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CDSOA Hudson River Loop Cruise
Cape Dorys and the Scenic Hudson River
July 14-19, 2005

Please register online by July 9th!

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Thursday, 7/14--Croton-on-Hudson

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Figure 1. Croton Point, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Not to be used for navigation. Use NOAA Chart# 12343 and 12347.

Fleet communications will be on VHF Ch. 16 and 68.

Plan on meeting in the bight north of Croton Point in the afternoon on Thursday, July 14th where Cruise Captains Cathy Monaghan and Bruce Halley will be waiting aboard their CD32 Realization for your arrival.

When rounding Croton Point, stay well south of the charted shoal area which extends south from the tip of the point. As you round the point, give Potato Rock and other obstructions on the north side of the point a wide berth.

We'll be anchored right off Croton Point Park. If you'd like to go ashore, make sure you've got your dinghy. The landing area is east of the anchorage, east and north of the swimming area which is marked by floats connected by a line. Do not bring your dinghy into the swimming area! Landing is not permitted west of the swimming area.

In the evening we'll all gather on one of the boats for cocktails. So bring one or two snack items to share with the rest of the group in the anchorage and the fixin's for your favorite beverage. Then it's potluck for dinner. No, we don't throw everything into one pot and whatever comes out is dinner (unless you want to). But whatever you bring it’s what we'll have.

Friday, 7/15--Pollepel Island– 22.3 nm

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Figures 2 and 3. Pollepel Island
Not to be used for navigation. Use NOAA Chart# 12343 and 12347.

It should be a leisurely sail or motor north from Croton Point to Pollepel Island where we’ll pull into the anchorage just east of the island.

Pollepel Island, also known as Bannerman's Island, marks the northern approach to the highlands about a mile north of Storm King Mountain. The Bannerman's built a castle on the island in the early 1900s, the ruins of which remain to this day. Landing is not permitted on the island but it's a nice place to watch the sunset and take in the beauty of the area.

South of the island a deep water channel runs along the eastern shore. To reach the anchorage which is southeast of the island, from the south head towards the stone building, the Catskill Water District's pumping station, just north of Breakneck Point. As you near shore, turn north and follow the deepest water toward the island. Anchor in 10+ feet of water. Do not pass between the island and the shore since piles and other obstructions extend east from the island. Leave the island by reversing your path.

Saturday and Sunday, 7/16-7/17--Rondout Creek, Kingston – 34.2 nm

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Figure 4. Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY
Not to be used for navigation. Use NOAA Charts# 12347 and 12348.

From Pollepel Island we'll head north for Rondout Creek and the City of Kingston where we'll spend the remainder of Saturday and all day Sunday tied up at the Hideaway Marina, Rt 213 (170 Abeel St.), phone: 845-331-4565 or 845-331-4665 (hail on VHF Ch. 16).

If you can't participate in the cruise, by all means drive up to Kingston on Sunday and say hello or join us for dinner.

The creek is both industrial and scenic and the city is historic. Kingston is a chronology of American architecture spanning four centuries from the early Dutch and English, including Federalist, Georgian, Greek Revival, Victorian, Romanesque, Italianate, Neo-Classical, Art Deco and Contemporary. The blend makes a beautiful landscape for every visitor.

The Dutch first settled the region in 1653. At the time of the Revolutionary War, Kingston was the colonial capital of New York State and the British burned the city to the ground in 1777 as a diversion to the Battle of Saratoga. But, the fire didn't burn everything and there are several pre-Revolutionary War buildings still standing and occupied including the original state house which is now a museum.

In 1828 the Delaware and Hudson Canal was completed between Eddyville, just west of Kingston on Rondout Creek, to Honesdale, Pennsylvania, making Kingston an important transportation and commercial center.

We'll explore the town; it's small so it shouldn't take long but there are interesting things to see and do. There are several art galleries, shops and restaurants in the waterfront area. There's also the Urban Cultural Center, Trolley Museum, and Hudson River Maritime Museum Center all within walking distance of the marina. Or we could hop on a boat and take a guided tour of the Rondout Lighthouse, a historic 1913 lighthouse located on the Hudson River at the mouth of Rondout Creek; we'll pass it when we enter the creek.

Monday, 7/18--Newburgh– 31.8 nm

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Figure 5. Newburgh, NY
Not to be used for navigation. Use NOAA Charts# 12347 and 12348.

Then from Kingston we head south to our next destination, Newburgh, NY.

Newburgh also sits on the Hudson's western shore with rows of Victorian homes overlooking the river. The waterfront downtown area was newly redeveloped in 2002 and includes the new Front Street Marina, shops and restaurants. Situated in a park-like setting, complete with a scenic riverwalk, the Front Street Marina (845-661-4914 or 914 850-5542, VHF Ch. 9 & 16) is located just south of the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge

Tuesday, 7/19--Croton-on-Hudson – 29.8 nm

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Figure 6. Croton Point, Croton-on-Hudson
Not to be used for navigation. Use NOAA Chart# 12343 and 12347.

Tuesday morning we'll leave Newburgh and return to our starting point, Croton-Point, about 30 nm to the south where we'll anchor again.

Let's try to get ashore and share a final potluck dinner in the park.


Entry Fee (per boat):

Non-CDSOA Members: $5.00 (pay at the event)

Please register online by July 9th!


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

All captains are responsible for their own navigation and the safety of their vessels and crew.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at

Please check this page often as this information is subject to change..

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

This page was last revised: 20 April 2005

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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