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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.

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Bermuda Race Starts
The Bermuda Race starts at 1300 on Friday June 20.  Some of you are on the race, but many will be watching from the sidelines.    Every one of the 165 boats in the race has a yellowbrick tracker and you can catch the action and track all the boats by going to the race site,, and by clicking through to resources where you'll see a link to the Pantaenius sponsored site, or by clicking on the following direct link:  
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World Oceans Day, June 8

June 8 is World Oceans Day, a UN designated international day of celebration focusing on the oceans, their importance in our lives and how we can help protect them. The two-year theme for 2013 - 2014 for this celebration is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean.”

For obvious reasons, the oceans play a special role in the lives of CCA members. The Environment of the Sea Committee encourages CCA members and the sailing community generally to use World Oceans Day as a time to commit, or re-commit, to getting personally...

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CCA to host Safety Seminar June 18 in Newport

A one-day Safety at Sea Seminar will be held on Wednesday June 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at theCommunity College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Auditorium at 1 John H. Chaffee Blvd, Newport, RI. Sponsored by the Cruising Club of America, the seminar will be moderated by Ron Trossbach, US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar Coordinator and Moderator....

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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.

Suddenly Alone Course - "DIY"

The popular SUDDENLY ALONE program originally developed by the CCA and Bonnell Cove Foundation has been repackaged as a small scale DIY (do it yourself) presentation for sailing clubs and organizations.  Available on CD’s for local speakers’ use.  See more information here.

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
Green Yacht Design Recommendations

The Green Yacht Design Committee has prepared these recommendations...

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CCA Bibliography
The Cruising Club of America has created a Bibliography of books written by the CCA, its members, spouses, and recipients of the Blue Water Medal Award.  It contains over 150 authors and more than 500 titles covering many maritime topics. CCA Bibliography read more
Comms Image USCG Revision to their Watchkeeping frequencies on SSB - 3/12/2013
USCG determined that transmission and reception on 2182 kHz and DSC frequency 2187.5 kHz is spotty. Accordingly, they recommend using the next higher frequencies of 4125 kHz and DSC 4207.5 kHz or higher for communication with them. See the article at Watchkeeping


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