Can you believe it? The Summer of 2013 is almost over! In fact by the time you read this article fall will have arrived. It’s kind of sad that the winds are generally a little more brisk in the fall. We just love the feeling of Carpe Ventus surfing on the waves with the spinnaker up, just powering up to surf even faster. Soon the masts will disappear and we will all participate in hauling the boats to dry land. For the new members, particularly crew members, I encourage you to participate as this is wonderful opportunity to really be involved in our NYC community.
This past Thursday I felt as NYC Commodore that I should attend the City Town Hall meeting to participate in the ongoing discussion on the proposed Billy Bishop Airport expansion. The formal motion from the members at our special general meeting was that our Board inform all signatories to the Tri Partite agreement that we want it to remain in its current form. This was done right away.
As you know we have also expressed our view that the western gap must remain unaffected and that the marine exclusion zone should remain as it is today. We are delighted that the City executive committee have agreed that this safe access for emergency services and police through the Western gap was of vital importance. You will recall at our SGM, Mr. Deluce president of Porter, informed our members that changing the exclusion zone would be unacceptable and would be a deal breaker.
During the past week I was very disturbed to hear that there has been another proposed option for the runway extension. This involves an addition of 200 meters instead of the original 168 meters. You can see from the following news article that I asked a question regarding this subject see below:
The bottom line is that if the City does approve this runway extension, we will still work in a very determined manner to protect our yacht club’s historic access to Humber Bay.
This link will provide you with a video recording of the entire meeting; my comments reflecting the concerns of the National Yacht Club along with Mr. Deluce’s response are at about mid point in the video.
I will continue to engage the parties involved to remind them of our determination on the water access issue, stay tuned for up dates….
See you at the club
Commodore the National Yacht Club