Our weeknight cruising program is currently ON HOLD due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions in Toronto.

Cruise, even if you don’t own a boat!

Don’t own a boat, but still want to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? Join the friendly souls in the NYC Weeknight Cruising and enjoy a sail on one of many boats that welcome crew aboard. Experienced sailors, casual cruisers, complete novices: all are welcome to join the weeknight cruising program, which is included in the cost of membership and runs from June to mid-September. Sailboats of all shapes and sizes participate, so you have the chance to find the boat and crew that’s right for you!

Registration Information

Our weeknight cruises operate every Monday and Thursday (not on Holiday Mondays) and starts promptly at 5:30 PM, weather permitting (see notes below on weather cancellation policy).

2021 Schedule
Under Construction

Daily Sign Up
The weeknight Cruising Crew Bank participation is by registration through the office only and must be done for each and every cruise.

All weeknight cruising participants must register in advance. To register call the club office at 416-260-8686 ext. 21  or email with your name and member number. When registering guests please include their first and last name.

Weeknight Cruising  Registration Deadlines
10:00 AM Friday for Monday Cruises
10:00 AM Wednesday for Thursday Cruises
Please Note:  Mobile phone numbers MUST be provided so we can reach you with any last minute changes

Those who arrive without registering may be turned away! We will try and accommodate “walk ins” but cannot guarantee a cruise.

Please note we do not accept requests to be on any specific boats. We try whenever possible to assign everyone on different boats for each cruise.

You should arrive by 5:30 PM on the day of the cruise and check the assignment sheet at the bulletin board outside the North doors to see what boat you have been allocated to. The list will be posted before 4:30 PM. Upon arrival, please see the On-Dock Co-ordinator to sign in.

If you are not at your appointed boat by 5:45 PM, the skipper may leave without you. Please remember, you should be there in any case to help get the boat ready to leave promptly at 6:00 PM.

On the Dock Co-ordinators
We will expect all Crew to do some “On the Dock Co-ordination” during the season to extend the engagement of all Crew and Skippers in the programme.
When you are asked to do this, your duties will involve:
  • Being in the club noticeboard area outside the North doors by 5:15 PM
  • Making sure the Skippers are on their boats and check if they can take any walk- ins/adjustments
  • Making sure Crew that arrive for the cruise are checked off on the list posted on the board
  • Directing the Crew to the right Dock/Boat
  • Call anyone that has not arrived by 5:30 PM to find out where they are
  • Ensure that any walk ins/no shows are allocated and clearly noted on the list
  • When all Crew are present, join your own designated boat for the cruise that evening
  • Post the completed list in the Office Mail Slot before leaving the Club

No Shows & Weather Cancellations
No shows create a problem for us, as all our skippers are volunteers and if there is no crew for a boat, then the skipper may have wasted his/her time in making their boat available. If you have registered for a cruise and can’t make it, please contact the Club office by 3:00 PM on the day of the cruise. If we have to cancel the cruise due to weather we will know by 3:00 PM on cruise day. Weather based cancellations will be communicated to you by email only. If you are unable to receive emails after 3:00 PM, please call the Club office to check if you are in any doubt about the weather on the particular day. We will also try to reach you on your mobile with last minute changes.

If we decide at 3:00 PM on any given day that the weather is in some doubt, we may not cancel but still each skipper will have the final decision at 5:30 PM if he/she deems it unsafe to go out.

Crew Etiquette

Every boat takes work to set up and shut down. Ask your skipper how you can lend a hand and prepare for the cruise and most importantly help your skipper shut down after the cruise. Assistance is always appreciated!

Remember also, any contributions of beverages and snacks for the cruise will be gratefully received. We do not expect our volunteer skippers to provide these at their own expense. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed by any one until after the cruise is over.

Dress Code
Members and guests are asked to respect the volunteers’ boats and wear only non-marking-soled shoes when participating in the cruising crew bank. Dark soled shoes leave hard to clean marks on boat decks. Bare feet are not allowed on boats at any time.

Each NYC crew member may bring a maximum of two guests (non-members) on any Monday or Thursday evening cruise (subject always to boat space being available). Their first and last names must be forwarded to the Club office on registration. Guests are also asked to respect the volunteer boats and follow proper sailing etiquette, wearing the proper shoes and assisting in rigging and de-rigging the boat. You are encouraged to invite guests for cruises but please note, no guest may come more than 3 times during the season. If they are really keen, please suggest they consider Crew membership of the Club.

Minimum Age Requirement
The minimum age of any crew bank participant and/or guest is 16 years of age or older.

On Board Safety
Please make sure that you and your guests understand that a boat can be a dangerous environment and any instructions given by the skipper are to be followed at all times. Should you feel that you or your guest should voluntarily wear a life-jacket, the skipper will be happy to provide one. You are encouraged to bring your own. If however, during the cruise the skipper instructs the entire crew to put life jackets on, this instruction is to be followed immediately.

Following these simple rules and regulations should ensure a very happy, safe and successful season of sailing at the NYC.