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
Saturday, July 25th - Saturday, August 1st

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Our planned event at the New Bedford Yacht Club has been confirmed as a “go”. It will be outside, so there are no restrictions on the number of attendees, but they will require the normal precautions. This cruise will be like no other, and will likely be talked about and laughed for years to come. Like all other cruises, it will have its own personality, and many of our regular cruisers are relishing the opportunity to continue a long and storied Club tradition.
We will be sticking with these date and destinations:

Saturday, July 25th: Newport Harbor
Sunday, July 26th: Vineyard Haven
Monday, July 27th: Nantucket
Tuesday, July 28th: Nantucket lay day
Wednesday July 29th: Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard
Thursday, July 30th: Closing dinner at New Bedford Yacht Club in Padanaram harbor
Friday, July 31st: Dinner on your own

Saturday, August 1st: Optional get-together in Stonington for a post-mortem cruise discussion.While most local restaurants and clubs will not be able to accommodate us as an entire group, we have been informed that the various ports and marinas on our agenda are all open for business under the “new normal.” We expect social distancing will be required, and most restaurants will serve meals outside (though some are operating indoor dining with reduced seating). Stores are well stocked and open for business, provisions, fuel, and facilities will be available.
Launches will also be operating on a reduced scale; bringing a dinghy along for this cruise is strongly encouraged, particularly if you’ve made arrangements to pick up moorings rather than renting transient slips.
Even with all the changes due to COVID, we will, as always, make our own fun. We are well versed in adapting to the challenges that come our way, and we’ve always had a lot of laughs along the way. Plenty of ideas are already floating about regarding inter-boat super-soaker attacks, a boat tag game, and the usual complement of competition of sailboat races, fishing, photo, and limerick contests, daily trivia quizzes, all with corresponding prizes. All this, and great beaches, breezes, libations and company that happens on every cruise!
If you are interested, please sign up at your earliest convenience and we’ll contact you for an in-depth discussion on what to expect.