05 May, 2011

On Tuesday 3 May the KYC held an information evening on the club house situation ahead of a planned EGM for later in May.

The clubhouse is in a structurally compromised state due to its age, the positioning of an extra floor on the original structure over 100 years ago and a certain amount of neglect.

Last November the club held the first information evening on the subject where the structural problems were discussed and the urgency of the situation explained. Also that evening the club committee presented three ideas based on the fact that the club needed to make a major decision about what it is going to do but also to investigate all possible options for the present, medium and long term future of the club.

The three options presented at the time were:
1. Structurally completely refurbish the clubhouse and make the building more usable and modern in line with current building and fire code practice.
2. Engage in a Joint Venture with the owners of the building next door - the old Customs House (of which the club used to be a part) - such that the top two floors of both buildings would end up in the hands of the current owners of the Customs House and the bottom two floors and the forecourt would fall into the hands of the club increasing useful space both indoors and out.
3. Move the club to a new Green Field site on the other side of the river and build a new 170-place marina and dinghy park and club house facilities - a centre of sailing excellence.

On Tuesday night several presentations were made to enable the membership to see how the club’s committee arrived its recommendation and ultimately a motion that it intends to put to a vote of the membership on 23 May next.

The first presentation was by Declan O’Sullivan, a structural engineer and past member of the club. He outlined a brief history of the building since its initial construction in the 1700s to the current situation.

The second was by Simon Walker, the architect retained to outline from a design point of view the three options that the club committee had proposed.

The third one was by Martin O’Callaghan, the Quantity Surveyor who had costed the projects outlined by Simon.

The fourth one was by Patrick Blaney, a past Commodore of the RStGYC in Dun Laoghaire, KYC member and expert financial advisor. Patrick’s presentation expanded on the club’s financial position and what tools might be used to finance the only project that the club can viably afford, which is Option 1.

Following all presentations there were quite a few questions from the floor on details of the process and other points.

The next meeting on the subject is an EGM to be held in the club on Tuesday 24 May at 20:00. At this EGM the club’s committee will propose a motion to adopt the club’s recommendation of moving ahead with Option 1. At that meeting members will be asked to vote either yes or no on adopting the committee’ recommendation. This motion will be circultated to the membership in advance of the EGM.