Fostering safe ocean sailing
Founding member yacht designers significantly changed the balance of safety and performance in ocean sailing
Among the club’s earliest members were yacht designers John Alden, Frederic Fenger, and William Hand, and within a few years they were joined by Olin J. Stephens II. Their design philosophies differed, but all sought to refine the balance between performance and safety.
Designing Safe Boats
When the CCA was established, the designs of John Alden, based on fishing schooners, were considered safest for offshore sailing. During more than 70 years as a boat designer and CCA member, Olin Stephens changed the standards for safe and beautiful ocean yachts of the 1900s. He was usually involved in CCA boat-design studies. As active CCA members, many other designers have contributed to the development of safe, fast boats.
Over the years the CCA has taken the lead in developing rating rules that encourage safe, stable competitive boats, beginning with its own CCA Rule, 1932-68, and continuing with the International Measurement System (IMS) and, today, the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), developed in collaboration with the Chicago and Transpacific Yacht Clubs.