The racing season’s almost here, and it’s time to get things sorted out! Come out to the club Monday May 16 for a pre-season meeting and we’ll talk all things racing. For those who have never raced before (or, if its been a while) we’ll give a once over of all-you-need-to-know-to-get-started (what to do when you arrive on race-night, what the race course looks like, how the races are started, basic rules, etc). For the old-salts, we’ll go over this year’s SIs and how they are different from last season (especially scoring).
We will be hosting a formal “Racing Clinic” later in the season (after the first Learn-To-Sail lessons are over) as well, but the meeting on the 16th should get us started for the Spring series of races (May 23, water-levels-permitting, to June 20).
Many thanks to Mario for again volunteering as our Principal Race Officer.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to race, let me try to persuade you
- you don’t have to be fast — we’re all in it for fun and for many sailors, race night is just an excuse to get out on the water at least once a week
- it’s the safest time to sail — you’re surrounded by lots of other sailors and the crash boat is out on the course if you get into trouble
- racing’s the best way to improve — even if you are dead last (unlikely, if I’m sailing that day) I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you move from “way behind everyone else” to “just behind everyone else” to “in the middle of the fleet” to “challenging the leaders”
- tips from the pros — watching and talking to the fast-folks is a heck of a lot easier than trying to figure things out on your own
- “nobody left ashore” policy — if you’re interested in crewing, you can always find a skipper (and vice-versa)
- apres-sail is a blast
- it’s free — as members of KSC, there are no entry fees or other costs to you!
See on you Monday the 16th!
Did you know that as a member of KSC, you’re entitled to use any of our Albacores in Canadian Albacore Association events? Well you are! The 2016 Ontario championships are being held in Toronto this year at Mooredale Sailing Club, for anyone who’s interested! Check out http://albacore.ca/ontarios/ for links to the registration page.
We already have a pretty full calender this year, but I’m pleased to propose/announce a new addition — Photo Day! While everyone has a picture or two of themselves on the beach, standing beside a boat, here’s a chance to get some real frame-it-and-hang-it-on-the-wall worthy action shots on the water.
Here’s what I’m picturing (pun intended): At some point (some time after at least the first batch of trainees have graduated) we’ll watch the forecast for a nice weekend day with sunshine and decent (but not too strong) winds. When a good looking day is coming up we’ll notify the membership, and arrange for a photographer to come out to ride along in the power boat for a few hours (we already have a volunteer!)
Rig up your favourite cat or monohull and we’ll do our best to get some great action shots of you — whether you’re flying a hull on one of the cats, hiking out with your kid (or, dare I suggest, spouse) in an Albacore, or planing along on a Laser, we’ll be sure to capture it! It’s your time to shine, so get ready show off your stuff!
The Notice of Race (NoR) and Sailing Instructions for the KSC Open Regatta are posted below. The KSC Open has two classes, Albacore and Laser, and is open to both KSC members and members from other clubs.
For KSC members intending to use KSC fleet boats, a draw will be held at 20:00 on Friday the 4th at the Club to assign fleet boats to members wishing to use them for the race. If fleet boats are still available on Saturday, they will be assigned on a first come first serve basis during registration.
A competitors’ meeting will be held at 10:00 at the KSC Club House.
Register at the KSC Club House. The registration fee is $25/person, and includes breakfast snacks on both days. Lunch and beverages will not be served so people should bring their own.
Friday, September 4th, 2015, from 18:00 to 20:00
Saturday, September 5th, from 09:30 to 10:00
KSC Open 2015 – NoR 2015
KSC Open 2015 – Sailing Instructions
The Kanata Sailing Club has two upcoming events where you can try sailing for free!
Get Out On The Water
Saturday, June 20 (all day).
In partnership with the Ottawa River Canoe Club we are please to offer a multisport experience adding paddling, kayaking and SUP to sailing! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/getoutonthewater-tickets-15656809940
Shells&Sails Try-IT day
Saturday, June 28 (all day)
In partnership with Shells & Sails, a program developed by Ontario Sailing, you will be assisted by qualified coaches during your experience in a rowing shell and in a sailing boat. RSVP now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kanata-sailing-club-try-it-day-june-28-2015-tickets-16251394358