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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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MudRatz Set Sights on Blue Water Sailing, Joining in our NBR Race

Youth sailors will experience offshore racing thanks to surprise donation of proven 48-foot sloop.

Life changing moments can happen so fast that we often call them “sparks.” In the span of just four years, the MudRatz have been formed around such moments, but it can be hard to...

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Weather Seminar at MITAGS (Maryland)

February 10 will see an all-day weather seminar for distance sailors. Member Frank Bohlen has organized a top-rate seminar to serve the needs of our sailing public. Click for more information.

In a Raft Safety at Sea Seminars: CCA, STC, MTAM, Others

For those racing offshore or planning a coastal or offshore voyage, Safety at Sea seminars, particularly those with the Hands-on section, can be valuable additions to your seamanship and safety arsenal, and are required for many races.  Several organizations are offering thes highly recommended classes:

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Lin and Larry Lessons from a Life of Cruising

Lin Pardey has been kind enough to share her reflections on a wonderful career on the water.

Safety at the Academy

MTAM will be presenting a dual-track pair of seminars. Cruisers take a cruisers' safety seminar, and racers get a World-Sailing qualified advanced safety seminar. March 24 2018 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. See all information at

Safety for Cruising Couples: New site and Video

One of CCA's fresh offering to sailors of all stripes is our "Safety for Cruising Couples" program. A new video and streamlined book ordering system are now available to help advance these programs. More importantly, CCA members and others are encouraged to work with their local organizations to present these programs. Ample support is available from the course organizers.  Register your interest on the "Safety for Cruising Couples"...

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Tom Whidden Tom Whidden to Hall of Fame

CCA member Tom Whidden has been inducted into the US National Sailing Hall of Fame. We're immensely proud of him. We pass along 2011 inductee Gary Jobson's comments:

Describing Tom’s career as “remarkable” is really an understatement. He has raced in eight America’s Cup campaigns (winning three), built North Sails into the largest sailmaking company in the world, has received countless awards, is constantly on the water serving as tactician on the most...

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AIS diagram New Whitepaper on AIS

A detailed explanation of the how and why of AIS has been posted on our site.  The article, by member Frank Cassidy, provides valuable background on installing, selecting, and using AIS on your boat, or as a personal safety device in case of overboard. One of the most significant maritime safety improvements in many years, all boaters are urged to consider the use of AIS and are invited to review this article. See the article here.

Transom Video Shows the Joy of Family Cruising

Recently, a video came to our attention, and we want to share it with yiou. This is the schooner MAGIC, and the family of CCA member Chris Museler.  It's beautifully shot and produced, and will have you pining for those teak decks and a rewarding family voyage into a friendly harbor.

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Safety at Sea Seminar Dates Announced

CCA'a implementation of the USSailing and World Sailing Safety at Sea Seminars, in advance of the Newport Bermuda race, have been scheduled for March of 2018.  Sign ups will open this October. More information here.

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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