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The TONE 2018 New England Cruise Announced
The TONE Board has announced the float plan for the 2018 TONE New England Cruise. The first official stop with an event will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Boston. We plan a group dinner at Filippo Ristorante in the famous North End just a short walk from Constitution Marina where TONE cruisers will be jumping off for the Maine portion of the cruise.
For those members who are coming from the Southern New England waters around Long Island Sound and the Narragansett the float plan includes stops where informal get togethers can be staged before Boston arrival. The first port of call on the float plan is Cuttyhunk Harbor at the southern tip of the Elizabeth Islands between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard sound. The second stop on the plan after transiting the Cape Cod Canal is Scituate Harbor. From there it's a relatively short hop to Boston.
The Maine portion of the float plan is centered around Penobscot Bay, one of the world's most beautiful cruising grounds. The plan calls for a mix of larger ports, with plenty of activities and services, as well as the classic small anchorages where you are surrounded with breathtaking Maine scenery. The goal is to especially provide a comfortable entry into Maine cruising for those members who are making the trip for the first time. Both the destinations and the daily distances are designed for comfortable cruising.
As always, the float plan for the cruise is really a set of port suggestions. Nobody is "required" to go anywhere. We do have two group events planned in Maine designed to give member cruisers a well planned opportunity to meet and socialize with others. In many cases these pre-planned dinners are the perfect times to talk to other skippers (and crew) to make decisions about traveling together and meeting at the upcoming anchorages or ports of call.
The first planned Maine event will be a group dinner in Boothbay Harbor. The float plan (which has two sets of route suggestions to offer different time, distance, and location suggestions) assumes arrival at Boothbay on August 1 with a two night stay. However, for those skippers wanting to have a more leisurely pace, the dinner will be held on August 2, allowing for an extra day to arrive at Boothbay Harbor.
The second formal event is a dinner in Camden on August 8. Much like Boothbay, the plan calls for a Camden arrival on August 7, with a two night stay, but the dinner will be held on August 8 for those who only want to stay a single night. Since Camden is the last event of the cruise, and it is expected that most folks will be heading home from there, this is also a great spot to confer with others about which ports they will be heading for and when. It is often more comfortable to be convoying with others on these trips and the pre-planned stops allow for both social opportunity and a degree of security knowing others you know will be there with you.
Registration is available immediately at the link shown below. The $40.00 fee is per boat and is designed to cover any costs TONE has to incur as we plan the trip and pay any deposits or fees.
The float plan and some preliminary notes are here:
2018 New England Cruise Float Plan & Notes
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