Greetings to all, As the winter is starting to take the turn towards the end, it’s time to start planning our summer trips, as well as booking vacation time off. Having great success with the past two official Flotillas, we’re getting ready for our 3rd Northeast Flotilla. So, let’s not delay any longer and get the CSR Northeast Flotilla 2015 thread rolling. Here are some observations from past Flotillas: 1. In the past few years we had great success with Shelter Island (either Taylor’s Isl or West Neck Harbor) for having the feast and staying the weekend. Thus, IMO, it should be our primary candidate for starting point (port #1). 2. As we did in the past, staying in a port for minimum of 2 nights works great. This allows us to take the time and enjoy a port, instead of being in a rush. So, let’s keep the same approach going. 3. BLOCK – no question, we always had awesome time in Block. However, lately our summers are getting on the colder side, where the weather and temps in Block have been iffy. The way this winter is going, I expect the summer to be not much different (I hope I’m wrong). So, I’m open to other options where we could be closer to mainland with shallower/warmer waters. But, if the group will vote for Block, I’m game. 4. Anytime we go to Block, we end up staying there for 4 nights or more. If the group decides passing on Block and going someplace else, this opens an opportunity on having 4 ports in our itinerary. WHEN: The “CSR Northeast Flotilla 2015” will be held on the week of August 1st through August 9th The “Feast of the East” is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st and will be held at Island Boatyard & Marina: http://www.islandboatyard.com/index.html Additional Group Dinners are scheduled on: THUESDAY AUGUST 4th, 6PM at “Red Parrot” (In Newport) THURSDAY AUGUST 6th, (time TBD) at “Nautika” (in E.Greenwich) ITINERARY: Port 1 Info: Port 2 Info: Port 3 Info: Most people will be rafted, but there are few decent marinas very close by for those who needs it. To all who's going to E. Greenwich and would like to be in a marina instead of rafting in the anchorage area, use the info below and ask to be placed in the North section. This way the group will stay together. Port 4 Info: As always, we'll have two groups. One will be rafted in the anchorage area and the other group will stay at Champlin's. “Daily Compass” can be found here (my post #330) http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php/71232-CSR-Northeast-Flotilla-2015/page33 Let’s get this party started , Captains!!! To bring back some great memories, here are the links to our previous Flotillas and rendezvous: CSR Northeast Flotilla 2014 - Club Sea Ray CSR Northeast Flotilla 2013 LI Rendezvous - 2012 LI Rendezvous - 2011 LI Rendezvous 2010 Who's signing up for our official CSR Northeast Flotilla 2015? List of Participants for the Flotilla: [CSR name]: [crew names], [boat info], [Traveling From], [Docking in WNH], [Docking in Newport], [Docking in E.Greenwich], [Docking in Block], [Table Offerings] 1. "Alex F": Alex and Jelena, Michelle(18), Daniel(10), "Inspiration" 420DB, LI Sound area, Marina, Mooring, Raft, Raft, Chicken Parm and Penne ala vodka and some dessert 2. "Greg": Greg and Colleen, Tiffany(17), Ashley(12), Zachary(12), "Lady TAZ" 480DB, Hudson River, TBD, TBD, Raft, Raft, Sausage and Peppers 3. "Havana Shamrock" Joe and Martha, kids TBD, Dublin (Kerry blue Terrier), "Beach Inn" 500DB, GSB, Marina, Mooring, Raft, Raft, Swedish meatballs and ceasar salad 4. "Larry": Larry and Melina, Greg (12), "Miss Melina" 330DA, Norwalk CT, Marina, Marina, TBD, Marina, Meatballs 5."rcmafgny", Ron and Wendy, "Knot For Sale" 26DA, GSB, TBD, TBD, Raft, Raft, Raft,Soft drinks, Water, and Wine 6. "h-gerry": Harold and Arlene, Daniel (6), Chelsea (Black Lab mix), "Zuzu's Petal's II" 400 EC, Oceanside NY, Marina, Marina, Raft, Raft,soft goods: dessert plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, table clothes, garbage bags. We will also pick up some assorted desserts 7. "Russ Calasant": Russ and Lisa, "Debtfinder" 460DA, Mystic CT, N/G, N/G, Raft, Raft, N/A 8. "N/A": Rich and Tracy, "Next Friday" Formula 36, Norwalk CT, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, N/A 9. "Busterman": Ross, Yulia, Maya(7), Eva(4), "Boat-RYME" 390EC, Mystic CT, Marina, Marina, Raft, Raft, "galuptsi", Russian stuffed cabbage, plates and plastic ware 10. "Irie308": Dean and Tammie, Michael (11), Stephanie (7), and Maxwell (4), "Arrr & Arrr" 320DA, Stratford CT, Marina, Marina, Raft, Raft, Jerk Chicken 11. "JV II": Michael and Julia, Alex(11), Lilly(4), "Julia Valentine" 48DA, Boston MA, N/G, Marina, TBD, Marina, N/A 12. "Jeremygavin": Jeremy and Stephanie, Mia (7) Lexi (5), "Flipper" 340DA, Falmouth Cape Cod, N/G, Marina, Raft, Raft, N/A 13. “Vise Aversa”: Vinny and Robin, Vincent (14), Michael (13), “Vise Aversa” 520DB, LI Sound Area, Marina, Mooring, Raft, N/G, Pulled Pork sliders with coleslaw 14. " Xplicitlnck": Jonathan & Donna, “TBD” 330EC, GSB, TBD, N/G, N/G, Raft, N/A 15. "Victorias Secret": Bill and Vicky, Joey(12), "Victoria's Secret" 44DB, Hudson River, Raft (Shelter),Mac and Cheese, salad, and wine 16. "csnaik": Sekhar and Archana, Ajay (12), Yash (8), Sanjana (4), "Summer Sealution" 460 DA, Mystic CT, Marina, N/G, N/G, Chicken Curry, Naan, and Desserts 17. "Ididntdoit": Mike and Cheryl - 2 boys 12&14, "natural high" 300DA, Mystic CT, N/G, By Car, N/G, N/A 18. "N/A": Tim and Debbie (Friends of "Beach INN" crew). Coming by car. Bringing deserts to the for the feast. 19. "Masterfab": Dale and Tina, "Mustang" 340DA, Upstate NY, TBD, N/G, N/G, N/G, homemade deviled eggs and a large chicken caesar salad List of Maybies 1. "tdshafer": Todd, Sherri, Ryan (10), Justin(8), Sabrina (6), "Sea Ya Later" 330DA, GSB 2. "New Freedom": Marianne & Angela, Cooper (King Charles) New Freedom 420DB, Hudson River, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD 3. "mjmason1": Mike and Pam Mason. "Someplace Else" 400DB, Newport RI area, N/G, TBD, TBD, TBD, N/A VHF Communication: 69- primary channel to communicate with the group. 16 - is always on. This will be the channel to use in case if we don't get response on 69. Once the communication is established with a vessel we'll ask to switch to 69. NOTE: This page will periodically get updated with important information. Please check here once in a while. 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. 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 or later), 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 official 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 a 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. Those are just few that came from the top of my head. Have more questions? Feel free to ask. Cheers, Alex.