Club Cruises

The Cruising boats of American Yacht Club represent one of the strongest fleets at our club.  The exact specifications of cruising boats vary by owner, but cruising boats tend to be more comfortable and stable under sail than racers.  We have a large amount of cruising sailboats and a number of cruising powerboats at the Club as well.
We organize multiple cruises throughout the year for both powerboats and sailboats.  There are local, regional, and international cruises that allow our members to sail their own boats, team up with friends, or charter boats in order to spend time with family, friends, and shipmates.

Please reach out to Fleet Captain Matt Fahey with any questions at

2020 Summer Cruise

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While this has been a relatively mild winter weather-wise, there’s been a storm of news that can make it feel like we’re living in the end of times. Don’t worry! In the spirit of Boccaccio’s Decameron, your Cruise Committee has been hard at work, poring over charts of the New England waters, scouring tide tables, currents, dates, locations, routes, anchorages, marinas, and mooring fields, and putting together enough dinners, contests, races, and games to block out everything but fun for a whole week. We’ve been talking to restaurants, clubs, and marinas for locales, and visited several sites that will be hosting our events in the manner to which we are accustomed.

I’m happy to report that we now have finalized our plans – I won’t go into the numerous details that necessitated a change here and there for the last two days of the cruise, but will say that it rivaled Operation Overlord in complexity, and that we are all pleased with the end result.

We had originally planned on Cuttyhunk on the second-to-last day, with a wrap-up dinner at the Naval War College. Two problems arose – first, there will be another cruise fleet in Cuttyhunk Thursday evening (Noroton Yacht Club), and second, we had some difficulty securing a sponsor for the War College. The additional concern about getting cruisers to-and-from the docks on Friday night gave us pause as well (it is the night of the Newport Folk Festival, which means high demand for taxis/Ubers).

The solution was to move the closing dinner to Thursday night, and to move the locale from Cuttyhunk to the New Bedford Yacht Club. While some eyebrows may be raised about hosting the closing dinner before the final night, there is precedence, and for reasons cited, it makes a great deal of sense. The only change for reservations will be to move Thursday’s reservations (7/30) from Cuttyhunk to Padanaram - South Wharf; South Wharf is a full-service yard and marina, and offers deep-water slips up to 130 feet.
If you’ve already taken care of dock or mooring reservations for Friday night in Newport (7/31), there’s no need to change them. Dinner will be on your own on Friday; given that the Festival kicks off that night, it is strongly suggested you book dinner plans now.

All captains are responsible for making their own reservations for each port. Using is the simplest, most easy way to make these reservations, and we urge you to make this change as soon as possible. The agenda is as follows:

Saturday, July 25 – Harbour Court – Our Opening Night party will begin at Harbour Court, summer home to the New York Yacht Club – a beautiful former private residence modeled after an 18th century Normandy chateau, but overlooking busy Newport Harbor rather than bucolic farmland. Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Newport.

Sunday, July 26 – Vineyard Haven, MV – Vineyard Haven is the island's deep-water port with plenty of docks and moorings. It's an easy walk to the Black Dog Wharf, Five Corners (the town's retail crossroads), and a wide choice of restaurants on Main Street (all BYOB). Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Vineyard Haven.

Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 – Nantucket – Nantucket, Algonquin for "faraway land" is a favorite amongst cruisers due to the wealth of shops, restaurants, beaches, and beautiful vistas everywhere. We’ll be staying here two nights, with a “smart casual” dinner beachside on the second night, at the renowned restaurant “Galley Beach”. Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Nantucket Harbor.

Wednesday, July 29 – Edgartown, MV – This old whaling town is a favorite destination for many cruisers, with a large sheltered harbor and plenty of spots to explore… whether you’re interested in secluded beaches, fancy restaurants, shopping, browsing, people or bird-watching, this place has it all. Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Edgartown Harbor.

Thursday, July 30 – New Bedford Yacht Club - a great yacht club in South Dartmouth/Padanaram Harbor; this will be the site for our closing dinner. South Dartmouth is a small town with great views of the water. The harbor is very well protected, and there are several commercial marinas adjacent or close to the NBYC with dock spaces and moorings. Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Padanaram – South Wharf Marina.

Friday, July 31 – Newport –Our last night will be in Newport, with dinner on your own this evening. Note that we've arranged a Folk Festival for your entertainment following dinner... some big names here - we won't divulge exactly how we managed to book Maggie Rogers, Randie Newman, Big Thief, EOB, and others... but suffice it to say, you don't want to miss this! Captains should plan on securing dock space or mooring in Newport.