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Weeknight Cruising

Cruise, even if you don’t own a boat!

Don’t own a boat, but still want to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? Join the friendly souls in the NYC Weeknight Cruising and enjoy a sail on one of many boats that welcome crew aboard. Experienced sailors, casual cruisers, complete novices: all are welcome to join the weeknight cruising program, which is included in the cost of membership and runs from June to mid-September. Sailboats of all shapes and sizes participate, so you have the chance to find the boat and crew that’s right for you!

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Days of Operation

Our weeknight cruises operate every Monday and Thursday (not on Holiday Mondays) and starts promptly at 5:30 pm, weather permitting (see notes below on weather cancellation policy).

The weeknight cruising program will begin June 6th and run until September 15th, 2016.

Registration/Daily Sign Up

The weeknight Cruising Crew Bank participation is by registration through the office only and must be done for each and every cruise.

All weeknight cruising participants must register by calling Amelia at the club office at 416-260-8686 ext. 32  or email with your name and member number. When registering guests please include their first and last name.

Weeknight Cruising  Registration Deadlines Are:

  • 10:00 am Friday for the Monday Cruises
  • 10:00 am Wednesday for the Thursday Cruises

Please Note:  Mobile phone numbers MUST be provided so we can reach you with any last minute changes

Those who arrive without registering may be turned away! We will try and accommodate “walk ins” but cannot guarantee a cruise.

You should arrive by 5:30 pm on the day of the cruise and check the assignment sheet at the crew bank bulletin board (outside the North doors) and with the On-Dock Volunteer Co-ordinator to see what boat you have been allocated to. The list will be posted before 4:30pm. Upon arrival, please check off next to your name on the sheet.

If you are not at your appointed boat by 5:45 pm, the skipper may leave without you. Please remember, you should be there in any case to help get the boat ready to leave promptly at 6:00 pm.

No Shows & Weather Cancellations

No shows create a problem for us as all our skippers are volunteers and if there is no crew for a boat, then the skipper may have wasted his/her time in making their boat available. If you have registered for a cruise and can’t make it, please contact the Club office by 3:00 pm on the day of the cruise. If we have to cancel the cruise due to weather we will know by 3:00 pm on cruise day. Weather based cancellations will be communicated to you by email only. If you are unable to receive emails after 3:00 pm, please call the Club office to check if you are in any doubt about the weather on the particular day. We will also try to reach you on your mobile with last minute changes.

If we decide at 3:00 pm on any given day that the weather is in some doubt, we may not cancel but still each skipper will have the final decision at 5:30 pm if he/she deems it unsafe to go out.

Dress Code

Members and guests are asked to respect the volunteers’ boats and wear only non-marking-soled shoes when participating in the cruising crew bank. Dark soled shoes leave hard to clean marks on boat decks. Bare feet are not allowed on boats at any time.


Each NYC crew member may bring a maximum of two guests (non-members) on any Monday or Thursday evening cruise (subject always to boat space being available). Their names (first and last) must be forwarded to the Club office on registration. Guests are also asked to respect the volunteer boats and follow proper sailing etiquette, wearing the proper shoes and assisting in rigging and de-rigging the boat. You are encouraged to invite guests for cruises but please note, no guest may come more than 3 Thursdays during the season. If they are really keen, please suggest they consider Crew membership of the Club.

Minimum Age Requirement

The minimum age of any crew bank participant and/or guest is 16 years of age or older.

On Board Safety

Please make sure that you and your guests understand that a boat can be a dangerous environment and any instructions given by the skipper are to be followed at all times. Should you feel that you or your guest should voluntarily wear a life-jacket, the skipper will be happy to provide one. You are encouraged to bring your own. If however, during the cruise the skipper instructs the entire crew to put life jackets on, this instruction is to be followed immediately.

Crew Etiquette

Every boat takes work to set up and shut down. Ask your skipper how you can lend a hand and prepare for the cruise and most importantly help your skipper shut down after the cruise. Assistance is always appreciated!

Remember also, any contributions of beverages and snacks for the cruise will be gratefully received. We do not expect our volunteer skippers to provide these at their own expense. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed by any one until after the cruise is over.

Following these simple rules and regulations should ensure a very happy, safe and successful season of sailing at the NYC.


Photos courtesy of Olga Nabatova