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Knotmeter - February 6, 2014

Knotmeter - February 6, 2014


This February, in partnership with Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Kingston Yacht Club is proud to be offering five unique beers. A new beer will be released each Friday in February.

Up this week: Ellsmeres Regret (Chocolate, Marshmallow & Hemp Stout)

For each FeBREWary beer that members purchase, they will receive a ballot for two tickets to see Blue Rodeo at the K-Rock Centre on Saturday, February 22nd. The draw will be held on Friday February 21st, so make sure you get down to the club to try these delicious beers, we will only have one keg of each beer so quantities will be limited. We will also be giving away wooden Beau’s coasters to members who purchase FeBREWary beers while supplies last.

For information on all five offerings, click here.

Sweetheart TGIF

Valentine’s Day at KYC
Friday February 14th

Start your Valentine ’s Day evening at KYC!

Sweetheart Special: Two drinks and an appetizer to share
Lonely Hearts Special: Pint and a burger

Sailors' Meetings 
On Thursday February 27, starting at 7 pm downstairs, the Sailing Committee will be hosting the Sailors' Winter Meeting. This will be an informal meeting to discuss a variety of topics, including: the Sailing Calendar for 2014, suggestions for improving the Sailors' Handbook, scoring issues & options, matching boats needing crew with crew looking for boats and other ideas afoot.
Please forward your thoughts for the meeting by email to Ken Martin at ken.martin@kingstonyachtclub.ca or in person to your fleet captain or any member of the Sailing Committee.
The Sailors' Spring Meeting will be held upstairs on Tuesday April 15, starting at 7 pm. The Sailors' Handbook for 2014 will be presented and discussed at that time.

KYC Winter Skating Rink

Thanks to some hard work by Andrew Kelm and several other members, there are now two skating rinks cleared off and flooded in the KYC inner harbor; One rink for skaters and the other for the Greztkys and Lafleurs among us. Any member who comes down with their skates to use the rinks will get 15% off any food purchase. There will also be specialty hot chocolates and coffees 
available at the bar for young and old alike. Child-friendly DVDs will be available for viewing in Sunshine Lounge so kids can be entertained while they are warming up.

Come on down to enjoy!

Winter's no fun? Winter snow fun!

Check out this video montage sent in by Erika Vines and Family having some fun around KYC in the snow and on the rink!
YouTube link

Winter Food and Beverage Update

Yes! We are open for the Winter! Foodservice is offered at KYC from Thursday-Saturday! This menu is geared toward sharing, and warming up after winter activities. 

Specials this week:

Thursday: Crab Cakes
Cream of Tomato Soup
Friday: 1/2 Price Nachos 
Apple Crisp
Sunday: Steak and Egg Fajita
Blueberry Pancakes

Click here for the menu!

We will also have the Olympics on TV at the bar for the recap of the daily competitions out of Sochi.

Upcoming Events at KYC
Feb 9 Sunday Brunch ~ 10:30AM
Feb 14  Sweetheart TGIF ~ FeBREWary ~ 4PM
Feb 16 Sunday Brunch ~ 10:30AM
Feb 18 Women in Wind ~ Maritime Radio Refresher Course
Feb 19 Town Hall Meeting ~ 7PM
Feb 27 Sailors' Meeting ~ 7PM ~ Main Level
For a complete list of upcoming events please visit:www.kingstonyachtclub.ca/calendar

Message from the Commodore

I would like to thank the members who attended the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday the 22nd.  The topic of discussion was primarily the long term financial plan for the club. The fact of the matter is the club does not currently have the financial capacity to fund the repair and remediation of our aging infrastructure.  Some of this work needs to be done on the same timeline as the harbour project, and the rest as soon as possible thereafter, but likely ten or more years from now.  I then presented how an increase in fees could put us on a solid track for being able to manage our operations and our long term infrastructure requirements.  
We will be issuing a survey shortly and are planning a follow-up Town Hall meeting for February 19th at 7pm to further discuss this approach.  I want to be sure that all members, of all categories, are part of this discussion as this is an issue that affects everyone.   If you were not able to attend the meeting please take a look at the slide show located here to see what was presented.  
We are really talking about the long term viability of the club, and all members should be very interested in this, but a fee change would also affect all members, and we want to know how you feel.  We will be sending out a questionnaire shortly to help gather feedback, but we welcome all comments.  Please send comments and questions to harbourquestions@kingstonyachtclub.ca.
Chris Walmsley

Women in Wind & KPSS Learning Events

In keeping with our mandate to enhance sailing skills, Women in Wind, in collaboration with the Canada Power Squadron, is once again sponsoring two learning events for KYC members this Winter.

1.  Maritime Radio Refresher:  February 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Partridge Room.  This course is designed to reacquaint current holders of the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) with correct usage and radio procedures.  Participants will  review radio calls and procedures, learn about Digital Selective Calling, and gain insight into the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.  There is no charge for this course.  Please advise Glenn Singleton at manager@kingstonyachtclub.com or May Corcoran (CPS Training Officer) at kps.tro@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

2. SAIL:  March 12, 26, April 2, 19, 23, 30, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:30 - Partridge Room.  This Sailing Course is for new and experienced sailors who want to increase their sailing knowledge and skills.  It covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship.  The range of topics is broad:  from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.  Cost:  $150.00.  Follow http://www.boatingcourses.ca/cities/Kingston to the Canada Power Squadron website to register for this course.

KPSS - Other Courses
Kingston Power and Sail Squadron has released new course dates for this year. Please visit their website for details.

Send us your Photos - New and Old!
We are in the process of organizing our photo collection. This includes photos from the 2013 season, photos from when the club was founded, and everything in between!

Wanted from Members:
All types of photos. Digital or paper format. We can scan older formats.

Please drop them off in a sealed envelope at KYC or send them to matt.white@kingstonyachtclub.ca

Volunteers Needed for Summer Regattas
KYC in cooperation with CORK, will be hosting the 29' er North American Championships just prior to the 29'er World Championships that will take place this summer .

The regatta will take place July 21- 24

In preparation for this here is a list of courses and seminars that we are planning:

  • First Aid with CPR
  • VHF Radio Operator with license
  • Race Officer course
  • Sail Wave Race Scoring seminar
  • On water Safety course with Skiff specific module June 14/15
If you are interested in learning new skills and are able to help out for these events please contact Paul Davis by email at paul.davis@kingstonyachtclub.ca

Hours of Operation


The Gas Dock is now closed for the Winter.
For more information on other KYC events and programs please visit our website. www.kingstonyachtclub.ca