Cruise Downeast with Bristol Yacht Club!

This year, BYC members are planning a BYC cruise Downeast.  Weather permitting, cruisers plan to do the overnight trip on Sunday, August 1, leaving from the west end of the Cape Cod Canal. While some cruisers will elect a coastal route to Maine, for others the overnight passage will be a novel experience.


Club members meet monthly to firm up plans and to discuss logistics of making an overnight passage. In order to help members prepare for the passage, experienced offshore cruisers on the planning team are presenting a series of educational sessions. The first, held in late April, focused on weather forecast resources which, while of value to all boaters, included specifics on the route from Cape Cod Bay to Rockland, Maine. Other sessions planned are on safety at sea and navigation during offshore travel.


Casual Itinerary Lets Cruisers Decide

Both offshore and coastal cruisers will gather first in Rockland, Maine, with a few other official gathering spots (Camden, Torrey Islands and Mount Desert Island) during the cruise, while having other days open to choose from the many anchorages Maine has to offer. The goal is to allow cruisers who’ve enjoyed the Maine coast in the past to return to favorite spots, while offering new Maine cruisers a menu of ports that range from quiet vistas to areas for those looking forward to hiking and outdoor activities.


It’s not too late to learn more about the Maine cruise. Drop an email to Brian Fitzgerald and he’ll add you to the group email list so you learn about the planning meetings and educational programs. 


Click on the various links below to learn more about the itinerary and the educational programs. 

Current Itinerary -- Updated July 10

Cruise Plan Info -- Dated July 10

Cruise Weather Briefing - Dated July 29

Educational Materials:

     Safety at Sea Seminar Presentation

     Weather Presentation

     Offshore Safety Procedures and Equipment

     Maine Bloopers

Provisioning Materials:

    Provisioning for Off Shore presentation

    Places to Provision in Maine

    Sample Food List for Delivery