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