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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.

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, Circumnavigation Complete

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.

Congratulations, Joe!

"Biodegradable" Plastic Bags and Sea don't Mix

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...

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Solo: Joe Harris Around the World

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:
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Ionian Photos Posted

See all the fun, as captured by a myriad of great snapshooters!

CCA Wins Team Competition in Marblehead to Halifax Race

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...

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Suddenly Alone Course - "DIY" UPDATED as "Safety for Cruising Couples"

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...

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Lyric’s 2014-15 Voyage

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...

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Rod Stephens Trophy to Captain Sean McCarter

Recognizing his exemplary seamanship and leadership in rescuing an overboard crew, the CCA will award the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship to Captain Sean McCarther. Read the full article for the inspiring details.

Blue Water Medal to Skip Novak

 Skip Novak has been selected by the Cruising Club of America to receive the Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2014 in recognition of his many years of cruising and exploring the Antarctic.  Cruising Club of America’s Commodore, Frederic T. Lhamon, will present the award at the club’s annual awards dinner at the New York Yacht Club in New York on March 6, 2015.  The award was established in 1923 by the Club’s Governing Board to recognize examples of meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea by sailors of all nationalities. 

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Safety: Checklist for Returning from a Race

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.

Green Yacht Design Recommendations

The Green Yacht Design Committee has prepared these recommendations...

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Travelling to Canadian Waters
Here is a useful web site from the Canadian government for recreational boaters visiting Canadian waters. Canadian Waters
Digital Selective Calling for Safety and Reliability

DSC RadioDSC Distress Communications Form
The use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) in VHF and SSB radios is relatively new and not widely understood.  This paper will give the reader a broad view of what DSC is and how it applies to recreational boats. Web site links and references are included for more detailed explanations. A simple form to...

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