Cruise Week 2015


John and Mindy Donnelly will be taking the helm for the 2015 RSYC Cruise Week. 


The RSYC Cruise, aka “Famous Boats of the World Cruise” (the theme for this year’s event) will be held from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12.   If you’re planning on going, please sign up on the bulletin board by the tent.  If you can’t make the entire cruise, we’d be happy to have you join us for at least a part of it.  Regardless of when you join, please contact the cruise captains (John & Mindy Donnelly) aboard Coquina when you arrive.  During the cruise, we plan to produce and deliver a short “newspaper” each day which will include the weather forecast, a daily riddle, general plans for the day, and any changes to the schedule provided below.

Assignment for all boats — One of the yearly goals of the RSYC Cruise is to promote camaraderie.  Therefore, vessels are strongly encouraged to participate in an ice-breaking activity; there will be a prize for the winning vessel(s). To prepare for this activity, each boat must obtain information about a famous vessel that has a name beginning with the same letter of the alphabet as does their boat (i.e.,  Titanic would be a suitable ship for Tradewinds).  Information can be obtained from GOOGLE by searching for “FAMOUS SHIPS AND BOATS”.  Once a name has been selected,  write and display a short note (in large print) including the name of the ship, its country of origin, and the main reason why it’s famous.  During the cruise, share this display with your visitors .  Each boat will have a “Famous Ships Log” supplied by the cruise captains.  For each boat visited, please record three pieces of information in this log: 1) the name of the “Famous Boat ” (i.e., Eagle) , 2) reason why the boat is famous (i.e., most famous shipwreck on the Great Lakes), and 3) the RSYC boat’s actual name (i.e., Eddie).   Each RSYC boat visiting the greatest number of other RSYC boats (that have selected a famous name} and recording the necessary information from them, will receive a prize.

Other activities — As usual, this year’s Cruise Week will provide opportunities for many activities including: hiking, exploring, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, paddling, photographing, and spending time with old friends and making new ones.

Ports of Call 

Friday, July 3 — Sail to Sled Runner Bay (Shelburne), and watch fireworks launched from Burlington harbor.

Sat. & Sun. July 4 & 5 — 1) Sail to Valcour Island. Hike on Valcour Island, and visit the lighthouse (open on Sundays). 2) Sundowner dinghy round-raft BYOB and BYOS — Sunday, 6 p.m.

Monday, July 6 — Sail to Deep Bay; this bay provides an excellent opportunity (weather permitting) for hiking, fishing, and snorkeling. Complete the day with an awesome sunset viewed from Point Au Roche.

Tuesday, July  7 to Friday, July 10 —  Sail to Burton Island State Park for three days with much to do and many activities planned, including  games of volleyball and whiffle ball.  In addition to these team sports, there will be several other events for which a prize will be awarded to the winners.

Please note that the following activities are ONE TIME EVENTS: 1) Inflatable dingy race (kayaks are not eligible) – Wed. 1:30 p.m. 2) Non-inflatable dingy race (kayaks are not eligible) – Wed. 3:00 p.m. 3) Kayak race – Thur. 10 a.m  4) Treasure hunt – Thur. 2 p.m.

Other types of competitive activities will be available EACH DAY (until 2 p.m. on Thursday). Rules will be provided for each activity. Participants may play each of these as often as they’d like; just report  your best scores by 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. These activities include: 1) Golf   2) Frisbee golf  3) “Toss-your-cookies” 4) “String ball”

Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m. — Pot-luck-dinner and awarding of prizes.

Friday, July 10 — Leave Burton Island and sail back to Valcour Island.

Sat. July 11 — Leave Valcour Island  (note: this is the day of the Mayor’s Cup in Plattsburgh, for those who would like to race or spectate)

Sun. July 12  — Arrive back at your home port


Check out the links below to see more about previous RSYC Cruise Weeks.