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Cape Dory Rendezvous-Plymouth, MA
Monday-Wednesday, August 9-11

Please register by July 30th!

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Plymouth Yacht Club/
Plymouth, MA

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Plymouth Itinerary:




We will begin meeting in the afternoon on Monday, August 9th at the Plymouth Yacht Club (508-746-7207 for the office, VHF Channel 8, 508-747-0473 for moorings), Plymouth, MA. Moorings are $40.00 per boat per night (there may be a need for two boats per mooring, $40.00 per boat applies).

Photo courtesy of: Plymouth Yacht Club

Please contact the yacht club and make your reservation for a mooring as soon as possible. Tell them you are with the "CDSOA group".

Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch to 72 for fleet communications.

Plymouth Harbor is 5.5 nm from Duxbury Harbor, 20.6 nm from the eastern entrance of the Cape Cod Canal, and about 28 nm from Provincetown.

From anywhere on Cape Cod Bay or Massachusetts Bay, use Plymouth Light Fl(3) 30s 102ft 14M HORN as your waypoint. Then pick up the buoys and stay north of Browns Bank towards Duxbury Pier (Bug) Light Fl(2) R 5s 35ft 6M HORN.

The channel into Plymouth Harbor is well marked, but be aware that the current reaches close to 1.5 knots at peak ebb. Do not venture too close to Plymouth Beach and give the white/orange daymark near the tip of Plymouth Beach a wide berth as it is marking a submerged jetty. Follow the channel to the breakwater and hail the Plymouth Yacht Club on VHF Ch. 8 or call 508-747-0473 to request a mooring.

Alternate anchorages and marine facilities:

If you would rather anchor you can drop your hook in the finger of deep water that extends southwest from the Plymouth Harbor Channel Light (Fl G 4s 16ft "17") on Plymouth Beach to just east of GC "21" (Chart #1 below). Have your dinghy handy since launch service does not extend beyond the breakwater.

Other popular but less convenient spots can be found west of the Cowyard after passing Duxbury Pier Light (Chart #2 below); and north of Clarks Island in Duxbury Bay (Chart #3 below). You'll need your dinghy to get ashore from any of these anchorages and it'll be a very long haul from either the Cowyard or Clarks Island anchorages.

Chart #1

Chart #2

Chart #3

Town Wharf. VHF Ch. 16/12. Phone: 508-830-4182.

Brewer Plymouth Marine. VHF Ch. 9. Phone: 508-746-4500.

Mean tidal range is 9.2 feet. Use tide tables for Boston. High tide at Gurnet Point is 4 minutes later; low tide is 9 minutes later.

Use NOAA charts 13253 and 13246.

Plymouth Harbor marks the final destination for the boats and crews participating in the Eastbound Flotilla. Though August 9th marks the end of the flotillas, the fun's not over yet for those who are also participating in "Cape Dory Rendezvous-Plymouth, MA" which officially begins on Tuesday, August 10th.

All registration fees are indicated below as well as on the Registration Form.

  Mon, 8/9 Cape Dorys participating in the Eastbound Flotilla arrive and gather in Plymouth Harbor. Crews are on their own to explore Plymouth.
  Tue, 8/10

Cape Dorys not participating in "Cape Dory Rendezvous-Plymouth, MA" depart. Rendezvous boats and crews continue to arrive.

    9:30 a.m.

Join the group for an excursion to Plimouth Plantation or walk The Pilgrim Path on your own.

Transportation and Admission to Plimouth Plantation and the Mayflower II:
per adult (combination ticket)
     $16.00 per child preschool thru grade 12 (combination ticket)

The bus will pick us up at 9:30 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. admission to Plimouth Plantation. At 1:30 p.m. we'll hop on the bus again and head back to Plymouth to board and tour the Mayflower II. From the Mayflower II it's a short walk back to the yacht club.

Photo courtesy of Duane Campbell's web site
    4:00 p.m. Seminar: "New Tricks with Old Electronics" or "Making the Most of Your Current GPS", presented by Captain Eric Knott of Landfall Navigation.
    5:30 p.m. Cocktails at Plymouth Yacht Club immediately following the seminar.
  Wed, 8/11 10:00 a.m. Casual race or daysail on Cape Cod Bay.
    4:00 p.m. Cocktails at Plymouth Yacht Club.
    6:00 p.m. Awards dinner/barbecue at Plymouth Yacht Club -- $17.00 per person. Please take a look at the menu, it's on the 2nd page of the Registration Form.

Driving Directions to Plymouth Yacht Club:

Arriving by car? You must still complete the Registration Form and indicate which events you'll be attending by car in the "Comments" section of the form. Registration fees don't apply but please include all fees for meals, any t-shirts, and Plimouth Plantation.

Plymouth Yacht Club
Union Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Office Phone: (508) 746-7207
Waterfront Phone: (508) 747-0473

From Route 3 South:

Head south on Rt. 3. Take exit 6A (Rt. 44 East). Follow Rt. 44 east to the waterfront. Take a right onto Water Street at the waterfront rotary. Follow along the waterfront. Pass the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. Take the first left at the end of the waterfront on to Union Street (at the Marina). Pass Brewers Marine and the Plymouth Antique Shop. Plymouth Yacht Club is the next building on the left.

From Route 3 North:

Head north on Rt. 3. Take Rt. 44 East - Exit 6. Follow the directions above.


About the Area:


The Town of Plymouth was incorporated in 1620. It is the seat of Plymouth County, and has the largest area of any town in the Commonwealth. Plymouth is the oldest town in Massachusetts with a rich colonial history and lots of charm. For most of its existence, Plymouth was an isolated seacoast area where economic fortunes were linked to the sea and shipping. The site of the original 1620 settlement is now a portion of today's Downtown/Harbor District. In contrast with modern life, Plymouth Rock still more than a landing place, it stands as a symbol of the freedom and a reminder of the first Thanksgiving.

Since the arrival of the pilgrims, some 382 years ago, Plymouth has grown from a small settlement into a large community of over 50,000 people, in an area which spans over 100 square miles. There are 365 ponds and lakes, one for every day of the year, a variety of public beaches, a working town wharf, acres of park and recreation land and numerous historic landmarks for residents and tourists alike to visit and enjoy.


Points of Interest:


Things to do and places to go (provided by Destination Plymouth) :

Antiques and Shopping

Sites and Attractions



Boating, Parks and Beaches

Where to eat:

We are planning a group dinner on August 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Yacht Club..

Other area restaurants include (note that all restaurants listed below are across the harbor from BYC):

  • Lobster Hut, Town Wharf. Phone: 508-746-2270
  • Souza's Seafood Restaurant, Town Wharf. Phone: 508-746-5354
  • McGrath's Harbor Restaurant, Town Wharf. Phone: 508-746-9751
  • Wood's Seafood Market & Restaurant, Town Wharf. Phone: 508-746-0261
  • Capt. Harry's Deli & Sandwich, Village Landing Marketplace, 170 Water Street. Phone: 508-747-5699
  • Crow's Nest Restaurant, Village Landing Marketplace, 170 Water Street. Phone: 508-747-4000
  • Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream, Village Landing Marketplace, 170 Water Street. Phone: 508-746-2362
  • Road Kill Cafe, 158 Water Street. Phone: 508-746-9565
  • Handlebar Harry's, 377 Court Street . Phone: 508-747-1922
  • Iguana's Mexican Restaurant, Village Landing Marketplace, 170 Water Street. Phone: 508-747-4000
  • Sam Diego's Mexican Cookery, 51 Main Street. Phone: 508-747-0048
  • Mayflower Restaurant, 14 Union Street. Phone: 508-747-4503
  • Click Here for more places to eat in Plymouth.
  Web Site Info:

The Town of Plymouth
Plymouth Guide Online
Destination Plymouth
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

NOAA 2004 Tide Predictions: Cape Cod Bay, Plymouth and Cape Cod Canal, Bournedale (Cohasset Harbor to Davis Bank)

NOAA 2004 Current Predictions for Cape Cod Bay

NOAA 2004 Current Predictions for the Cape Cod Canal

  All owners of both Cape Dory power and sailboats, CDSOA members and non-members, are welcome to attend.

Register Now!
Please download and print one of the following registration forms.:
Microsoft Word (82 KB) or PDF (85 KB)

Please mail your registration by July 30th.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact:

For Cape Dory Rendezvous-Plymouth: Stan Wheatley, 781-934-9579 or e-mail;

For the Eastbound Flotilla: Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 ore-mail;

For the Southbound Flotilla: Name, Phone or e-mail.

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the NE Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 28 July 2004

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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