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.

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2018 Cruising Schedule

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Off-Water Cruising Social Events

Recent Cruising News

On-Water Cruising Events

    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kingston Marina

    The CYC Pizza Cruise to Kingston is back!  Join fellow CYC members for a fun, spring cruise to Kingston on Apr 28-29.    We'll meet up for drinks and snack on the dock in the late afternoon on Saturday and then take a short walk to have pizza.   You can always choose the car option and come by ferry, but it should be a good day for a sail.

    The Plan

    A number of slips have been reserved for Saturday night.  Please contact Cindy Gossett, the cruise leader to sign up for one of the slips assigned to the group.  The reservation fee of $7 will be payable to Cindy and you will pay for your moorage directly at the marina office.  You can always just show up and hope to get a slip, but the guest moorage may be full as the marina offers a special rate for temporary long term moorage over the winter in the guest slips.


    • 5:30 PM  The fleet will meet at the covered picnic tables on the marina dock for drinks and shared snacksTime is approximate, based on how things unfold that afternoon.
    • 7:00 PM  Dinner at Westside Pizza, a short walk from the marina. We will leave the marina around 6:45.


    • Breakfast will be on your own.  There are a number of spots in Kingston including a good coffee shop and a crepes shop.

    Cruise Leader

    Cindy Gossett

    • 12 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Langley Marina
    Join us for Mother’s Day weekend at Langley—one of our favorite small towns! Langley is “The Village By The Sea”, on the south end of Whidbey Island, just a short cruise up the sound. It is full of cute shops, friendly bistros, 2 good museums, a winery, a brewery, and a new distillery (if you don’t mind paying Uber for the trip).

    The Plan:

    Saturday, May 12:
    • Ride the ebb tide out early… the morning low is at 9:51am—but doing that gets you into Langley by lunchtime, which is a great idea if you can make it! The relatively new Spyhop Cafe serves good pub fare with locally-made beer—recommended.
    • If you get into town early enough, don’t miss the Langley Whale Center a block off 1st St. and the South Whidbey Historical Society Museum (across from the Spyhop)—a small museum completely chock-a-block with memorabilia from the early days of Langley and Whidbey Island.
    • We’ll gather for dinner at 6pm at the Prima Bistro, which serves local beer and great food at reasonable prices. Prima Bistro’s rooftop location gives a sweeping view of town and the Bay. 

    RSVP Needed

    In order to stay in the marina, we need to get a count early—and we’ll also need a count for dinner. Please register as soon as you are able. We look forward to seeing you there!           

    Cruise Leaders 

    Jerry and Ronda Andrews

    S/V Dorothy

    • 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


    • 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 Leaders

    Peggy and Ron Watt 


    • 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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