Cruising with FHYC
Sock Burning: Sock burning is a Down East tradition held near the vernal equinox. As the days begin to get longer and warmer, it is said avid boaters quit wearing socks with their boat shoes; socks that may not have been washed all winter. Rather than try to salvage these crusty relics, they burn them. In FHYC we gather at Red Sail Park, have a splash and burn our socks. It’s good fun and an excuse to get together, share refreshments and swap tales.
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 email and/or the Facebook page.
Blessing of the Fleet: In conjunction with and just before the Commissioning Day ceremony, FHYC conducts a boat parade and blessing of the fleet. We gather in the Neuse near day mark 1N and, led by the Cruising Captain, parade into and through the Inner Harbour. Members of the clergy bless each vessel as it passes the Shoreline docks. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the boating season.
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 will include a splash and a potluck dinner on the dock. We will have a splash followed by a catered dinner at the hotel the second night. Land cruisers are welcome.
Air Show Overnight: The weekend of the MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, we anchor in Clubfoot Creek. Aircraft from the air show frequently fly over. This makes for a short but enjoyable weekend on the water and a nice getaway for those of us who only get to use our boats on weekends.
Local Waters Cruise: This three-day cruise will provide participants with the opportunity to explore nearby destinations, and may be of special interest to members who are new to the area. The cruise will travel to Cedar Creek and Lower Broad Creek with a stop at River Dunes. This year it dovetails nicely with the Local Waters education seminar to be held a week earlier.
Ocrafolk Cruise: This May/June cruise coincides with the Ocrafolk Festival. Arriving early for this event is recommended, especially if you hope to stay at the National Park Service docks. 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, as well as the National Park Service docks. It is a great town to explore by foot, bike or golf cart.
Wine Tasting Overnight: We will cruise to Oriental where we will have a wine tasting on the deck. Dinner will follow at the Toucan Grill at the Oriental Harbor Marina.
Poker Run: A fun, on-the-water day. Boats will pay a small entry fee and then navigate to five predetermined locations where they will receive a card. All locations are close enough that even the slowest vessels can complete the course in a timely manner. Once back in the Harbour, we will meet for a splash. Participants will be dealt two more “hole” cards. The best five card hand will win the pot.
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. We will celebrate the 4th with a splash followed by a potluck dinner on the dock. The marina is a prime viewing site for the fireworks. Land yachters are welcome.
Manteo/Ocracoke Cruise: This cruise will be 10 days including two days in Manteo and two in Ocracoke. On the way to Manteo, we will attempt to have both marinas and anchorages available. There are many things to do as well as many good restaurants in Manteo. The trip from Manteo to Ocracoke will be one long day. In Ocracoke, we plan to stay at the National Park Service docks; but, if you’d rather, you can anchor in Silver Lake. There are many places in Ocracoke to eat, imbibe or explore. Heading home, we will have a choice of returning in one day or anchoring in South River overnight. Some dinners out and group activities will occur along the way.
Three Dinner Cruise: This year the cruise will begin on Thursday at River Dunes with a catered dinner organized by the Entertainment Committee. Friday, we are on to Oriental for dinner at the Toucan Grill. Saturday, we are in New Bern for dinner at a local restaurant. It’s Ghost Walk weekend for those who want another fun activity. Sunday, we have a short sail home.
Bald Head Island: Bald Head is a wonderful destination near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It’s great to explore by bike or golf cart, both of which are readily available for rent. Dockage at the marina entitles you to join the golf club for the day and enjoy the course. There are nice restaurants at the marina, beautiful beaches, lots of history, the Bald Head Island Conservancy turtle museum and lots of other things to do. This year we are allowing an extra day coming and going to make sure all boats can have easy days on the water.
Holiday Flotilla: Held In conjunction with the Holiday Chili party, we raft-up our decorated boats in the Inner Harbour, sing carols and socialize. At sunset, the brightly lit boats parade through the Harbour to the delight of shore-side spectators.