My husband and I made the very difficult decision to leave Knickerbocker Yacht Club after 20 years. It has been reported that the club is closing - and although that is not a certainty - I would like to take the opportunity to explain what KYC has meant to me - and so many others

Knickerbocker is more than a club - it is a community. Because of its small size (even when it is running at full capacity), it really is a place where "everybody knows your name." Every one finds a warm welcome at Knickerbocker - from the "old-timers" who have been members forever - to the newest member coming down for a drink on Friday night. Relationships cross the generations and everyone feels part of a unique extended family.

We have so many great memories of our years at KYC - sailing, racing, playing tennis and simply hanging out on the porch viewing the world's most gorgeous sunsets. But most important, is the quality of friendship that has always been a trademark of Knickerbocker Yacht Club. In good times, the amount of laughter is extraordinary. In bad times, the club envelopes you with a tremendous amount of assistance, caring and - (why not be corny about it?)...love.

Will we find this particular kind of community elsewhere? I can't imagine we will. But - wow - did we have the time of our lives!

Rita Marcus

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