Your Cruise Team is looking forward to an active cruising season—and to a LOT of participation this year. Our charter is to organize events for members to travel together and meet up at various destinations on the lake. Our goals for 2021 are to:

  • Increase opportunities for all members to socialize on the water (sail, power, and day boats);
  • Increase participation in the annual Cruise Week;
  • And encourage cruising Lake Champlain and beyond by sharing experiences and expertise.

In response to the first goal, we’ve setup a “Slack” app for communication among DIYC members cruising on the lake. This is a place to communicate cruising plans and facilitate meeting up with other members. There are also places for notes about destinations (anchorages, marinas, restaurants) and for members to ask boating related questions of other members. We will also use this to communicate cruise weekends so please get the app and join in the fun. Email Charlie to get an invitation to join the app and a more complete description. Several of us have started using it already. Don’t be intimidated by the technology—it’s really simple to use.

Our signature event is Cruise Week, which will run from Friday, July 2, to Sunday, July 11. This is an event for powerboats, sailboats, live-aboards and runabouts. If it floats, you can join us for the full week, any leg of the route or simply meet us at a destination for a few hours! We encourage those new to cruising and experienced cruisers to come along. DIYC invites all members and their guests to take part in Cruise Week! Planning on participating in the full week and want to make Cruise Week more fun for your boat or boating style? We’re looking for a few more members to help us plan and coordinate the event. A team approach to leading the event will keep the workload low and the fun high for all participants.

Let us know your ideas for what we can do to accomplish the goals of more fun on the water. Also let us know more about how you like to cruise. This will help us tailor Cruise Week and other cruise events to be more enjoyable for all members!

We’re looking forward to an active and social cruising season in 2021. Thanks in advance for your participation.