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Venture Sailing Club now looks like it will survive and thrive

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WATCH ABOVE: Members of the Venture Sailing Club in Pointe-Claire were worried that membership would dwindle when the red barn storing their equipment was slated for demolition. But a new agreement with the city could put the wind back in their sails. Billy Shields has the story – Apr 8, 2016

POINTE-CLAIRE — After months of uncertainty, the Venture Sailing Club in Pointe-Claire has reached an agreement with the city of Pointe-Claire and members say the deal will likely ensure its future and even help it expand.

James Kyle, club president, said he felt relieved.

The city is going ahead with plans to destroy the red barn that sits on the lake by the sailing club’s headquarters — which currently stores its equipment. In its place will go an outdoor storage unit that will allow members to store their sailing gear.

The number of mooring balls in Lac St-Louis will also increase from what the city had originally envisioned. Pointe-Claire implemented a policy of making 50 per cent of the mooring balls available to city residents only and based on current club membership only 35 balls were necessary.

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However, after the city put a sign-up sheet on its website, more Pointe-Claire residents signed up for balls than in the previous year — meaning both that the city will create about 50 spaces for boats and that the club will likely boast more members this year than the last year.

Pointe-Claire did not return calls seeking comment on the matter but in the past city officials have insisted the club will not suffer setbacks as a result of the barn being demolished. Club members worried its ranks would dwindle without a viable way to store gear.

The club is a private club that used to be run by the city of Pointe-Claire until it merged with Montreal in 2002. After the subsequent demerger, the club continued to operate independently but on city land, and currently has about 150 members.

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