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Introduction to the RCYC CSS

The RCYC Cruising Sailors Squadron represents approximately 400 members of the RCYC with a primary objective to create a program of information and activities for cruising sailors. The activities focus on creating a collegial atmosphere for new and experienced cruisers to share advice, guidance and experience between CSS members and their families.
Click here for our Introduction to the RCYC CSS Guide

CSS is looking for new Members to join the CSS Executive. CSS is dedicated to promoting camaraderie, safe cruising and FUN with a primary objective to create a program of information and activities for cruising sailors and their families. Join the 2015 Executive and help plan the 2015 program of seminars, cruises and get-togethers. Contact Wendy Anderson by email: or phone: 416.824.6208.

CSS Winter Seminar Series



CSS Cruise Schedule 2014






  Spring Dinner - Cruising in Paradise:
Summer in the 1000 Islands

May 10

  Highland Yacht Club
Waitlist | Cancellation

May 31/Jun 1

  June BBQ & Frog Race
Jun 7

  Frenchman's Bay Yacht Club
Waitlist | Cancellation

Jun 14/15

Mary Baetz
- Airswift

Robin Wilson -

  Port Credit Yacht Club *2 spots available
Waitlist | Cancellation

Jun 28/29

Trish Brennan - Irish Mist III Bill Brennan - Irish Mist III
  Bronte Marina
Waitlist | Cancellation

Jun 28/29

Suzanne Allan - Rouler Geoff Cornish - Rouler
  Kingston Rendezvous *14 spots available
Waitlist | Cancellation

Aug 2/3/4

  Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club *2 spots available
Waitlist | Cancellation

Aug 16/17

  Oakville Club
Waitlist | Cancellation

Aug 30 & 31, Sept 1

Scrivener - 
Ça Va

Scrivener -
Ça Va


Other Events & Cruises of Interest

  Easter Seals Regatta
RCYC - Nonsuch Rendezvous
Jul 6
Jul 19-26


Photo: Mike and Louisa Newbury

CSS Call for Photo Submissions

This is just a reminder to submit photographs (limit of 5) and your log for consideration for the CSS Photograph Award and The RCYC Cruising Cup by September 15. Logs and photographs may be left with Reception addressed to "CSS-Michael Newbury ". In the alternative photographs may be emailed to Michael NewburyClick here to view descriptions of these two awards.
As well if you know of a CSS member that has done something exceptional for the CSS or took an exceptional cruise last summer please submit his or her name to Michael with brief reasons for your submission.
CSS Executive

CSS Photography Award

Initiated in 2004 (Kwasind, May 2004, p. 11), for the best photograph depicting the cruising life and taken during a cruising event over the previous season.

“Cruisers normally aren’t competitive but we do plan to initiate a photography contest with winners to be announced at the Annual Dinner in May. If you have potentially winning shots from this past season, on land or water, please send them via email or drop them in at reception…The New Year Brunch and Pat-Your-Boat-Day should provide lots of inspiration for that winning shot.” (Kwasind, December 2003, p. 12)

The RCYC Cruising Cup

“In 1924, the RCYC donated a cup to be known as the RCYC Cruising Cup. A note written in 1979, indicates that since 1955 the RCYC Cruising Cup seems to have been confused with the Smith Cruising Cup (presented by R.A. Smith in 1931). The Smith Cruising Cup was stated as being awarded since 1955 to the yachtsman cruising the greatest distance in any year (currently limited to Lake Ontario) but the cup actually presented and engraved was the RCYC Cruising Cup. The Smith Cruising Cup does not appear to be in the Club.” (Annals of The Royal Canadian Yacht Club Vol. III p. 451)

“..The RCYC Cruising Cup – Awarded each year to the yacht sailing the greatest distance each calendar year on Lake Ontario. The rules are: The yacht must be owned by a member of the CSS throughout the year and a log must be maintained, recording the actual distances each trip (not just the distance port-to-port). Full particulars must be entered
and certified by the owner or skipper.”(Kwasind July 2003, p. 14)

Cruising Sailor's Squadron Executive
October 2012 - October 2014

Captain   Joan Brennan
Past Captain   Wendy Anderson
Treasurer   Carol Nickle
Secretary   Peggy McFarland
Cruise Officer   Patricia Scrivener
Representative on Lake Ontario Clubs Cruising
Seminar/Events Officer   Joyce Egberts
Kwasind   Barbara Ross
Member Development Officer   Jane Kierans (CSS Calendar)
Records & Roster   Donald Short (Chair)
Youth   Geoff Cornish
Web Site   Val Matison
Members at Large   Rhonda Lachman
Michael Newbury
Kathrine Moran
Roster   Spring Dinner
Donald Short (Chair)   Jane Kierans (Chair)
Wendy Anderson    
Joyce Egberts    

Entering the USA by boat

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires anyone entering the U.S.A. by land or sea to carry one of these identification documents:

• Passport.

• NEXUS Card: NEXUS is a joint program between the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It allows frequent travelers between Canada and the U.S. the opportunity to clear the border faster. In the marine mode, boaters can call a Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) 30 minutes (minimum) and 4 hours (maximum) prior to arrival. Everyone in the boat must be a NEXUS holder, otherwise regular reporting procedures must be followed.

• FAST Card (Free and Secure Trade).

• EDL Card (Enhances Driver’s License).

• EIC Card (Enhanced Identification Card).

Customs Decal for large boats or longer cruises

If your boat is over 30 feet (9.14 metres) or you wish to stay in the U.S. longer than 72 hours, you must buy a customs decal (about $25 U.S.) each year and display it on the outside of the boat.

Cruising Permit

A Cruising Permit allows foreign boats to cruise in the U.S. for a year, after which you must leave U.S. coastal waters and enter another country.

Have the following ready on your arrival:

• Boat registration, ownership documentation or licence number.

• Vessel name.

• Vessel length.

• Customs decal number for vessels 30+ feet.

• For each person on board:

Name & date of birth; Passport, NEXUS, Fast card, EDL/EIC, or Secure Certificate of Indian Status.

• Dinghy license and papers.

• Value of any declarable merchandise.

• U.S. marina/club at which you arrived or will be arriving.

• Any other documentation you think may be required (e.g. Radio licence and radio operator’s licence).

Although not mandatory, it is wise to fly the country flag of licence or registration from the stern. 

Carry current vaccination certificates for all pets.

Everyone on board should have the necessary documentation required to cross the border. You can neverpredict when or where foul weather may force you ashore.