CCA Members' Awards
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Far Horizons Award
The Cruising Club of America awarded the 2010 Far Horizons Award to William E. Cook for a series of commendable voyages to the far north of the globe including cruises to Greenland and Baffin Island (Canada).
In January 2006, the CCA presented the new
Far Horizons Award, which was established by the Governing
Board in April 2005 to recognize members of the Club for
a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises that
exemplify the objects of the Club as stated in its Constitution.
Although in some respects similar to the Club's most coveted
Blue Water Medal (which may be awarded to members and non-members
for meritorious seamanship and adventure,) the Far Horizons
Award is designed to recognize cruises that serve as examples
of the Club's broader objectives.
The Richard S. Nye Trophy
The Richard S. Nye Trophy is awarded to a member of the Cruising
Club of America who has brought distinction to the Club by
meritorious service, outstanding seamanship, outstanding
performance in long distance cruising or racing, statesmanship
in the affairs of international yachting, or any combination
of the above.
The Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize
The Charles H. Vilas Literary Prize is awarded to a member
who makes an outstanding contribution to the Cruising Club
News in the form of an article or articles, photographs or
The Royal Cruising Club Trophy
The Royal Cruising Club Trophy was generously given by the Royal
Cruising Club to the Cruising Club of America on the occasion
of its 75th Anniversary in 1997. The Trophy is awarded to
a CCA member and skipper who sas undertaken the most interesting
cruise of singular merit and of moderate duration, an account
of which has been sent to the Cruising Club News.
Commodore's Awards are presented from time to time by the Commodore for special service to the Club.
The Circumnavigation Award
The Circumnavigation Award is earned by CCA member/owners for
one continuous circumnavigation of the world in the same
yacht. The member-owner may break the voyage for periods
of no longer than six months, but he or she must resume the
voyage from the same ports where it was broken. Forty-five
Circumnavigation Awards have been presented since 1958 when
the first Circumnavigation Award was presented to Irving
and Exy Johnson for 7 voyages around the world.
The John Parkinson Memorial Trophy for Transoceanic Passage
The Parkinson Trophy is awarded to any member of the Cruising
Club of America who makes a transoceanic passage in his or
her own yacht, predominantly under sail, and not as a participant
in an organized race. It has been awarded more than 385 times since its inception
in 1953. Fifty-three members have received the trophy two
or more times.
Special Recognition Award
For 2006 the Board of Governors has authorized a Special Recognition Award for meritorious service to the sailing community in the development of the Airmail/Sailmail/Winlink high frequency radio systems. The systems they developed enable those at sea to send and receive e-mails as well as weather information, thereby contributing to increased safety at sea. Thousands of sailors are now utilizing these systems and benefiting from their efforts and accomplishments.