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NSC Cruising Fleet
The cruising fleet is the largest portion of the Nockamixon Sail Club with over 100 members in 2009. The cruising fleet attempts to help our members achieve their sailing goals by offering free education in sailing and seamanship and by making available a fun social setting for our members to meet up with other cruising sailors. In 2010 we will be initiating a new “Sail and Learn” program for our members.
The “Sail and Learn” programs are designed to provide a way for members to meet up for free training in the late afternoon (around 4:30 PM) and have a time for socializing afterwards. Sailing on the water will be encouraged either before or after the training and social time. A Sail and Learn program will be offered on one day of each weekend. Some subjects covered are shown below:
|Vessel safety equipment||
Man Overboard Training
|Rules of the Road||Sail Trim Training|
|Mast tuning||VHF Training|
|How to read telltales|
|The wind on Lake Nockamixon||Celestial Navigation introduction|
|Emergencies on a small sailboat|
In addition to training the cruising fleet has fun on-the-water events such as tennis ball basket fun races, squirt gun/water canon/bucket fun races, cruises to destinations like the dam, raft ups, moon light cruises, the Nockamixon Odyssey cruise around the entire lake, Flag Parades on Memorial Day, Labor day, and July 4th and many other on-the-water events. The cruising fleet also organizes assistance to its members in the spring and fall for launching and hauling out member sailboats. Please see the cruising fleet calendar for a listing of these on-the-water events.
The cruising fleet also organizes bareboat charter trips to other destinations. In 2010 the Cruising fleet will organize two trips to the Chesapeake Bay that will take place August 6-8 and September 10-12. On past trips 20-25 members charter a half dozen or more sailboats for each trip and sail in a Flotilla. In the evenings a group dinner is typically enjoyed at a local crab house. Past destinations have included Rock Hall, Annapolis and Saint Michael’s. The cruising fleet is also organizing a flotilla in the British Virgin Islands that will take place February 19 – 27 2011. More announcements will be made for all of these bareboat charter trips as we get closer to the event.
The cruising fleet is organized into individual fleets by vessel type in order to encourage interaction of our members. Currently we have a fleet of Catalina 22s, Hunters, Precision, O’Days, Mariners, and Flying Scots. If you are interested in joining an individual fleet please let me know and I can put you in touch with your fleet captain. In addition to fleet captains the cruising fleet also has Event Captains that lead specific events on-the-water.
New cruising members are encouraged to attend an “Introduction to Sailing” Program for new Members: The Introduction to Sailing program is a presentation on sailing on Lake Nockamixon and explains how new cruising members can take advantage of and contribute to sail club programs. Although the Introduction to Sailing presentation is not required, all new cruising members are encouraged to attend this presentation which will take place twice in the sailing season.
Check out the July 4, 2010 Flag Parade Video!