Greetings to all, It’s that time again to stop thinking about cold weather and start planning our summer trips, as well as booking vacation time off. If I’ll say that our first official Northeast Flotilla 2013 was a huge success, it’ll be an understatement. So, let’s not delay any longer and get the CSR Northeast Flotilla 2014 thread rolling. Here are couple of observations from our last year’s Flotilla: 1. Everyone loved Block, so it's obviously goes on top of the list for ports of call. But, what I've learned about Block is that once people get there, they simply don’t want to leave, myself included....LOL. Thus, for this reason I propose to make it our last port. 2. Everyone enjoyed very much the raft at Shelter Island and loved the feast at Taylor’s Island. Therefore, I think it might be a good idea to keep this as our starting point again this year. The only thing I would change is staying for 2 nights in SI. It was too much effort to set the huge raft and it was too short of a time frame before we had to break it apart. 3. We need to consider the fact that most people have to travel quite a bit of a distance. Thus, IMO, we should limit our trip to three ports allowing enough break and time to enjoy our stay in each port. If you guys agree with my observations, then (just as one of the options) to simplify our approach we could have Shelter Island as port #1, Block Island as port #3 and we’ll need to pick only one port in between SI and BI (for example Norwich CT, Essex, etc). On the other hand, this only a beginning of a planning stage. We like exploring new places and open for any suggestions. The only thing we need to keep in mind is that the place should have enough room for 20-25 boats and/or option to grab a mooring or anchoring, in the event if we would split in to two groups where one goes to marina and the other stays moored/anchor close by (just like we do it in Block). When thinking of a new port #1 to do instead of Shelter Island, one of the primary criteria’s is that we need room (preferably outdoor) where we can fit around 100 people and the food for our feast. WHEN: The “CSR Northeast Flotilla 2014” will be held on the week of August 9[SUP]th[/SUP] through August 17th The “Feast of the East” is scheduled for Saturday, August 9[SUP]th[/SUP] and will be held at Island Boatyard & Marina: http://www.islandboatyard.com/index.html WHERE: Itinerary: Port 1 (2 nights) 8/9-8/11: West Neck Harbor (Island Boatyard & Marina) http://www.islandboatyard.com/index.html Port 2 (2 nights) 8/11-8/13: Mystic (Mystic Shipyard West) http://www.mysticshipyard.com/index.html Port 3 (4 nights) 8/13-8/17: Block Island (we’ll have a raft in the anchorage area and other group will stay at Champlins). You need to call and confirm your reservations with the following marinas: Port #1 (West Neck Harbor) Update as of 04/08/14: I just got off the phone with dockmaster at Island Boatyard & Marina and as of now they are totally full for the weekend of our feast (8/9-8/11). There are few people who didn't confirm their reservations yet, but as of now we have 16 slips assigned to our fleet and the rest of the group will have to utilize the anchorage area. What are the options for new folks who're looking to join us? We have 3 choices here: 1. We have few folks who booked their slips, but are willing to give them up to those who need them and will be willing to go in to anchorage area instead. 2. The other option is to join the raft 2nd half of the group. 3. Last but not least, you can always try finding a spot in the anchorage area and drop the hook on your own. So, if anyone is in a situation where you couldn't make the commitment earlier, but still wish to join and use option #1, let's get the communication going. We have only 16 slips to work with. Port #2 (Mystic) Port #3 (Block Island) Let’s get this party started, Captains!!! Here's the link to the "Flotilla Guide" (scroll down to my post #745): http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php/64375-CSR-Northeast-Flotilla-2014/page75 Here's the link to our "Daily Compass" (scroll down to my post #757): http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php/64375-CSR-Northeast-Flotilla-2014/page76 To bring back some great memories, here are the links to our previous Flotilla and rendezvous: CSR Northeast Flotilla 2013 LI Rendezvous - 2012 LI Rendezvous - 2011 LI Rendezvous 2010 Who's signing up for our official CSR Northeast Flotilla 2014? List of Participants for the Flotilla: [CSR name]: [crew names], [boat info], [Traveling From], [Docking in West Neck Harbor], [Docking in Mystic], [Docking in BLOCK], [Table Offerings] 1. "Alex F": Alex and Jelena, Michelle(17), Daniel(9), "Inspiration" 420DB, Sag Harbor, Raft, Marina, Raft, smoked baby back ribs and some desert 2. "Greg": Greg and Colleen, Tiffany(16), Ashley(11), Zachary(11), "Lady TAZ" 480DB, Hudson River Area, Raft, Marina, Raft, TBD 3. "Larry": Larry and Melina, Greg (11), "Miss Melina" 330DA, Norwalk CT, Marina, Marina, Marina, TBD 4. "rcmafgny", Ron, Wendy, "Knot For Sale" 26DA, GSB, Marina, N/G, Raft, Shrimp and Cocktail sauce 5. "Ididntdoit": Mike and Cheryl - 2 boys 11&13, "natural high" 300DA, Mystic CT, Marina, N/G, Raft, TBD 6. "Russ Calasant": Russ and Lisa, "Debtfinder" 460DA, Mystic CT,TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD 7. "Masterfab": Dale and Tina, "Mustang" 340DA, Upstate NY, Marina, Marina,TBD, homemade turkey meatballs in a homemade sauce, along with brownies for desert. 8. "N/A": Kenny and the crew, "It's All Good II" 62 Pershing, LIS, Raft, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD 9. "Wetpaint": John and the crew, "Freedom" Fountaine Pajot 41, N/G, N/G, Anchorage Block Island, West Dennis, N/A 10. "Busterman": Ross, Yulia, Maya(6), Eva(3), "Boat-RYME" 390EC, Mystic CT, Raft, N/A, Raft, shepards pie, chips and home made salsa 11. "JV II": Michael and Julia, Alex(10), Lilly(3), "Julia Valentine" 48DA, Boston MA, Marina, N/G, Marina, TBD 12. "Christo15": Greg & Pandora, Chris (18) and possibly Kara (21), "Sound Decision" 320DA, Stamford CT, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD 13. "Ctsearay": John & Holly, "Dozen Shuck" 360DA, Milford CT, Marina, Marina, Marina, TBD 14. "tdshafer": Todd, Sherri, Ryan (9), Justin(7), Sabrina (5), "Sea Ya Later" 330DA, GSB area, Marina, N/G, Marina, TBD 15. "paulieo": Paul and Susie, Sean(12), "Life Got Better" Carver 33SS, GSB area, Marina, N/G, Marina, TBD 16. "Rich122": Rich & Stacey, "Fra Diavlo" 540DA, Hudson River, Marina, Marina, N/G, TBD 17. "Katricol": Ric & Kathy, "Katricol" 450DA, LIS, TBD, TBD, N/G, TBD 18. "Four Winners": Neil and Barbra, Noah (10), Sam (7) "NOAHS ARK" 348 Vista, GSB,Marina, N/G, Marina, grilled chicken caesar salad 19. "Jeremygavin": Jeremy and Stephanie, Mia (6) Lexi (4), "Flipper" 340DA, Falmouth Cape Cod, N/G, N/G, Marina, N/A 20. "h-gerry": Harold and Arlene, Daniel (5), Chelsea (Black Lab mix, 2yo), "Zuzu's Petal's II" 400 EC, Oceanside NY, Marina, Marina, Marina, homemade turkey chili with fixins (sour cream, hot sauce, grated cheese, etc.) and corn bread or biscuits... 21. "VALRAY": Ray and Valerie "VALRAY" 420DB, Hudson River, Marina, Marina, N/G, TBD 22. "MysticBoater": Bob & Laurie "Island Dancer" 310DA, Mystic CT, Marina, N/G, TBD, Taco Salad 23. "Johnnyg44": John & Ruth, Elizabeth(10), Matthew(9), Katherine(7),"MALUHIA" Huntington NY, N/G, Marina, N/G 24. "csnaik": Sekhar and Archana, Ajay (11), Yash (7), Sanjana (3), "Summer Sealution" 460 DA, Mystic CT, Marina, Marina, TBD, TBD 25. "Lataga": Dean and Tammie, Michael (10), Stephanie(6), and Maxwell (3), "Arrr & Arrr" 320DA, Stratford CT, N/G, Marina, Marina, TBD 26. "PMC": Paul and Michele, "My Michele" 400DB, GSB, Marina, Marina, Marina, Chilli and will bake anginetti cookies for desert 27. "VictoriasSecret": Vicky and Bill, Joey(11), "Victoria's Secret" 44DB, Hudson River Area, Raft, N/G, Raft, seafood with rice for dinner and some brownies for dessert 28. "N/A": Rich and Tracy, Christine, Kyle (?), "Next Friday" - Coming by ferry to meet us in Block. 29. "N/A": Bob and Jeryl, "Mystical" 60CPMY Viking, Norwalk CT, Raft, N/G, Raft, TBD 30. "Havana Shamrock": Joe and Martha, Sean, Kelly, Patrick and Dublin, "Mirage" 39DB, GSB, Raft, N/G, TBD, TBD List of Maybies 1. "bmac": Brian and Kathy, daughters Kristen, Kaitlin, Kerri, Kelly and Kara, "K-yachtic" 520DB 2. "dcpringle": Don and Sandy, possibly my son DJ, "Diamond Girl" 480DB 3. "mjmason1": Mike and Pam, "Someplace Else" 400DB, Fall Riviera MA 4. "TBD": Rich and Tracy, Kyle (?), "Next Friday" 36 Formula, LIS, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD 5. "COD": Steve and Kris, "Retreat" 500DB, 3 Mile Harbor NY, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD VHF Communication: 69- primary channel to communicate with the group. 72- backup channel if we get too much noise on 69. 16 - is always on. This will be the channel to use in case if we don't get response on 69 or 72. Once the communication is established with a vessel we'll ask to switch to 69 or 72, whichever will be the better option at the time. NOTE: This page will periodically get updated with important information. Please check here once in a while. FYI: - We're ordering custom made t-shirts for the group. Please let me know what sizes, color and count you'll need for your crew. Link to the sample of the t-shirts (post #566):http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php/64375-CSR-Northeast-Flotilla-2014/page57 - We're using new company to do a professional areal photo shooting from air. They'll have a small plane meet the flotilla in all 3 locations and perform photo-shooting. I'll need everyone's input if you wish to participate in purchasing the pictures. Total cost for the group for all high resolution images around $960. The more people will participate the less it's going to cost per boat. FAQ (this is mostly for new people who didn’t have a chance to join us in the past) Q1: How do I sign up? A1: Simply post in this thread or PM me stating that you wish to participate. We'll need the following basic info, which will be placed on the first page in the list of the participants (table offerings can be left alone for now, as it will be addressed much closer to the Flotilla date): [CSR name]: [crew names], [boat info], [Traveling From], [Docking in Port1], [Docking in Port2], [Docking in Port3],[Table Offerings] Example: "Alex F": Alex and Jelena, Michelle(17), Daniel(9), "Inspiration" 420DB, LIS area, Raft, Marina, Raft, TBD Q2: How’s a Flotilla different from a regular Rendezvous? A2: The group will not just meet up at a marina, but we will travel from port to port as a group and our destinations will be mixed between marinas, mooring and/or just anchorage in a beautiful cove or designated anchorage area. Q3: Am I obligated to stay with the flotilla the whole week? A3: Absolutely not. Anyone should feel free to join the flotilla and take off anytime they desire, or their schedule allows. No hard feelings, we perfectly understand that you have other commitments/obligations. Q4: Do we have to travel together from port to port? A4: No. It’s obviously a lot more fun (and not to mention safer) to travel as one caravan, but if you wish to run on your own schedule (e.g. arrive to a destination earlier and cover more things once in port), feel free to do so and we’ll see you there. Q5: What we do (activities wise) once settle in a port? A5: We always try to come up with a list of fun activities that might interest most people. But, don’t forget that this is your vacation time and if you wish to do something totally different, by all means, we’ll sea ya later. Q6: How’s dining arranged for the rest of the trip (after the feast)? A6: In the course of the whole week we’ll have mixed ways of dining. There are nights when we just want to have BBQ party (either on the rafted boats or the marina), but for the most part we’ll dine out as a group in fine local restaurants that will be able to accommodate our group. Thus, advanced reservations (at least one day in advance) will be necessary. But, as always, if you’d like to have your own arrangement, feel free to do so. No hard feelings. Q7: I would like to join the feast but I don’t think I’ll be able to bring my boat, how can I get to the Island? A7: For now, let’s assume we’re doing the feast on Taylor’s Island (Shelter Island). You’ll need to catch a ferry on the mainland that goes to Shelter Island (Coecles Harbor) and park your car by Coecles Harbor Marina. Then, we’ll have someone picking you up by dinghy and dropping you off later in the evening or whenever you’ll need to head back. This is just one of the examples and options people have used in the past. The bottom line is, if you’re willing to join us but need some help, we’re willing to help. Q8: How marina reservations work during the flotilla? A8: After we (as a group) decide in what marinas we wish to stay, I'll compile a spreadsheet that will list all the boats that were ready to sign up at the time, and the list is sent to a dockmaster of each marina. This ensures that a dockmaster reserves the slips for our group trying to keep us together. The next step is for each captain to call the dockmaster directly and confirm individual reservation by providing some more detailed info and usually a deposit charged to a credit card. This works for most marinas and the only exception I would say is the Champlin's (in Block), due to their 28 days refund policy and due to the fact that good number of boats from the flotilla will be staying in the anchorage. Those that will be staying in Champlin's will need to make the reservations on their own. Those are just few that came from the top of my head. Have more questions? Feel free to ask. Cheers, Alex.