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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Rousmaniere Interviewed

Sail Magazine has published an interview of our John Rousmaniere.  Check it out.

Cardiac Emergency at Sea

Members Elaine Cashar and Rick Jablonski address and overcome a life-threatening emergency while offshore. Planning for known risks, proper use of communications channels, and a cool head helped this cruising couple survive heart failure to sail again.


Willauer Willauer Wanders

Sailing Scuttlebutt has done a nice write-up of Vice Commodore Willauer's planned family entry in the Marblehead-Halifax race.  Read all about it here.

Awards at CCA Annual Meeting

Our members assembled at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan to recognize their outstanding sailors for 2016  at our annual Awards Dinner on March 3, 2017.  

Representing a broad array of sailing achievements, the recipients of the 2016 Blue Water Medal, Rod Stephens Trophy, First-Ever Young Voyager Award, Far Horizons Award, Royal Cruising Club Trophy and Richard S. Nye Trophy were celebrated for their accomplishments....

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Photo by Olivier Blanchet Rich Wilson Finishes Vendée Globe Feb. 21

The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016. He finished 13th out of 29 boats and thus became the fastest American to race solo non-stop around the world.

“As a club made up exclusively of talented and accomplished blue...

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Cruising Club of America Grant to Support the Offshore Racing Rule

We are pleased to announce that the Cruising Club of America has approved a significant grant to the Offshore Racing Association (ORA), owner of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), for the continued support of the ORR. 

“Since the founding of the CCA in 1922 there has been an inherent interest in the development and maintenance of handicapping systems,” explained CCA Commodore James Binch of New Canaan, Conn. “Beginning in 1926, and forming what is now called the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee in partnership with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, there has been a need for the CCA to be...

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Getting Around Niagara Falls

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.

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.

Skip 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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