Cruising Fleet

IMG 0202Thank you for visiting the web page of the Erie Yacht Club Cruising Fleet. If you are a current member welcome back and please check out our planned boating and social activities. If you are not a member of the Cruising Fleet, let us tell you about ourselves to see if you might be interested in joining us.

Organized in the winter of 2016, we are a friendly group of individuals that enjoy being on the water for a weekend or longer cruise, or a social get together on the shore. Our goal is to provide a positive experience of camaraderie among new and seasoned members in social and cruising activities. Although many members have a boat, power or sail, it is not a perquisite to be a member of the cruising fleet. Our cruises will consist of both local and long distance rendezvous that will include; picnics, raft-ups, day trips and weekend trips. We may plan a theme cruise, a flotilla to local restaurants for dinner, a raft up at 8 Great Tuesdays or Beach 10 or 11. Participation in other Club events such as the Bay Swim, Frolic on the Bay and the Charity Regatta are also planned.

All are invited to join the fun. If you have not cruised before, this group is for you. You will be able to learn from experienced cruisers and learn what’s important to plan for a safe trip for you and your crew. We are well on our way to a fun and exciting boating summer!

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Fleet Officers

Co- Chairs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (814) 873-4753  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (814) 881-5367
Vice Chairs: Dave & Julie Sanner
Secretary: Tim & Annalynn Shuttleworth
Treasurer: Dave & Kathy Wagner

2017 Schedule of Events 

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Latest News

  • 2017 began with a great Kick-off picnic on the Club deck and wrapped up at the end of November with a festive Holiday Cocktail Party. In between there was a dinner cruise to Noosa Restaurant at the North East Marina, Memorial and Labor Day raft-offs, trips planned for Geneva, OH, Conneaut, OH and Port Dover Canada which sadly did not go due to small craft advisories! The Geneva trip became a car excursion for all but three boats, but those who made the trek by land or by sea enjoyed touring wineries and a lake-view dinner. Two brave souls biked to the Breakwall BBQ in Conneaut, OH and were met by the would be boaters for a fun lunch. The OK-CHILI-FEST Chili cook-off at the beautiful Rickloff Boathouse was a great way to enjoy a beautiful autumn evening. Everyone ended the season with high hopes for good boating weather in 2018. We shall see....

    Latest News for 2018:

    FEBRUARY- A social/educational meeting was held on February 28, 2018.Tom Pallota from the Erie Power Squadron spoke about what the Power Squadron has to offer as well as updated us on new rules and regulations regarding boating.
    Meeting Items Discussed:
    1.) 2018 Trips:
    a. NOOSA – possibly June 22.
    b. GENEVA – Geneva for the third week in July.
    c. CONNEAUT – Boat Bike and BBQ – perhaps August 4 or 5.
    d. PUT IN BAY – There may be some interest in a trip to the western end of the bay, stopping at the Crow’s Nest.
    2.) MYSTERY TRIP – Possible relatively short “Surprise” or “Mystery Trip.” Trip coordinator would do all the pre-trip legwork; i.e., reserve docks, plan arrival party/cookout and /or make dinner reservations. Destination announced upon departure.
    3.) KICK OFF PICNIC – Probably Mid-Late May or early June.
    4.) RAFT OFF – We will do the annual Memorial Day weekend raft off again on May 27th, Noon at Marina Lake.
    5.) DUES/RENEWALS - $50 to join for the first year and everyone renewing for the years two and beyond would pay $35 per for renewal.

    APRIL-April 12th Cruising Planning Meeting, hosted by Dianne and Bob Cunningham. Special guest, P/C Gib Loesel presented old photographs of “Venetian Night” from the ‘70s. This entertaining presentation complete with the photos included a discussion about the event last held in 1976. Boaters decorated their vessels around a certain theme (the last event was a 70s TV show theme). Guests were invited to tour the boats, and cocktail and hors d’oeuvres stations were situated about the grounds. The evening included music and dancing as well. There was interest in reviving this event, possibly in late June, and a follow-up meeting and discussions with Club Management will follow. Other highlights of the meeting included discussion about the upcoming picnic on May 17, the Raft-off on May 27th and various other boat trips throughout the season.

    MAY-MAY 17, 2018: START THE SEASON RIGHT PICNIC on the EYC WEST CLUBHOUSE DECK, THURSDAY MAY 17, 2018 at 6:00PM TIL WHENEVER. COST is $8.00/pp with paid Participation Fee and $12.00/pp for All Others. MENU: Cash Bar on the Deck (can use Club charge for drinks), Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Grilled Chicken and Veggie Kabobs, BRING An Appetizer, Side Dish Or Dessert to Serve 10 To Share based on BOAT NAME: A-E: Appetizer F-P: Side Dish/Salad Q-Z: Desserts. Move to Rickloff Boathouse in Case of Bad Weather. RSVP to 814-881-5367 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    May 27, 2018: Memorial Day Kickoff RAFT OFF at Marina Lake from Noon till ???...Look for the RICHIESEA and the LUCKY STAR. Stay all day or as long as you want...OK to come and go...we will get you out of the line up...Bring drinks and snacks to share with your boat buddies as they boat hop up and down the line!!! All EYC Boaters welcome-both Power and Sail!

    JUNE: Dinner or Brunch trip to Noosa (restaurant in North East) - Date TBD
    JULY: Geneva, OH Boat Trip- (Dave and Kathy Wagner, coordinators). Also Possible boat trip to the Mentor, Put-in-Bay area.
    AUGUST: “Boat and Bike” to Conneaut, Ohio- Saturday, August 4th- Michalee Curtze is trip coordinator
    SEPTEMBER: Sunday, September 1 Labor Day Raft off. Noon at Presque Isle Marina Lake OCTOBER: Chili Cook-off Date TBD
    NOVEMBER: Holiday Party Date TBD
    Look for more events to be listed here as they are created! Lots of fun in store for 2018!