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.
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.
Our members assembled at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan to recognize their outstanding sailors for 2016 at our annual Awards Dinner on March 3, 2017.
Representing a broad array of sailing achievements, the recipients of the 2016 Blue Water Medal, Rod Stephens Trophy, First-Ever Young Voyager Award, Far Horizons Award, Royal Cruising Club Trophy and Richard S. Nye Trophy were celebrated for their accomplishments....read more
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016. He finished 13th out of 29 boats and thus became the fastest American to race solo non-stop around the world.
“As a club made up exclusively of talented and accomplished blue...
We are pleased to announce that the Cruising Club of America has approved a significant grant to the Offshore Racing Association (ORA), owner of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), for the continued support of the ORR.
“Since the founding of the CCA in 1922 there has been an inherent interest in the development and maintenance of handicapping systems,” explained CCA Commodore James Binch of New Canaan, Conn. “Beginning in 1926, and forming what is now called the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee in partnership with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, there has been a need for the CCA to be...read more
Past CCA Commodore Lhamon shares some notes about getting around the Niagara Falls area. Folks sailing this region may wish to take note of this well-written cruise mini-note.
They say what goes around comes around. Member Joe Harris just completed a solo circumnavigation in 152 days, not counting two repair stops. He accomplished this feat aboard his Gryphon, a 40-foot monohull, finishing Thursday, May 5. Read about it here.
It is well known that most plastics are virtually indestructible. They are, as the saying goes, forever. Sadly, today our oceans are littered with enormous quantities of plastic, much of it in now notorious vast gyres. We all know that plastics should not be thrown overboard. However, the recent development of so-called “biodegradable" plastic bags might suggest that this is a product which can be safely discharged at sea. But read on.
The label “biodegradable” notwithstanding, a recent United Nations study has concluded that on the balance of available scientific evidence found in...read more
CCA member Joe Harris is circling the world. A non-stop solo effort intended to break records. Joe will be seeking to break the standing record of 137 days 20 hours in his Class 40 racing machine. Joe's been training and preparing for this for a long time. We wish him luck!
His site is here: http://www.gryphonsolo2.com/
Track his progress here: http://yb.tl/gryphonsolo2
From Joe's manifesto:
See all the fun, as captured by a myriad of great snapshooters!
A team of three CCA boats has won the Parker C. Hatch Club Team Competition trophy in the 36th running of the 360-mile Marblehead to Halifax race, as well as collecting an impressive array of individual honors. The race runs in odd years from Marblehead, Mass., to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Victorious “Team CCA” was (1) Airborne IV, a Beneteau 50, skipper William B. Greenwood (BDO), first in Class in PHRF Div. 3 and 2nd overall, (2) Actaea, a Bermuda 40, skipper Michael Cone (CHE), first in...read more
The club’s Safety at Sea Committee, chaired by Anne Glenn, has just updated the “Suddenly Alone” workbook. The new book is titled, “Safety for Cruising Couples.” Since the original workbook was published several years ago there have been many improvements in the techniques and especially the technology of equipment utilized. Our revised workbook incorporates many of these improvements where relevant to the Safety for Cruising Couples seminar.
Booklet copies are being mailed to all station officers and SAS committee members, if you would like to have your own...read more
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 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.