June 8, is World Oceans Day. It is a UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. The theme for this year is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and a special effort is being made to focus on stopping plastic pollution. The Environment of the Sea Committee encourages CCA members and sailors everywhere to mark this day with a personal commitment to stewardship of our oceans. For more information, go to www.worldoceansday.org.
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.
By Commodore Tad Lhamon
Desolation Sound, BC to the Carolina Coast
Beginning last fall, after the Desolation Sound Cruise where we enjoyed hosting the club to a favorite local cruising ground, Joyce and I sailed South to visit the other two CCA stations on the West Coast, SAF and SOC. Arriving in San Francisco too late for the famous Tinsley Island gathering of sailors, we were pleased to be included with more than 40 members and guests who attended the station lunch at St Francis YC on October 1 with RC Terry Klaus presiding. The featured speaker, Dirk Rosen, gave a...read more
Recognizing his exemplary seamanship and leadership in rescuing an overboard crew, the CCA will award the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship to Captain Sean McCarther. Read the full article for the inspiring details.
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.
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.
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.
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...read more
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.
DSC Distress Communications
The use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) in VHF and SSB radios is relatively new and not widely understood. This paper will give the reader a broad view of what DSC is and how it applies to recreational boats. Web site links and references are included for more detailed explanations. A simple form to...