Camaraderie! Join friends and make new friends by participating in the cruising program. This is a casual group of people who enjoy the fun and the occasional challenges of navigating the passages and harbors of the Maine coast. Cruises are planned with moderate day trips, timed to reach anchorages for leisurely late afternoon gatherings on one of the boats, or shore side. Often there is time for walking and exploring ashore. All boats are welcome! BYOB is the rule with shared snacks. Come join the fun!
For 2021 cruising information, email email@example.com to get the most up to date outings.
Below is the pre-pandemic RYC cruise timeline:
|June 23-24||Icebreaker Cruise|
|June 30 – July4||4th of July Cruise|
|Aug 4-5||Summer Cruise|
|Sept 1-3||Labor Day Cruise|
|TBD||Late Season Cruise|
RYC and Rockland Welcome Cruisers
Thinking of cruising Penobscot Bay this summer? Rockland makes a great home base, with amenities for every boater.
For the Boat
RYC offers launch service for members and transients everywhere in the harbor – from mooring areas and anchorages to marinas and the town dock. RYC has six guest moorings available for rent. To hail the launch or inquire about a guest mooring, call the launch operator cell phone (207-233-2800). In addition, both the town and numerous marinas offer dock space and moorings. The harbormaster provides more information.
Hamilton Marine is a full service marine store one block from the waterfront. In addition, there are marine electronic specialists, sailmakers, propane providers, and hardware stores within a few miles of the town docks.
For the Crew
Rockland has a well deserved reputation for dining on the Maine Coast, with restaurants offering everything from casual dining on steamed clams and lobsters to fine dining heralded in national restaurant reviews. Most restaurants are located in the downtown area, a block from the waterfront.
Rockland is also well known for its museums, including the Farnsworth Art Museum (within walking distance of the waterfront) and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Click here for more information on restaurants, lodging and the many things to do in town and the surrounding area.
Rockland offers two major grocery stores (Hannaford and Shaws), a Walmart, and a wealth of specialty shops within a few miles of the waterfront, allowing cruisers to provision for a weekend or a summer.
Laundry and shower facilities are available at the town docks and several of the marinas.
Buses connect from the Rockland ferry dock to Bangor, Portland and Boston, providing a convenient way to drop off and pick up crew. The Knox County Airport provides multiple daily flights to and from Boston on Cape Air. The Maine State Ferry service provides ferry service to North Haven, Vinalhaven, and Matinicus.
RYC members are a welcoming group. We hope to see you on the water this summer!