards are under review and development. More to follow.

Cruising Resources

A Cruising Resources page has been set up for additional resources and information that are of interest to Cruisers. Access this page here: http://www.kingstonyachtclub.com/index.cfm?ID=324

2017 Cruising Schedule


Date                             Event                                                        Organizer

Sat. 22 April 2017

Cruisers Dinner and Awards Night.

Theme: Liar’s Night: Dinner and Tall Tales

Please join us for a light hearted evening of fun and companionship, as well as our annual awards and introduction of our 2017 program. Cost per person: $32.00

Please RSVP to our GM Greg McNab NLT 15 April, including your meal choice: manager@kingstonyachtclub.com

26-28 May 2017

Gananoque Cruise and Thousand Islands Playhouse

Start your cruising season with our annual cruise to Gananoque. We plan, weather permitting, to sail to Jemmett’s Landing on Friday, and then into Gananoque Marina for Saturday for dinner and show.

DATE:                Saturday, May 27th

Dinner:         Gananoque Inn @ 5:00 p.m.

Theater:        1000 Islands Playhouse, Springer Theater

Cost:                $28.00

RSVP:                Wednesday, May 10th

This stage documentary chronicles the iconic moments that shaped the Baby Boom generation from 1945 – 1969. Hear from 100 influential figures of the era through masterful impressions, and touching personal stories. Take a journey through 25 riveting years where music, politics, and culture merged like never before, and perhaps never again.

Contact: Gananoque Marina to reserve your slip

 ( 613-382-2149 Ext.1514).

24-25 June 2017

Mackenzies’ Cottage Visit - Amherst Island

     Enjoy a daysail to Amherst Island and have your lunch at Judith and Robert Mackenzie's place on Amherst Island. It's about a two hour sail from KYC to their cottage located on the North Channel east of Stella. Just raft or anchor and proceed ashore or alternatively go by car (access via the Amherst Island Ferry). It's a rain or shine event. Sunday 25 June is our alternate date should Saturday’s weather be severe.

Please advise Club Steward Brad Strawbridge or gas dock staff if your slip will be vacant.

(613) 547-5844

Ch 68 VHF

New Date: Sunday 06 August 2017

11:30 A.M. pick-up from the municipal dock in Bath


Cruise to Bath and Visit / Tour of MacKinnon Brothers Brewery

A fun weekend away! Sail with us to Bath and enjoy a personalized tour and tasting at MacKinnon Brothers. Transport to and from the docks will be graciously provided by our hosts.

This event is a “Go!” rain or shine

Food will be provided by the KYC kitchen.

Reserve with Greg McNab, General Manager, at

manager@kingstonyachtclub.ca; or call

 (613) 548-3052

Cost is $30 per person, including tour and lunch

RSVP by 02 August

Friday 30 June 2017

Plan for a casual morning sail to Stella Bay, for the Waterside concert of the Elora Festival Singers, in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Amherst Island, at 2.15. This is a fabulous singing group, many also members of the famous Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.  This trip is more loosely organized than our concert trip in August, but I suggest a sail-back on the same day, or stay overnight with dinner at the Back Kitchen, and a sail-back on Saturday morning to join seamlessly with the Mayor's Sailpast. Let me know  if you are interested, and then we'll do an email "conference" about the event. Cost of the ticket $35.00. I will buy a block if there is interest, or your could buy your own from http://www.watersidemusic.ca.  

Note: car access also using the Amherst Island Ferry to town of Stella

Saturday 01 July 2017

Canada 150 Mayor’s Sailpast - more to follow!

07-09 July 2017

Tall Ships regatta 48 hour stopover in Bath. Celebrating Canada’s 150th:

NEW LINK (as of late May): go to




Please note that KYC is hosting the Viper Canadians this weekend. 12-15 boats are expected. If you can vacate your slip to assist with the hosting of this event, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

See rdv2017bath.com for:

Official details including schedule, participating vessels, beer garden, tickets, etc.

14-16 July 2017

Invitation to all KYC members!

The Great Lakes Cruising Club - Lake Ontario Rally Beach Party!

Trent Port Marina, Quinte West. $20 US per person

GLCC web-site: http://www.glcclub.com/

Registration form: http://www.glcclub.com/events/2017-lake-ontario-rally

**Trent Port Marina has been extensively upgraded and enlarged. Minimum 10 foot depths at new transient docks. Please contact Peter via e-mail and I will send you detailed information and links.

14-16 July 2017

Flare Training on Saturday afternoon under guidance of an experienced instructor: bring your old flares to fire off.

KYC members are welcome! RSVP requested.

Kingston Power and Sail Squadron Annual Picnic at Whistler’s Cove. This is KPSS signature event! It includes games, demonstrations (flares), great food and best of all, a super opportunity to socialize with your fellow boaters! You are invited to visit, moor or camp at the Cornett family property, near Treasure Island on the Bateau Channel. Water Access: GPS position N44° 16.0’, W 76° 21.4’. Land Access: 2099 Hwy #2 East, Kingston, Ontario.

Sat. 22 July 2017

Partridge Bowl: Chase Race to Jemmett’s Landing

This is a fun event for all sailors: our usual Le Mans start: slower boats start first, larger and faster boats follow. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members at the Club Property. Outdoor BBQ dinner follows an afternoon swim.

see page in Keelboat Racing Schedule or in Sailor’s Handbook

The Jemmett’s dock ramp has just been repaired and expanded as of 19 July!

05-07 August 2017

(August Civic holiday long weekend)

Waupoos Rendezvous Weekend:

This is our own KYC away event!

Arrive Waupoos Marina Saturday 05 August. 16 slips have been reserved. Swim, relax and socialize this long weekend. Depart Waupoos on Civic Holiday, Monday 07 August. Reduced rates for on site camping available for those arriving by road.

See details below.

27 July to 05 Aug 2017

Mid Distance Cruise: An opportunity to cross the Lake in company of friends, take in the wonderful Oswego Harborfest and meet up with everyone else in Waupoos for the August Long weekend.

Planned route: Kingston - Main Duck Island - Oswego (US port of entry) - Henderson Harbour (alternate Sackets Harbour ) - Waupoos Marina (re-enter Canada)

11-13 Aug 2017

*See note enclosed*

Jemmett’s Landing RV: an informal weekend away.

Join us to swim, relax, sit around the campfire and share in the camaraderie of fellow KYC members.

Please note: KYC is hosting the Shark Canadian Championships this weekend. Some 25 boats are expected to compete. You are requested to vacate your slip if at all possible to facilitate visiting boats in the harbour. Thank-you!

Please advise Brad or the gas dock staff if you are vacating your slip.

18-20 August 2017

Picton Jazz Festival Cruise

An annual favourite! The annual KYC Jazz Cruise brings boaters and non-boaters alike to the Picton harbour for a weekend that includes a catered dinner (BYO), a Friday night Jazz Festival concert and often a special Saturday group activity. 2017 will be the tenth year that KYC Cruisers have held this event and there has always been a decent fleet of participants. If weather permits, there is an overnight rendezvous along the way for boaters that can get on the water ahead of the weekend.  For jazz enthusiasts, the Picton Jazz Festival draws high calibre musicians who perform at different  venues around town. For others, it is enough just to browse through the bookstore, check out the new shops on Main Street or drop into the many cafes and restaurants. A block of tickets will be purchased in advance for the Friday night show and information about the dinner will be advertised to club members in advance so keep an eye out for the announcements in the Knotmeter.

Sat. 26 August 2017

After all that wonderful Jazz now something different: Brother and Sister duo Sylvie and Bryan Cheng, piano and cello, will play at the Waterside Music Series in St. Paul's Presbyterian church, Amherst Island, at 4.15 p.m. These two young people are among CBC Music's "thirty hot Canadian musicians under 30", and their program this afternoon will feature songs and dances from Spain. We will leave Kingston around 11 and cruise at leisure to Stella Bay, anchor, and later moor/raft at the town dock (or go ashore in our dinghies). Islanders are hospitable and we will be picked up to go to the concert venue. We will have a potluck supper after the concert, and sail back on Sunday. We will have a block of 15 tickets (more if necessary), and would like your commitment by August 15th. Cost: $35 plus a dish to share for our potluck supper.

Note: road access via the Amherst Island ferry to town of Stella

02-04 September 2017

Labour Day long weekend: Clayton NY RV?

Volunteer requested

07-09 October 2017

Thanksgiving at Jemmett’s: All Comers Event

For most of us, a last good sail and weekend away to enjoy our Club property. Potluck Thanksgiving supper early on Sunday afternoon. Will the famous “Road Kill Turkey” make a reappearance? A great way to close out another season on the water.

Volunteer requested

TBA November 2017

Cruisers Annual General Meeting


Note: The information below is left on line for future reference. This trip took place last year.

Additional Planning Details for Lap of Prince Edward County and Waupoos Rendezvous 2016

Leg 1:  Monday 25 July: depart KYC for Prinyer’s Cove Marina. Distance - 21 nm,

contact details: e-mail - barbdon@kos.net, tel: (613) 476-6835. VHF 68. Both mooring balls and slips alongside reserved. Pot luck BBQ ashore at the lovely Marina clubhouse

Leg 2:  Tuesday 26 July: depart Prinyer’s Cove for Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, Belleville. Distance - 34 nm. VHF 68. Option to anchor across from Belleville, east of town of Rossmore. Also can stop short and anchor east of Wallbridge Point.

Leg 3:  Wednesday 27 July: depart BQYC via the Murray Canal for Presqu’ile Bay. Distance - 18 nm. Destination Harbourview Marina and Cafe, Brighton. Contact e-mail:

marinacafe@gosport.ca, Tel: (613) 475-1515. Both mooring balls and slips alongside reserved. Dinner at the Marina Cafe.

Alternate: Presqu’ile Public Wharf. Municipal dock located on the peninsula, west of Salt Point. No services except for a Port-a-Potty. Concrete 100 foot dock with lighting. Very quiet. Lovely walk to the lighthouse. Ample depth alongside south side of dock

Note: Murray Canal VHF 14. Have your $5.00 ready in cash to transit the canal.

Leg 4:  Thursday 28 July: evening flotilla departure with overnight passage to Main Duck Island. Distance - 57nm. Arriving Friday morning, plan to anchor and raft together along the north shore, approximately one-half mile west of Schoolhouse Bay. Can also proceed to public docks in Schoolhouse Bay, which is very well protected. Limited depth, so keep to the outside corner of the docks. Parks Canada location, so usual fees apply. Spend the day at Main Duck Island.

Alternate A: Solo day passage from Presqu’ile Bay to Main Duck outside of Prince Edward County, or backtrack ‘inland’ via Trenton, Belleville, Long Reach to Waupoos

Alternate B: Route Presqu’ile Bay to Long Point and anchor. Distance 46.5nm. Following day then proceed Long Point to Waupoos, distance 8.5 nm.

Note: If delayed due to wind or weather, delete Main Duck Island and proceed direct to Waupoos and anchor off Waupoos Island. Total distance of 55 nm

Leg 5: Saturday 30 July: Depart Main Duck Island for Waupoos Marina. Distance 19 nm

20 Slips reserved. Contact e-mail: rick@waupoosmarina.ca, Tel: (613) 476-2926, VHF 68

Pot Luck Dinner ashore. Swim and relax.

Two nights planned at Waupoos Marina. Sunday evening: live entertainment provided by local band Six Feet. Bring your dancing shoes!

Leg 6: Monday 01 August: Depart Waupoos for Kingston. Distance - 31 nm, routing south of Amherst Island. Else total distance of 33 nm, routing north of Amherst Island via the PEC-Amherst Island “Gap”

Total planned trip of 161 nm


Distance - in nm

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1. KYC - Prinyers Cove Marina, via North Channel


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2. Prinyers - BQYC,

via Long Reach and Telegraph Narrows


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3. BQYC - Presqu’ile Bay,

via Trenton and Murray Canal


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4. Presqu’ile - Main Duck Island via Scotch Bonnet, Point Petre (open lake sail)


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4B. Presqu’ile - Long Point,

via Scotch Bonnet, Point Petre


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5. Main Duck Island - Waupoos, via Prince Edward Bay


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5B. Long Point - Waupoos,

via Prince Edward Bay


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6. Waupoos - KYC via direct, south of Amherst Island


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6B. Waupoos - KYC via ‘Gap’ and north of Amherst


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