Viewed from the lake, the new premises of the Bavarian Yacht Club (BYC) could be mistaken for a houseboat. At least that’s what the visualizations that were put up on a banner at the construction site on Nepomukweg on the shore of Lake Starnberg suggest. At the laying of the foundation stone for the “Seeseitn” project, club chairman Michael Steiner explained: “We want a building that will continue to promote sailing, support our youth department and meet the needs of our members.”
A clubhouse with a lot of glass on stilts, a place for sailing boats and an optimized harbor basin with partially covered berths for the boats of the trainers and race directors are to be created. In the building there will be rooms for theoretical sailing lessons, meetings and celebrations. “It should be a building for all members,” says Steiner.
From the new wooden terrace directly on the lake you will be able to enjoy the view of the Alps in foehn weather. When the foundation stone was laid, the mountains could be seen in outline. On the lake, the optimists rocked with the youngest sailors, swans and ducks flew by, the steamer sailed in the background and the waves rippled in the light breeze. “It will be another attraction for the club,” enthused Steiner.
The Free State of Bavaria is supporting the construction project, which is estimated at four million euros, with 220,000 euros because of the associated promotion of young people. This was announced by the Bavarian Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, in his welcoming address on the base plate of the new building. He had put on a tie with small anchors especially for the occasion. “I’m coming today as Minister of Sport,” he explained to the guests, including Member of Parliament Michael Kießling (CSU), Member of State Ute Eiling-Hütig (CSU), Deputy District Administrator Matthias Vilsmayer (FW) and Starnberg’s Deputy Mayor Angelika Kammerl (CSU). .
Together with Steiner, Herrmann filled a cartridge with a club pennant, a daily newspaper and the bank’s confirmation that the loan for the construction project had been approved. The stainless steel tank was then placed in the foundation stone. Herrmann informed the guests that the castles and lakes administration had extended a leasehold contract for the property until 2060. “But the future of the association is not only secured with beautiful real estate, it depends on the volunteers,” said Herrmann and greeted in the sailor’s way with “mast and sheet breakage, but not during construction.”
Planning for the 1,600 square meter area began six years ago. There were intensive discussions about the dilapidated existing buildings. In the end, the BYC decided to demolish it and build a new one. Construction work started at the beginning of the year. First, the former hangar for seaplanes had to be demolished. After new sheet piling had been placed, piles were driven up to 34 meters into the ground as the foundation for the structure. An expert opinion confirmed the sufficient strength so that the floor slab could be laid. “Now the building construction can begin,” says Steiner. When the building is finished, thanks to the large amount of glass, a transparent view of the lake should remain possible.
Before we went to the club terrace for a drink, there was a boat christening. The ten-year-old sailor Johanna Klug christened a new training and support boat for the sailing training courses and regattas of the “BYC Team Optimist” with the name “Toni”. The Wiedeking Foundation, which supports social projects and youth work, financed the boat. It was presented by Anton Hunger, board member of the foundation.
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