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We are fortunate to have many new members who have joined the Harlem Yacht Club over the past several years. Some of you have been with us on our various rendezvous or our summer cruises. For whatever reason, or combinations of reasons, many have not yet had the opportunity to participate with the rest of us in these popular boating activities. 

2019 Club Cruise

The venerable Cruising Committee has put together a lovely itinerary for the HYC cruise this year. The slated dates are the beginning of August. Please take a look at the itinerary, which has some iconic and idyllic anchorages. I encourage those of any experience level, from veteran to newbie, to join the cruise if they are able. There is no better way to explore the Sound than with the friendship and support of HYC members.

For those who plan to participate, it is never too soon to make reservations for mooring and dockage - why not now? It is each captain's responsibility to make and/or cancel their own reservations.

Finally, Roger Karlebach will be the Club Cruise Captain, and will head up our armada. If you plan to attend or have any questions, please send them his way.  He can be reached at 917-887-7919 or

SYNOPSIS: Eleven Days; Two Lay Days; Nine Passages. 234 NM; average of 26 NM per passage, 21 NM per day; longest is the first day: 37 NM  Schedule appears to accommodate everyone’s special requests – so far. Only one or two mandatory dock nights but up to five or six of them for those desiring them.


                                                         HARLEM YACHT CLUB CRUISE - 2019                    DRAFT 2 -- 5/30/2019


Day #





A, M, or D


Thu, 8/1

From HYC to Port Jefferson


M or D

Moor at Port Jeff YC (formerly Setauket YC)      631-473-9890; VHF Ch.68

Moorings $55; Dockage $3.30/foot  -- launch till 8 pm


Fri, 8/2

To  Clinton CT; Cedar Island Marina



Chanel last dredged 2012-13 so check potential silting if planning to enter of depart near the lows. High is 12:55 pm on arrival day and 1:46 pm for departure. Call 860-699-8681.  $3.75 per foot. They have spaces for party and a pool. A restaurant is on the premises. They usually give us easy in-out slips.


Sat, 8/3

To Little Narragansett Bay, Watch Hill RI



A TIDE WATCH DAY:  Favorable tide starts in Fishers Island sound at about 2 pm. Needs to be rechecked.


Sun, 8/4

Lay Day



Enjoy: Nappatree Beach, walks in town, possible lunch at the YC, or at the big new yellow hotel or other restaurants.


Mon, 8/5

To Stonington CT – alternatives:

+Stonington Harbor YC   VHF Ch. 78; 860-535-0012   $3.50/foot. Good restaurant but others in town are also good. Offers free use of their dinghy dock, as does Dodson’s.

+Dodson’s has docks but those wanting docks will want the YC Moorings are $55/night call 860-535-1507.

+There is also an anchorage area behind a protective seawall.


D, M, or A



Tue, 8/6

To Three Mile Harbor, south fork of Long Island, NY

24 or 25

    A or D

Shorter distance exiting Fishers island Sound via Lordes passage at east end of the Island; longer distance involves passage through Fishers Island Sound.

A TIDE WATCH DAY: Favorable tide starts at Race at 10:27 a.m.

There are several marinas to port as you enter and pass through 3 Mile Harbor, owned by the same organization. Their restaurants are good and accessible by dink.


Wed, 8/7

Lay day (to enjoy the pleasures of Easthampton, a dink and cab ride away)





Thu, 8/8

To Duck Island Roads or Westbrook Marina


A or D

Suggest we make reservations at Brewers Pilot Point Marina in Westbrook but cancel the day before in favor of anchorage in the lee of Duck island’s breakwaters if the forecast is fair.

A TIDE WATCH DAY: Flood does not begin at Plum Gut until 12:22 p.m. but not strongly adverse for the two hours prior to that.  (860-399-7906, but I got no answer when I tried.)



Fri, 8/9

To Milford CT


D or M

We have always stayed at the Milford Landing Municipal Marina   203-874-1610   $3.50/foot plus $7.50 or $10 for electric. Good for walks into town which has several good restaurants.

An alternative being explored is the Milford YC, at the other (nearer) end of the inlet. I’m seeking info on mooring availability and rates and its restaurant and facilities.


Sat, 8/10

To Centerport YC



Make reservation early because it is a Saturday night. Centerport YC dockmaster: 631-697-8691

$60/night which includes use of facilities including pool and restaurant. Launch runs until midnight


Sun, 8/11

To Harlem YC




What is a Cruise?

Let’s start with the what.  What’s a rendezvous? It’s when a bunch of club members, their families and friends get together via sail, power or car to meet, eat and be merry.

Sometimes some of us raft-up – that’s connect up our boats with lines and soft cushiony type things (some people call them fenders, others, the less nautical amongst us, may refer to them as bumpers). This collection of boats generally hangs on a single or possibly two anchors with sufficient rode or line deployed to minimize the chance of dragging but not so long that the raft swings into other nearby anchored individual boats, or other rafts. Some members prefer to anchor nearby and dink over to the raft.

Who ties up to whom and how do you know they want you can be complex subjects. Often arrangements are made far in advance and can be based on the age of kids, the position of the mast spreaders, the hull freeboard or any number of variables such as when one gets there. The first thing to look for is the club burgee – that’s our blue flag with the white “H” on its side (usually available at our Bar – about $18.00). Next thing, if you don’t see anyone, try raising one of us on VHF Channel 72… just ask for “anyone from the Harlem Yacht Club Fleet” and identify yourself. It’s good if your boat has a name that you know, and share it with the rest of us. Unless you’re a really pesty person, have terrible navigation skills (afraid you’ll crash into us), eat or drink exclusively other people’s stuff (never bringing anything to share), someone, if we’re there ahead of you, will respond and tell you where we are. Make sure you call us on Channel 72, not just 9 or 16, since we often tune-off the rest of the world when at anchor.

We mostly eat, drink and tell stories on rendezvous with occasional forays onto beaches or, unique-as-far-as-we-can-tell “dink-and-drink-raft-ups”, where more of the same takes place.

A club cruise is when we take off for 1, 2, or 3 weeks in July or August, and all hang out together, going from idyllic location to idyllic location, with great restaurants, beautiful beaches, perfect anchorages, beautiful, low cost marinas with great swimming pools and everything good you ever dreamed about before you got into boating.

We generally plan together the when and where of the cruises, sometime in the spring of each year.