Cruise Captains: Jerry Henrichon & Marc Gervais
Boats: Exit Strategy, O’Day 39 Sloop, & Lucy III, Tartan 34C Yawl
Contact info: cell: 802-779-7663 (Jerry) & 508-930-4573 (Marc)
VHF: We will use Channel 68 for daily briefings at 08:00 and for communications during the cruise.
All boats should also monitor channel 16 as required.
Cruise plans are subject to change due to weather.
Provisions: Bring meals to share for 4 pot luck dinners and 4 appetizer events. All other meals are boat owner responsibility.
[ Coming soon: Charts with routing information, cruise legs and waypoints; Marina/Port Information; List of Vessels / Information ]
Thursday July 4 – Gather at Point Bay Marina, Charlotte, Vermont.
Friday July 5 – Travel South to Kingsland Bay to further gather the fleet. Anchor or pick up RSYC or PBM available moorings. Rafting is allowed and even encouraged. Row ashore to visit Kingsland Bay State Park.
Saturday July 6 – Westport, New York for Independence Day Festivities (continuation). A parade is set to begin at 17:00. Fireworks will take place at 21:30. Call ahead for reservations if you wish to stay at the Westport Marina docks (518-962-4356). Moorings are also available or you can just anchor in the bay. See Marina and Port section for further details. Marina is a full service facility. Excellent restaurant at Marina. Distance: 9.2 nm.
Sunday July 7 – Travel North to Valcour Island, New York. Our harbor choice is yet to be decided and is weather dependant. The North facing harbors have the best beaches. Suggestion is for Butterfly Bay. Valcour Island is a New York State park with several hiking trails. Visit Bluff Point Lighthouse built in 1874. The Lighthouse is open for tours from 13:00 to 15:00 on Sunday. We will have a bonfire on the beach at 19:00. We will attempt a fleet raft up if calm. Plattsburgh, New York, is nearby if supplies or shore access is needed (See Marina /Port section). Distance 27.2 nm.
Monday July 8 – Travel North to Deep Bay at Point au Roche State Park (518-563-0369) for an overnight anchorage. State Park Moorings occupy most of the Bay and are available for $ 22.00/night. Expect a Park Ranger to collect fees at your boat between 17:00 and 18:00. The Park has extensive hiking trails and a Visitor’s Center. Gather for a Dinghy raft up at 17:00 with appetizers and BYOB. Distance: 9.6 nm.
Tuesday July 9 – Travel North to Alburg Beach at Alburg Dunes State Park and anchor off the beach for a swim (weather permitting). Distance 8.3 nm.
Travel East through the old railroad causeway to Pelot’s Bay, Vermont. Alternative pick up a mooring from North Hero Marina (802-372-5953) or request a slip. Two Heroes Grill and Tiki Bar is on site. Distance 1.9 nm.
Wednesday July 10 – Travel East through The Gut to the Inland Sea and onward to Burton Island, Vermont. Please note that the Highway drawbridge has a closed vertical clearance of 18 feet at Lake Level of 93 feet. The Bridge Operator monitors VHF Channel 13 and opens on the ½ hour. At Burton Island State Park there is a sailboat marina and a powerboat marina. Powerboats should make a reservation by calling a Park Ranger at 802-524-6353. There are also moorings available just off of the beach. Anchoring is not allowed inside the seawall. Enjoy the Park hiking trails and facilities. There is a General Store here that serves meals. Water and pump-out is available. No Fuel. Burton Island is a Vermont State Park with campgrounds and cabins. Distance 12.6 nm.
Thursday July 11 – Burton Island, Vermont. Dinghy races are planned at the beach for 14:00. Volleyball is planned for 16:00. Other games to be played at will be set up in the field near the sailboat marina. These games include: stringball, bag toss, horseshoes, croquet and Frisbee golf. Dinner will be at the General Store Tent and is Pot Luck. A fireside evening smores event will be held at the sailboat marina fire pit. Firewood is available from the Ranger Office.
Friday July 12 – Day sail to Hero’s Welcome on North Hero Island. Anchor in the harbor or tie up to the General Store floating pier that extends 100 yards into City Bay. The Village is well worth a visit for Ice Cream or any other groceries. Distance: 4.3 nm.
Return to Burton Island for a fireside evening smores event at the powerboat marina fire pit.
Saturday July 13 – Travel West, back through the Gut, and South to Burlington, Vermont. Stay at the Burlington Community Boathouse (802-865-3377) docks or transient moorings (reservations are a good idea). Further dockage is available nearby at the Ferry Dock Marina (802-864-9804) (they have fuel); and at the new Burlington Harbor Marina (802-540-6869). Anchorage options are available both North and South of the breakwater. We will gather for evening activities at the Community Boathouse at 18:00. See Marina/Port section for further details including marina slip dock and mooring maps. Grocery store in Town with free Public Bus Service. Distance: 28 nm.
Sunday July 14 – Travel back South to Point Bay Marina. Distance: 26 nm.