CRUISING 101... ATTENDING CRUISING EVENTS...
To make each cruising event the most enjoyable it can be, here are some guidelines we have established which you should keep in mind. For more information, see the Rafting Etiquette which is online at hisc.org
How do Cruising Events Work?
The Cruising Committee works with members of the club... like you... to plan Cruising Events. Each Cruise has several boats that “host” the event. The hosts will plan the event, including location, activities, schedule and they will promote the event through email blasts, the Inlet/Outlet, Facebook, etc. There is no excuse not to know about upcoming events! Cruising events take place in anchorages or marinas. Most are a short distance from Lighthouse Point. If the event is at an anchorage, the host boats will raft together. Based on the activities planned, participants will usually dinghy from their boat to the host boats for the planned event. Occasionally, planned events take place in dinghies. If the event is at a Marina, boats will make their own reservations. It is easy to attend Marina events, even if you are boatless.
Generally, the host raft is made up of the Host(s), and (if attending) Cruising Chairs and Commodore. In most cases three is the maximum number of boats for a raft. You should plan to either anchor alone or join other boats for rafting (this is a great way to get to know other members).
If you want to raft with others, it is best to make arrangements with others prior to the raft up.
If you want to join a raft, you should pass astern of a boat in the raft and request to join. The boat will let you know if it can be done and where to tie up. Please have fenders out and lines ready.
The Change of Command cruise has a few more details as we attempt to form a circle raft-up for that event. A separate set of instructions will be issued prior to that event in March. It also includes a very moving flag ceremony.
During the time before organized activities begin at a raft-up, many members use their dinghies to say hello to the people on other boats and rafts. This is appreciated by the visited boats, but you should not expect to be invited aboard. Boats are small and some people may have made other arrangements perhaps including afternoon nap time.
Food and drink
When visiting another boat, it is generally expected that you will bring your own drinks with you. A snack offering would be appreciated as well. Also, since most holding tanks are small, it is common courtesy to go back to your boat to use the head. This courtesy should also be observed during the organized event.
Sometime before the event begins the host boat will let club members know what is scheduled and when it will begin. This is usually announced through flyers at meetings, in the Inlet/Outlet, Club Website and Facebook page. If this doesn’t occur, please check with the host boat prior to the event.
CRUISING 101... ATTENDING CRUISING EVENTS...
We usually monitor VHF channel 68. And of course, most people will have a cell phone nearby.
If you cannot bring your boat, it is best to make arrangements with friends prior to the raft up if you want to get a ride to and from the event. Some of our venues have easy access for dinghy rides, others do not. Events that are held at marinas are also easily accessible to those that do not have a boat.
Most cruising events are pot luck. Usually part of the Cruise Announcement includes what type of food/drinks to bring; and what the hosts are providing. You should bring a dish to share and whatever you plan to drink. The dish should be enough for about 8 people. It should be something that can be made ready on your boat before you arrive at the host boat.
The host boats will provide cups, dishes, and plastic ware for eating, but you should provide any serving tools required for your dish.
Pets and Children
Please don’t bring pets to the event; leave them on your boat. Children are welcome at all cruising events, if they wear proper sized life jackets, and are supervised. Access by children to host boats depends entirely on the host boat owners. Please check with the host boats before arriving with children. Remember that boats, like homes, should be treated with respect. Boat owners always have the right to ask any guest to modify their behavior or leave the boat. General cruising etiquette is online at HISC.org.
When you hoist anchor, or separate from the other boats after an event or raft-up it is a nice gesture to pass astern of the other boats to say goodbye, unless, of course, we are in a circle and have many stern lines set.
Always, always, always have a good time and make new friends. HISC is all about the fun.
Cruising points and flags
Each year in December/January the incoming cruising committee will design a flag for the new Commodore Year that starts in March. Member boats may earn flags (maximum 1 cruising flag per boat per year) by accumulating 10 cruising points during the Commodore Year that runs from March until the end of the following February. The points are awarded for participating in club-sponsored cruising events, member-organized cruises, and attending the blood drive.
Extra points are earned for hosting a cruise... and it is fun and easy...