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KSC Fall Update

Hello Sailors!

Closing Day

KSC closing day for 2023 will be Saturday, October 14th starting at 9am. This is where we move all the boats up from the beach and ready the clubhouse for yet another long winter. As we always say, many hands make light work so please do your best to show up and help out! This event is rain or shine, bring some gloves and dress for the weather. We’re also looking for volunteers to don a wet suit and help haul in the dock, I’ll be sure to bring mine but could definitely use some help.

Like most years we are going to have a potluck afterwards so bring along your favourite food items. We’ve created a spreadsheet for members to add what they are bringing so we can take stock:

Call for Board Members

The directors had a good discussion about this topic and we wanted to acknowledge the tremendous effort our members are making to help out. From major site renovation projects to small housekeeping tasks, it’s you the members that keep this club going. So a huge thank you for all that you do!

This year we have a number of board members that will be exiting their roles, and we are looking for anyone that would be willing to jump in and help out. Since it may not be obvious what each director does, here’s a brief description of each:

  • Commodore – The captain of the ship, this role helps bind the whole organization together and keeps us moving in the right direction. Ultimately responsible for the safety and security of the club.
  • Vice-Commodore – Pulling in the big bucks with all the grant applications, this role is mostly to fill gaps in the org and help take on tasks which don’t have an obvious owner.
  • Membership – Looks after our members of course, this role is for making sure everyone is happy and keeps track of who is joining and how to get more people to sign up.
  • Training – An important job in a teaching club like ours, this role hires the instructors and keeps our training classes running year after year.
  • Site – Handles all the hardware that isn’t stainless, this role keeps the clubhouse and the land it sits on in tip top shape.
  • Social – Our official event planner, this role coordinates events and works closely with the Sailing and Membership directors to keep our members active in the club.
  • Harbourmaster – Boats boats and more boats, this role keeps our fleet on the water and in ready-to-race condition.
  • Purser – Fundamental to the operation of any non-profit, this role keeps tabs on the credits and debits and ultimately signs all the cheques.
  • Website & Communications – Separate positions that have been commonly held by the same person. This role manages our KSC website and sends out all these perfect communiques, always on time, and with absolutely no spelling or grammatical mistakes at all.
  • Sailing – The perfect job at a sailing club after all, this role works closely with the Social director to coordinate special sailing events and organizes the weekly race series.
  • Corporate Secretary – Also fundamental for a non-profit, the secretary is responsible for recording important decisions and cataloguing the corporate history of the club.

If any of these sound like something you can help out with, even if not officially or even if a board member is still occupying the role (like me!), please reach out to our commodore Corinne. You can make a big difference to the operation of our club, and the directors would really appreciate the help.

Annual General Meeting

On that note, the KSC AGM will be held at the Nepean Sailing Club, Harbourview conference room on Thursday, November 23rd starting at 7pm. This event is where we review the operation of the club for the last year and gives the membership a chance to voice their opinion on the handling and direction of the club.

We will be hosting the event in person and by Google Meet, meeting link & call-in numbers provided in the event link above (click the date). Feel free to come early and have a bite to eat and a pint with the other early birds. The Harbourview room is next to the pub on the 2nd floor.

If you have photos of sailors or other happenings around the club, please upload them to our drive and we’ll present them at the meeting as well as find a place for them on our website:

Financial reports and previous AGM minutes will be provided before the event to review.

2023-05-31 Spring Beach

KSC Spring Update 🌼🍃⛵

Hello everyone, just a few quick updates from your KSC board of directors.

Dock Install Sat June 3rd

Calling everyone who’s able to help! We’re bringing the big dock down the ramp and anchoring it on the beach. This usually requires a bunch of people as it’s very heavy and difficult to maneuver.

If you’re free please come down to the club and help us move it this Sat, June 3rd, around 10:30am. If you bring a wet suit Ken will be very happy to have some help positioning the dock in the water!

Summer Race nights every Tuesday

Weekly Race Night will start on Tuesday, June 13th, and run all summer.

These race nights are great fun and a great way to improve your skills. Our top racer, Steve Harrington, will give an overview of racing rules and strategy (e.g. races are won and lost at the start line) before we venture out on the water for some actual racing. Our instructor crew will run the races, and the two main rules are, nobody left standing onshore, and have fun. Tom Neumann has graciously agreed to supply hamburgers and beer for afterwards (please bring some cash if you want a burger and beer). The session will begin on the beach at 5:30 pm. Learn to sail students welcome to participate as crew.

Power to the Club Coming Soon!

If you’ve been to the club recently you may have noticed a bunch of new hydro poles installed. That’s right, we’re going to have power restored to the clubhouse soon! Stay tuned for more info.

Boat Rigging Refreshers every Saturday

Boat rigging refresher sessions at 1:30 pm on Saturdays throughout June.

Power Boat Tutorial Session Jun 24th

Power boat tutorial session at 4 pm on June 24th – you need your Personal Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to participate!

Duty Day Sign-ups are Live

All active members should sign up for their two duty day shifts on our website.

Sister Sailing Club Events

There are some upcoming events hosted by the Nepean Sailing Club for consideration (see NSC website for registration):

2022 Sailpast

2023 Spring Updates

Registration for training and membership is open for the 2023 sailing season. There are still lots of youth training slots open but these tend to fill up quickly, be sure to sign up early!

Our 2023 launch day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, starting at 9am. We need all hands on deck for this event, there’s lots to do but it goes quickly if we have lots of help. Like every year this will take place rain or shine, be sure to bring gloves, boots, and work wear with you. We will be removing the boats from the clubhouse, prepping boats with masts and rigging, hauling some of the boats to the beach, and assembling the dock in the water.

The 2023 Public Open House has been scheduled for Saturday, May 6th, from 12-4pm. Open house is when we invite members of the public to come check out the club and see what we’re all about. If you’re available that day come on down to the club and say hello.

New Fevas at the Club

The Kanata Sailing Club celebrated our 2022 Sailpast on Saturday Aug 20, and used the occasion to celebrate our spring 2022 Trillium Grant, with speeches, dignitaries and media invited down to the beach to view the boats, and a suckling pig BBQ event running into the evening. 

We thanked Ontario Trillium Foundation for a generous grant of $36,100 that allowed the club to purchase three new RS Feva sailboats for Learn-to-Sail training, and post-graduate recreational sailing, even including Wednesday night races. They’ve already ventured several times as far as the Aylmer marina beach, and to Pinhey’s Point historic site, and performed heroically with both novice and seasoned sailors alike.

The grant was awarded under the terms of the OTF Resilient Communities Fund, to help non-profits rebuild and recover from the impact of COVID-19. We are very grateful for these funds which allowed the purchase of dinghies that:

  • are fun, easily rigged, stable-hulled boats that can be sailed in higher winds without frequent capsize
  • inspire confidence in new sailors, even when sailing solo as required under physical distancing protocols
  • improve retention of Learn-to-Sail graduates and refresh club membership.

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this day a rousing success!

Club boats on the beach

KSC June Update

Upcoming Events

Powerboat Training

We will be hosting powerboat training for those who have their PCO license already but aren’t familiar with our boats. Training will be held Friday, June 24th, at 6:30pm.

Social Sails

Various members will be hosting informal social sails this summer, starting with a sail to Aylmer on Sunday, June 26 for lunch at the new Le Bateau restaurant. Boats will leave at 11am for the ~30min sail over to Quebec.

This is the perfect opportunity for those who aren’t comfortable sailing by themselves to partake in a group trip. Whether solo, on helm, or as crew, all members who want to go will have a spot.

If you’re interested in organizing an event of your own feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly add it to our calendar and the next newsletter.

Race nights

Race nights are picking up again, starting this week they will be held every Wed at 6pm sharp. Be at the club early to rig the boats and get on the water before the race starts! Our training staff will be onsite to conduct the races so members can focus on the perfect jibe.

New Boats Arriving Soon

Fortunately our little club has scored a major win: we’ve secured funding for several new boats!
Everyone on the board is quite excited to announce the good news, however we’re not allowed to reveal all the details just yet.
Very soon you’ll hear more about the new vessels and the large improvement they’ll have to our training fleet.
And I can’t think of another sentence that starts with “A” but the funny formatting should be enough 😉

Catamaran Training

For those of us who don’t have our red tags yet, Ken is gauging interest in a cat training session this summer. Contact Ken if you’re interested in signing up for red-tag training, this is a one day training course that has a nominal fee.

Duty Days Going Old-School

Due to some technical difficulties with the previous calendar service, the board has decided to go with a more old-school approach to the duty day sign ups. The next time you’re at the club check out the pin-board for the duty day calendars:

Duty Day Signup Forms
Just put your name down for morning or afternoon on either Sat or Sun. Remember that all members are required to come help out for at least two half-day sessions.

Smaller Sails for the Bytes

Carla & Steve have been hard at work on a side project to get smaller, more controllable sails for the bytes. These are now ready and should be easier to sail for those members who are smaller in stature. A huge benefit is that they look and feel like a laser sail so should be more familiar than the usual byte rigging.

RS Quest Rigging

If you haven’t made it out to the Sat afternoon rigging sessions that Heidi has been hosting, you can find a nice rigging video up on our website here.

As always, if you have any comments/concerns, do bring them up with our board of directors.

That’s all for this week, see you out on the water!

Reminder: Public Open House This Weekend

Just a reminder that the public open house is this weekend, Saturday May 7th.

From 12-4pm we open the club up for anyone to swing by and checkout what we’re all about. Come see the new boats, check on the progress of our deck reconstruction, and hear about some exciting (and semi-secret) new things happening this summer. Looks like the weather will be absolutely perfect Sat & Sun so it’ll be a nice day to simply get out of the house and get some fresh air.

We encourage all new and past members to come by and help out, we’ll be starting around 11am to setup the tent. This year consider asking a friend or family member if they want to come join you and see the place, you never know, they may end up liking what they see!

Also a quick shout-out: if you know any teenagers or young-adults that are looking for laid-back summer job (who isn’t!), reach out to Ken, our training director. He’s looking for a new beach-boss to help with our junior training courses this year. Which by the way are almost completely filled, the last few spots are in the Junior Advanced training program.

See you at the club!

KSC Beach

2022 Launch Day & Public Open House

Launch Day

For 2022 we’re renaming opening day to launch day to make it a bit less confusing with the similarly scheduled public open house. The launch day this year is extra-special, as we have 3 new boats to bring down to the beach! The event will take place rain or shine, be sure to bring gloves and appropriate work wear. If you have power tools please bring them along in case they’re needed. Launch day activities include:

  1. Flipping and rigging the Albacores & Quests
  2. Moving Lasers & Bytes out of the clubhouse and assembling their dollies
  3. Taking the Optis out from under the deck to the beach
  4. Moving the power boats down to the beach
  5. Getting the dock setup in the water

2022 Launch Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd, from 9am to 3pm.

Public Open House

Open house is when we invite members of the public to show up and check out the club for themselves. We will put our best foot forward and hopefully convince them to sign up for a KSC membership or register for one of the training courses.

Open house has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th.

RS Quest Rigging Demo

We have three brand-new RS Quest sailboats to use this year, and like all dinghies it comes with its own quirks for setting up the rigging. We’ll be hosting a rigging demo session for all members to learn how to rig and sail the new boats.

Rigging demo session has been scheduled for Saturday, May 14th.

Optis drying out

2022 Season Updates

News Worth Sharing

The Kanata Sailing Club has exciting news to share for this upcoming 2022 season:

Membership & Training Forms

Membership and training forms are now live, sign-up now!

sign up

We return to our regular training season this year with our full adult/youth, junior, junior advanced, and family learn-to-sail programs. Checkout those links for more details and class date/times.

We plan on having our usual weekly races as well as some members-only training programs this year. And as this will be the first year with our new RS Quest club sailboats, we’ll offer a rigging class for all members to get acquainted with the new boats and their capabilities.

A Facebook Invitation

We’d like to invite all past and present members who are Facebook users to checkout our private group Kanata Sailing Club Members. (Different content than the public Kanata Sailing Club page). Just hit the “join” button and one of the admins will be pleased to give the thumbs up.

Fund-Raiser to Bring Hydro Back to the Kanata Sailing Club

We are determined to bring Hydro back again in the not too distant future. We lost it in 2018 during a fast-moving storm. 

major storm
Impressive weather radar image, three hours after the storm had passed. 

With the ORCC’s share, and a City of Ottawa Major Capital Projects grant, we’re at three-quarters (75%) of the amount quoted for the job. So, how much do we still need? An estimated $21,000. Oof! That’s what we said, too. 

We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the last funds needed to Bring Hydro Back to the Kanata Sailing Club. Many, many small contributions and some medium-sized contributions will get us there. Donations of any size are hugely welcome. A large contribution or two would be the cherry on top. As this is being written (Feb. 21st), we’ve got just over $1,000 from generous donors!

Please save and check out the campaign link just above since it contains all the gory details, and consider a contribution to bring electric power back to the site… for WiFi and coffee. Not to mention the safety and sanitation issues. Feel free too, to copy and share the link above with friends, family, on social media. 

Three New Boats

We have purchased and accepted delivery on three brand new RS Quests. These mono-hull boats will be used in training, replacing three retired Albacores, and are also certain to be a favourite boat for those who like a sweet-handling, friendly craft for their next sailing adventure with friends and family. They are also self-draining so there’s no bailing after any unexpected capsize.

rs quest
RS Quest. Credit: West Coast Sailing

On the subject of new boats, we’ve also applied for a Trillium Grant for three additional boats from the same family: the RS Feva model. This is a versatile, hard-to-capsize single or two-handed boat that new sailors will find a dream to get out on. There’s never any guarantee we’ll get the grant, but we’ll give you a heads–up when we know. 

Deck Rebuild this Spring

Other great news is that we are rebuilding our beautiful deck in the early spring. We have already dismantled the old deck so there’s no going back now. Onwards!  All members, from seasoned carpenters to complete novices, are welcome to step forward to help rebuild. Watch for a sign-up in an upcoming email and on the Facebook members group when the snow is light on the ground. We can’t wait to host everybody at an Open House on the new deck this summer, enjoying our spectacular view of the Ottawa River.

A faithful friend, the old deck.
Deck now stripped down, but will rise again.

Help Wanted emails will go out. 

As always, if you have any comments/concerns, do bring them up with our board of directors.

We look forward to seeing you out on the water this 2022 season!

2021 Season Updates

Membership and training forms are now live!

We’ll be offering both Adult/youth and Junior training this season! The upmost care and precautions will be taken to make sure all of our students are able to learn in a safe environment. To make that easier for our instructors we have shifted the regular training season to only include summer and late season sessions, hopefully this will avoid rain days where we would normally do classes in the clubhouse.

We do plan on having regularly scheduled race nights this season, as well as our usual member training programs (cat clinic, etc.). Stay tuned for more info.

Likewise we will announce the date for the 2021 opening day and we do plan on having a public open house like we did in previous years.

As always, if you have any comments/concerns, do bring them up with our board of directors.

We look forward to seeing you out on the water this 2021 season!

Annual General Meeting – AGM

Annual General Meeting has been booked for
Nov 10th, 7:00 PM at the Nepean Sailing Club.

Everyone should come out to hear the updates from the board and see how we are doing. Come a bit earlier to enjoy dinner with your fellow scally wags. A few our our board members plan on retiring so we will be nominated some new members to the board. Please consider volunteering your time as a board member. Many of us are first time board members and it has been a breeze and a fun time. Secondly the club runs on volunteers and there are only so many of us. It may be your turn again to take up a directorship. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Click here to add the meeting it to your google calendar.