Cruising Fleet

Corinthian Cruiser of the Year

2018 brought the new "Corinthian Cruiser of the Year" trophy.  The Corinthian Cruiser of the Year award shall be conferred annually by the Dana Point Yacht Club to a member in good standing who embodies the Corinthian spirit both on and off the water, while participating in, preparing for or generally supporting the cruising activities of Dana Point Yacht Club. The recipient will be an individual or couple who displays honor, integrity, sportsmanship, generosity, courtesy, seamanship, a ready willingness to help others and a love and respect of yachting and the sea as recognized by his/her peers.

This award shall consist of a perpetual trophy known as the Corinthian Cruiser of the Year Trophy, which will be awarded each year at the Commodore’s Ball and shall reside at and be maintained by Dana Point Yacht Club. Each year the recipient’s name and year will be placed on a brass plaque affixed to the trophy at DPYC expense. In addition, the winner will be presented a take home memento engraved with the recipient’s name, year awarded, and the full name of the Award.

This award shall be presented to just one member or member couple in any calendar year. Nominees may not be a current Board member, Officer or Chair of the Cruising Committee.

Nomination Ballot

Deed of Gift

Please complete your nomination and place it in the ballot box on the table in the lobby or email it to Fleet Captain at before the nomination deadline.

Upcoming Cruising Fun!

End of the Year Cruise to Avalon - Oct 4-7, 2018

The October cruise to Avalon has traditionally been the most popular cruise of the year. 

Well shiver me timbers, our final cruise to the island is quickly approaching!  Avalon is the perfect opportunity for landlubbers to join in the festivities sure to be enjoyed by all!  Still in the final planning stages, here is the rundown on the anticipated activities:

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Newport Raft Up — Oct 19-21

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The DPYC Cruising Life

The Cruising Committee presents another exciting year of organized cruising activities ranging from informal rendezvous, to Club cruises, to member expeditions. Members are advised to login to the member side of the website for details.


Dana Point Yacht Club started its cruising program over 40 years ago with a cruise to Emerald Bay, Catalina Island. That was 1973 when our first cruise to Emerald Cove on Catalina Island was arranged by DPYC member Charlie Smith with the Corsair Yacht Club.  A seminar was held prior to the cruise to instruct our members on how-to pick up the mooring wand, supplies that must be carried to the island, weather predictions, fishing opportunities and, of course, our entertainment. Over the years the cruising program has expanded and at present Dana Point Yacht Club has eleven cruises planned each year including Catalina Island, Oceanside, San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles and the Southern California Channel Islands.

Cruising seminars on boating safety, local weather and wind, VHF and single sideband radio usage, anchoring, preventive maintenance, provisioning and passage making strategies are to be held in the clubs facilities in Dana Point Harbor to inform and educate both old and new members on needed seagoing skills.

Dana Point Yacht Club has a tradition of supporting family cruises with many activities for both adults and juniors including dingy races, fishing contests, scavenger hunts, nightly barbecues and more. The midsummer cruise to Emerald Bay is always a great pleaser with our younger members. In 2005 more than 35 juniors joined the adults and enjoyed the facilities of our friends, the Corsair Yacht Club, in Emerald Bay.


Rendezvous include informal gatherings in beautiful settings where members can come together by yacht, and sometimes by car, to enjoy cocktails, a great meal and the company of their fellow members. Some locations also offer a unique opportunity for a tour or cultural activity during the day.

Club Cruises are a longstanding Club tradition and offer the opportunity to bring members together in their own yachts or charter yachts to explore unique or traditional cruising grounds at Catalina Island, around Southern California and Mexico.

Expeditions offer members an unparalleled opportunity to visit far off destinations or destinations not usually accessible by private yachts.

Upcoming Club Events



End of Year Cruise

Annual End of Year Cruise to Avalon

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East Cape Baja Fishing Trip

Annual East Cape Baja fishing trip.

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Newport Raft Up

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