September 2007

Nominations Sought For Rod Stephens Trophy For Outstanding Seamanship

The Cruising Club of America is seeking nominations for its annually awarded Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship. It was presented to the CCA by 21 of Stephens' shipmates and friends as a perpetual trophy to recognize an act of seamanship that "significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea."

 Suggestions and candidates from all nations and in all aspects of boating are welcome. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 15.

Last year’s award was made to the crew of  ABN AMRO II for superb seamanship in carrying out the attempted rescue of an overboard crewmember at night in the North Atlantic during the Volvo Ocean Race while sailing in 25-30 knots of wind.

While ultimately unsuccessful in saving his life, the crew located his body by acting quickly, following good, previously rehearsed procedures, and using excellent judgment in carrying out search tactics.

To submit a nomination, contact Robert Van Blaricom, Awards Chairman, 679 Hawthorne Drive, Tiburon, Calif., 04020 or e-mail

About The CCA

The Cruising Club of America is dedicated to offshore cruising 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 85th year, the club has 10 stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda, with approximately 1,200 members who are qualified by their experience in offshore passage making. The CCA organizes the Newport to Bermuda Race in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. For more information on the CCA, visit