2012 SHYC Cruise Destinations

 PLANNING OUR 2012 CRUISE DESTINATIONS -  please join us for a Cruise Committee Planning Meeting on Saturday, February 15th at 1500.  We will be finalizing destinations and accepting volunteers for Harbor Captains.  The working meeting will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Here’s a tentative schedule…



Memorial Day Weekend Saturday May 28-30 - Greenport/Dering Harbor, Long Island: This is a short, calm twenty mile cruise in protected waters. Last year 14 boats from 21’ to 45’ made the crossing, most staying in Greenport, some on moorings at the Shelter Island Y.C. in Dering Harbor - a $2 ferry ride away that runs from dawn until past our bedtime. Greenport has restaurants/delis in every third doorway. The docks at Mathew Park Marina were filled with delightful early cruisers who thought cordiality was a way of life. We’ll get together for SHYC cocktails, dinners and just maybe the wine tasting limo to neighboring vineyards will work this year.


Fisher’s Island BBQ Saturday June 11-12: Reserve space at the FIYC, find a mooring or anchor for a splendid afternoon elbowing each other on their grills, watching the spring sunset, bracing yourself for the ½ mile walk to the Pequot Inn for dancing and local Fisher Island color. Motor back home that night if sailing in a late sunset suits you.


Stonington Harbor Rendezvous Saturday June 18: our second annual gathering of member yachts at our docks. Lots of activities to bring our membership together on the water.

Narraganset Cruise June 24 – 30: several wonderful harbors to be visited although the sequence is not firm. In fact we expect more than enough boats along to overfill some harbors which will encourage a little diversity. A good beginning would be Dutch Harbor  Island Marina – under new management with moorings and slips available, a local restaurant, shuttle van to Jamestown for better choices. This is a quiet and calm harbor not to be missed. Bristol for one or two days: there is much to see, more than can be done in an afternoon or morning. Gorgeous town with plenty of boating history, the Bristol YC, launch service to club or town, fine restaurants. Those looking forward to the Saturday air show can float out towards Quonset Point and return to your mooring. East Greenwich is a lovely upscale protected harbor with slips and moorings, restaurants and yacht club. Battleship Cove at Fall River is another few miles upstream with moorings, restaurant and shuttle launch/ tour package to the USS Massachusetts. We’ve never done this harbor before. These stops can leave you pretty far up river calling for a return stop before returning to Stonington at Newport, Jamestown or back to Dutch Harbor Island.

  Bristol Harbor



East Greenwich



Norwich Saturday July 9th: let’s have as many small/medium boats as possible make this 20 mile trip up the Thames River. Pass the sub base, Fort Shantok Indian Burial Ground, Trading Cove, have lunch at the docks in Norwich then return home or dock over night having had an easy adventure with your fellow small cruisers.


Girls 4 Sail/Horton Race July 23: Last year Girls 4 Sail raced on Etoile, Anne Kolker's boat, in the Lobster Run with 5 of 7 crew from SHYC and took second in their class. The event is meant to encourage women to be active participants in sailing events. It also aims to give women the confidence in all aspects of sailing their own boat that would allow them to be skipper or crew as the need arises. Women with all levels of sailing expertise are welcome to join us. We start with a morning chart session and choose a destination to match desired skill development. The day ends with cocktails and fun before heading back on shore.


The Horton Race is new this year and in conjunction with Watch Hill Yacht Club. Details to follow.


Fishtail Cruise July 23 to August 1:




So many fine harbors – Sag, Dering, Coecles, Southold Bay, West Neck Harbor, Smith Cove, Three Mile – protected waters, fine restaurants, room to spend hours sailing with a quiet harbor mooring/anchor at night. Easy to get to being only a few miles away; perfect for new cruisers or veterans alike. We are hoping many of the Go East cruisers including power will join in for all or part.


Go East July 30 – August 7: while run by our Power Squadron, our stops are the best in our local waters so sailors are encouraged to tag along. Minemsha/Cuttyhunk, Edgartown, Nantucket, Chatham with a possible extension to Provincetown and beyond if people show interest. The legs are fairly long for a slow sail but we’ve done it many times before. You just can’t have a bad time in Edgartown or Nantucket, in fact the latter invites more than a day to enjoy all that there is to do and see. Chatham is a new harbor for us and we know it has a splendid one street town. If you’re sailing, you will not want to reach all the way back to Stonington in one day. We’ll work on some nice choices for you. Since this backs up against our Fishtail Cruise, you join in on each.




Family Cruise August 6: climb aboard one of our member’s boats for a day in our local waters; perhaps a circumnavigation of Fishers, a run up the RI coast or into Long Island Sound. The day is ours to enjoy with good company and the excitement of another member’s vessel before returning to the Club for cocktails and dinner.


Red Lobdell Memorial Race August 13:


Block Island Swordfish Cruise August 18-21: for the past several years, we have been spoiled by the hospitality of Kim and Kenn Fischburg at their Block Island home overlooking the sound.  On Thursday night Kenn and our club volunteer helpers slice and grill fresh caught swordfish. Moore if you can, get a slip at Champlins, the Boat Basin or Payne’s Dock. There’s a number of things to do on Block besides saying good night to the island at Mahogany Shoals – biking, mopeds, beaches, restaurants – make a long weekend out of it along with many of our members.


Labor Day Weekend Cruise September 2-5: this could be a cruise to Mattituck – an interesting mile long trip up the Mattituck River, reasonable slip at the Matta-a-Mar Marina, anchor in the basin, dinner at Touch of Venice (surprisingly good). Next day do a wine tour because you are only a few miles from several fine wineries. That leaves Sunday open to those who might choose to sail across the Sound to Old Saybrook or Essex, perhaps power to Clinton or just head back towards Stonington.


Mystic Harbor September 17-18: anchor in good holding or tie up at the Mystic Seaport Museum docks within the park. Enjoy the sights of America’s Museum of the Sea. That evening, Dorothy and Paul Nolan are extending an invitation to a “Pot Luck” dinner at their home located just across from the Seaport. Bring your dingy to tie up at their dock.