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.
8:00am – Meet at the Washington Activities Center (WAC) to load the boats.
9:00am – Leave the docks!
At Blake Island: (Saturday/Sunday)
~6:00pm – Return to the Washington Activities Center (WAC) docks. This might vary greatly depending on the wind!
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
- 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.
- 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)- $40
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.