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.

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CSS Cruises & Registration

Summer 2020

Looking forward to an enjoyable 2020 cruising calendar. Here is an early update of the confirmed cruises.
Bluffers Park Yacht Club May 30th - 31st TBD
Port Credit Yacht Club June 20th  - 21st TBD

Youngstown Yacht Club
(Terry O’Connell Destination Rally)

June 27th - 28th TBD 
Tuscarora Yacht Club (Wilson, NY) July 11th - 12th TBD

Rendezvous at Waupoos

August 2nd - 4th TBD
Whitby Yacht Club August 22nd - 23rd TBD
Niagara-on-the-Lake  September 5th - 7th TBD
Bodum, Turkey September TBA TBD

As all of our planned cruises will have space for a number of "Big Boats", we will do our best to accommodate.


Like last year, the registration process will only be online only. It will be open for two weeks (longer for the Rendezvous), starting 7 weeks in advance of each departure date. 

CSS Members will receive a registration link on the day registration opens, and a registration link will also open that day on the 2018 cruising chart on this page. Like last year, there will be no limit to registration numbers, but if too many sign up, there will be a draw.

As cancellations or additional slips are available, further draws will be made out of the remaining pool and prioritized in the order drawn. We will do our best to accommodate “Big Boats” as all planned cruises have space for a number of them.

There will be two full registration weeks for each cruise, seven weeks in advance of each departure date. Online registration only please. The initial registration is to match up with the reciprocal club to be visited. This will allow us to advise the visiting club of the initial slips available and what we will require.

There will be no limit on registration numbers. If we find, at the end of the registration weeks, that we have more yachts than can be accommodated at the destination club, those Members registered during the sign up week will be entered into a lottery pool and a draw will be made to match available slips. As cancellations or additional slips become available further draws will be made out of the remaining pool and prioritized in the order drawn. We expect that this will be an exceptional situation, but will be fair for all CSS Members. If you are on the wait list, you will still receive cruise updates. Do not assume you are confirmed until you are notified in writing. Also, if you are not a CSS Member you must contact the Sailing Office to join prior to the first intended cruise registration date. 

If the initial registration weeks have not filled the available slips at the destination club, registration will remain open up to the targeted capacity. We will monitor weekly and advise on available space to all Members.

We know that summer plans do change and cancellation my be necessary. Please contact the Sailing Office  promptly so that they may make the necessary adjustments and to allow fellow Members to join the cruise.

Please remember to file a Float Plan if you will be away from your slip outside of the cruise dates. Please remember that a three-day cruise is a two-night stay away from your dock. If you return early you will need to be assigned to an alternate slip if available.

CSS Activities

CSS 2020 Calendar

CSS Seminar Series I
A Tasman Sea Passage and Cruising the Marlborough Sounds
Presenter: Andy Jones
January 14th 
Pat Your Boat Day
The great magical CSS Winter get together on the Island,
with no boat patting required!
Organizers: Suzanne & Geoff Cornish, RCYC Marine Yard
February 2nd
CSS Seminar Series II 
DIY Essentials of a Cruising Season
Presenters: Catherine Keirans & Michael Egberts
February 4th
CSS Seminar Series III
Emergency Procedures in Local Waters
Moderator: Erwyn Naidoo
March 3rd
CSS Seminar Series IV
Sailing in Scandinavia
Moderator: Amanda & Peter Balasubramanian and
Bob & Sally Medland
April 7th
Spring Dinner
Island Clubhouse
May 9th
Spring BBQ TBD
No Boat, No Problem TBD
Fall Dinner, AGM and Awards TBD

Cruisers' Information

Float Plan

  • SUBMIT: RCYC Float Plan if you are not leaving and returning at the same time as the Club’s cruise
‚ÄčIntroducing the RCYC Electronic Float Plan

Why should I submit Float Plan? The Float Plan provides essential information to the Sailing Office as to when boats will be away from their docks, where they will be going, and when they intend to return, The Float Plan promotes safe sailing by providing destination, routing and emergency contact information, as well as information to make efficient use of our docks for our many visiting boats. Therefore, all boaters away from their docks overnight are asked to submit their Float Plans, cruisers as well as members participating in away regattas.

PRIZES! To further encourage submissions, the Sailing Office will be awarding prizes at the end of the season. The more Float Plans you submit, the more likely you will win!

How easy is it to submit an Electronic Float Plan? The new electronic Float Plan is much easier to use than the old paper form. Instead filling in the form and taking it to the Sailing Office or phoning the Office to provide the necessary information, just fill in the electronic form on your phone, device or computer and press submit to send your information directly to the Sailing Office.

Where can I find the Electronic Float Plan form? For easy access, the form is available in many ways.
  • On the RCYC web site in two locations
  1. Under Sailing/Docks & Locker Information (this location may change with the upcoming changes to the web site) and
  2. Under Sailing/Cruising Sailors Squadron/Cruisers Information.
  • On your mobile phone, access the RCYC site, then click on “Sailing”, then click on “go to full web site” and then go to either of the locations above. (When the web site is revised, the link will be in a more easily accessible location.)
  • Book mark the form on your personal computer, phone etc.
  • When you register for a CSS Cruise, providing Float Plan information is part of the registration form.
  • The Sailing Office will provide the link in their communications with you.
Of course you can always drop by the Sailing office to provide your information to the Dockmaster, or email, or call 416-967-7245 or on VHF Channel 9.

What happens with my Float Plan information? Submitting your Float Plan automatically generates an email copy to you. When the Dockmaster receives your submission, the information you provided is exported to a special Sailing Office Float Plan excel document, instantly adding your safety information and dock availability data.

How to do I update my Float Plan? Plans change. Just advise the Dockmaster ASAP by visiting the Sailing Office or email, or calling 416-967-7245 or VHF Channel 9. Their contact information is provided on the Float Plan form. (The form itself is not yet updateable.) Once the update is provided, the Dockmaster will shortly thereafter email you a revised Float Plan.

Making sure the new Electronic Float Plan process works well for all Next Fall, the new the Float Plan process will be reviewed by members, user groups, and the Sailing Office. This review will examine as to how the Electronic Float Plan met the objective of providing information to the Sailing Office with useful safety and dock allocation information, and what improvements should be made going forward.

Special thanks to Martha Henderson for her initiative and perseverance in developing and promoting the Electronic Float Plan.

Thanks to the Sailing Office for making this important improvement in regards to our sailing safely and continuing to increasing the efficient use of our docks.

Cruise Captain Responsibilities

Cruising Sailor's Squadron Executive

2020 Executive

Role Name
CSS Captain John O'Donnell
Past CSS Captain Donald Short
Secretary Peggy Macfarland (acting)
Treasurer Kerim Terzioglu
Membership Officer/Roster Mary Brennan
Cruise Officer / LOCCA Representative Brian HIll
Winter Seminar Series Marnie Keith-Murray
Communications Coordinator Anastasia Lainas-Hayward 
Marketing Ali Bilgen 
Members-at-Large Barbara Judge (Events)
Sandra Idenouye(Events)
Sencer Erkaya
Federica Linden


2018 CSS Award Winners

CRUISING SAILORS’ SQUADRON PARTICIPATION FLAG – This year, special 50th anniversary flags were provided for all CSS member boats instead of the annual Participation Flag to those boats who participated in a CSS Cruise.

CSS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD - The award is presented to a CSS Member for a photo that depicts cruising life and taken during a cruising event over the previous season. Presented to Marnie Keith-Murray for her dynamic photo, “Cruising Bliss”, taken on the CSS cruise to Frenchman’s Bay. The Club frames a copy and display it.

BEAVER SHIELD and NORMAND AWARD - The awards are presented to the winner of the Terry O’Connell race/cruise to Youngstown, an annual event that recognises Terry’s enthusiasm for the fun of sailing. Presented to Mike Newbury.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - This award is for a notable first cruise. Presented to Annemarie Dijkhuis for Shark Cygnet‘s notable first time cruise, crossing the Lake as part of the Terry O’Connell Rally to Youngstown. Her husband Michael, their 3 year old daughter Clare-Lydia and friend Monique Arozzo were also aboard. Cygnet came in second place only minutes behind the much larger Southern Cross in the race for the Beaver Shield and also endured the 6 hour return trip with 30C+ heat and no wind, with Michael commenting: "We began to drag towels and cover our heads and backs with them in the final 1-2 hours. It was a bit warm. But we’d gladly do it again.”

AGAINST ALL ODDS AWARD – Presented to a boat that has overcame adversity/significant challenge in order to cruise. In the CSS cruise to Ashbridges Bay, Big Lou (Michael and Catherine Egberts) not only faced the very strong winds, rollers and waves to reach ABYC, but arrived with a broken forestay, replaced by a halyard, and then ran aground just outside the ABYC entrance!

CSS AWARD OF MERIT - Presented to a Member for special service to the Cruising Sailors’ Squadron. Cathie Macdonald received the award for the help she has provided to many CSS activities.

The Edward M. Hodder Cruising Award

The award goes to those cruisers who through a series of events, over a number of years, in yachts under their control, can rightfully say they have cruised Lake Ontario.


Transoceanic Pennant

The Transoceanic Pennant shall be awarded by the Rear Commodore Fleet, on the recommendation of the Cruising Sailors Squadron Executive. RCYC Members must have completed an ocean passage of not less than 1000 nautical miles. The passage is required to have been point to point and continuous, with no ports of call.

The applicant must have skippered/co-skippered or been entrusted with full control and command of the yacht, while Watch Captain, for a meaningful share of watch duties.

Recipients of the RCYC Transoceanic Pennant shall be entitled to fly the pennant, in place of the RCYC Burgee, on any yacht under his/her command, but only during the annual fleet review or when dressed overall.

The Pennant Award shall also be recognized on the Transoceanic Pennant plaque with the name of the recipient and date awarded.

The Ocean Off Shore Award

The Ocean Off Shore Award shall be awarded by the Cruising Sailors Squadron Executive to Members of the RCYC who complete a continuous off shore passage (a cruise or race) on a private sailing yacht.

The award would recognise those members who have skippered/co skippered and those crew members who have cruised/raced off shore for a minimum of 500nm. The award shall be recognized by a certificate with the name of the recipient and date awarded.