Port Arthur Yacht Club explains decision to cancel summer youth programs

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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The Port Arthur Yacht Club announced Wednesday morning it would not be offering youth program this summer due to uncertainty surrounding the organization’s long-term wit the City of Port Arthur.

A statement from the club’s leadership team said the decision was made with a “heavy heart” to cancel all youth programs after June 14.

The move includes Junior Sailing Camps, Junior Sailing Days and other youth community outreach programs.

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“This decision was made due to uncertainty of access to our leased facilities that are required to put on these programs,” the Club statement read.

“The club’s Sexual Assault and Molestation (SAAM) insurance decision deadline was due this week; given the uncertainty of our access to the facilities we have built and maintained, we could not ethically ask out insurance company to spend weeks drafting our policy renewal.”

Club leaders stated they hope during the remainder of the year to “resolve these issues, ensure long term access to our facilities and resume our public youth sailing programs.”

The Club stated that organization leaders are reaching out to the City of Port Arthur to advocate for the club and a lease renewal.