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All kinds of news about life at the Kanata Sailing Club.

New Fevas at the Club

The Kanata Sailing Club celebrated our 2022 sailpast on Saturday Aug 20. We must thank Ontario Trillium Foundation for a generous grant that allowed the club to purchase three new RS Feva sailboats for Learn-to-Sail training, and post-training recreational sailing. They’ve already ventured several times as far as the Aylmer marina beach with novice sailors, and to Pinhey’s Point historic site, and performed heroically.

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!

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!

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.

KSC Open – Saturday 31 Aug

6 Sailboats participated in the KSC Open this past weekend with 7 sailors partaking. The winds which continued to build throughout the morning met us at the start line at 15-20 km/h with gusts to 30. We sailed 3 races in the morning before breaking for lunch followed by 4 races in the afternoon.  Mike T. and Jason M., past board members of KSC joined us from the NSC and sailed in the 29er. 4 lasers and 1 byte joined in the chase. A great day was had by all. 

The results are as follows:

  1. Ken S – laser
  2. Liam M. – laser
  3. Carla M – byte
  4. Eric N – laser
  5. Gerry – laser

Mike and Jason competed but were not scored.

Thanks to Annie, Amy, and Steve for Race Committee

Thanks to Annie M and Jean M for the lunch.

Race Night Results – August 28th

So no doldrums to speak of this August, as yet another windy evening arrived in time for race night on Wed. Winds came in from the south east and shifted right  to the south as the evening progressed with averages at 20 km/hr gusting to 30 and higher. 

Battles ensued throughout the race course on Wednesday between the pros in the name of Ken E and Tom in the Albacore and Ken S in the laser, with bumping and gnashing of teeth and yelps of “STARBOARD”, “UP, UP, UP” and the term “Keel-haul” may have been uttered once or twice.  Some man-overboard maneuvers were practiced by Carla in the Byte followed by Corinne in the laser because you never know when or how often these skills will be called upon. 2 Hobie cats joined in the fun with Nathan and Annie, putting in a brilliant show for the evening, in fact I think I heard them purring at one point,  while Frank and Jean in the other Hobie gave a competitive chase.  

Results are as follows. 

Race 1 

  1. Ken S – laser 
  2. Ken E and Tom- Albacore
  3. Nathan and Annie – Hobie
  4. Jean and Frank – Hobie
  5. Corinne
  6. Carla – byte

Race 2

  1. Nathan and Annie
  2. Ken S
  3. Ken and Tom
  4. Corinne
  5. Carla
  6. Jean and Frank DNF

Race 3

  1. Nathan and Annie
  2. Ken S (forgot to protest pirates below)
  3. Ken E and Tom
  4. Carla
  5. Corinne- DNS

Thanks to the race committee:  Instructor Annie and her partner Amy for setting the course and to Liz who supplied us with the food including her delicious corn from her farm. 

This newsletter marks the last race night for this year for 2019. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to make the races happen and to all the sailors who offered their skills and assistance to the new members learning to sail and to the old salts who are always looking for a challenge. See you on the water. 

Carla – Sailing Director

Harry Adderly 12 Mile Island Regatta – Sunday 11 August

The Harry Adderly regatta brought in a nice mix of sailboats to the event this year under 27°C and beautiful partly cloudy skies with a NW wind blowing at 20 km/h increasing at times to 41 Km/h down river. 

Starting with a self timed start and finish between the KSC dock and buoy mark, from 11:15h – 11:50h, 7 sailboats set up river to round Allen Island (12 mile Island). Challenging wind conditions brought back the Wave after 2 hours and the rest found their way back from 4.25 hours to 5.5 hours.

The Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap scores were used to adjust the times and even out the results. The results will be entered in the Harry Adderly 12 Mile Island Challenge that is managed this year by Frank Boyaner .

Thanks to all the participants for coming out and challenging your fellow sailors and sharing in a celebratory “cold one” after the race. 

SailorsBoatAdjusted TimePlace
Mike RLaser237 mins1st
Liam and AlanisTasar247 mins2nd
Ken E and Tom NHobie 18254 mins3rd
NathanHobie 16273 mins4th
Frank and JeanHobie 16274 mins5th
Tony and DevinNarcra 17322 mins6th
Eric N.Hobie WaveDNF

Carla Millar- Sailing Director

Race Night Results – Aug 14

Race night was welcomed by a large NW wind that brought gusts up to 45 Km/h and a temp around 20 c at the start line to run a challenging triangle course with buoys to port. 8 boats approached the start line with the Tasar in front followed closely by the Albacore and then the laser. Rounding the first gybe mark nearly brought the Tasar over in a capsize as well the Albacore with yelps heard all around followed by the laser that did toss Ken S. into the water. Many others in the rest of the fleet followed suit, all practicing their man-over-board maneuvers and swimming techniques. Even Corinne discovered that tucking your feet under the hiking strap works better than on top, as she did the seal thing and flopped off the side of her Albacore, leaving Kathryn to fend for herself as her skipper abandoned ship.  The Tasar with a healthy lead in the first race decided one more rounding of the gybe mark, for reasons unknown to both skipper and crew, and the rest of fleet, would be a good idea until they looked over to port and to see the Albacore bearing down quickly on the finish line. Panic ensued as they finally altered course towards the finish and came in a disappointing second place. Ken S, who managed to leap into his laser in lightening speed was close on their heels for third place.  The Tasar accepted a self disqualification for fouling 2 boats on the  race #3 start line as the skipper managed to tuck the tiller handle into her life jacket for safe keeping, losing steerage, again for reasons unknown!! We had a fun time and a challenging set of races, offering a fabulous show for our spectators on shore.  Thanks to Ken E.  for the fabulous food and drink and to Instructor Annie again for setting out the race course.

Results are as follows: 

Race #1

  1. Ken E and John –Albacore
  2. Carla and Liz- Tasar
  3. Greg and Hayden- laser I think
  4. Ken S.- laser
  5. Liam – laser
  6. Lee Jing- laser
  7. Tom N. – laser
  8. Corinne and Kathryn- Albacore

Race #2

  1. Ken S
  2. Carla and Liz
  3. Ken E. and John
  4. Greg and Hayden
  5. Tom N
  6. Liam
  7. Corinne and Kathryn
  8. Lee Jing

Race #3

  1. Ken S
    Carla and Liz (DSQ) foulers!
  2. Ken E. and John 
  3. Corinne and Kathryn
  4. Tom N
  5. Greg and Hayden
  6. Liam
  7. Lee Jing

Race Night – Aug 7th

A few storm cells rolled through in the afternoon but as the rains shifted off to the south and the wind filled in from the SSE at 13 km/hr, race night was a go. We had 5 boats out that night. Results as follows:

Race #1

  1. Carla – Byte
  2. Corinne and Leopol – laser
  3. Liam and Eric – Tasar

Race #2

  1. Carla- byte
  2. Corrine and Leopol – laser
  3. Ken and Tom N – Albacore
  4. Lee Jing – Laser
  5. Liam and Eric – Tasar

Race #3

  1. Ken and Tom
  2. Carla
  3. Corrine and Leopol
  4. Liam and Eric
  5. Lee Jing

Thanks for Lee Jing for the fabulous food and drinks. And to the race committee of Steve H and Instructor Annie.  Next weeks food and bevvies will be brought to us by Ken E. 
Carla Millar – Sailing Director