CRUISING SAILORS' SQUADRON


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.

Join the Cruising Squadron! Submit your completed CSS Membership Application Form.

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CSS Cruises & Registration

Summer 2019

CRUISE DATE REGISTRATION
Bluffers Park Yacht Club May 25th - 26th April 8th -19th
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club June 29th  - July 1st June 29th - July 1st

Youngstown Yacht Club
(Terry O’Connell Destination Rally)

July 6th - 7th May 20th - 31st
Lake Shore Yacht Club July 27th - 28th June 10th - 21st

Thousand Islands Rendezvous

August 6th, 7th, 8th June 17- July26
Oakville Yacht Squadron August 17th - 18th June 24th - July 5th
50 Point Yacht Club August 31st – September 2nd July 25th - 26th



HOW TO REGISTER

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.

CSS Activities

CSS 2019 Calendar

EVENT DATE
CSS Seminar Series I
SAILING SARDINIAN WATERS, 2017
Presenters: Eva Innes and Margot Pengelly
January 8th 
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 3rd
CSS Seminar Series II 
CRUISING THE 1000 ISLANDS
Moderator: Peter Balasubramanian
February 5th
CSS Seminar Series III
SAILING NAVIGATION APPS AND THEIR WONDERS
Moderator: TBA
March 5th
CSS Seminar Series IV
BOAT INSURANCE: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE –
Moderator: Geoff Cornish
April 2nd
Spring Dinner
Island Clubhouse
May 11th
Spring BBQ and Frog Race June 8th
No Boat, No Problem TBD
Fall Dinner, AGM and Awards October 22nd

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 dockmaster@rcyc.ca, 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 dockmaster@rcyc.ca, 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

2019 Executive

Role Name
CSS Captain John O'Donnell
Past CSS Captain Donald Short
Secretary Cathie Macdonald
Treasurer Kerim Terzioglu
Membership Officer/Roster Mary Brennan
Cruise Officer / LOCCA Representative Bob Noble
Co-Cruise Master Brian Hill
Winter Seminar Series Marnie Keith-Murray
Events Coordinator Peggy McFarland, Sandra Idenoye
Communications Coordinator Cathie Macdonald 
Marketing Ali Bilgen 
Members-at-Large Mark Boudreau (Terry O’Connell Race Organizer)
Barbara Judge (Events)
Anastasia Lainas-Hayward (Events)
Jia Gu
Sandra Idenouye

Awards

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.

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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 recognised on the Ocean Off Shore Award plaque with the name of the recipient and date awarded.