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    Yes there are Jewish members of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club – there is no issue and it is not ironic – in the least.  We are treated with courtesy, respect, inclusion, fellowship and if we want Kosher meals they are arranged for – something that never took place at the Island Yacht Club.  

    There are far more than 30-40 slips available at the Island Yacht Club – particularly considering that about fifty slips had been removed from the main dock and the north end of the property.  The water acreage can accommodate about 300 boats depending upon size and the club had once accommodated that many boats at one time.  

    The comments by some of the board and past members of the IYC raising the issues of it being difficult for Jews to join the RCYC sixty years ago are not relevant there is no issue what so ever today.  

    The total dues fees and assessments paid by Island yacht Club members are in no way remotely similar to those paid by RCYC members.  Those fees paid by IYC members are far higher and given the far lower service levels in terms of launch access, the city club on St. George Street and the quality and quantity of services at the RCYC there is a huge disparity in value given to each group of members.  

    The issue for the IYC is that they are so low in terms of numbers that their costs per member are far to high.  They have been unsuccessful at turning this around at every year way before the fire of 2004.    The rye comment is that the IYC was on fire well before the fire.  The current situation was predictable and some of the Jewish Members of RCYC were previously members of IYC.  What no one will tell you is that it was preventable at several times yet the IYC did not act in it’s own best interests and continued basically down the same destructive paths and the downward spiral they have been in for many many years simply continued propped up by high fees and borrowing.  Seemingly this has to come to an end at some point and an amalgamation with the RCYC is their best option for so long as they still retain sufficient control to have options. 

    RCYC has perhaps three slips empty with thirty boats in the yard not launched.  There is no room for expansion and the RCYC can over time be successful at integrating the two island properties into one cohesive unit if it makes sense to do so.  This will be explored in due diligence that is underway now.  When it is flushed out with what overheads can be eliminated in an amalgamation then a deal can be presented to the two club’s memberships.  The potential is there to make good economic use of the property by RCYC and the future seems bright if it can be packaged in a factual forthright manner to the memberships.