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 of the West Coast be invited into the Cruising Club of America.
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 CCA Blue Water Medal and he 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 West Coast CCA Commodore and, in 1971, Hal Roth was awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal.
During the period 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 first CCA-SAF Cruiser of the Year Trophy was awarded to Tom Stapleton. In 1987, the San Francisco Station hosted its second CCA Spring Meeting.
Also awarded the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Awards during this 20-year period were; Bob and Jane Van Blaricom for extensive cruising in their yacht Sea Bear (1994); Don and Mary Dalziel for their many Pacific voyages to Hawaii and Tahiti, and their most recent from New Zealand to California aboard their last yacht, Marnie (1995); Pete Sutter for his South Pacific voyages in Wild Spirit (1996); Roy and Tee Jennings for their circumnavigation and subsequent cruising on Foxglove (1997); and Fritz Warren for his two circumnavigations, from 1987 to 1990, and, from 1991 to 1995, aboard his 48-foot cutter Truly Fair (1998).
In 1989, Roy and Tee Jennings of the San Francisco Station were awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal. In 1991, and again in 1993, the San Francisco Station put on well-attended Safety at Sea Seminars. In 1994, the San Francisco Station hosted its third CCA Spring Meeting and, in 1999, the San Francisco Station hosted the CCA Winter Cruise to New Zealand.
During this period, 1980-1999, nine CCA-SAF members were awarded the John Parkinson Memorial Transoceanic Passage Trophy for 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 and Gaynelle Templin were awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal. Roger and Gaynelle were also awarded the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Award in 2000 for their circumnavigations in Cloud Nine. Also awarded the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Award during this period were: Monty and Susan Cochran for their four years of cruising aboard their yacht Etesian from the Pacific Northwest, through the Panama Canal and Caribbean, up the East Coast, and across the Atlantic to Northern Europe (2001); Jerry and Susan Knecht for their 1995-1997 circumnavigation aboard Night Watch (2002); Robby and Dolores Robinson for their extensive cruising from California to and in Europe aboard Rolling Stone (2003); Bill and Angela Chapman for their 1992-1999 circumnavigation aboard Bones VIII (2004); Christine Sutter for her extensive South Pacific cruises aboard Wild Spirit (2005); Roger Swanson, Gaynelle Templin, Doug Finley and Chris Parkman for their successful 2006 east-to-west Northwest Passage aboard Cloud Nine (2007); Bill and Sandy Edinger for their first South Pacific voyage aboard Defiance (2008); and Jerry and Karen Eaton for their Trans-Atlantic voyage aboard Blue Heron (2009).
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, aboard Steve Fossett's catamaran PlayStation. In 2003, Bob Van Blaricom was appointed Chairman of the CCA Awards Committee. In 2004, John Sanford was awarded the Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize. In addition, John Sanford also became the first West Coast Editor of the Cruising Club News (now "VOYAGES").
In 2006, the San Francisco Station celebrated its 60th Anniversary and hosted its fourth CCA 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 CCA Environment of the Sea Committee. Roger Swanson and Gaynelle Templin were awarded the CCA Commodore's Special Recognition Award for their successful East-West transit of the Northwest Passage on Cloud Nine (on their third try!). In 2008, Bob Van Blaricom was awarded the Royal Cruising Trophy for his voyage on Misty to Alaska and his article about the voyage in the Cruising Club News.
In 2009, the San Francisco Station had 84 active members, nine of whom have circumnavigated including: Bill Chapman, Bob Hanelt, Stan Honey, Beau Hudson, Roy Jennings, Jim Jessie, Jerry Knecht, Roger Swanson (3) and Fritz Warren (2) and SAF had 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 Commodore’s Special Recognition Award for being one of four CCA members who were founding principals in the “Sailors for the Sea,” an organization committed to the worldwide protection of the oceans.
In 2015, Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy were awarded the CCA Commodore’s Special Recognition Award for restoring the famous, 1929-built, 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 2010-2016, 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).
Also during this period, eight station members (one twice) received the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Award. They were: Wyman and Gay Harris for their extensive cruising along the North American West Coast as far as Alaska on Safari (2010); Bill and Karen Foss for their Trans-Atlantic crossing from North America to Europe on Détente (2011); John and Gail McCartney for their extensive cruising on Music (2012); Steve and Ginger Mason for their long-term and extensive cruising of the North America West Coast as far as Alaska on Sea Jay (2013); Bill and Sandy Edinger for their second South Pacific cruise aboard Defiance (2014); Michael Johnson for his 2-year east-to-west Northwest Passage aboard Gitana (2015); and Jason and Candace Deal for their voyage from Tasmania to California via French Polynesia and Hawaii aboard Deguello (2016).
In 2016, the SAF Station welcomed Jeanne Socrates, CCA Blue Water Medal Winner (2013) into the CCA, and into the SAF Station. Also in 2016, SAF member, Michael Johnson was awarded the CCA Blue Water Medal for his many ocean cruising feats, including the two-year Northwest Passage aboard his yacht Gitana during 2013 and 2014. Thus, the SAF Station is proud to have gained two CCA Blue Water Medal winners in just one year!
Period 2017 – Present:
In 2017, the San Francisco Station hosted the 2017 CCA Fall Meeting at St. Francis Yacht Club.
In 2017, the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Award was presented to Sylvia Seaberg and Tom Condy for their voyage to French Polynesia from Mexico on Cinnabar, and, in 2018, the CCA-SAF Station Cruisers of the Year Award was presented to Bill and Sandy Edinger for their third South Pacific voyage aboard Defiance.
The 2018 CCA Far Horizons Award was awarded to Stan Honey.
At its February 2019 Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, Tall Ships America awarded to Alan Olson its 2018 Leadership Award recognizing Alan for conceiving and leading the building of the brigantine Mathew Turner.