2022 CCA / RNYC CRUISE
Plans are afloat to organize another two-week cruise in company starting July 24, 2022 bringing members of CCA once again together with sailors of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club (RNYC).
Newfoundland is a bucket-list cruising destination, sparsely populated by hardy people who are the friendliest, funniest, most generous imaginable. The south coast of Newfoundland features breathtaking cliffs and fjords, waterfalls, and vistas, but fog and cold south/westerly winds can be challenging. The major population centers on the east and north coasts are joined by roads and enjoy warm breezes off the land with little fog in late summer, which rapidly melt icebergs carried down by the Labrador Current until July. RNYC sailors seldom venture around Cape Race to the south shore. There are very few yachts seen (there are none available for charter), and pristine anchorages are mostly empty. There are no lobster pots in July and Aug.
Due to the distance from the US east coast, we encourage boats making the trip to consider offering up empty cabins for members unable to make the trip. A new CCA Cruise crew/boat "dating site" has been created to help members and crews connect.
Newfoundland cruising is wonderful but challenging. Skippers must budget enough time or plan multiple legs to manage safe offshore delivery to/from the Island. It is possible to winter over if “repair” is done by a local yard. ConverJence explored the south and east coast from Marion, MA and returned in ten weeks in ’17, and circled the island from/to Marion (3,000 nm) in 12 weeks in ’18, taking time to gunkhole, choosing weather windows, and planning several crew changes. In ’18 we cleared into Shelburne and waited out a nor’easter before continuing east. Our sense is the cruise should be simple and affordable to blend with the location, and that a modest fleet size is fine.