Snooze & Cruise

Snooze & Cruise (S&C) is the Washington Yacht Club’s quarterly camping trip out to Blake Island, a marine state park located about 3 miles west of Alki Point. We reserve the group campsite for the event, which is a short walk up the hill from the marina and the Native American cultural center.  All club members are welcome, with or without ratings, and may bring a guest!

Many boats go on S&C, including most or all of the club keelboats. We will assign you and your guest to a keelboat, but you are welcome to request your favorite keelboat and/or specific club members that you would prefer to sail with. 

Another option for members with a dinghy or catamaran skipper rating is sailing a dinghy to Blake Island. A keelboat will tow you through the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks, then release you to enjoy the sail out to the island. A Whaler with a designated Chief will accompany the dinghies as a rescue boat. Once you arrive at the island, just pull your dinghy up onto the beach. You must have a skipper rating to take a dinghy on Snooze & Cruise. Those without a skipper rating can request to crew on a dinghy. 

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Event Information


Departing (Saturday)

8:00am – Meet at the Washington Activities Center (WAC) to load the boats.

9:00am – Leave the docks!

At Blake Island: (Saturday/Sunday)

All participants are assigned to a chore on the island (such as assisting with meal prep, hauling bins around, or raccoon-proofing our group campsite). A hearty Saturday dinner, a similarly hearty Sunday breakfast, and a Sunday sack lunch are provided (included with the trip fees)! 


Returning (Sunday)

~6:00pm – Return to the Washington Activities Center (WAC) docks. This might vary greatly depending on the wind! 

Packing List

What to Bring

What to Wear

A minimum of stuff (apace on the boats is tight):

  • Food for the Saturday sail.  (Other meals provided.)
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, utensils, dish cloth, cloth napkin)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Flashlight
  • Games or musical instruments (optional)
  • Anti-seasickness medication or wrist bands (if needed)

Never been sailing on a keelboat, and don’t know what to wear? We recommend the “3 Layer system”:

  • 1st Layer: Thermals
  • 2nd Layer: Fleece
  • 3rd Layer: Rain jacket & rain pants
  • The 3 Layer System works well in both wet and warmer conditions, because you can mix and match layers.
Additional Items:
  • Rain gear & dry change of clothes
  • Ski or cold weather gloves 
  • Sun glasses and hat
  • For Spring and Fall, make sure to bring extra warm clothes and bedding! It might be a cold sail and an even colder night.


Price includes campsite, moorage and meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, Sunday sack lunch):

  • Members – $30
  • Guests (one guest per member, if space allows)- $45


Responsibility on the Island

Each person attending will be assigned a food prep or clean up job to do while on the island or after returning to the WAC.


No pets allowed unless you are sailing on your own boat.

Non-Mandatory Work Party

The work party is no longer mandatory. For members looking to help load boats and organize gear, we will release a work party date and time.


UW to Blake Island

Blake Island

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