The Foundation is pleased to announce that a major naming gift of $500,000 has been contributed by the Mark Rickloff Family, who has supported the Erie Yacht Club over four generations. The new education facility will be dedicated in May 2014 and will be named the Rickloff Community Boathouse.
To make this vision of the Rickloff Community Boathouse a reality, the Foundation retained the services of Ross Rectenwald of Bostwick Design Partnership to create a state-of-the-art education building. The EYCF envisioned a building that integrated cohesively into the existing Erie Yacht Club campus. In fact, the Erie Yacht Club helped provide the foundations for this ambitious project during its most recent renovation program by building the pier that the Rickloff Community Boathouse will sit atop. The 3,686 square foot structure has a welcoming nautical-themed façade, shake shingles with white accents and blue roof, large windows, an open-beam trussed ceiling, and high bay skylights that bathes the interior in natural light. Half of the building’s space is dedicated to a 50-seat full-equipped instruction room complete with a kitchenette. The other half of the structure is dedicated to ample storage space of the instructional boats, with a locker room for instructors, and an office for the Director of the Reyburn Sailing School. Bathroom facilities open to the outside, allowing Erie Yacht Club members usage. The educational boats and floating docks are protected by a 220’ wave attenuator, increasing the natural protection of the Erie Bay against rough winds and waters, which allows students to practice their boating skills in the safest environment possible.
The Erie Yacht Club Foundation is excited about the future of the Rickloff Community Boathouse. The new building will be a resource for the entire community, providing recreation, education, and heritage for a wide range of citizens. Students who pass through this building will learn concrete skills that they can apply to their daily activities, develop long-last relationships with other boating enthusiasts, and have one of the most enjoyable experiences of their lives. This project is an important opportunity to highlight the unique advantages of residing in Erie and this helps bolster community engagement.
Slideshow of in progress photos HERE.