Classic yacht fleet to cruise from Nantucket

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The sixth annual Classic Yacht Cruise, an annual gathering of classic sail and power yachts, rallies in Nantucket, Mass., the evening of July 10. The four-day flotilla cruise stops in Martha’s Vineyard, Padanaram, and anchors off Aquidneck Island before returning to Newport, R.I., for a highlight of the summer party circuit: the IYRS Annual Summer Gala. The gala will take place at IYRS July 15.

The CYC will include its customary fun racing and social events. Tours of boatyards such as Gannon & Benjamin in Vineyard Haven, Mass., and the Concordia Company in South Dartmouth have been added to the itinerary this year. A dinner will precede the gala, paired with an auction on July 15.

Those who want to join the CYC do not need to own a classic yacht. Berths can be secured on the 160-foot schooner Arabella, the flotilla’s mothership. Links to charter brokers who specialize in chartering classic yachts can also be found at the IYRS Web site, www.iyrs.org.