Establishing a club for serious ocean sailors
A club without walls, the CCA was founded by serious ocean sailors in 1922
Several hundred yacht clubs served the social and competitive needs of American sailors in the early 1920s. But a group of 12 experienced sailors, boat designers, and young naval veterans of World War I wanted something more: a club without walls to serve those whose passion was sailing offshore. Perhaps inspired by the 42-year-old Royal Cruising Club, this group met at a New York City restaurant in February 1922 and established itself as the Cruising Club of America, incorporating the club in 1924.
A club without walls
From the beginning, the Cruising Club of America has followed four specific aims:
- It gathers some of the world’s most experienced sailors for mutual education, enjoyment, and camaraderie.
- It promotes development of good, safe boats for the open sea.
- It encourages ocean sailing and high levels of seamanship by recognizing and awarding those who accomplish long or difficult voyages.
- It collects and publishes information that promotes safe seamanship and assists those planning ocean sailing expeditions.