Cruising

January 2023

Hello Cruisers … Sail and Power

It’s time to begin looking at the 2023 cruising schedule. Here’s what is on tap:

March 17-19: Cruise to Pelican Bay, Dauphin Island, for the Annual Sock Burning. This cruise is organized by our Mobile Yacht Club cruising friends and marks the official beginning of sailing season. On Saturday evening cruisers will meet on the sand spit, build a bon fire, have a quick reading of the ceremonial sock burning poem, then burn our socks.

May 26-29: Memorial Day weekend cruise to Pelican Bay. Just a casual weekend anchorage at Dauphin Island.

July 5-9 – Blue Angels Beach Show: This is our ‘long cruise’ we’ve done for the past couple of years. Leave on Wednesday morning for anchorage at Red Fish Point, or for those who get a late start, Ingram’s Bayou; Thursday morning pick up and head to Big Sabine (about 5 miles east of the Pensacola Beach bridge); Friday morning head back to Fisherman’s Bend (east side of Pensacola Beach bridge) to get a prime spot for the Blue Angels show; after boat traffic clears head back to Red Fish Point; and then a relatively early start on Sunday back to FYC, or if you want – stay at anchor and head back on Monday.

Aug. 31 – Sep. 3: Destination of this cruise to be determined. August 30 is the brightest full moon of the year, so there is a possibility of a raft up or anchoring on the 30th, even if it’s just out a ways from the club. Then heading somewhere for the few days following.

Oct. 6-8 – Ingram’s Bayou or nearby waters: Lost Bay Regatta and a visit with our friends at Point Yacht Club. Many cruisers from Pensacola YC will be anchored in Ingram’s Bayou as well this weekend.

Nov. 2-5 – Blue Angels Homecoming Show: The final destination will be Fort McRee for a great view of the show. Fortunately this year we no longer have to deal with daylight savings time ending so we’ll have a little more daylight to get to where we want to go.

All cruises are, of course, weather dependent. Some may get postponed or canceled, some may be shortened or extended, and then there will probably be some ‘pop-up’ cruises, as in we look at the weather on a Tuesday and see that it is going to be a great weekend for a quick cruise to Dauphin Island or other destination.

So many possibilities … so little time.

If you’d like to be added to the cruising email list, have suggestions for cruises, or have any questions, please contact me at cathy [dot] cromartie @ gmail.com or at 251-895-zero nine nine three.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the water.

PC Cathy Cromartie
FYC Cruising Chair

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