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CRUISE


Every month TYC sail and power boats head out for San Francisco Bay Area destinations in an organized club cruise. Locations range from nearby yacht clubs to a week in the Delta. All in all, 2021 looks to be another exciting year for TYC cruising.

The weekend cruises often head to more distant locations like Benicia, Petaluma, or up the Napa River or Suisun Slough.  Our annual Summer Cruise finds TYC members enjoying the warmer weather and water of the Delta for seven or eight relaxing days away from the usual crush of boats on the bay.

To get involved just pick a trip (or two) and click "Register" at the right.

The essence of TYC cruising is to have fun and enjoy the friendship of fellow boaters. Some yacht clubs we'll visit will host dinners for us and sometimes we organize pot-luck and restaurant events. Whatever the plan, be prepared for a good time and lots of new adventures!

Although most TYC cruisers take their own boat, some members choose to buddy boat or crew on a more experienced boat in the beginning, and there are always some "land cruisers" who drive their rubber tired craft to join in the fun.  However you arrive, we'll guarantee you'll have fun.

Upcoming Cruises

    • 06/25/2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 06/27/2021
    • (PDT)
    • Napa Valley Yacht Club
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    Wine! Napa Valley! What a combo! And we can get there by boat!

    Come join in on the fun by cruising with us to the top of the Bay, then up the beautiful Napa River to the Napa Valley Yacht Club. The NVYC sits at a large bend in the river, about a mile walk down a lovely river road to downtown Napa. Home will be NVYC's 160' long dock, where we'll spend time relaxing on our boats, exploring beautiful downtown Napa, playing Bocci on the front lawn, and joining the camaraderie of the NVYC members as guests at their Friday night dinner. Of course, if you are really ambitious, you can Uber your way to many of the nearby wineries for a taste of classic Napa Chard, Cab, or maybe some sparking vino. If there is interest we might arrange such a trip for all of us.


    Registration: For space at the NVYC dock you must register here. Also, if you'd like to join NVYC for dinner on Friday night, please sign up when you register for the cruise.

    Friday Night Dinner at Napa Valley Yacht Club

    A longstanding tradition at many yacht clubs is hosting a visiting club for a Friday or Saturday night dinner. Our trip up to NVYC will be no different, as they have graciously invited TYC to join them for a wonderful dinner at their clubhouse. Friday night, 6/25 is Rock n' Roll Night at NVYC!  It should be a fun night (if we can get their sound system repaired before then)!  The menu will be Lasagna, Spinach Salad, Garlic Bread and Ice Cream for dessert.  The price will probably be $25 per person, and it's important that we get a count of who will be joining by 6/22. 

    Important notices to cruisers:

    • We have space at the NVYC dock for about 6-8 boats, depending on beam of course, so we probably all fit. The 180' Guest Dock has Max LOA: 125', Max Beam: 16', max Draft: 8'. The sooner you register the better!
    • There is plenty of water at the dock as they have been regularly dredging, but please note the shallows toward the west end of the dock near the shore.
    • The Napa river itself is plenty deep for our trip up river  -- at last 9 feet of water for the entire length -- as long as you stay in the channel! Looking at the tides, there is a high tide at 4PM at the NVYC dock, so timing looks good for riding the flood along our 30 nm, 4-5 hour trip. 
    • Generally speaking, the best way to stay in the deepest part of the river is to make slow, wide, gradual turns and avoid going "point-to-point" (directly from one marker to the next) unless specifically called for. This can happen if you follow too closely such a course that you've plotted on your GPS-connected nav screen (or iPad). So, spend a few minutes with an up-to-date chart for this section of the river, and think carefully about how you'll navigate up. Also, watch your depth closely to avoid drifting out of the channel. When the depth begins to shallow significantly, slow down and find the channel again by moving slowly to port or starboard. 
    • Here are a few tricky places to keep aware of:
      • Marker 7: Past the Mare Island Bridge and about 1 - 1/2 miles from the high-voltage power towers you need to starting paying close attention to where you are. The channel can be deceiving, with this huge body of water to port and a narrow channel. Approach this marker no closer than 50 yards to your port side.  Once you round Marker 7 do not head directly to Marker 9, but instead make a nice wide turn, staying to the starboard side of the channel if necessary to complete your turn. Heading past Marker 9, stay to port as you head to Marker 11. Once past Marker 11 you're good for awhile. 

      • Marker 13: About 1 - 3/4 miles from Marker 7, you'll need to follow the natural bend around to starboard. As before, make a slow, wide to to starboard. Don't cut the turn! And be aware that this is the start of a longish no-wake zone.
      • Up-river past Cuttings Wharf : Once you’re past the Cuttings Wharf ramp, you’re entering the more interesting upper reaches of the river. As long as you’re in the channel, there’s plenty of water, even at low tide, and it is certainly possible to navigate the river safely. However, there be shoals, rocks, and debris as well, and it is often unmarked. Although you might think high tide is the best time to go, the opposite is true: the river is safest at low tide, when the hazards are more visible.
      • Be aware that if you veer out of the channel, the Napa River bites back. The flood terraces to the side are not soft mud, as one would expect at the edge of a river, but include lots of rock. Stay focused. Stay in the channel!
      • Bottom-line: Stay with the group. Keep a radio tuned to the TYC cruise channel which will be announced prior to departure. Your leaders have been up this way many times and know the safe route up the river. 
    • A great resource for first-timers is this step-by-step guide to navigating the Napa River almost all the way up to Napa Valley Yacht Club. Remember that we are headed to Napa Valley Yacht Club, not the similar-sounding Napa Yacht Club which is a nice waterfront neighborhood, or the Napa Valley Marina, which has supplied the terrific guide linked here. 


    Cruise leader: Drew Clark     


    Note:  If your boat name, beam and LOA are in your profile, it will be entered automatically on your cruise registrations.

    List of registrants


    • 07/23/2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 07/31/2021
    • (PDT)
    • Grindstone Joe's, Delta YC, Devil's Isle
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    We are excited to once again offer our annual Delta cruise and will again join the Petaluma Yacht Club and other groups to explore this inland water wonderland. TYC boats are welcome to join all or any part of this 11 day cruise.

    This year's cruise will visit:

    Grindstone Joe’s has a long history of being a premier destination for yacht club cruise-ins. Just a short boat ride or 15 minute walk to Tower Park Marina/Yogi Bear KOA.   The Marina includes a full restaurant, a convenience store, ice cream, mini golf, a fuel dock and a pump out station. 
    Amenities include potable water, electrical hookups and on-shore restrooms with showers.  The expansive deck is equipped with covered picnic tables, tables and chairs, two large BBQ pits, complimentary charcoal, ice machine, grilling utensils and a sink with soap and wash bins.
    Dock fee is $60/night.
    • Delta Yacht Club - July 26-30
      Our longtime Delta destination, this is a mini-resort with a pool, pitch and putt golf course, outdoor barbecues, indoor galley and dining, large screen TV, board and table games, crawdad fishing and eating, lots of island for walking around, and plentiful docking for side ties for everyone, with power and water on the dock. See photos below Dock fee $55/night.
    • Devil's Isle - July 30-31
      This is a small island with a long shaded dock area with tables and barbecue. It does not have power, showers, or potable water. Tower Park is in the area for pumping out, water, ice, & food etc. Dock fee $25/night.
         The program for Devil's Isle is:
      • Friday Dinner 6:30pm: On your own. Barbeque lit at 6:00 pm or you can cruise over to Tower Park for dinner.

      • Saturday 1pm Appetizer Party, bring your favorite appetizer.
      • Saturday Dinner TBD (might be a surprise!)
      • Sunday Breakfast Potluck at 9am

    Notes:

    • Reservations and payments for each of the venues must be received in advance. See registration form for details. 

    Participating clubs this year include Petaluma YC, TYC, Oxbow YC 

    Registration details:

    • If your boat name, beam and LOA are in your profile, it will be entered automatically on your cruise registrations.
    • You can cancel your registration by clicking "Already registered" at the left. To make changes, cancel and re-register, or email cruise@tyc.org.

    List of TYC registrants

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    • 09/06/2021
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 09/11/2021
    • (PDT)
    • Sacramento River
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    Join us for an unforgettable cruise up the mighty Sacramento River to beautiful downtown Sacramento. It's a fun, bridge-filled trip, passing by many quaint and historic towns on our way up to Sacramento. They say the journey is the reward, and this will certainly be true for this cruise.


    Our 6-day adventure will begin with an overnight stay in Benicia, with a visit to the lovely Benicia Yacht Club and dinner out in the quaint downtown area. Next morning we'll head out bright and early (subject to tides and weather) toward Rio Vista and Delta Marina. 

    Places we'll visit on our cruise include:

    • Benicia - September 6-7
      Our longtime gateway to the Delta, this is a lovely first stop on our way up the river. The facilities are first-class, with fuel, water, supplies, easy walk into town, and just right for walking around on a nice warm late-summer evening. We'll stop in to the Benicia Yacht Club for cocktails and to say hello, then walk 5 minutes into town for a waterfront dinner overlooking Carquinez  Strait

    • Delta Marina - September 7-8
      For those who regularly cruise to the north Delta or Sacramento region, Delta Marina has long been a must-stop, nicely located in Rio Vista, a charming small town right along the Sacramento River in Solano County. The marina has all the bells and whistles, with fuel, water, an amazing chandlery, an RV park, and lots of covered picnic areas which provide an escape from the boats on a hot day. 


    • Riverbank Marina - September 8-10
    • Leaving Rio Vista astern, we'll radio the Rio Vista bridge and ask for a lift to allow us to turn right and follow the Sacramento River all the way up to Old Sac. In fact, along the way we'll have to lift a total of 7 bridges to be able to make our way up river! We'll pass some amazing sights, including quaint and historical towns such as Ryde, Locke, Walnut Grove, Courtland, Clarksburg, and Freeport.

    • Just past Walnut Grove and just before the Paintersville Bridge we'll see the Steamboat Bridge appear on our port side. If we're on time, we'll stop in to the dock for lunch. There's a fun little beach and great place to get out and stretch before continuing up river. 


    • As we get closer to Sacramento, just past the confluence with the American River we'll see the Riverbank marina appear to starboard. Our home for the next two nights, Riverbank is an amazing marina, with several great restaurants on site, fuel, water, supplies - everything we need for a delightful stay. 


    • We'll spend the days exploring Old Sac, downtown, the American River, local wineries,  maybe even take a hot raft ride if we choose to. There's lots to do and we'll have a ball doing it!
    • Pittsburg Yacht Club - September 10-11
    • Alas, we can't stay up here forever, so we'll have to depart early for the trip downriver and Pittsburg Yacht Club for the night. This is a long leg, so we'll leave early and get in just in time for a well-deserved cocktail hour and dinner either at the Yacht Club or in town. Next morning we''l head back to the bay area.

    Registration details:

    • If your boat name, beam and LOA are in your profile, it will be entered automatically on your cruise registrations.
    • You can cancel your registration by clicking "Already registered" at the left. To make changes, cancel and re-register, or email cruise@tyc.org.

    List of TYC registrants



       

       

       

       




    • 09/24/2021
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 09/26/2021
    • (PDT)
    • Petaluma Turning Basin
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    Butter! Eggs! Chicks! Let's help celebrate Petaluma's annual Butter and Eggs Festival and parade!

    Come join in on the fun by cruising with us to charming Petaluma and spend a beautiful late summer weekend exploring antique shops, watch (or join) the parade, enjoying some local and a bit more exotic cuisine, and maybe sip some wonderful port from a local winery.


    (I promised you chicks!)

    Home will be the Petaluma Turning Basin which has been recently dredged last October for the first time in 17 years! 



    Food, etc.

    Friday night we plan to join Petaluma Yacht Club at their lovely clubhouse next-door to the Basin. Please indicate if you wish to join us on the Registration page. 

    For dinner Saturday night, we are planning a short walk over the D-Street bridge to a wonderful Peruvian restaurant  Ayawaska. We may also wander down to H Street to visit a favorite maker and purveyor of port at Sonoma Portworks, and maybe an after-dinner stroll over to Mariposa Ice Creamery for some delish homemade ice cream flavored with local chocolate and liquors.

    Important notices to cruisers:

    • Details to be added soon!




    Cruise leader: Drew Clark     


    Note:  If your boat name, beam and LOA are in your profile, it will be entered automatically on your cruise registrations.

    List of registrants


Past Cruises

06/19/2021 Warmup Cruise and Pig Roast Party - San Rafael YC
04/23/2021 Online Dinner and TYC Cruise Meeting
02/22/2020 Cruise-In - Berkeley YC
10/11/2019 Tinsley Seven Star Cruise
09/15/2019 Commodore's Picnic
09/11/2019 Latitude 38's Fall Crew List Party
08/30/2019 Flash Cruise to Golden Gate YC
08/24/2019 Beginners' Cruise and Dinner - San Rafael YC
07/16/2019 Delta Cruise
03/22/2019 Cruise to St. Francis YC
03/08/2019 Cruise to Golden Gate YC
09/28/2018 Tinsley Five Star Cruise
09/22/2018 Commodore's Cruise and Picnic
07/20/2018 Delta Cruise
04/20/2018 Cruise to Golden Gate YC
09/29/2017 Oktoberfest Cruise to Tinsley Is.
09/22/2017 Commodore's Picnic (Sept. 23) and Day or Weekend Cruise
08/25/2017 Drake's Bay Cruise with Petaluma YC
07/21/2017 Delta Cruise
07/10/2017 Weekday Lunch Cruise to Angel Is.
06/02/2017 Richmond YC Cruise and BBQ
04/15/2017 RBYC Cruise-In
04/09/2017 Commodore's Guest Cruise
04/02/2017 Brunch Day Cruise to Angel Is.
03/31/2017 Benicia Cruise
03/05/2017 2017 Cruise Adventures Planning Dinner Meeting
11/05/2016 Annual Race & Cruise Awards Dinner
10/23/2016 Terrapin Crossroads Sunday Brunch, Concert? and Creek Cruise
09/27/2016 Tinsley Five Star Cruise
09/23/2016 Commodore's Picnic (Sept. 24) and Day or Weekend Cruise
08/21/2016 Flash Sunday Brunch Cruise - Terrapin Crossroads
08/01/2016 Delta Cruise
07/08/2016 Loch Lomond Yacht Club Cruise
06/17/2016 South Beach YC Cruise
05/26/2016 Petaluma YC Cruise
04/23/2016 RBYC Cruise-In
04/08/2016 Encinal YC Cruise with Cabaret Night
03/12/2016 Sausalito Cruise/Drive and Tall Ship Tour
09/28/2015 Tinsley Quint Club Cruise
09/18/2015 Commodore's Picnic (Sept. 19) and Cruise
08/15/2015 Delta Cruise
07/17/2015 Encinal YC Cruise
06/28/2015 Casual Day Cruise
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