2017 Cruise Schedule

We are planning a great cruising season for 2017! Looking forward to some great times on the water, and hoping that we can provide some interesting destinations and fun trips for all. The full schedule is below.

Your 2017 Cruise Committee:

  • Mark Bettis, Chair
  • Catherine Miskow
  • Colin Lindberg
  • Bill Hoyt
  • Gary Edwards
  • Brad Jones

 2017 Cruise Schedule

From To Nights Location Cruise Leader
Sunday, January 22 Sunday, January 22 0 Oyster Point YC Brunch Mark Bettis
Saturday, February 18 Sunday, February 19 1 Aeolian YC Mark Bettis
Friday, March 24 Sunday, March 26 2 Pier 39 Catherine Miskow
Friday,    May 5 Sunday, May 7 2 Sequoia YC (South Bay Opening Day) Mark Bettis
Friday,   May 26 Monday, May 29 3 Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Bill Hoyt
Friday,   July 7 Sunday, July 9 2 San Francisco Yacht Club Ross Bowling
Friday, August 4 Sunday, August 6 2 South Beach Yacht Club Steve and Jocelyn Swanson
Saturday, August 26 Friday,  Sept 1 6 Delta Cruise Colin Lindberg
Friday, Sept 1 Monday, Sept 4 3 Marin Yacht Club Colin Lindberg
Saturday, Sept 23 Saturday, Sept 23 0 Wheelchair Regatta Gary Edwards
Friday,   Sept 29 Sunday, October 1 2 Encinal Yacht Club CANCELLED
Friday, October 27 Sunday, October 29 2 Napa Valley Yacht Club Catherine Miskow


October 27-29 – Napa Valley Yacht Club

Cruise Leader: Catherine Miskow


Join us for our final cruise out of the season to the Napa Valley Yacht Club, October 27-29. Located on the beautiful Napa River and just minutes from downtown, this cruise has something for everyone.  Tasting rooms and delicious, gourmet restaurants are just a short walk or Uber ride away, as is the world famous Wine Train.  Contact Cathy for restaurant or winery recommendations.

Friday night, join the Napa Valley Yacht Club members for dinner and a Halloween party!  CPYC Cruisers are encouraged to wear a costume—prizes will be given out by the cruise leader for the best costume, most unusual costume, and most original costume.

Saturday, October 28, join cruise leaders Cathy Miskow and Mark Bettis for a special, private wine tasting at the V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, time, T.B.A. Transportation to and from the winery will be provided.  Due to the intimate setting of the tasting room, this activity is limited to a maximum of 8 persons.  Cost is $35 per person. Transportation cost will be provided at a later date. www.vsattui.com

Cost for berthing is $45/night for boats up to 45 feet LOA; $1.25 per foot for vessels over 45 feet.  Napa Valley Yacht club has a brand new, 185 foot guest dock with 24 power hook up stations, and the channel has been dredged to 9.5 feet at MMLT.  Additional information will be provided at a later date.  When signing up, please indicate if you prefer Red wine, white wine, or rosé.  (Hint hint…)

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January 22 – Oyster Point Yacht Club

Cruise leader: Mark Bettis

The first cruise-out of the year is once again the Sunday after the Commodores Ball. As is tradition the Cruising Awards for the 2016 Season will be handed out. Oyster Point Yacht Club serves up a wonderful brunch buffet, and Drake Marine has again kindly offered the use of their docks.

Plan to arrive at the dock around 10 am, as brunch starts at 10:30. We will have people on the dock to guide you to your slip and assist with mooring. Afterwards there will be a race back home for those sailors who wish to participate.

Asphalt cruisers are of course highly encouraged!!!

The brunch is $20 per person


See who was  there: Attendee list


February 18-19 – Aeolian Yacht Club


Cruise leader: Mark Bettis

Join us as we explore the Aeolian Yacht Club, at the eastern end of the Oakland Estuary. The harbor has been recently dredged, and moderate tidal swings this weekend will make for easy access.

Dinner Saturday evening is baked ham or vegetarian roast with potatoes, salad and desert. $15.00 per person

Breakfast buffet Sunday morning is $8.00 per person.

The Aeolian Yacht Club can be reached either: (1) from the West through the San Leandro Channel and under the Bay Farm Island Bridge. The Bay Farm Island Bridge operator is available for opening seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm with the exception of Monday-Friday commute traffic; and (2) from the Oakland Estuary by way of three bridges, Park Street, Fernside (Miller Sweeney) and High Street. All three bridges may be opened any time 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception also of M-F commute times. All you need to do as you approach the first bridge is to call them on VHF Channel 9 to request a bridge opening for all three bridges. As you approach, each bridge is opened. It’s a snap! Aeolian Yacht Club monitors Channel 68 when there is a cruise in.

More information here: http://www.aeolianyc.org/cruise-in-information.html

Information on navigating to Aeolian YC is here: http://www.aeolianyc.org/aeolian-navigation.html



Sign up here: Aeolian YC Cruise Registration

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March  24-26 – Pier 39

“San Francisco’s Premier Family Fun Destination on the Waterfront”

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Cruise Leader: Catherine Miskow

A San Francisco institution since 1978, this iconic attraction is celebrating its 39th anniversary this year.  With plenty of shops, dining, and attractions, this cruise will be a fun outing for the whole family, offering something for all ages. And, with easy access by car or public transit, this cruise offers something for both water and asphalt cruisers alike!

Pier 39 is walking distance from many famous San Francisco attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and the Exploratorium museum. The historic Powell-Hyde Street Cable Car line provides easy access to Union Square and the downtown shopping district.

Dinner is on your own on Friday night, with a progressive boat BBQ party on Saturday night.

This cruise is limited to 15 boats, with a maximum LOA of 60 feet and maximum beam of 18.5 feet. Everyone who signs up will receive a coupon book by email with discounts; asphalt cruisers will also receive a voucher for 2 hrs free parking.

Berthing fee is $45 per night.

For more information, visit http://www.pier39.com


Sign up here: Pier 39 Cruise Registration

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May 5-7 – South Bay Opening Day

Cruise leader: Mark Bettis

Come join the Pioneers of the South Bay for South Bay Opening Day!

Rustic food, dancing, live music, and a boat parade are just some of the many fun activities planned over the weekend. Festivities begin on Friday May 5 and extend through Sunday May 7.


Friday Night May 5: Kick off the weekend at Coyote Point Yacht Club for dinner and dancing.

  • Cocktails at 6
  • Dinner at 7
  • Music and dancing to follow

Saturday May 5: Meet up at Sequoia Yacht Club for Breakfast, the Opening Day Ceremonies, Boat Parade and Lunch.

  • Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:00 am
  • Decorated Boat Parade
  • Boating-related Exhibits and Activities
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Saturday Night: Transition to Peninsula Yacht Club for dinner and live music.

  • Cocktails at 6:00 pm; dinner at 7:00 pm

Sunday Morning- Conclude the weekend at South Bay Yacht Club with their notorious Gin Fizz and brunch!

  • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

If you want to participate in the boat parade, either take your boat down on Friday and come back to CPYC for the party, or take the early morning flood and cruise down on Saturday. We will work with Sequoia YC and possibly West Point Harbor for berthing arrangements.

The daytime festivities are great for the whole family, and the Saturday night dinner and dance at Peninsula Yacht Club is always lots of fun. Sunday brunch at South Bay YC and a nice cruise home caps a fabulous weekend!

PAYMENT IS NOT REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Payment is due by the event and CAN be paid at the locations on the day of the events.

We encourage you to register for the events (Boat Parade and meals) if you THINK you might attend so that we can be sure to save you a space and to ensure for the meals that we have enough for all to eat!

SIGN UP FOR ALL EVENTS HERE:  Online sign up form

May  26-29 – Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

Cruise Leader: Bill Hoyt

Join us Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday for a fun-filled time in Half Moon Bay. The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club will have dinner available all three nights.

Lots of activities are planned for the weekend!

On Sunday one of our own members will be giving Paddle board instruction and will have several boards available free of charge for members. First 8 to respond get the freebies.!!

Paddle board and kayak rentals will be half off at Mavericks surf shop for club members

Saturday there will be a tour of the famous Half Moon Bay distillery.

There is live music at O.P.L. near by

Anchoring out or picking up a mooring ball is recommended for this cruise. Half Moon Bay Yacht Club’s dinghy dock will be available.

If you want a slip in Pillar Point Harbor please contact Bill Hoyt at 440-781-1997 and discuss with him. Guest slips at Pillar Point are first come first served, but we are working with the Harbormaster to try to secure berthage. At this time we cannot guarantee slips. An early arrival Friday will improve your chances.



Sign up here: Half Moon Bay YC Sign Up

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July 7-9 – San Francisco Yacht Club

Join us for a cruise to one of the Bay Area’s premier clubs! San Francisco Yacht Club is located within walking distance to downtown Tiburon, with great access to shops, food, and the world famous Angel Island Ferry.

Founded in 1869, The SFYC is the oldest yacht club in North America, west of the Mississippi River. Originally sited at San Francisco’s China Basin near Mission Rock, The Club moved to its current site in tranquil Belvedere Cove in 1937, after a short time in Sausalito. With its tranquil setting, its superb harbor and stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, it’s widely recognized as a premier yachting facility on the West Coast and one of the finest anchorages in the Bay Area. It operates a year-round facility including the harbor, a dry-sail area, a full-service restaurant and bar.

Signups for this ever popular cruise to beautiful Belvedere will open during the first week of June.  Guest dock space is quite limited at this beautiful Club, so be sure to get on the list as soon as the signup sheet goes active.  Due to the limited berthing, expect to be rafted to no more than one boat or stern in – there will be NO individual slips available.  SFYC strictly enforces a NO PET POLICY for all cruising into SFYC, so please plan to leave fido or puff at home.  The power has been very reliable and there is plenty of ice.

SFYC requires everyone registered for their cruise-ins to have a dinner at their Club.  This year the group meal will be on Saturday night.  There will be a choice of Salmon, NY Steak, or Vegetarian Entree, starter salad and dessert.  The price for the dinner, like last year, is $60 per person which includes tax and tip. All attending will select their meal choices when signing up for the cruise.

Space is limited – Please sign up early!

IMPORTANT: A 72 hour cancellation policy is in effect for this cruise. If you cancel after July 5 you will be billed for dinner.

For more information, contact Ross Bowling, Cruise Leader, at rossbowling@mac.com

This cruise is sold out, and sign ups are now closed. We encourage asphalt cruisers! Please contact Ross if you would like to join us.

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August 4-6 – South Beach Yacht Club

Cruise Leaders: Steve and Jocelyn Swanson

Join us at this iconic San Francisco harbor, adjacent to ATT Park for a weekend of fun accented by rooting for the Giants! The Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:05 Saturday and 1:05 Sunday. The Club will not be ordering tickets, so if you want to go to a game be sure to buy tickets. There are plenty of tickets available for the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon games, and the prices are very reasonable for reasons we needn’t go into.

Friday night starts with cocktails hosted by Mark Bettis and Catherine Miskow on Cardinal Rule.  You are on your own for dinner.  Jocelyn and Steve are going to Three Amigos, which is a few blocks from South Beach, and they would love to have you join them.  Let Jocelyn and Steve know if you are interested in dinner–they will make reservations.  Their e-mail is skjrswanson@att.net    SBYC has their Friday night race that evening so the club will be really busy.  That’s why they are suggesting having dinner outside of SBYC.

If you are competing in the Dave and KayFew  Regatta on Saturday, you can sail or motor up to South Beach to enjoy dinner at SBYC on Saturday and on Sunday have a continental breakfast on Zingara.  You can pay cash at SBYC for drinks and dinner.

A raft up in McCovey Cove on Sunday afternoon  is also on the agenda.  Mark Bettis aboard Cardinal Rule will coordinate this, and the first hooks will drop around noon. Get ready to fire up those BBQ’s!!

Steve and Jocelyn are racing Zingara in an I-36 race to CPYC on Saturday so won’t be at SB Harbor until late afternoon.

You will need to check in with the Harbormaster to register/pay your boat and get your dock keys.

NEW!! It’s Swing night at South Beach Yacht Club Saturday night August 5, and we are invited to join in. No cost for this dance party!

Ordinary group people dancing lindy hop in pairs

We currently have ten slips reserved. If we have more than 10 boats interested in going, we will work with the harbor to see if we can get additional berthing. A $10.00 Reservation Fee will be charged to your Club Account in addition to the berthing costs. Berthing Fees are payable directly to South Beach Harbor upon arrival.

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August 25 – September 1 – Delta Cruise

Cruise Leader: Colin Lindberg


Join in for a great week of sun, sun and more sun!! The Bedroom Isles of Potato Slough are the first destination for a relaxed week of the good life on the Delta.



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September 1-4 – Marin Yacht Club (Labor Day)

Cruise Leader: Colin Lindberg


Always a great Cruise. Be sure to get on the list early.

Andy’s Dock Party on Saturday and the Bocce Ball Tournament Sunday will be highlights. A dinghy excursion to Terrapin Crossroads is also in the works. Stay tuned for more information!

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September 23 – Wheelchair Regatta

Cruise Leader: Gary Edwards



Join us for the opportunity to take local veterans out for a couple hours of boating on the Oakland Estuary or in the Bay.  For those donating their time and boats for this event, it starts on Friday night with a skippers meeting and dinner at the Encinal Yacht Club.  You can stay at Encinal overnight on Friday night so that you are there for the Saturday event, or you can arrive at the event with your boat on Saturday morning.  The vets usually start showing up about 9:00 AM on Saturday and the local coastguard, fire department, and law enforcement volunteers start loading boats.  As part of the registration process, you will let the organizers know how many wheel chairs you can accommodate on deck and how many people overall that you can take.  (On the PandaAngler I usually request two wheelchairs and four ambulatory, which with myself and one crew member makes for a full boat).  The wheelchair-bound vets usually arrive with assistants to help along the way.

We then leave for a cruise up the estuary or across the bay, depending on conditions.  The cruise is usually timed for about 2 hours.  Last year, I took my group to McCovey Cove, into pier 39, and out towards the gate (it was particularly good conditions that year).  Some years, we are lucky to make it out of the estuary.

Destination and duration of the tour are completely left up to the individual skipper.  Please note that individual skippers are requested to NOT provide food or drink to their guests and that access to the head is not required or encouraged.

Once you return to Encinal, the vets (and you) are treated to a great BBQ lunch.

Although many powerboats are more conducive to wheelchairs, sailboats can also be used, especially for those veterans who are not in a wheelchair.  So don’t feel left out if your boat is a sailboat.


Please sign up and register here http://picya.org/calendar-category/picya-events/17-wheelchair-regatta/   The form is easy to fill out (although it asks for your email twice).

Please separately let me know at gary.edwards@haynesboone.com when you have signed up and whether or not you are going up on Friday and staying at Encinal Friday night or if you are just attending the skipper’s dinner on Friday night.  I would note that if you stay on Friday night, you often get loaded first in the morning and not have to spend as much time waiting on station before being called in.

This is a highly rewarding activity and gives us a chance to give back to those that have sacrificed a great deal for our country.  Hope to see you there.

September 29-October 1 – Encinal Yacht Club


Encinal Yacht Club, being the 3rd oldest yacht club on the Bay, was founded in 1890. The club was established by residents living in Alameda’s Gold Coast, on the south shore of the Island. The club’s unique management structure was set at the beginning, which designated separate Executive and Flag Officer functions. The club became famous for its moonlit parties, regattas, and cruising events. The club encouraged family participation from the very beginning.

Family fun has always been a part of our Encinal cruise. Their wonderful pool and great location make for fun for all ages.

Docking can be tight, so sign up early!!

This cruise has been cancelled due to lack of interest.