Brief History of the CCA San Francisco Station
Period 1945 - 1959:
In 1945 the Commodore of the CCA and his immediate predecessor invited Charles A. Langlais and Jim Michaels to meet with them at the New York Yacht Club. Charlie had been elected to membership in the CCA in 1945. They wanted to expand the membership of the Club by making it more truly national in character, rather than confined largely to the Eastern seaboard. They proposed that outstanding Blue Water sailors on the West Coast be brought into the station.
In 1946 Lester F. Stone and Jim Michaels were elected to membership and the San Francisco Post was formed with Charles Langlais as Post Captain. In 1957 William F. Holcomb became the first member of the San Francisco Post to receive the Blue Water Medal and was awarded the John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy that same year. In 1958 with the addition of four new members, the membership of the Post passed the 24-member level and the CCA Board of Governors approved its status as the San Francisco (SAF) Station.
Period 1960 – 1979:
In 1969 The San Francisco Station hosted the CCA Spring Meeting and it was the first regular meeting of the Club held outside of New York. In 1970, Jim Michael of the San Francisco Station became the first CCA Commodore from the West Coast and, in 1971, Hal Roth of the San Francisco Station was awarded the Blue Water Medal.
During the period 1960 – 1979, Tom Stapleton was awarded two John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophies for his transoceanic crossings in 1973 and 1979.
Period 1980 – 1999:
In 1982 The CCA-SAF Cruiser of the Year Trophy was awarded for the first time to Tom Stapleton. In 1987 The San Francisco Station hosted its second National Spring Meeting. In 1989 Roy and Tee Jennings of the San Francisco Station were awarded the Blue Water Medal. In 1991 and again in 1993 the San Francisco Station put on a well-attended Safety at Sea Seminars. In 1994 The San Francisco Station hosted its third National Spring Meeting. In 1999 The San Francisco Station hosted the National Winter Cruise to New Zealand.
During the period 1980-1999, nine CCA-SAF members were awarded the John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy for their transoceanic crossings including: Don Dalziel (1981, 1985, 1987, 1989); Fritz Warren (1988, 1989, 1991, 1997); Roy Jennings (1982, 1989, 1992, 1995); Bob Van Blaricom (1990, 1996); Pete Sutter (1991); Jerry Knecht (1994); Roger Swanson (1994); Stan Honey (1996); and Hal Roth (1997).
Period 2000 – 2009:
In 2000 Roger Swanson was awarded the Blue Water Medal. John Sanford became the first Editor of the Cruising Club News from the West Coast. In 2001 Bob Van Blaricom was awarded the Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize. Stan Honey and Peter Hogg set a record of 4 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes for an Atlantic crossing on October 10, 2001 in Steve Fossett's catamaran PlayStation. In 2003 Bob Van Blaricom was appointed Chairman of the National Awards Committee. In 2004 John Sanford was awarded the Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize.
In 2006 The San Francisco Station celebrated its 60th Anniversary and hosted its fourth National Spring Meeting. Stan Honey sailed as navigator on the winning yacht, ABNAmro l, on the Volvo Ocean Race around the world. The website of the San Francisco Station was established. In 2007 William S. Foss was appointed Chairman of the National Environment of the Sea Committee. Roger Swanson and Gaynelle Templin were given a Commodore's Award for their successful East-West transit of the Northwest Passage on Cloud Nine. In 2008 Bob Van Blaricom was awarded the Royal Cruising Trophy for his voyage on Misty to Alaska and his article about the trip in the Cruising Club News.
In 2009 The San Francisco Station had 84 active members, nine of whom have circum-navigated including: Bill Chapman, Bob Hanelt, Stan Honey, Beau Hudson, Roy Jennings, Jim Jessie, Jerry Knecht, Roger Swanson (3) and Fritz Warren (2) and we have two active Blue Water Medal winners: Roy Jennings and Roger Swanson.
During the period 2000-2009, eight CCA-SAF members were awarded the John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy for their transoceanic crossings including: Monty Cochran (2000), Robby Robinson (2000), Bill Chapman (2002, 2003, 2004); Doug Duane (2002); Christine Sutter (2003, 2005); Roger Swanson (2000, 2003); Bill Foss (2007) and Jerry Eaton (2008).
Period 2010 – 2016:
In 2010 Bob Van Blaricom was awarded the prestigious Richard S. Nye Award for “Meritorious Service to the Cruising Club America during his 46 years of membership,” which was richly deserved, and, at the December 2014 CCA-SAF Station Annual Awards dinner, the CCA and the SAF station recognized Bob for his 50 years of Membership.
In 2015 John Sanford was also awarded the prestigious Richard S. Nye Award for “Meritorious Service to the Cruising Club America during his 34 years of membership.”
In 2012, Bill Foss received the CCA Special Recognition Award for being one of four CCA members who were principals in founding “Sailors for the Sea,” an organization committed to the worldwide protection of the oceans.
2015 Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy were awarded the CCA Special Recognition Award for restoring the famous 1929 Olin Stephens-designed yacht Dorade and campaigning her in the major ocean races she had sailed in her early career, including Transpac, Bermuda, Transatlantic and Fastnet.
In February 2013, the SAF Station hosted the CCA Winter Cruise to Thailand and, in July 2013, Matt Brooks sailed his 1929-built, Sparkman & Stephens yawl, Dorade, to first place in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race to Honolulu. Dorade last won this race 75 years earlier in 1936!
During the period 2010-2017, six CCA-SAF members were awarded the John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy for their transoceanic crossings including: Bill Chapman, his 5th John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy (2010), Bob Cadranell (2015), Bill Edinger (2015), Sylvia Seaberg (2016), Jason Deal (2016) and Michael Moradzadeh (2016).
In 2016, the SAF Station welcomed Jeanne Socrates, Blue Water Medal Winner (2013) into the CCA and into the SAF Station and, also in 2016, SAF member, Michael Johnson was awarded the Blue Water Medal for his many ocean cruising feats, including a two-year Northwest Passage aboard his yacht Gitana during 2013 and 2014. Thus, the SAF Station gained two Blue Water Medal winners in just one year!