• Ski Gam 2015 February
  • Annual Meeting March
  • Spring Caribbean Cruise March
  • 2015 Ionian Cruise September
  • Fall Meeting 2015 October


We are an international organization of over 1,200 sailors who have voyaged the oceans for adventure and recreation. Our members have broad sailing experience, exemplified by superior seamanship and demonstrated through significant command. Equally important to the mission of the club are the members’ geniality of spirit and willingness to share knowledge and friendship through cruises, social events, publications, and posts on this website.

The CCA and its members contribute to the sport of sailing and history of yachting in many ways. The club makes awards for exceptional passage making, seamanship and literary works. The club organizes and runs the biennial Newport Bermuda Race, and conducts seminars on safety at sea for hundreds of sailors. The Bonnell Cove Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit organizations for projects in safety at sea and environmental protection.

For questions about the Club, please contact the secretary. Please send any comments or suggestions about the site to our webmaster.

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Awards to be made at Annual Meeting

Attendees at the Annual Meeting will be witness to a number of awards being handed out with impressive and inspirational stories:

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Ski Gammers at play: Photo Album Posted

Whether you've seen too much snow or not enough, Barbara Watson's pictures from the 2015 Ski Gam will have you begging for more.  Check them out!

Rod Stephens Trophy to Captain Sean McCarter

Recognizing his exemplary seamanship and leadership in rescuing an overboard crew, the CCA will award the Rod Stevens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship to Captain Sean McCarther. Read the full article for the inspiring details.

Skip Blue Water Medal to Skip Novak

 Skip Novak has been selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive the Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2014 in recognition of his many years of cruising and exploring the Antarctic.  Cruising Club of America’s Commodore, Frederic T. Lhamon, will present the award at the club’s annual awards dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York on March 6, 2015.  The award was established in 1923 by the Club’s Governing Board to recognize examples of meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea by sailors of all nationalities. 


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Suddenly Alone Course - "DIY"

The popular SUDDENLY ALONE program originally developed by the CCA and Bonnell Cove Foundation has been recently repackaged as a small scale DIY (do it yourself) presentation called Safety for Coastal Cruisers. Updated course materials for local speakers are available to clubs and organizations via Dropbox. For more Information.

Happy CCA members Members Complete Fall Meetings - Photos

A packed schedule of meetings, reconnections, stories and club business filled out a great meeting at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Weather cooperated (mostly).  Meals were delightful (all of them).  Thanks to the Great Lakes Station for a swell time.  See the great photographs at our new album site.

California Condor CCA Members complete Pacific Cup

Every now and then, our members go for a race.  Several CCA members participated in the recent Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii, finishing the week of July 18-25.  Jim and Mary Quanci doublehanded their Cal 40 Green Buffalo to a third-in-division finish. This was Jim's 17th Pacific crossing.  Michael Moradzadeh with CCA member Todd Hedin and others as crew raced Passport 40 Cayenne, interrupting his passage to render assistance to a disabled boat before returning to his seventh crossing.  Buzz Blackett and Jim Antrim doublehanded Antrim-designed California Condor to third in...

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Flares demonstration Two New Safety Articles

Two significant new Safety-at Sea Articles: one on Steering Without a Rudder and Mark Roye’s No Drill, Safety at Sea is No Accident.

Lost your rudder at sea? Michael Keyworth perfected a way to steer using drogues. To engineer this solution, he removed the rudder from his own boat(!), and experimented with different methods. He summarized his technique in...

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Possible Restrictions on Non-EU Cruisers in EU

Yachting Monthly reports that some EU administrators are discussing curtailing extended visas for cruisers starting possibly in 2015.  Read about it here.

Commo Tad, Karyn and Steve James. Mags Crane, by Dan Nerney Congratulations to our new Officers

Among the many actions taken at our annual meeting at New York Yacht Club March 7, we elected our new officers and awarded several awards.  The awards are noted on our site, and the officers are:

    • Commodore: Frederic T. Lhamon
    • Vice Commodore: James G. Binch
    • Secretary: Christopher L. Otorowski
    • Treasurer: Peter L. Chandler
    • Historian: John F. Towle
New Governors Board (with terms expiring as set out below):
    • ...
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Ten Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

The CCA Safety-at-Sea Committee compiled a summary of lessons from recent incidents into Ten Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters.  This compilation is noteworthy because many members of the CCA Safety-at-Sea Committee have been on the review teams for the incidents in our sport.  Interestingly, many of the ten lessons are really part of "Back to...

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BW medal CCA Awards Announced

CCA has announced major awards for 2013.  Recognizing accomplishments in and contributions to the field, the CCA awards will be presented at the Club's annual meeting at the New York Yacht Club on March 7, 2014.  

2013 Blue Water Medal- Awarded to septuagenarian Jeanne Socrates for her solo non-stop circumnavigation aboard Nereida her Najad 38 on her third attempt.


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New Website for CCA

After months of planning, and of execution, we are pleased to unveil our updated website. 

A significant change is that is no "member site."  Instead, there are pages, and parts of pages, that will be visible only to the logged-in member.  Members may move freely between public and member-only parts of the site without having to re-log in.  The drop-down menus and site map (at the bottom of each page) should make it easier to find useful information.  When a member logs in using the link at the upper right of any page, an array of additional...

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Safety: Checklist for Returning from a Race

The race (or cruise) is not over till the boat is safely back at her mooring.  It's important, whether bringing her back yourself or turning her over to a delivery crew, that your vessel be outfitted and managed safely for the return trip.  An article posted here will help orient you to the issues, including some that might get overlooked.  Whether you are preparing for Bermuda, Hawaii, or Hobart, it's a good read.

Somali Piracy Warning for Yachts - October 2013

A warning has been issued by the international Naval Counter Piracy Forces.  For details about the warning and background on the situation, see the OCC web page on the topic, and the original source of the warning.

Bermuda Race Innovations
Innovations implemented for 2014 Bermuda Race
The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced initiatives to make the race easier to enter and more appealing to prospective entrants. Also see new print ad


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