City Island Yacht Club

Incorporated 1907

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Cruising and Raft-Ups

One of the many benefits of City Island Yacht Club is its location; at the entrance to Long Island Sound. Whether you’re out for a day sail or a week vacation, CIYC is the ultimate in starting points.

Just a short sail away are some wonderful destinations, including Little Neck Bay, Manhasset Bay and New Rochelle. Just a little farther are day trips to the beaches of Captain’s Island and the July 4th fireworks in Hempstead Harbor. Overnight destinations include Oyster Bay, Northport Harbor, Southern Connecticut, Sandy Hook and picturesque Port Jefferson.

CIYC boasts a large and active contingent of cruisers of all types-from committed day sailors to weekend cruisers to serious long-range passage makers, and each summer we try to schedule events to reflect this diversity. Regardless of one’s goal or experience, we invite all sailors to share in the advantages of safety, discovering new places, and the collective knowledge and camaraderie of CIYC cruising.



Northport Harbor Cruise – August 31 – September 1, 2019

Date: Saturday August 31 to Sunday 9/1 – Port of Call Northport Harbor –

  • Moor at Northport YC overnight. Dinner at YC.


Contact us for more information: (718) 885-2487 cluboffice(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

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One Day Raft-ups Hempstead Harbor – Aug 3, 2019

One Day Raft-ups Hempstead Harbor – Saturday August 3, 2019

On-board grilled steaks and food sharing. Meet/raft-up at 12PM and break -up approx. 6:00 PM

Contact us for more information: (718) 885-2487 cluboffice(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

We need to know how many boats are coming, number of crew and name and size of boat. We will provide steaks for CIYC boats but bring your own sides and beverage. Bring for yourself and crew and a bit more to share.

Fleet communications will be on VHF channel 72.

  • Questions? Call or email Frank Palmieri at E/ frankp56(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign); M/ 914-424-2255
  • Club boats can participate in local raft-ups but must have working navigation lights, fenders (3 to 4) and dock lines (2).

Please fill out the form below if you’d like to attend.

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Hempstead Harbor Raft-Up: A Gorgeous Day on the Sound

The Hempstead Harbor day cruise on Aug 25 was a great day!  With good weather – blue skies, 80 degree temps and a gentle breeze, the Restless, Five Star, March Hare, Snowgoose, First Rate, Jupiter 2, Airplane, and Adagio made the quick, two hour jaunt to Hempstead Harbor.  Our pin boat, Ed Woolsey’s Five Star, anchored first.  Then, all other boats rafted up in an organized fashion with no dings in the gel coat or bruised egos.  After getting settled in, we wasted no time starting cocktail hour with some great mixed drinks, beer, Proseco (Airplane’s specialty), and soft drinks.  With the warm weather and a few drinks under our belts, several crew members jumped in the water and cooled off quite effectively.  Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my drone for aerial photos.  Instead, Dave Z. volunteered to go aloft in the world’s most comfortable bosun’s chair and took some great aerial pix.  Check out the video below.  Once the grills were fired up, we cooked many thick steaks (thanks, Ira) and had a delicious dinner with a variety of appetizers and side dishes.  I think that I sampled appetizers from every boat.  Yum!  One of the highlights was the cruise back to City Island.  After a beautiful sunset, a full moon rose, the breeze picked up and we had a wonderful ride home.