Summer Report: Kingston YC sails past and not ‘racing’

News From Kingston

July 9, 2020

KYC Sailpast with Ross Cameron’s boat front and centre

KYC reports that while things aren’t normal, some activities are happening (and not happening.)

KYC SOLPast was an unbridled success! Thanks to ALL who dressed up their boats, and made up the KYC fleet to ring in the 2020 sailing season. Thirty-eight boats saluted the Flagship in what were perfect conditions for a lazy sailpast. We did this caper without sailing instructions (per se), and the fleet sailed past mostly in order. Many of you took off for an afternoon sail in what developed into nice conditions. Around 1700hrs, your galley staff did a great job of the first al fresco COVID friendly buffet of 2020. In short, Saturday’s event was all good- total success!

Best Safety First Award, best mask for a boat and well-protected crew – Windfarer

Best Excuse for Not Tipping My Hat, “My Hands are Full” – Single Handed Sailor holding a sheet in one hand, the tiller in the other and wearing a mask – so we weren’t sure who it was?

We’ve been in close touch with OSA and are using a locally developed model that is similar to the Leo Reise model that OSA published.

We are not ‘racing’ per se. We publish a course using our mark array, open a starting line which boats cross, taking their own time, they sail the course and take their time as they finish 

Crew size is determined by dividing the boat LOA by 10. Fractions are round up.

We’ve published a Special Sailing Instruction for sailors. 

– Ross Cameron, Immediate Past Commodore, KYC

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Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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Sunset off St John

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A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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