Going Cruising?  Consider utilizing our reciprocal moorage at many locations:  2022 Reciprocity Map.   For more details, click on reciprocity in the menu bar above.

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Visitors: Reciprocal moorage rights at Shilshole are back open.  We will reimburse up to two boats per night. Click on "Reciprocity" above for more information and the form.

CYC Members: Please check with any yacht club before arrival regarding whether they are allowing guest moorage and / or reciprocal rights.


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.  

A viewable two page summary of 2022's planned cruises and trip leaders can be found [HERE]

Leading a cruise? If so, click here: cruise leader guidelines.pdf

On the Second Thursday of each month, the cruising group hosts a cruising social. The CYC Cruisers Social is an opportunity for CYC members to connect with other CYC cruisers to share cruising knowledge. We often have a specific program focusing on cruising topics or an open forum of discussion. We have just returned to In Person Cruisers Socials at the recently refurbished CYC Clubhouse. We are using a Hybrid format allowing those who are unable to attend in person, for any reason, to be able to participate via Zoom. If you would like to participate via Zoom please register to receive the link. Cruising Socials are a potluck format. Please bring something fun and delicious to share as well as your own beverage.

To help organize cruises or receive additional information on CYC cruising events,  contact Andrew Bereson, CYC Fleet Captain Cruise.

On-Water Cruising Events

    • 28 May 2022
    • 30 May 2022
    • Mystery Bay
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    Please join us for this jam-packed joint-venture 3-day weekend cruise to Mystery Bay. Raft up with other CYC & STYC members or anchor on your own and visit from your dinghy. Get to know fellow sailors in some collaborative on-shore activities, all of which are optional.

    On the docket: a socially distanced outdoor BBQ potluck; goat farm tour, winery tasting/picnic; a human-powered dinghy race, exploring on your own. Unfortunately, the Nordland General Store experienced a devastating fire in Nov 2020. It is unlikely they will be up and running again by May, but the traditional holiday Tractor Parade at noon on Sunday is looking like a very good possibility. Please provision accordingly for the entire weekend.

    COVID safety: Masking-up and socially distancing at this stage of the pandemic is state encouraged but now a personal choice. If COVID numbers should increase significantly prior to this cruise please watch for further email communications from us. Always remember to please be considerate of others. Up-to-date vaccinations highly recommended. 

    Navigation:  The entry to Mystery Bay can be tricky. Please source out & refer to all your own tide & chart information you will need to navigate the winding narrow entrance safely and when tides are favorable. The tides are not looking too bad this year, because there are some very high lows!

    This will be an anchoring/raft-up event. That said, there will also be activities that we will need individual sign-ups for actual head-counts.  Please indicate when you register, which activities you are interested in.  There is a lone dock, however space cannot be counted on this weekend. 

    SCHEDULE:

    Arrival:
    There are some pretty high low tides especially in the evenings, so afternoon/evening arrivals are recommended.

    Tides @ Ft Flagler (closest station)
    Friday, May 27 - low tide: -0.1ft@9:24am, high tide: 7.5ft@4:53 pm, low tide: 5.1ft@8:55pm
    Saturday, May 28 - low tide: -0.7ft@9:50am, high tide: 8.2ft@5:46pm, low tide 5.9ft@9:46pm

    Saturday 6 – 8 pm  Raft-Up Happy Hour: One or two boats will host a casual happy hour get-together, a chance to socialize with other CYC and STYC members.

    Sunday 10 – 11 am Mystery Bay Goat Farm Tour: Learn about the operations of a small-scale, artisan goat dairy and sample goat cheese, goat yogurt and cajeta. Meet at Mystery Bay State Park at 9:30 for the 20 minute walk to town or dinghy in to the dock at Nordland. If you dinghy in, low tide is -1.4ft@11:08am so you may need to head in early and may not be able to leave for a few hours.

    Sunday 12 pm(-ish) Nordland Tractor Parade: Traditionally, every Memorial Day weekend the island residents bring their tractors to parade them in front of the old Nordland General Store. However the store is being re-fit after a nasty fire a couple of years ago and not open. Word on the grapevine is that the parade will commence this year...

    Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm Marrowstone Winery Tasting and Picnic: We’ll visit Marrowstone Vineyards where the wine is as beautiful and unique as the view. Family owned and locally loved, Marrowstone Vineyards is a treasured boutique winery overlooking the cascades and Puget Sound. Explore their selection with a tasting, sip on a glass, or pop open a bottle on their deck or lounge in their lovely meadow with views of their grapevines and Salish Sea behind. We’ll have some sort of games, bocce ball, badminton, croquet, etc. Bring your own picnic lunch. We are looking for someone on the island who can shuttle folks to the farm.

    Sunday 4 pm – 6 pm High-tide human-powered dinghy race and happy hour on the dock. Bring your kayak, paddle board, inflatable or other vessel. Compete for prizes in two categories – paddle or oar power.

    Sunday 6 pm to whenever  BBQ Potluck: Join us by the campfire for at Mystery Bay State Park, just 80-100 yards from our raft-up. The park is designated as a marine recreation area with its facilities primarily for boaters. A pier leads out to a long float that is available for overnight mooring facilities. Mooring buoys are also available. A single lane launch ramp drops down gently to the sloping beach north of the floats.

    Departure:
    Same as arrival, there are some pretty high low tides especially in the evenings, so a Monday afternoon departure is recommended. Or move to Pt. Townsend Sunday evening.

    Tides @ Ft. Flagler:
    Monday – high tide: 8.3ft@3:26am, low tide: -1.7ft@10:46am, high tide: 9.1ft@7:16pm, low tide:
    6.8ft@11:29pm

    About Mystery Bay 

    All but hidden on the west side of Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay State Park offers a great escape for visitors arriving by water. Boaters can raft up or lay anchor and stroll along the grassy and gravelly shoreline or enjoy the inlet’s pristine waters. Bring along a kayak or paddle board for daytime recreation on the water. There is an organic goat farm that offers tours on making goat cheese, a renowned island vineyard for picnicking & wine tasting. Several activities will be jointly planned. Take in the Olympic mountain views from the shoreline picnic area about 80-100 yards from the raft-up. Cook up your own oysters and clams in one of three fire rings and enjoy an island sunset before heading back to your boat. Fort Flagler is approximately 2 miles from Mystery Bay (about a 15 minute dinghy ride). There is a dinghy dock to park your boat while you go exploring. Tour and explore a significant coastal defense fort established more than a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. 

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    Fort Flagler State Park

    Located on the Northern tip of Marrowstone Island, this spectacular park has more than 5 miles of hiking trails on its 1,450+ acres. Facilities include picnic tables, 117 campsites, boat launch, mooring facilities, and a group camp.

    Hiking, boating, fishing, clamming, and hang-gliding are popular activities. Accommodations are also available in three former WWII barracks buildings with kitchen and dining facilities and five furnished vacation houses for rent are available (Reservations (888) 226-7688).  A museum interprets the history of this one-time coastal defense fort.  The Beachcomber Café concession offers food and espresso drinks near the lower campground.

    Park Contact:    (360) 385-1259 fort.flagler@parks.wa.gov

    Beachcomber Cafe

    Summer’s not complete without an ice cream treat, an espresso drink, or iced mocha! Come to the Beachcomber Cafe at Fort Flagler State Park and enjoy the view from the deck. Grill, kites, snacks and more.

    Contact:    Jim and Maj-Britt Peacock (360) 385-7637    majbrittpeacock@gmail.com

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    Mystery Bay State Park

    During Prohibition, smuggling alcohol from Canada was a profitable and somewhat honored occupation in the remote waters of northwest Washington. Sequestered between Marrowstone and Indian Islands, Kilisut Harbor was one refuge used by smugglers to evade Coast Guard vessels. The smugglers’ shallow draft boats were readily hidden in the overhanging trees at a small bay near the end of the harbor, and their regular disappearance here was categorized by the Coast Guard as “mysterious” hence the name for the bay.

    The park is designated as a marine recreation area with its facilities primarily for boaters. A pier leads out to a long float that is available for overnight mooring facilities. Mooring buoys are also available. A single lane launch ramp drops down gently to the sloping beach north of the floats. Clams and oysters can be found on the beach at low tide and offshore crabbing is usually fruitful during the designated season.

    Contact:    (360) 385-1259 https://www.parks.wa.gov/550/Mystery-Bay

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    Mystery Bay Farm

    Small-scale, artisan goat dairy. Tours available by reservation. 

    Contact:    Scott Brinton or Rachael Van Laanen  (360) 774-0675

    info@mysterybayfarm.com   or       http://www.mysterybayfarm.com

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    Mystery Bay Seafood Catering

    Catering fresh seafood dinners and home delivery of seafood products (seafood chowder, clams, oysters and mussels)

    Contact:    Leonard Johnson - (360) 390-8134    

    mysterybayseafood@gmail.com   or    http://www.mysterybayseafood.com

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    Marrowstone Vineyard

    Visit Marrowstone Vineyards where wine is as beautiful and unique as the view. Family owned and locally loved, Marrowstone Vineyards is a treasured boutique winery overlooking the cascades and Puget Sound. Explore their selection with a tasting, sip on a glass, or pop open a bottle on their deck or lounge in their lovely meadow with views of their grapevines and Salish Sea behind.

    Contact:  360-385-9608 https://www.marrowstonevineyards.com/

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    Nordland General Store & Tractor Days Parade


    Traditionally, every Memorial Day weekend the island residents bring their tractors to parade them in front of the old Nordland General Store. However the store is being re-fit after a nasty fire a couple of years ago and not open. Word on the grapevine is that the parade will commence this year...


    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 26 Jun 2022
    • Bremerton
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    Last year 9 CYC boats and 20 people attended our cruise to Port Orchard on a beautiful warm sunny weekend.  The fireworks and activities were cancelled due to the pandemic; nevertheless, we had a great time mingling on the docks, and walking in Port Orchard.  We will always remember it was really hot, maybe around 90 degrees Fahrenheit that weekend!

    This year the Bremerton Bridge Blast web page has already been set up: https://www.bremertonbridgeblast.com/  The fireworks are on Saturday evening set off the bridge – some launched into the air over the bridge, and others raining into the water below.  We can watch from the Port Orchard side, or take the foot ferry from the Port Orchard marina across to Bremerton, and then walk over to the bridge to see the fireworks show up close. 

    Earlier Saturday afternoon there is a market set up near the Port Orchard marina, and then a parade of floats, cars, and bands down main street. The Port Orchard Fathoms of Fun web page has been posted, but does not have events posted yet:  https://www.fathomsofun.org/

    I will reserve some moorage slips for us in Port Orchard now, and adjust the numbers as the cruise weekend approaches.  It is easier to give up slips than to add them, as last year there was another group sharing the marina and party tent.  

    If you think you would like to attend, please sign up on the web page now or let me know!  The CYC sign up page is at:  https://cycseattle.org/event-4660359

    Best regards,

    Chris McMuldroch

    Wind Dancer


    • 3 Jul 2022
    • 4 Jul 2022
    • Poulsbo
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    Sunday July 3-4 Fireworks at Anchor in Poulsbo -Watch the great Poulsbo fireworks Sunday evening. Then optionally head to Winslow for parade, and to watch a second set of fireworks!

    Trip leader TBD.

    More details to follow.


    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • Blakely Rock
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    July 16-17 Blakely Rock Low Tide Cruise - with Lunch on The Rocks - Biggest weekend low tide of the summer! On Saturday raft-up in Blakely Harbor, then dinghy to the rock for Sunday Lunch.  Search for intertidal creatures, or look for rocks to avoid in the next race! Kids love exploring the tidepools!

    Trip leader TBD.

    More details to follow.


    • 6 Aug 2022
    • 7 Aug 2022
    • Puget Sound
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    Race Information Commodore & Gibson Races

    This event is a weekend cruise with the Commodore Race from Shilshole to Port Ludlow on Saturday, potluck dinner Saturday night, and the Gibson Race from Port Ludlow back to Shilshole on Sunday. Handicaps are applied by adjusting the start times for each boat. See website for more information.

    Date: August 6-7, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday)

    Location: Puget Sound from Shilshole to Port Ludlow.

    Schedule: First warning at 1000 on Saturday and 1100 on Sunday.

    Courses:

    Commodore Race (Saturday): Start at Meadow Point Buoy (LL #16765) and finish at Foulweather Bluff Buoy (LL #16535). Course distance ~ 17.5 NM.

    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 and 1900 on Sunday.

    Moorage: Get reservations with CYC group at Port Ludlow Marina, 360-437-0513.

    Contact: Al Johnson; ajohnson1101@gmail.com


    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 5 Sep 2022
    • Blake Island
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    September 3-5  Labor Day Family Cruise to Blake Island Blake island has some of the best beaches within striking distance of Seattle. There are also good trails to walk and a small playground.

    Trip leader TBD.

    More details to follow.


    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 9 Oct 2022
    • Eagle Harbor
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    October 8-9 Fog Cruise to Eagle Harbor City Park Marina - Sail across the Sound to Eagle Harbor / Bainbridge Island. Socialize on the dock and select a restaurant for dinner.

    Cruise Leader - Dave Huntsman

    More details to follow.


    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 6 Nov 2022
    • Poulsbo Marina
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    November 5-6 Chili Cook-off at Poulsbo Marina - Not exactly Scandinavian but fun! Cook up your best chili, vote for your favorite, see who wins.  There is power at the dock so we can plug in heaters to make the boats toasty warm!

    Trip leader TBD.

    More details to follow.


  • Register

    December 3 Kingston Christmas Tree Lighting & Dinner via Washington State Ferry - The park is decorated with fabulous, illuminated sculptures in all kinds of whimsical themes.  Then enjoy dinner together before walking back to the ferry.

    Trip leader TBD.

    More details to follow.


Cruising Volunteers Needed

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 and updating reciprocal guest moorage information.

To volunteer, propose cruising ideas, or ask questions, please contact Andy Bereson, CYC Fleet Captain Cruise.


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