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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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Latest GAM posted

Read all about it. Azores Cruise, Fall Meeting, the great Tie debate, and more.

RESOLVING TO MAKE 2018 SAFER

Teamwork and Preparedness Emphasized in 

Cruising Club of America’s Safety for Cruising Couples Seminars

NEWPORT, R.I. (January 4, 2018) – With the season for making resolutions in full force, we know it would be hard to find a sailor who hasn’t included “spend more time on the water” on their 2018 to-do list. Among the 1300-strong membership of the all-volunteer Cruising Club of America (CCA), the number one resolution is to help those like-minded boaters make 2018 their safest year on the water. As an...

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MudRatz Set Sights on Blue Water Sailing, Joining in our NBR Race

Youth sailors will experience offshore racing thanks to surprise donation of proven 48-foot sloop.

Life changing moments can happen so fast that we often call them “sparks.” In the span of just four years, the MudRatz have been formed around such moments, but it can be hard to...

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Weather Seminar at MITAGS (Maryland)

February 10 will see an all-day weather seminar for distance sailors. Member Frank Bohlen has organized a top-rate seminar to serve the needs of our sailing public. Click for more information.

In a Raft Safety at Sea Seminars: CCA, STC, MTAM, Others

For those racing offshore or planning a coastal or offshore voyage, Safety at Sea seminars, particularly those with the Hands-on section, can be valuable additions to your seamanship and safety arsenal, and are required for many races.  Several organizations are offering thes highly recommended classes:

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Lin and Larry Lessons from a Life of Cruising

Lin Pardey has been kind enough to share her reflections on a wonderful career on the water.

New Members Elected

Congratulations to all our new members elected on November 4th. Click on a name for more information:



Bras d'Or
Ben Garvey
David Walter Stanfield
John van-Schalkwyk

Boston
Thomas J. Babbitt...

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Safety at the Academy

MTAM will be presenting a dual-track pair of seminars. Cruisers take a cruisers' safety seminar, and racers get a World-Sailing qualified advanced safety seminar. March 24 2018 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. See all information at http://mtam.org/events/

Safety for Cruising Couples: New site and Video

One of CCA's fresh offering to sailors of all stripes is our "Safety for Cruising Couples" program. A new video and streamlined book ordering system are now available to help advance these programs. More importantly, CCA members and others are encouraged to work with their local organizations to present these programs. Ample support is available from the course organizers.  Register your interest on the "Safety for Cruising Couples"...

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Tom Whidden Tom Whidden to Hall of Fame

CCA member Tom Whidden has been inducted into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame. We're immensely proud of him. We pass along 2011 inductee Gary Jobson's comments:

Describing Tom’s career as “remarkable” is really an understatement. He has raced in eight America’s Cup campaigns (winning three), built North Sails into the largest sailmaking company in the world, has received countless awards, is constantly on the water serving as tactician on the most...

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AIS diagram New Whitepaper on AIS

A detailed explanation of the how and why of AIS has been posted on our site.  The article, by member Frank Cassidy, provides valuable background on installing, selecting, and using AIS on your boat, or as a personal safety device in case of overboard. One of the most significant maritime safety improvements in many years, all boaters are urged to consider the use of AIS and are invited to review this article. See the article here.

Transom Video Shows the Joy of Family Cruising

Recently, a video came to our attention, and we want to share it with yiou. This is the schooner MAGIC, and the family of CCA member Chris Museler.  It's beautifully shot and produced, and will have you pining for those teak decks and a rewarding family voyage into a friendly harbor.

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Safety at Sea Seminar Dates Announced

CCA'a implementation of the USSailing and World Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars, in advance of the Newport Bermuda race, have been scheduled for March of 2018.  Sign ups will open this October. More information here.

Rousmaniere Interviewed

Sail Magazine has published an interview of our John Rousmaniere.  Check it out.

Cardiac Emergency at Sea

Members Elaine Cashar and Rick Jablonski address and overcome a life-threatening emergency while offshore. Planning for known risks, proper use of communications channels, and a cool head helped this cruising couple survive heart failure to sail again.

 

Willauer Willauer Wanders

Sailing Scuttlebutt has done a nice write-up of Vice Commodore Willauer's planned family entry in the Marblehead-Halifax race.  Read all about it here.

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