Kingston Yacht Club

Kingston Yacht Club (KYC) is a private yacht club based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The stated objectives of the club are to encourage the building and sailing of yachts, skiffs and canoes; motor boating; rowing; canoeing and all aquatic and other sports among amateurs.[citation needed]

Kingston Yacht Club
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Legal statusactive
PurposePromote, encourage and education; champion the sports of sailing and boating, and create opportunities for friendship and community
Official language
English, French
AffiliationsBritannia Yacht Club, Royal Military College of Canada


KYC was founded in 1896 from its first incarnation, the Kingston Ice Yacht Club, which was formed in 1895. Its first clubhouse building, a 40x40-foot two-story structure, was opened on August 3, 1896.[citation needed]

In 1906–7, Henry Patrick Smith designed a Kingston Yacht Club clubhouse at the foot of Maitland Street.[1] The clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1934.

The current clubhouse was erected in 1935 and officially opened by the Governor General of Canada, the Earl of Bessborough.

A firm founded by John Power designed 12 architectural drawings for Kingston Yacht Club showing elevations, floor plans, alterations and additions 1880–1953.[2]

In 1940–41, the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves scheme for training yacht club members developed the first central registry system.[3]

In 1991, Katherine Waugh wrote 'Setting the mark : the history of the Kingston Yacht Club.'[4]

In 1996, Mariella C.C. Morrin edited 'Keep it simple sailor: easy cooking for people who love to eat by members of the Kingston Yacht Club.[5]


KYC has hosted many prestigious sailing regattas over the years including dozens of world and international championships[6] and the sailing events of the 1976 Summer Olympics.

KYC, and some of its members, were among the founders of CORK an annual multi-class sailing regatta held in the waters off Kingston, Ontario.

Key peopleEdit

Commodore, Rob Crothers. Vice Commodore, Glenn Warner. General Manager, .

Sailing Manager, Rachel Harris. Head Instructor, . [7]


As a Regional Training Centre for 2012, KYC supports the training of Athletes from the Grassroots to the National Team Level and supports the development of Coaches from Level 1 (CANSail 1&2) to Level 4–5.[8]

The KYC has reciprocal agreements with many other yacht clubs. It is also home to the Queen's University varsity sailing team.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Henry Patrick Smith Dictionary of Architects in Canada
  2. ^ John Power Library and Archives Canada
  3. ^ Archived 2012-12-05 at Royal Canadian Naval Reserve - Scheme for Training Yacht Club Members
  4. ^ Katherine Waugh 'Setting the mark : the history of the Kingston Yacht Club.'(Kingston, Ont. : Quarry Press, 1991)
  5. ^ Mariella C.C. Morrin edited 'Keep it simple sailor-- : easy cooking for people who love to eat'(Kingston, Ont. : Kingston Yacht Club, 1996)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2011-03-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Kingston Yacht Club Staff Listing".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2012-08-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 44°13′23″N 76°29′13″W / 44.22306°N 76.48694°W / 44.22306; -76.48694