Pugwash Yacht Club Receives a Major Donation
UPDATED TO CORRECT DATE OF THE FIRST YACHT CLUB IN 1983
The founding commodore of the Pugwash Yacht Club returns to be the club’s biggest supporter.
Bill Mundle, who helped spearhead the creation of the yacht club 37 years ago, donated $120,000 today to what he called a kick start for its future.
As the current commodore of the club, Debbie Cameron, Bill’s daughter, made the announcement at a press conference in Pugwash.
The donation is a significant contribution at a time when the boating facility hopes to make major improvements. Mundle has not tied any strings to his gift, which he sees as help for the yacht club and the community.
Mundle said, “I can’t be proud of the progress that has been made up until this year.” H added, “I think there is more life in the yacht club now than there has ever been before.”
the club hopes he contribution will help gather government assistance to fund a $250 thousand modernization plan which includes harbour dredging, expansion and refurbishing of floating docks, a slipway, and a walking trail that would eventually be part of the waterfront development masterplan linking to Eaton Park, and long-awaited fuel service.
Commodore Cameron said the club will honour the gift by saying, “The Pugwash Yacht Club will now be housed at the Bill Mundle Marina.”
Pugwash is one of twenty-two boating facilities within a day’s sail, but Mundle noted it is the only one that does not provide fuel, a fact that severely limits visitor traffic on the water.
He says, “We could have many visitors to Pugwash but it has always been passed up because it doesn’t have fuel.” The expansion plans will make Pugwash a full service facility with double the berths, dramatically opening spots for visiting vessels. Mundle says, “Next year the boat club, the marina, is going to come alive.”
Mundle remembers the first efforts to build the club back in 1983. Many were opposed to the idea back then, including his father and the Village Commission. His response, “There is no such thing as saying you can’t do something.”
The ever positive Mundle said, “I’m pleased to make this contribution. It is an opening, a kick start to get it going.”
Bill Mundle will be a guest on Morning Talk on Six Rivers Radio on Friday morning at 8:45.
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