Unified Cruising Reciprocal Policy for Lake Ontario YCs
(as presented to the Council of Commodores in 2016)
ABYC undertook an extensive study of all the reciprocal policies on Lake Ontario and one result of this policy is that 75% of YCs of Lake Ontario and Eastern St-Lawrence share the same policy. (See definition below)
There are a number of clubs that use a “True Reciprocal” policy that goes like this:
“A YC member visiting a YC that offers True Reciprocal will be granted the same reciprocal privilege that is granted to the YC member visiting that club”. For example if someone from Island Yacht Club visits a True Reciprocal YC then that visitor would be charged a fee for the first night the same that IYC does to inbound YC members. LOCCA believes that True Reciprocals are difficult to manage and requires bosons to research the visitors YC reciprocal policy for every visiting yacht.
Electronic Reciprocal Letters
LOCCA is in the midst of re-designing the website and the first functionality that will go live in 2016, will be a dedicated section where all the YCs would have their reciprocal policies posted. This will rid YCs of the onerous obligation to send approximately 60 reciprocal letters per year and to receive and summarize 60 inbound reciprocal letters.
We estimate that clubs will save approximately $500 per year in materials and labour to complete this process. The only requirement of a YC would be to send a letter to LOCCA care of Ontario Sailing to confirm that their reciprocal policy has or has not changed. No letter received then the presumption is that the policy has not changed.
The purpose of this YC Reciprocal Privilege is to ensure that this 100 year old tradition remains intact for now and the future of sailing on Lake Ontario. There is a tendency by certain YCs to want to restrict reciprocal privileges and our intention here is encourage YCs to liberalize their policy rather than consider restricting the policy. If this tendency does not reverse then YCs are doomed to disappear if there is no compelling reason for new sailors to join a YC.
Evergreen Reciprocal Policy
- First 2 nights free
- 3rd night at a fee per foot (i.e. $1.00 per linear foot) or a flat rate
- Up to 5 consecutive nights at any YC.
- No reciprocal privileges will be granted to marinas
- If a marina desires to offer reciprocal privileges then they can do so with other like-minded marinas.
- The number of times a YC member can visit a reciprocal YC will be at the discretion of that YC.