Monday, June 1, 2009

June 5-13 Flotilla schedule update

Here is the latest River Day flotilla and land events schedule, from the state Quad commission. The state River Day Web site also carries updates.


JUNE 5 (Friday)-evening River Day "launch" celebration in New York Harbor.
"Harbor Night" with the Blessing of the Fleet, the awarding of the "Medal of Discovery", and festivities at Battery Park.
6pm-Ship assembly in front of Liberty Island and muster for photo op in the harbor against the Manhattan skyline.
6:30pm Blessing of the Fleet at Battery Park with Governor Paterson and special guests.

JUNE 6 (Saturday)-early morning with 7:15am pick-up of dignitaries and press at various overnight docking locations and Circle Line at 42nd Street.
9am start of flotilla at Statue of Liberty joined by some of our River Day sponsors: Circle Line, Water Taxi, Classic Harbor Line, SeaTow, Discover Boating, North Cove Yacht Club, NYS Canal Corporation and River Day Safety Vessel-Launch Five.
Parade by Harlem, Cloisters, Yonkers, and Hudson River Museum.
Arrival in Tarrytown and Nyack area around 5-6pm for cannon welcome and ringing of church bells, festivities and fireworks. Fireworks Program - Adjacent to Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow, 9 pm. For info: and
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome antique plane fly-overs ( Overnight for flagships-Onrust and Woody at Nyack Boat Club, all others in vicinity of Tarrytown and Piermont.

JUNE 7 (Sunday)-departure at 8am.
Arrival in Haverstraw, Croton and Ossining by 11am for midday celebration, leaving Haverstraw by 2pm sharp.
Parade by Stony Point, Peekskill, and other communities.
Parade by West Point to 16 cannon salute.
Arrival and cannon welcome in Newburgh/Beacon around 6pm.
Newburgh hosting music, Dutch singers and festivities (
Long Dock Beacon-Scenic Hudson hosting Welcome the Fleet Festival ( with music and cuisine. Beacon Sloop Club and City of Beacon hosting music and festivities.
Overnight for flagships-Clearwater, Mystic, and Woody in Beacon; Half Moon, Harvey and Cleveland in Newburgh. Onrust TBA.

JUNE 8 (Monday)-flagships stay in Beacon/Newburgh for educational programs all day.
Jet fly-overs, West Point Band and other festivities.

JUNE 9 (Tuesday)-flagships stay in Beacon/Newburgh for educational programs all day.
Depart Beacon/Newburgh at 4 pm.
Arrival and cannon welcome (6pm) in Poughkeepsie area ( for festivities including ribbon cutting, music, Quadricentennial Show-Cake created by the Culinary Institute of America, and Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome antique plane fly-overs.
Overnight for flagships-Poughkeepsie area, Rogers Point, and boat clubs.

JUNE 10 (Wednesday)-flagships remain in Poughkeepsie all day for educational activities.
Depart Poughkeepsie at 4pm sharp.
Parade by Hyde Park State Historic Sites.
Arrival and cannon welcome (6:30pm) in Kingston for celebration at the Hudson River Maritime Museum (, and Rhinebeck Aerodrome antique plane fly-overs.
Overnight for ships at the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Historic Waterfront Museum docks.

JUNE 11 (Thursday)-remain in Kingston for school groups from 8 to 11am.
Parade by Saugerties Light House (around noon) for school groups.
Parade by Clermont State Historic Site.
Arrival and cannon welcome in Catskill/Hudson/Athens by 6pm with Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome antique plane fly-overs. Catskill hosting celebration, fireworks, barbeque and reception. Hudson hosting river-ribbon-cutting, music, and festivities. Athens hosting riverfront park party. Hudson-Athens Lighthouse hosting party (
Hudson Harbor Cruise having narrated dinner cruise (call 518-828-7884).
Overnight for flagships-Half Moon in Catskill, Clearwater in Hudson, and Onrust in Athens.

JUNE 12 (Friday)-remain in Catskill/Hudson/Athens area for school groups until noon.
Arrival and cannon welcome in Castleton at 4 pm for special final night dinner, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome antique plane fly-overs and fireworks sponsored by Coeymans Marine Terminal.
Overnight for flagships-Clearwater, Launch 5 and Naval Militia at Castleton Boat Club, Half Moon, Harvey, Cleveland, and Onrust at Coeymans Marine Terminal/Brick Yard.

JUNE 13 (Saturday)-depart Castleton at 11am. Parade by Schodack Park ( and Town of Bethlehem.
Arrival at 12:30 for Final Cannon Welcome and day-long celebrations including Yankee Doodle Band at the Albany Yacht Club, Crailo State Historic Site (
sponsored Dutch exhibits and cuisine, Blessing of the Fleet at Albany Yacht Club with local clergy including Dutch Reform minister. Keith Pray Big Band will be perform, BBQ style foods, and tours of the Clearwater Sloop all at the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer. The Half Moon will be in Albany, and Onrust in Rensselaer.


River Day Flotilla Underway and Docking Schedule
(if no dock is indicated, none are needed as of 5/30/09)

*Ships listed in configuration order-Captains to follow ship listed before your listing.
*Distance between ships will be 100 yards.
*Flotilla speed is 5 knots.
*If a ship must fall behind for any reason, the flotilla will remain at 5 knots.

June 5, 6:30PM, Battery Park, "Harbor Night" and Blessing of the Fleet
(Launch celebration for River Day)
Half Moon-anchored @Bay Ridge Flats
Clearwater-Chelsea Piers
Mystic Whaler-79th Street
John J Harvey Fireboat-Pier 66
Governor Cleveland Tug-Pier 66
Naval Militia- Sandy Hook Pilot Station
Riverkeeper-North Cove Marina
Launch 5-North Cove

June 6, 9AM-4PM, NYC to Tappan area (total 7 hours underway)
*8:15AM meet-up at KV Buoy
Half Moon-Piermont Pier
Clearwater -Tarrytown Boat Club
Mystic Whaler-Tarrytown Boat Club
*for configuration insert the Shearwater, Clipper City, Adirondack, and Manhattan
Onrust-Nyack Boat Club
Woody Guthrie-Nyack Boat Club
John J Harvey Fireboat
Governor Cleveland Tug-Hudson Harbor
Naval Militia-Viking Marina
Riverkeeper-Peterson's dock, Nyack
*for configuration-insert the Circle Line Cruiser, Water Taxi, Discover Boating
Launch 5-Hudson Harbor
*The following boats will return to NYC and do not need overnight or docking accommodations.
Clipper City
Circle Line Cruiser
Water Taxi
Discover Boating

June 7, 8AM to 11AM and 2PM to 6PM, Tappan Area to Newburgh/Beacon with midday stop in Haverstraw, Croton, and Ossining (total 7 hours underway)
*Midday Stop-Half Moon will lay hull near Croton Point; 3 masted ships in the Haverstraw Basin; Naval Militia, Harvey, Cleveland and Launch 5 in Ossining. *underway at 2PM sharp!
Half Moon-Town Pier, Newburgh
Clearwater-Beacon Ferry Dock (N)
Mystic Whaler-Beacon Ferry Dock (S)
Woody Guthrie-Beacon Sloop Club
John J Harvey Fireboat-MTA Dock
Governor Cleveland Tug-Front Street Marina, Newburgh
Naval Militia-Viking Marina
Riverkeeper -Peterson's dock, Nyack
Launch 5-Beacon Point
*WestPoint cruisers (2)

June 8, no travel-most boats open for visitors and viewing in Beacon/Newburgh docking areas.

June 9, 4PM to 7PM Newburgh to Poughkeepsie (total 3 hours underway)
Half Moon-Mariner's Harbor-to be confirmed/tentative (T)
Clearwater-Poughkeepsie Pier, Waryus Park
Mystic Whaler-Poughkeepsie Pier, Waryus Park
Onrust-Roger's Point, Hyde Park
Woody Guthrie-Roger's Point, Hyde Park
John J Harvey Fireboat-Waryus Park Barge Dock
Governor Cleveland Tug-same as above
Naval Militia- Pirate Canoe Club
Riverkeeper-Poughkeepsie Pier, Waryus Park
Launch 5-Pirate Canoe Club

June 10, 4PM to 7PM, Poughkeepsie to Kingston (total 3 hours underway)
Half Moon-Hudson River Maritime Museum dock
Clearwater-same as above
Onrust-same as above
John J Harvey Fireboat-Historic Kingston Waterfront Museum dock
Governor Cleveland Tug-same as above
Naval Militia-USCG Station, Saugerties
Riverkeeper-Hudson River Maritime Museum dock
Launch 5- Historic Kingston Waterfront Museum dock

June 11, 11AM to 5PM, Kingston to Catskill/Athens/Hudson (total 6 hours underway)
Half Moon-Historic Catskill Point
Clearwater-Hudson City Marina
Onrust-Athens Marina
John J Harvey Fireboat- Historic Kingston Waterfront Museum dock
Governor Cleveland Tug-Hudson City Dock
Naval Militia-Athens Marina (T)
Riverkeeper-Catskill Marina
Launch 5-Catskill City Dock

June 12, 12 to 4PM, Catskill/Athens/Hudson to Castleton (total 4 hours underway)
Half Moon-Coeymans Marine Terminal
Clearwater -Castleton Boat Club
Onrust-Coeymans Marine Terminal
John J Harvey-Coeymans Marine Terminal
Governor Cleveland Tug-Coeymans Marine Terminal
Naval Militia-Castleton Boat Club
Riverkeeper-Castleton Boat Club
Launch 5-Castleton Boat Club

June 13, 11AM to 12:30PM, Castleton to Rensselaer (total 1.5 hours underway)
Half Moon-Albany
Clearwater-Rensselaer Park
Onrust-Albany Yacht Club
Governor Cleveland Tug-TBA
Naval Militia-TBA
Launch 5

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