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

    • 26 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Mystery Bay

    All but hidden on the west side of Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay State Park offers a great escape for visitors arriving by land or by water. Boaters can dock or lay anchor and stroll along the grassy and gravelly shoreline or enjoy the inlet’s pristine waters. Take along a kayak or paddle board for a day of recreation. Take in the Olympic mountain views from one of six picnic tables. Cook up those oysters and clams in one of three fire rings, (fires allowed during daylight hours) and enjoy an island sunset before heading back to your boat.

    The Plan

    Anchoring Notes: Hail the CYC Raft-Up Master on VHF 68 as you are approaching Mystery Bay or call Ralph (206 920 2667) or Karol (206 735 9461) The raft-up will be larger boats in the center with smaller boats on the out side. If you do not want to raft up, you can anchor on your own or Mystery Bay State Park has mooring buoys and linear dock space, if available, first come first served.

    Mystery Bay Memorial Day Events and Attractions

    Fort Flagler Historical State Park
    Tour and explore a significant coastal defense fort established more than a century ago to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Fort Flagler activities include hiking, boating, kite-flying, beach exploration, saltwater fishing, clam digging and crabbing. Fort Flagler is approximately 2 miles from Mystery Bay (about a 15 minute dinghy ride) and there is a dinghy dock to park your boat while you go exploring. 

    Nordland General Store

    The Mystery Bay State Park is located approximately one half mile north of the Nordland General Store (which also faces Mystery Bay) on Flagler Road (SR 116). The staff is welcoming, and it really is the center of the island.  An astounding selection smoked salmon, oysters, and ice cream.  Great beer and wine selection, and off course, they have ice to keep your cocktails nicely chilled. They also have a dinghy dock that is accessible when not at a minus tide.

    CYC On-Shore Potluck

    Saturday May 26 @ 5:30pm
    Dingy the whole 80 yards over to the Mystery Bay State Park dingy dock and bring your favorite specialty dish. They have fire pits for smores, so bring your smores kit and some firewood as well. Also, pack your lawn chairs if you have some. BYO plates, silverware, glasses, etc.

    Mystery Bay Farm - FARMSTEAD TOUR /
    Sunday May 27 @ 10:30am
    Come learn about homestead-style self-sufficiency. Guests will tour the dairy as well as the greater homestead where they will explore examples of: perennial silvapastures, nutrient management, farm and infrastructure design and layout, water catchment and storage, solar hot water heating, integrated organic gardens and orchards (fruit and nut), creating animal forage and more. Tour is approximately 2 hours and includes full cheese tasting.

    NordlandGeneral Store "Tractor Days" Parade

    Sunday May 27 - Approximately 1pm (Island Time)
    Every Memorial Day weekend, Marrowstone Island residents of all ages gather for Tractor Days. The celebration includes a little bit of everything, from large farming tractors and vintage machines to small children’s toys. Festivities are held all afternoon, with the Nordland General Store at the center of activity.

    Cruise Leaders

    Ralph and Karol De La O (

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Blakely Rock

    It’s the largest low tide in June! Perfect for exploring the exposed shores of Blakely Rock. 

    The Plan

    On Saturday afternoon, we'll raft up in snug, historic Blakely Harbor where we can enjoy the lights of downtown Seattle.  That evening, we'll get together and share appetizers for dinner.

    Sunday late morning, we'll dinghy over to Blakely Rock to have a potluck brunch on the exposed beach at low tide.  Then it's off to explore the island - looking for rocks to avoid in the next race or searching for intertidal creatures.   Crabs, starfish, eels - who knows what we can find!  It’s fun for the whole family!  Bring Dad to show him a side of Puget Sound that few get to see.

    Cruise Leaders

    Bret and Joyce Phillips

    • 3 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Poulsbo

    Join fellow CYC Members to watch a great fireworks display. And you still get to watch Lake Union the next night. 

    The Plan


    Cruise Leaders

     Grant Fjermedal


    • 9 Jul 2018
    • 3:00 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


    • 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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