HBYC has an extensive and organized cruising program.
Destentations have included weekend's at Kelley's Island, Vermillion, Leamington, Huron, Pelee Island, and Put-In-Bay; as well as long distance vacation cruises.
Usually 10 to 20 boats with famlies and friends will rendezvous at the selected port. Upon arrival you will probably find a member ready ti grab a morring line for your HBYC reserved dock space.
Cruisers have been known to enjoy: great conversations, breakfast feasts, scavanger hunts, cookouts, wine & cheese parties, biking, local attractions, pubs, and restaurants.
2018 Cruise schedule
Cruise Coordinators Needed! All cruises must have a cruise coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for communicating with the folks at the destination marina, scheduling activities, scheduling transportation (if necessary), and conducting a Captain's meeting the morning the cruisers depart. Coordination duties are a great way to become active with the club. Contact the Cruise Director if you wish to coordinate any cruise. Of course, the Cruise Director and past cruise coordinators will be more than willing to lend a hand.
IMPORTANT: There is one $25 annual cruising fee per participating boat to cover the club’s cruising-related costs such as coffee, pastries, supplies, space rental, etc. In light of many marinas’ cancellation policies, there is one $30 cruising deposit required with your registration whether you sign up for one or several cruises. Please post-date this check 1 Jun 2018 or later. If you are confirmed for a cruise and must cancel, notify the cruise coordinator before the cancellation date and your cruising deposit will be refunded as appropriate. If you cancel after the cancellation date, your cruising deposit is forfeit unless we can find another boat to fill your spot. Forfeiture of your cruising deposit requires you send another $30 cruising deposit to hold reservations for remaining cruises. If you keep all reservations or cancel before the cutoff date, your deposit is returned at the end of the cruising season. This policy helps HBYC remain on good terms with local marinas and insures others have an opportunity to participate if you drop out.
Cruising for Non-Members
The Harbor Bay Yacht Club invites non-members to participate in a cruise of their choice. This invitation is on a space available and first-come first-serve basis. 'Space Available' is based upon the number of openings for a given cruise 7 days prior to the cruise. The following is a brief outline of requirements:
- Cost $25 per cruise- which will be returned if the cruise is full with HBYC members.
- Sign up can start as early as cruise schedule is available and fee is paid.
- Boat owner will be notified 5-7 days before cruise if room is available.
- Boat owner pays for own dockage and participates in HBYC planned agenda.
- Each boat is limited to 1 per year as non-members.
- Boat owner must show a boating club membership card or be docked at Sandusky Harbor Marina.
- Boat owner must complete an HBYC Non-Member Cruise Registration sign up sheet.
Great Lakes Cruising Club School is now open for the coming season. The school has a comprehensive curriculum from cruising skills to favorite cruising destinations. It is a premier source for practical training for sail and power cruisers on the Great Lakes.
Check out a few of HBYC member's Favorite Destinations.