Snooze & Cruise

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What is Snooze & Cruise?

Snooze & Cruise is a quarterly weekend camping trip from UW to Blake Island, hosted by the 
Washington Yacht Club. All club members are welcome, with or without ratings, and may bring a guest.


March 21-22, 2020

Contact for information.



$30 members
$35 guests (one guest per member, unless special approval granted)

(Price includes campsite, moorage and meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, Sunday sack lunch.)


  • Departing
    8:00am - Meet at the Washington Activities Center (WAC) to load the boats
    9:00am - Leave the docks

  • Returning
    Return to the docks at around 6pm Sunday. This might vary greatly depending on the wind.


  • Mandatory Work Party
    • You must attend the Snooze & Cruise work party from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Thursday before the cruise.
    • Pay by credit or debit card through the WYC Square account either prior to the work party (preferred) or while at the work party.  Payment must be verified by the end of the work party.
    • You will do some light pre-loading of the boats.
    • No work party, no payment, no cruise.

  • Responsibility on the island
    Each person attending will be assigned a food prep or clean up job to do while on the island or after returning to the WAC.

  • Pets
    No pets allowed unless you are sailing on your own boat.

What to Wear

  • Rain gear & dry change of clothes
  • Ski or cold weather gloves 
  • Sun glasses and hat
  • Never been sailing on a keelboat, and don't know what to wear? We recommend the "3 layer system." That means thermals under, fleece in the middle, and a rain jacket-rain pants outer layer. This works well in both wet and warmer conditions, because you can mix and match layers.
  • For spring and fall, make sure to bring extra warm clothes and bedding! It might be a cold sail and an even colder night. 

What to Bring

A minimum of stuff. (Space on the boats is tight.)

  • Food for the Saturday sail.  (Other meals provided.)
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, utensils, dish cloth, cloth napkin
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Flashlight
  • Games or musical instruments (optional)
  • Anti-seasickness medication or wrist bands (if needed)

Additional Details

Snooze & Cruise (S&C) is the Washington Yacht Club's camping trip out in Puget Sound Blake Island, a marine state park located about 3 miles west of Alki Point. We reserve the group campsite for the event, which is a short walk up the hill from the marina and the Native American cultural center.

All participants are assigned to a chore on the island, be it assisting with meal prep, hauling bins around, or raccoon-proofing. A hearty Saturday dinner, a similarly hearty Sunday breakfast, and a Sunday sack lunch are included in the trip fees.  For dinner, you may select steak, salmon, or veggie burgers/dogs.


Many boats go on S&C, including most or all of the club keelboats. We will assign you and your guest to a keelboat, but you are welcome to request your favorite keelboat and/or specific club members that you would prefer to sail with.

Another option for members with a dinghy or catamaran skipper rating is sailing a dinghy to Blake Island. A keelboat will tow you through the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks, then release you to enjoy the sail out to the island. A Whaler with a designated Chief will accompany the dinghies as a rescue boat. Once you arrive at the island, just pull your dinghy up onto the beach. You must have a skipper rating to take a dinghy on Snooze & Cruise. Those without a skipper rating can request to crew on a dinghy.

If you want to sail a dinghy, make a note in your registration form and e-mail Boat requests are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.