May the 4th be with you... It certainly was with us!
We would like to thank all the Volunteer's and extra help who assisted us in our Launch and Mast Steeping this past Wednesday and Thrusday. It really shows how great of a Club we really are! To see more pictures of launch, please click here
Now the season can begin!
| Thank you!
A BIG shout out to all the volunteers who did yeomen’s duty on Wednesday and Thursday for launch and masts up! It was, possibly, one of the most efficient boat dipping days and sticks-up on record.
At 0825 Wednesday morning, we dipped the “Peel”. By 1705 Wednesday afternoon, we had dipped 34 boats, (some twice), moved 2 mooring balls, and stepped 6 masts. Thusday morning after another breakfast feed, we then stepped 13 masts, moved those %#$@ mooring balls again, launched 1 more boat and lifted another for a quick propeller adjust, all before 1330. Of course, Brian with Herr Krupp made it look easy.
Kudos, thank yous and a tip o’the hat to an efficient, well oiled gang of slingers, hookers, UNhookers, runners, pushers, boat grunts, riggers and loyal liners. Young and old, we lift, launch and stick up!
VERY big thanks to: Andrew, Rob, Ron, Sue, Tom, Ralph, Bob, Ross, Darwin, Don, Chris C, Rick, Kelly, Jeb, Franm Graham, Chris W, Elliot, Brad, Cole, myself, and of course our able timer, Mary. (if I I have missed any names, I ask for your pardon.)
You have just read twenty volunteer's names of those who selflessly gave two days to your club and fellow members. There isn’t a sinking boat’s chance in a rising tide that we could pull off all this work in such short and efficient order without a very capable group of enthusiasts. It was fun, it was tiring, it has been fulfilling. It was a big success. It was very nice to see some new faces participating, and it is my hope that the spirit of volunteerism will grow as it needs to, in and expanded KYC. Kingston Yacht Club would be a mere shadow of it’s self without members generously giving their time and expertise to the causem and delights of sailing. That more will help out in any capacity at KYC will benefit not only your club, yourself, but sailing as a whole. Sailing needs your love, in many ways!
| Call out for Volunteers
We need 6 volunteers for cradle loading on Thursday May 12. It’s usually less than a half day affair.
Those who snapped pics of launchings…. please email your pics in to Greg McNab at firstname.lastname@example.org The Historical records beg to be added to!
| Adult Learn to Sail Update
The Adult Learn to Sail has undergone some minor changes. If you were unaware, or would like more information on the updates, please click the link below to learn more about the changes and updates to the Adult Sailing Program. Make sure to tell your friends and colleagues!
New Adult Learn to Sail Program
| RACING UPDATE
The new & improved 2016 Sailors' Handbook has been released, both online and in printed booklet form. Booklets were distributed at the recent Racers' Evening; copies are available at the bar and office. The Handbook contains sections on Keelboat Racing, Radio Controlled Racing, Cruising, and Women in Wind.
Robert Weguelin has been hired as our Race Management Coordinator for 2016. Robert has a wealth of experience in race management (e.g. London Olympics) and we are fortunate to have him. Robert helped out last year on a volunteer basis near the end of the season.
Race Committee duties for May and June are now fully assigned, as a result of the recent lottery. Each racing boat is required to perform 2 duties per year. The RC Duty list is available online in the Racing area of our web site. To request an assignment send email to email@example.com.
A list of the new 2016 PHRF handicaps for KYC racing boats has been posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions about this, our PHRF reps are Rob Colwell and Ralph Shaw.
Reminder: Racing started on Thursday May 5 for Sharks and Tuesday May 10 for PHRF!
| Volunteers Needed
Planning for 2016 regattas at our club is going well. To provide the best events we need lots of volunteers - people to work on water and to help ashore.
The 2016 events are:
July 1 - 3 - Shark North American Championship
July 9 - 10 - Viper 640 Canadian Championship
July 29 - 31 - The Annual KYC Skiff Regatta (29er, 49er, 49erFX)
September 10, 11 - IOM (International One Metre) Eastern Canadian Championship
September 10 - 17 - Soling World Championship
More information about these events is posted to the KYC website under the Sailing/Racing/Regattas tab.
If you'd like to come and play, send your name to Greg McNab firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get back to you about scheduling.
Everyone is welcome. For new people we'll provide training. For those who have been involved previously, we'll just provide the usual fun.
| Cruisers' Event
| Kingston Power and Sail Squadron
KPSS Events Coming up @ KYC
| May 6: New Member TGIF
Please join us for our New Member TGIF! This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow members, learn a bit more about the Club over a pint or glass of wine and have a bite to eat. This is a drop in event, very informal and runs from 5pm – 7pm (and no cost). Our TGIF’s are extremely popular during the “Off Season” and a great opportunity for member groups or organizations to tell other’s about themselves – or just a great excuse to come down to the Club on a Friday with all your friends!
For more information, please contact Greg at email@example.com
| May 8: Mothers’ Day Brunch
Mothers’ Day will soon be upon us again and Chef Neil is offering up another sumptuous brunch buffet to help celebrate. Treat Mom to a delicious brunch at KYC, featuring a carving station, omelette station, fresh pastries, bread and many other brunch favourites! Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 for kids under 12 and can be reserved with James at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
| May 20: Cottage Fiday BBQ
Join us at KYC for the first Cottage Friday BBQ of the season on Friday May 20th. Chef Neil`s team will be serving up specials from the grill and a buffet inside of summery foods. The party starts at 5:30pm and runs until 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. We will gladly accept walk-ins but to reserve a table please e-mail James at firstname.lastname@example.org
| YOGA AT KYC With Norah Greatrix!
Come down to KYC for yoga, every Wednesday!
About Nora >> Sign up Today!
- Where: Partridge Room (Upstairs), KYC
- When: 1545h, every Wednesday, classes formally start at 1600h.
- Cost: The cost is $10 per session (which we will be happy to apply to your account)
- What to Bring: Mat, comfortable clothes & H2O (A mat can be arranged in advance if you need, please contact Norah for this and with any questions pertaining to what will be covered in class).
| Weekend Features
- Chicken Saltimbocca: chicken scalopinni with proscuitto, white wine lemon sage butter sauce, mini red potatoes and broccoli - $18
- Omelette: mushrooms, blue cheese and chives - $11
- Quiche: pancetta and provalone - $11
- Cinnamon pancakes
| Beer of the Week
Our beer this week is Beau’s Golden Vox Rye Lagered Ale. The Golden Vox is a Beau’s beer brewed in collaboration with Canadian hip hop artist K-Os. It is a hybrid style based on American pale ales with a blend of rye and barley malts. It is aged in Rye Whiskey barrels giving it a subtle complexity for such an approachable pale ale.
Next up on tap will be Broadhead Brewing’s Bodacious Blueberry Blonde Ale. One sip ad you’ll be reminded that summer is getting into full swing. There are notes of blueberry on the nose and palate in this clear blonde ale, balanced by a malty body and some hop bitterness on the finish. KYC is one of the few places to find this beer in Kingston and once it’s gone, it’s gone for another year.
| Wine of the Month
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the wine station during last Saturday’s Food & Beverage fair. After tabulating your voluminous feedback, we have decided to feature two wines this month.
The first is a Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Domaine Chatelain Les Vignes de Saint-Laurent-l’Abbaye Pouilly Fumé. This wine comes from the Chatelain family that has been making wine in the Loire Valley in France for 12 generations. This is a modern take on Pouilly Fumé, one of the great Sauvignon Blanc producing regions of the world, that might be described as New Zealand meets the Loire Valley. The palate has notes of green apple, grass and lemon notes with good minerality. In other words, its the perfect wine to sip outside at KYC and enjoy the summery weather.
The second is a classic red from the Rhône Valley in France, Xavier’s 2012 100% Côtes du Rhône. This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault, Carignan and Marselan grapes. The nose has notes of blackberriy, raspeberry and floral notes. The palate is concentrated, medium to full-bodied and is complex with a long finish. This is a great red to pair with steak, cured meats and strong cheese or enjoy on its own. Ask your servers to try one or both of these wines on your next visit to KYC.
| Junior Sailing
Registration is filling up fast! We only have a few spots left in the Wet Feet program, and several other courses are already full. Register today to save your spot!
If your desired course is full, make sure to put yourself on the waitlist. You never know if a spot might open up!
A message from Greg
It is with much sadness we would like to inform the membership of James Walton's decision to leave KYC. James started his career here almost five years ago in the Restaurant. Throughout his time with us, he worked in assisting us in both the kitchen and front of the house, eventually into the role of Food & Beverage Manager. James has been instrumental in overseeing many club activities (Weddings, Parties, Sailpast to name just a few) and has been a huge part of the daily food and beverage operations (hiring, training, and overseeing). I would like to personally thank him not only for his work this past year, as I learned about KYC, but also for his past years of dedication and commitment in making the club a better place.
A message from James
I speak for the rest of the Management team and staff in wishing James all the best in all his future endeavours.
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my resignation as Kingston Yacht Club’s Food & Beverage Manager. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at KYC, getting to know all of you and trying to offer the best bar and restaurant service in Kingston. I recently received an offer to be the head waiter at Riverwalk, a fine dining restaurant in my home-town of Bracebridge. This is not only a great opportunity for me but will give my wife, Kristyn and our 5 month old son, Ian, the chance to spend the summer at my family cottage with Ian’s grandparents. I will greatly miss all of the KYC Members who have made working here such a pleasure and privilege for the last four years. I invite all of you to keep in touch and I will be back in Kingston this fall to resume work on my P.h.D.