Stormy Skies for the DN Ice Boaters this past weekend
| PHRF Handicapper
We are looking for a local PHRF co-handicapper. If you are interested in helping, please contact Rob Colwell (his contact coordinates are available in our website's "Members Area"). Thanks to Ralph Shaw for helping in recent years. Power boats don't seem to need PHRF ratings!
| February - April: Speaker Series
Kingston's Maritime Heritage Speaker Series 2018
Kingston Yacht Club and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes are partnering with local experts to present members and the general public with a series of entertaining glimpses into the unique and impressive maritime heritage of our city and the region. In 2018 this will include five evening lectures at KYC:
March 7: Francis MacLachlan and friends - Kingston's Living Maritime Heritage: discussion of the living history of KYC and the value of square-rigger youth sail training on his brigantines, such as St. Lawrence II.
March: 21: Maurice Smith - Garden Island: local historian will talk about the enormous significance of D.D. Calvin and Garden Island to Kingston.
April 4: Maurice Smith - Kingston Shipyards: local historian will talk about the long and storied history of Kingston Shipyards, former home of the Museum.
| March 10: Book Launch and Signing
Come and Celebrate! Local author and historian David More launches the fourth historical novel in his award-winning Smithyman Saga, The King's Salt. The signing will take place from 7-9pm on March 10th.
| March 28: Facilities MasterPlan
| March 31: Journey Across Canada
| April 11: Cooking with Chef Neil
| Weekend Features
- Grilled pork chops (2) with a dijon cream sauce, barley and poached pear pilaf and roasted cauliflower and broccoli - $21
- Weekend Special: Corned beef hash with 2 sunny side eggs and choice of toast - $14
- Omlette: Greek omelette - $13
| Beer of the Week
Blueberry I.P.A. – 6.0% ABV
Built on the foundation of a generously hopped I.P.A., Cavalier Bleu blends the citrusy aromas of organic New Zealand hop varieties with the fruity flavours found in American Azacca and German Mandarina Bavaria hops. Topping it off is an infusion of organic blueberry juice made from wild Québec blueberries.
Cavalier Bleu pours hazy light brown with blue/purple undertones and a white foam. The aroma offers a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus and blueberry notes. The flavour offers intense tangy blueberry. The finish is dry and tart.
| Wine of the Month
Your KYC Sailing Committee has met a couple of times in the New Year, to work on various things for the upcoming sailing season. Some racing-related items of note:
- Thanks to all who responded to the racing plans survey! The results of the recent racing plans survey were reviewed; some acquired insights will be useful for future event planning purpose.
- A decision has been made to split PHRF fleets into 2 equal sized fleets instead of the current approach (i.e. owner has discretion in choosing PHRF 1 or PHRF 2 fleet to participate in). It is expected this will result in 2 approximately 8-9 boat fleets instead of the 13 and 3 boat fleets we've had in recent years. This might not seem desirable for some racers, at first impression. However, it is felt that overall it will provide (a) better & more interesting racing and (b) improved race management (e.g. length of courses). The new approach will be tried as a 1 year trial and re-evaluated at the end of the 2018 season.
- A decision has been made to not to combine PHRF 1 and PHRF 2 fleets into a single combined PHRF fleet.
- There will be some changes in time limits for evening races.
- Michael Nicoll-Griffith will be offering a post racing arbitration service most evenings.
- More details on all of the above will be presented at the Spring Sailors Evening, currently planned for Wed April 11 @ 7-9 pm.
We plan to have the online version of the Sailors Handbook available by March 31. It will include new sections for Community Club and Able Sail.
The Orange Peel will be going in for completion of its electrical refit before racing starts. Also, the whalers will be safety/equipment refurbished.
Winter pool-based radio controlled racing did not pan out this year. Some useful information was acquired though, regarding the new DF65 RC boats, pool costs & availability & equipment requirements. It is hoped that after the upcoming season we will be able to present a feasible & affordable option for the next off season. There are plans for a TGIF in April where members could try their hand at some RC sailing.
PHRF handicaps for 2018 are expected soon. We will again be using a few local modifications to the PHRF-LO provided handicaps.
KYC hosted regattas this summer:
July 12 - 14: EYC 2018
July 28 - Aug 6: 29er Canadian Championships & Training Camp
Aug 26 - Sept 1: Shark Worlds
Sept 8 - 9: IOM Eastern Canadians
KYC will also be hosting a variety of social events for regattas being run by CORK, including the Viper North Americans.
If you have thoughts you'd like to share about any of our Sailing programs, the following are your reps on the Sailing Committee:
Racing (Fleet Captains): Steve Harrison & Peter Kraszewski (PHRF 1), John Vines (PHRF 2), Robin Wynne-Edwards (Sharks)
Regattas: Robert Weguelin
Radio Controlled: Paul Switzer & John Lowther
Community Club: Peter French
Women In Wind: Mary Wilson
Cruising: Ken Martin (acting)
Able Sail: Audrey Kobayashi & John Curtis
Contact coordinates for the above people are available in the "Member Area" on our website.
Today, with the new snow, Spring sailing seems further away :(