January 2024

Hello Cruisers … Sail and Power

It’s time to begin looking at the 2024 cruising schedule. Here’s what is on tap:

March 15-17: 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, socialize, have a quick reading of the ceremonial sock burning poem, then burn our socks. Hoping to also have a hot dog roast on the beach for this trip.

May 24-27: Memorial Day weekend cruise to Pelican Bay. Just a casual weekend anchorage at Dauphin Island.

July 10-14: Blue Angels Beach Show: This is our long cruise. Leave on Wednesday morning for anchorage at Red Fish Point, or for those who get a late start, Ingram’s Bayou; on Thursday morning head to Fishing Bend (east side of Pensacola Beach bridge) to get a prime spot for the Blue Angels show. Enjoy the day at anchor. On Friday you have a several options after the show: (1) stay at anchor so you can catch Saturday’s show; (2) once boat traffic clears after the show head back to Red Fish Point, anchor, go on the outside (gulf) for Saturday’s show, then back to Red Fish Point to anchor Saturday night; (3) head back to Ingram’s Bayou for the evening then back to FYC on Sunday. As always, do what fits your schedule.

Aug. 16-18: Full moon cruise: August 19 is the brightest full moon of the year. Destination of this cruise to be determined.

Oct. 4-6 – 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. 1-3 – Blue Angels Homecoming Show: The final destination will be Fort McRee for a great view of the show.

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 @ 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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