Past CCA Commodore Lhamon shares some notes about getting around the Niagara Falls area. Folks sailing this region may wish to take note of this well-written cruise mini-note.
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.
They say what goes around comes around. Member Joe Harris just completed a solo circumnavigation in 152 days, not counting two repair stops. He accomplished this feat aboard his Gryphon, a 40-foot monohull, finishing Thursday, May 5. Read about it here.
Bob Darbee, long-time Newport Bermuda Awards Chair, has accumulated a miscellaneous stock of the (standard-sized) 3 1/4"x 4 1/2" brass Participant Plaques traditionally given to each finishing vessel which reads: "For Successfully Completing . . . the Newport Bermuda Race" with the specific year.
Over the years many skippers have inquired about additional Plaques for their trophy room, to replace a damaged one aboard, or to give to a shipmate who did the Race with them.
Bob is running a "garage sale" on this surplus stock. They can be had for $60 each,...read more
A Safety for Cruising Couples course is being offered May 21 in Greenwich, CT. Couples where one partner may be less adept than the other can improve their safety -- and compatibility and comfort -- by building that partner's safety skills, awareness of prudent seamanship practices, and familiarity with important procedures. Presented by a consortium of four organizations, this course adeptly distills many years of successful voyaging into accessible and "actionable" advice and lessons.read more
The otherwise delightful cruising area has been marred by criminal acts. Our friends at OCC have shared the details of incidents of piracy against private yachts in the are between Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada. An alert has been issued. Read the release for more information.
It is well known that most plastics are virtually indestructible. They are, as the saying goes, forever. Sadly, today our oceans are littered with enormous quantities of plastic, much of it in now notorious vast gyres. We all know that plastics should not be thrown overboard. However, the recent development of so-called “biodegradable" plastic bags might suggest that this is a product which can be safely discharged at sea. But read on.
The label “biodegradable” notwithstanding, a recent United Nations study has concluded that on the balance of available scientific evidence found in...read more
CCA member Joe Harris is circling the world. A non-stop solo effort intended to break records. Joe will be seeking to break the standing record of 137 days 20 hours in his Class 40 racing machine. Joe's been training and preparing for this for a long time. We wish him luck!
His site is here: http://www.gryphonsolo2.com/
Track his progress here: http://yb.tl/gryphonsolo2
From Joe's manifesto:
The Safety at Sea Committee of the Cruising Club of America has just published an updated version of its highly regarded “Suddenly Alone” workbook, now titled Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone.” The workbook revisions incorporate the broad experience of CCA members as well as the technology and techniques of safety and safety equipment that have evolved since the “Suddenly Alone” workbook was first published.
See all the fun, as captured by a myriad of great snapshooters!
A lively, informative, wide-ranging profile of 34-year-old A.J. Evans, from Red Bank, NJ, the youngest-ever chair of the Newport Bermuda Race. See the article here. He's sailed nine of the races, done many other distance races, and has insights into the appeals of the ocean racing lifestyle.
A team of three CCA boats has won the Parker C. Hatch Club Team Competition trophy in the 36th running of the 360-mile Marblehead to Halifax race, as well as collecting an impressive array of individual honors. The race runs in odd years from Marblehead, Mass., to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Victorious “Team CCA” was (1) Airborne IV, a Beneteau 50, skipper William B. Greenwood (BDO), first in Class in PHRF Div. 3 and 2nd overall, (2) Actaea, a Bermuda 40, skipper Michael Cone (CHE), first in...read more
The club’s Safety at Sea Committee, chaired by Anne Glenn, has just updated the “Suddenly Alone” workbook. The new book is titled, “Safety for Cruising Couples.” Since the original workbook was published several years ago there have been many improvements in the techniques and especially the technology of equipment utilized. Our revised workbook incorporates many of these improvements where relevant to the Safety for Cruising Couples seminar.
Booklet copies are being mailed to all station officers and SAS committee members, if you would like to have your own...read more
By Commodore Tad Lhamon
Desolation Sound, BC to the Carolina Coast
Beginning last fall, after the Desolation Sound Cruise where we enjoyed hosting the club to a favorite local cruising ground, Joyce and I sailed South to visit the other two CCA stations on the West Coast, SAF and SOC. Arriving in San Francisco too late for the famous Tinsley Island gathering of sailors, we were pleased to be included with more than 40 members and guests who attended the station lunch at St Francis YC on October 1 with RC Terry Klaus presiding. The featured speaker, Dirk Rosen, gave a...read more