Cruising Club of America

Cruising Club of America - Safety for Cruising Couples is Must-Read for Adventurous Sailors

The Safety at Sea Committee of the Cruising Club of America has just published an updated version of its highly regarded Suddenly Alone workbook, now titled Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone.” The workbook revisions incorporate the broad experience of CCA members as well as the technology and techniques of safety and safety equipment that have evolved since the Suddenly Alone workbook was first published about 15 years ago.

afety for Cruising Couples – Including Suddenly Alone is a new publication
Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone” is a new publication
by the Cruising Club of America
Available to download in high resolution by clicking the photo above

The CCA has a distinguished 15-year history for presenting its Suddenly Alone Seminars – the name of which recently has changed to Safety for Cruising Couples - including "Suddenly Alone" – at numerous yacht clubs and other venues around the U.S. and Canada. CCA members are among the most experienced blue-water sailors, many having completed extensive off-shore cruises, circumnavigations, as well as various off-shore races, such as the Newport Bermuda Race. Much of this experience in seamanship is also applicable to coastal cruising.

The Safety for Cruising Couples - including "Suddenly Alone" Seminars are geared to short-handed coastal cruisers, both sail and power boaters, especially younger cruisers and give the lesser-experienced partner the basic tools he/she needs to become a competent partner on the boat. Competence and mutual confidence leads to a partnership on board that makes cruising safer and more enjoyable for all. The workbook focuses on the essential onboard teamwork of preparing for emergencies, such as Man Overboard Recovery, basic skills of navigation, identifying the boat’s location, boat handling and radio communications.

The workbook is a handy reminder to both experienced and lesser-experienced partners of safety procedures that should be practiced every year.The art of safety is increased when both individuals are confident in knowing what to do when the unexpected happens.

lifting figure-Rev - Safety Techniques
Sample graphic used inside to illustrate important safety techniques.
(This shows proper use of the Lifesling 2 module.)

Available to download in high resolution by clicking the photo above

To purchase a copy of the workbook or receive information on how to present a Safety for Cruising Couples - including "Suddenly Alone" Seminar at your yacht club, contact Ron Trossbach at or (703) 403-8408. He can provide comprehensive guidance on setting up and implementing one of these well regarded seminars.


About the Cruising Club of America

The Cruising Club of America is dedicated to offshore cruising, voyaging and the “adventurous use of the sea” through efforts to improve seamanship, the design of seaworthy yachts, safe yachting procedures and environmental awareness. Now in its 90th year, the club has 11 stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Bermuda, with approximately 1200 members who are qualified by their experience in offshore passage making. In even-numbered years, the CCA organizes the Newport to Bermuda Race in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Through the club’s Bonnell Cove Foundation, grants are made to 501 (c)(3) organizations for safety at sea and environment of the sea projects. For more information on the CCA, go to



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