Cruising

Stow your gear, unfurl the sails, set the GPS and fill the ice chest -- cruise with the Raritan Yacht Club. Throughout the sailing season, from late May through September, RYC offers its members a variety of cruises. Some are short overnight sails to local yacht clubs in Keyport, Atlantic Highlands and Great Kills. Others are longer sails over several days. RYC's premiere event each season is the Long Island Sound Rendezous with destinations such as Block Island, Shelter Island, Mystic Seaport, and Essex, CT. Mix fabulous food, a peaceful mooring and a sky full of stars and you’ll never want to go home!

Sample Summer Cruising Schedule (Dates TBD)

  • Keyport YC (shakedown)
  • Fireworks! (RYC Mooring Field)
  • Great Kills (RCYC)
  • Rendezvous at Essex YC
  • Sheepshead Bay
  • Atlantic Highlands YC

Enjoy sailing under a full moon on the following Saturday nights. The table below provides full moon dates and the Saturday night closest to the full moon.
Very relaxed "Racing Under the Stars" will be held on Friday evenings closest to the Full Moon. Check the schedule for exact times and dates of this popular trip about the bay.

2017 Full Moon Day Closest Saturday

9 June
9 July 
7 August
6 September
5 October

10 June
8 July
5 August
9 September
7 October

The summer solstice occurs Wednesday  June 21. The Saturday before is 17 June and after is 24 June - plenty of daylight!
This Summer Solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth's semi-axis is most inclined towards the sun. This occurs once every year in the month of June, which is why the Summer Solstice has become to be known by the name June Solstice in the northern hemisphere. The Summer Solstice marks the day with the most sunlight in one day, referred to as the longest day of the year.



  • Distances from RYC to LI Sound Yacht Clubs
    • Throgs Neck Bridge to:

      City Island 2 Miles
      Port Washington 4.5 Miles
      Larchmont 7.6 Miles
      Sea Cliff YC 9.25 Miles
      American Yacht Club 9.5 Miles
      Indian Harbor / Riverside YC 17 Miles
      Stamford YC 18 Miles
      Seawhanaka YC 19 Miles
      Northport / Huntington YC 25 Miles

      Stamford to Milford 27 Miles

      Mildor to Westbrook 29 Miles

      Eatons Neck Point to: (add 25 miles from Throngs Neck for total distance):

      Black Rock YC 14 Miles
      Port Jefferson 15 Miles
      Milford Harbor 22 Miles

      Milford to Connecticut River 38 Miles

      Port Jeff to:

      Mattituck 26 Miles

      Essex YC 44 Miles

      Westbrook to Shelter Island 22 Miles

      Essex YC to Shelter Island 23 Miles

      Mattituck to Shelter Island 31 Miles

      Thimbles to Shelter Island 34 Miles


  • Contact Information for LI Sound Yacht Clubs
  • Raritan Yacht Club
  • 160 Water Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
  • P (732) 826-2277
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