Cruising with FHYC
A meeting is held prior to cruises for the purpose of fine tuning the schedule and reviewing the weather forecast. On most cruises, the participants hold a splash (happy hour) each day. The boaters bring beverages and appetizers to share.
Impromptu Raft-ups: Raft-ups occur in the Inner Harbour or nearby anchorages. Bring your own beverage and an appetizer to share. A few days before each event the organizers will provide the date, location and schedule to yacht club members by FHYC e-mail and/or the Facebook page.
BridgePointe Shakedown: This two-night event is the first cruise of the season. After a day on the river, boaters dock at the marina or anchor nearby. The first night we will have a splash and a potluck dinner on the dock. The second night will include a splash followed by a catered dinner at the hotel. Those driving are welcome.
Local Waters Cruises: These three-day cruises will provide participants with an opportunity to explore nearby destinations and may be of special interest to members who are new to the area. Two cruises are planned. The May cruise will travel to Cedar Creek and Lower Broad Creek with a stop at River Dunes. The September cruise will visit the Bay River and Campbell Creek.
Chesapeake Bay Cruise: Sailboats and powerboats are encouraged to participate in this month-long, fun event. To minimize the time spent in the ICW, the trip to the Bay will consist of a few long days. You may count on some lovely marinas and ports and many nights at anchor in quiet, remote gunkholes. Time allocated to exploring the Bay will be determined by each boat.
Ocracoke Cruises: Ocracoke is a lovely little town on the Outer Banks, accessible by boat, plane, or ferry. The town is built around Silver Lake, which offers a protected anchorage, commercial marina slips, and the National Park Service docks. It is a great town to explore on foot, by bike or golf cart. There are two cruises planned. The May/June cruise will coincide with the Ocrafolk Festival held June 2-4. Arriving early for this event is recommended, especially if you hope to stay at the National Park Service docks. The September cruise will find the town quiet, uncrowded and more romantic. A week or more should be allowed for any visit to this beautiful island.
Sailing the ICW Inlets Cruise: This eight-day cruise will include a combination of cruising in the ICW and outside passage-making. We’ll exit the ICW at one of the major inlets, hop down an inlet or two and cruise back up inside. The possibility of extended, offshore passages suggests that each crew should be four or more to provide for rotation of rested crew.
Fourth of July Fireworks: We will cruise to the New Bern Grand Marina for two nights. On the first night, there will be a splash on the dock and dinner on your own. The night of the 4th we will have a splash followed by a potluck dinner on the dock and then watch the fireworks. The marina is a prime viewing site for the fireworks. Land yachters are welcome.
Cape Lookout: Two trips to Cape Lookout are scheduled this year. The first is in July, the second begins in late September. This destination offers a large anchoring area with a short dinghy ride to pristine beaches and the lighthouse. It is a favorite destination for many members and is as close to a tropical beach as many of us will get. The trip requires five to six days with the option of taking two days in each direction with different anchorage choices along the way. Faster boats can easily make the trip in one day.
Three Dinner Cruise: This three-night cruise includes dining out in New Bern, River Dunes and Oriental. The option of anchoring, docking, or driving is available at all destinations. Short days on the water and dinner ashore will make this a low stress, high fun event. The Shrimparoo is incorporated as the third stop. Held at the Toucan Grill in Oriental, it has been a favorite in the past.
Eclipse Cruise: This year, a total eclipse of the sun will occur over a large portion of South Carolina on August 21. This two-week cruise will travel as far south as Charleston to experience this rare event.
Annapolis Boat Show: This mid-September to mid-October cruise will take you to the Annapolis area where you may take in the October boat shows. This area is a beautiful and historic cruising destination and cooler temperatures make this a great time to explore the Chesapeake.
The NC Loop: This year we plan a fourteen-day cruise around the North Carolina Loop visiting the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, featuring stops in the beautiful towns of Belhaven and Manteo. The itinerary will include marina stays and nights at anchor.