CYC organizes cruises that provide an opportunity for social weekend cruising, create an environment to exchange cruising knowledge, and provide opportunities for families to enjoy cruising.

Cruises can always be added to the CYC calendar. Is there someplace you think it would be fun to visit with friends? Join us and organize and lead a cruise.  Organizers choose destinations, themes, and activities.

To help organize cruises or receive additional information on CYC Cruising,  contact Mike McGuane, CYC Fleet Captain Cruise.

To receive details and additional information about future CYC cruises by e-mail, please join the new Cruising Listserve by signing up at CYC Cruiser Listserve.

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2018 Cruising Schedule

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Off-Water Cruising Social Events

On-Water Cruising Events

    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Shilshole

    This summer the cruising group is organizing Sunday Sails once a month from May through September. This is an opportunity to get your boat out for a casual Sunday cruise and connect with other members. It is our hope to get our members out on the sound for a casual day of sailing and fun.

    The Plan

    Potential ideas would include: sailing to Kingston and stopping for a quick dinner and brew then sailing home, sailing over to Port Madison and dropping an anchor for a potluck aboard, a cruise around Lake Union or sail to Elliott Bay for a quick dinner. We are looking for boat owners who would like to take others out on their boat for the day and looking for non-boat owners who are interested in an afternoon sail with other members. 


    The first Sunday scheduled is May 20. There will be other ones June-September but we do not yet have dates.

    To Participate

    Please contact Mike McGuane ( if you are interested in participating. We will be in contact with you to schedule boats and people. 

    Please Bring

    Whenever possible guests should bring their own PFD's.  While kids are welcome, some members with boats may not be willing to take kids on their boats.This event will be first come first serve for crew.

    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 3 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • Poulsbo

    Join fellow CYC cruisers in Poulsbo on the 3rd of July, with family fun, food and great fireworks. A variety of food and entertainment await you along the waterfront. The evening fireworks will light up Liberty Bay with colorful displays for all to enjoy. For those who cannot get away during the week, or want a full fireworks and festivals experience, join us for the pre-function fireworks and fairs in Bremerton/Port Orchard on June 30-July 1.

    Choose one or both parts when you register...

    Part 1: Bremerton/Port Orchard Prefunction

    June 30 - July 1: Start the Independence Day holiday early on June 30th, with the Second Annual Bremerton Bridge Blast. Yes, Fireworks from a bridge instead of a barge. Waterfalls of light, people! Reserve your spot in Port Orchard Marina and then take the foot ferry to Bremerton for their downtown street fair. The Air Show starts at 8:30 followed by the fireworks around 10. On Sunday, July 1st, potluck breakfast in the marina and then Port Orchard is alive with it’s own street fair, car show and dinghy derby (handmade only!) More info at: and

    Part 2: Fireworks at Anchor in Poulsbo

    July 2nd-3rd: Join fellow CYC cruisers in Poulsbo on the 3rd of July, with family fun, food and great fireworks. A variety of food and entertainment await you along the waterfront. The evening fireworks will light up Liberty Bay with colorful displays for all to enjoy. We will begin forming a raft up on July 2nd. On July 3rd, join us for potluck dinner and evening fireworks.  For further information about the festival visit

    The Plan


    If you're attending the Bremerton/Port Orchard prefunction, reserve your slip now in Port Orchard Marina (mention CYC Seattle so they can place us together).


    Once you’ve docked your boat with the fleet in Port Orchard, take the foot ferry to Bremerton for many enjoyable options:

    • Tour the USS Turner Joy (10am - 5pm) and/or visit the Puget Sound Navy Museum (10 am - 4 pm)
    • The Street Fair at the Louis Mentor Boardwalk just across Manette Bridge runs from noon until 10:30 PM, with live entertainment, art and food vendors. 
    • Bring your blanket or beach chair and gather on shore with CYC for the Air Show (begins 8:30 pm) and the Bridge Blast Fireworks (begins 10:15 pm)


    Spend the day in Port Orchard before heading home or on to Poulsbo for the July 3rd fireworks raft up.

    CYC Breakfast/Brunch Potluck - around 9:30 am

    Then on to Port Orchard’s waterfront celebration called Fathoms of Fun:


    Make your way casually to Poulsbo (12 NM from Pt. Orchard or 16 NM from Seattle).

    • Look for the oversized CYC burgee to raft up with us when you get there. 
    • Text or call Jenny at 206-384-0053 if you need help finding us.
    • Join fellow CYC cruisers for drinks, dessert (and games?) around 7:30pm


    • Dinghy to Poulsbo for Viking Fest, which includes music, food and crafts booths (schedule coming soon). Noon-10 pm
    • Come on back for a Dinner Potluck at 6 pm. 
    • Prizes for: Best method to hang a hammock, most patriotic dinghy, most creative way to serve a potluck dish. 
    • Fireworks begin at 10:15pm.

    For those arriving on Tuesday: Text or call Jenny at 206-384-0053 if you need help finding us. If we’re not there to direct you, please help us keep the biggest boats in the center, smaller boats outside and get anchors set in both directions. Please work with whoever is on board to rearrange boats as needed.

    Cruise Leaders

    Jenny Heins

    • 9 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Skull Island West Sound Orcas

    Connect with other CYC Members while you are off cruising in the San Juan and Gulf Islands in July.

    It would be fun to hook up to spend a few evenings socializing, and maybe do some exploring together this summer.

    Shared experiences on the water will strengthen our friendships.

    The date and location below are just the starting point. More dates and locations to follow as ideas come in.


    Anchor and raft up at Skull Island, West Sound, Orcas Island (location subject to change based on input from participants pre-cruise).

    The Plan

    Let’s get together via the Cruising Forum, ListServe, e-mail, and the Second Thursday Cruising socials to talk about our summer cruising plans and arrange one or more dates and locations to rendezvous together! 

    Monday July 9 will find WIND DANCER, Chris McMuldroch and Jennifer Lathrop's Tartan 3800, in the San Juan Islands at Skull Island, West Sound, Orcas Island. Please join us to anchor and raft up at Skull Island (location subject to change based on input from participants pre-cruise). Send us an e-mail at to add your name to the rendezvous, and we will be on the lookout for you!  We can meet up at other dates and places in the San Juans and Gulf Islands from July 9 through July 31.  WIND DANCER is likely to make stops at Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Sidney, Stuart Island, Poets Cove, Ganges, Montague Harbor, Nanaimo, and maybe cross over to the Sunshine Coast.  Will you be out cruising?  Would you like to meet up with WIND DANCER or other CYC friends?  If your cruising will be in June, August, or even September, share your proposed cruise plans with the cruiser’s group.  We can see which CYC boats can meet up in the islands this summer.

    Remember to always fly your CYC burgee so others will easily know who else is a CYC member. Even if you are in an anchorage with no plans to met up with other members. Spontaneous meetings can be some of the best.

    Cruise Leader:

    Chris McMuldroch, WIND DANCER, Tartan 3800,

    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • Puget Sound (Shilshole to Port Ludlow)

    Very informal annual races from Shilshole to Foul Weather Bluff and back with an overnight in Port Ludlow. Cruiser? Try out a casual race. Racer? Try out a social race/cruise.

    This event is a weekend cruise with the Commodore Race from Shilshole to Port Ludlow on Saturday, potluck dinner Saturday night, potluck breakfast Sunday morning, and the Gibson Race from Port Ludlow back to Shilshole on Sunday. Handicaps are applied by adjusting the start times for each boat. If you do not have a PHRF Rating for your boat, we will calculate one for you based on the design of your boat. Membership in PHRF is not required.

    Date: August 25-26, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

    Location: Puget Sound from Shilshole to Port Ludlow.


    Cruise Leaders Needed, please contact Mike McGuane for more info. Al and Jane Johnson have agreed to help mentor the Cruise Leaders for this year as they were the Cruise Leaders last year.

    On the Water

    Saturday Skipper's Meeting:

    Skipper's meeting will be August 25 at 8:00am at CYC clubhouse.  Race instructions and start times will be handed out at the meeting. 


    First warning at 1000 on Saturday and 1100 on Sunday.


    Commodore Race (Saturday):

    Start at Meadow Point Buoy (LL #16765) and finish at Foulweather Bluff Buoy (LL #16535). Course distance ~ 17.5 NM. The start location may be advanced along the course to facilitate finishing.

    Gibson Race (Sunday): 

    Start at Foulweather Bluff Buoy and finish at Meadow Point Buoy. Course distance ~ 17.5 NM. The start location may be advanced along the course to facilitate finishing.

    Time Limit:

    1700 on Saturday
    1900 on Sunday

    Off the Water


    Please make moorage reservations with Port Ludlow Marina (360-437-0513) and let them know you are with the CYC Seattle Group. Slips will be held for our group until Friday August 10, 2018. After that date, moorage may be available, but cannot be guaranteed.


    There is a covered picnic area with a large barbecue reserved for our use.  Saturday will feature a post race happy hour on the dock (bring your own adult beverages and snacks to share), followed by a potluck barbecue at the picnic area.  Please bring something to put on the barbecue for yourself, and something to share with the group for dinner.  Sunday will be potluck breakfast at the picnic shelter.


    Mike McGuane,

    • 1 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 3 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • South Sound

    Explore new waters. Last year was Echo Bay at Fox Island and Cutts Island. Maybe Longbranch this year? 

    The Plan


    Cruise Leader

    Hans Reinhardt


    • 14 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CYC Clubhouse

    Behan and Jamie Gifford will present their talk: "Storms, Pirates and A Lot of Fun: Ten Years of Family Cruising Around the World" to Members and Non-Members of CYC and answer questions from the audience afterwards. The Gifford family has recently completed their circumnavigation and are happy to share their experiences for those thinking of or planning one, or just dreaming about it. This talk is for everyone, not just families! They will have copies of their book: Voyaging With Kids available for purchase or, if you've already purchased it, bring your copy and they'll autograph it for you. 

    Behan has chronicled her family's adventures underway at

    Dinner will be available for $7.00 per person and there will also be a cash bar available.

    • 21 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Edmonds Marina

    Hike Marsh Interpretive Bird Watching Boardwalk. Check out new distilleries & breweries or Spud Fish & Chips. 

    The Plan

    Members are welcome to join Friday evening or come up on Saturday morning or afternoon.

    Cruise Leaders

    Ralph and Karol De La O


    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Eagle Harbor

    Sail over to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island for a fun weekend of exploring all Eagle Harbor has to offer from great shops, bakeries and wineries to an amazing art museum

    The Plan

    CYC has reserved the NEW Public Dock at Eagle Harbor for the night of Saturday, October 20. Each boat will need to pay moorage upon arrival ($0.50/ft) but do not need to make reservations. Boats will most likely need to be rafted (moorage still applies).  Social on the dock, other activities dependent on weather reports! Select a restaurant for dinner or potluck aboard--more information as the date approaches.

    Cruise Leaders

    Susan and Mike Johnston


    • 3 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 4 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kingston Marina

    Not exactly Scandinavian but fun! Cook up your best chili, vote for your favorite, see who wins. 

    The Plan

    Cruise to Poulsbo Marina dock for the weekend. Great food and brew in Poulsbo and you can shop at the used boat part store.

    Dock reservations should be made by October 19 (we have 10 slips reserved). Mention that you are with CYCSeattle when you make your reservation.

    We will have the party room reserved on the dock for our chili cook off night. Bring your favorite home made chili recipe with you and a vegetable side dish or dessert to share with others. We will vote on the best chili – winner will receive a prize. If you have a November birthday you should definitely come on this cruise as we will be celebrating November birthdays.


    • Plan on a brewery outing at Valholl Brewery Saturday afternoon – CYC members will have a special treat.
    • Set up for dinner at 6 – 6:30pm.


    • Gather in the multipurpose room for breakfast. Bring your own.  Or find your favorite coffee spot.


    • FYI – the max flood current through Agate Pass is at 11am.
    • Sunday slack before ebb current is at 2:30pm.

    Cruise Leaders

    Peggy and Ron Watt. Any questions please contact Peggy at 206-280-8277


    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Poulsbo

    Rendezvous in Poulsbo for Christmas Lighting and Apple Cup 

    Cruise Leaders Needed.  Please contact Mike McGuane for more information about becoming  cruise leader! 


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CYC Cruising is in need of volunteers to help with some of the the many parts of maintaining an active, thriving cruising community at CYC. Current opportunities include the organization of new cruises, updating reciprocal guest moorage information, and updating and maintaining the cruising Listserve. 

To volunteer, propose cruising ideas, or ask questions, please contact Mike McGuane, CYC Fleet Captain Cruise (

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