KYC Cruising Challenge

Join the KYC Cruising Challenge

Make a triangle by visiting any 3 Yacht Clubs.  In this example, we leave KYC and visit RYC, RCYC (or GKYC) and finally AHYC. To earn points you can visit the clubs in any order you choose, over any number of days to make a "triangle".  Competitions will be within your club and between clubs.

Loosely based on the Pussers Triangle program in the Caribbean, the Cruising Challenge is designed to foster social interactions between all our clubs and to encourage our members to sail beyond their local waters.



All 3 points of the triangle must be Yacht Clubs. Your home club may be one of the points. 
Due to recent questions concernng clubs that don't contain the word "Yacht" in their names, the committee has decided (with participant input) that, if any such club has an official burgee, the club will be accepted.  Examples are Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, NJ and Cold Springs Harbor Beach Club in Cold Springs Harbor, NY.
Note that only Yacht Clubs or other clubs with an official burgee are valid destinations.  Marina receipts will not be accepted.

Timing and Triangle Definition

The competition runs from May 1st through October 15th of each year. Your three visits can take place over any period. Receipts/stamps must be provided to show the YC was patronized, however, no two triangles can share a common piece of documentation. In other words, visits to KYC, AHYC, RYC, GKYC and RCYC cannot be arranged into 2 triangles unless there are 2 receipts from one of them on different dates. Cruisers can send scanned or photographed receipts to [email protected].



Cards similar to the one shown will be available to cruisers at the Launch Shack and in the Fireplace Room, but any receipt bearing the name of a Yacht Club can also count as documentation. Cards must be completely filled out except for the Boat Name field which is optional in case you've driven to a club or traveled as a guest on someone else's boat. For each triangle created, 3 unique receipts or stamped/signed card must be presented. The signee must be an officer of the club, bartender/waitress or launch driver or other employee ,which MUST be noted on the Title line. Clubs participating in the Bayshore Cruising Challenge will have a unique stamp provided by KYC.  In instances where receipts are not provided, either a properly filled out Cruising Challege card or a slip of paper stamped with the official competition stamp will be accepted. Stamped documents must be dated and have the name(s) of the cruiser(s) or vessel name written on them. Receipts need not be signed or stamped so long as they are imprinted with the name of the Yacht Club, otherwise, the stamp should be applied.  KYC will supply 2 stamps (one at the bar and one at the Launch Shack) to any club participating in the Bayshore Trophy Challenge.  Receipts can be for any Yacht Club purchase - Ice, Mooring, Bar, Restaurant or Ships Store etc. Other acceptable documentaion includes a copy of your Yacht Club billing statement showing Reciprical Club chargebacks, Dockwa receipts etc. Either receipts or cards must be dated during the competition time frame for each year (May 1st through October 15th). The actual documents do not need to be submitted.  Electronic photos of the documents is fine.



Most Triangles

Awarded to the vessel that completes highest quantity of verified triangles.  There will be 2 classes of competition as follows:
  • Local Area Championship, which will only consider trips in the Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay and Lower NY Harbor area (See the list of qualifying clubs below in the Bayshore Travelling Trophy section).  The winner of this category will likely be KYC's entrant in the Bayshore Cruising Challenge.
  • Overall Most Triangles, which will consider trips to ANY Yacht Club
Cruisers need not submit documentation with either category in mind.  The KYC Cruising committee will sort the documentation and apply it appropriately. The first tie breaker for either category will be any extra proof of visits not used in a full triangle.  Visits to your home club (KYC typically) can not be used as tie breakers.  The 2nd tie breaker for both categories will be the shortest elapsed total time between the earliest receipt submitted and the latest receipt submitted.

Longest Triangle Distance

Awarded to the vessel whose submitted and verified triangle encompasses the longest distance. As of the 2024 season, only Yacht clubs in the continental US may be used for the longest distance triangle. Distance will be calculated by the cruising committee using the shortest distance between receipt locations that does not cross land or other non-navigable obstacles regardless of vessel’s actual route. Navionics Boating HD app will be the tool used to calculate distance using the auto route function.  If Navionics cannot auto-calculate a route, straight line distances will be used. Distances will be calculated in date order as follows: Distance 1st Port of Call (POC) to 2nd POC + Distance 2nd POC to 3rd POC + Distance 3rd POC back to 1st POC (even if you didn't return). You must submit your longest triangle separately to the Cruising Commitee as a candidate for the Longest Triangle.  Longest Triangle submissions will be counted toward the Most Triangle competition as well. Up to 3 submissions will be accepted for use as tie-breakers.  The first tie breaker for this award would be the length of any 2nd or 3rd triangles submitted as needed.  The 2nd tie breaker will be the amount of elapsed time beween the earliest proof of visit and the latest proof of visit in each candidate triangle submitted. Shortest time wins.

Bayshore Traveling Trophy

Formally known as the Raritan Bay Cruising Challenge, this trophy will be awarded to the Yacht Club in the Bay Area with the most triangles from the local clubs earned by a single member from among their membership. All submissions need accompanying receipts/stamps/cards following the same rules and tie breakers as above but only those receipts from clubs in the Raritan Bay vicinity will be counted for this award. Currently those clubs are:
  • Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club
  • Great Kills Yacht Club
  • Keyport Yacht Club
  • Miramar Yacht Club
  • Raritan Yacht Club
  • Richmond County Yacht Club
  • Rockaway Point Yacht Club
  • Sheephead Bay Yacht Club
  • Staten Island Yacht Club
With the inclusion of Staten Island Yacht Club in 2024, individual RBCC triangles can consist of no more than 2 Yacht Clubs from the Great Kills, Richmond County and Staten Island Yacht Clubs grouping. Triangles consisting of all 3 of those clubs will still be valid for the internal local area trophy but will not be considered for the Raritan Bay Cruising Challenge. This is to ensure that all triangles submitted involve travel to at least 2 disparate areas.  
KYC members do not need to do any special submission for this competition as the entries will be tabulated from the Most Triangles - Local Area Championship submissions upon receipt of the proof documents.  Other clubs should submit vetted proofs to [email protected]. The actual documents do not need to be submitted.  Electronic photos or scans of the documents is fine.
LEADER BOARD: The Leader Board for all competitions can be found here.
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