Sailors for the Sea and the Cruising Club of America

Sign a Momentous Agreement to Further Collaborate in the Protection of the Ocean

Sailors for the Sea and Cruising Club of America will work together to encourage sailors to become stewards of the ocean

Newport, Rhode Island (February 25, 2015) – Sailors for the Sea, a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean, will partner with the Cruising Club of America (CCA), an international organization of over 1,300 sailors who voyage the oceans for adventure and recreation, to further both organizations’ commitment to protect the ocean.

This collaboration will build upon Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program, the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events and CCA’s "Leave No Trace" paper on dealing with trash at sea. This includes the work of both organizations during the 2012 and 2014 Newport Bermuda Races, which were certified as Silver and Gold Level Clean Regattas, respectively, and research into how the organizations might effectively encourage the reduction of single-use plastic bottles by sailors.

“I am very excited to collaborate with the CCA to further engage an amazing and passionate group of sailors to protect the ocean”, noted R. Mark Davis, president of Sailors for the Sea. “Their members have an amazing breadth of sailing experience and have experienced life at sea from all around the world. Their commitment to superior seamanship goes hand-in-hand with our passion for ocean conservation.”

“The CCA is committed to stewardship of the oceans and this collaboration with Sailors for the Sea will help us further this commitment. We are particularly concerned with the serious threat of marine debris and have worked with members to adopt a leave-no-trace approach to dealing with trash while at sea”, noted Tad Lhamon, Commodore of the Cruising Club of America.

To learn more about Sailors for the Sea and how we are working with boaters to become catalysts for change visit www.sailorsforthesea.org. To learn more about the Cruising Club of America visit www.cruisingclub.org.

About Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea is a leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. Sailors for the Sea is a movement and pragmatic voice for action that offers boaters tangible opportunities to create a legacy and make a difference. Visit www.sailorsforthesea.org to learn more.

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. Founded in 1922, the Club has 11 stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Bermuda, with approximately 1,300 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. For more information on the CCA, go to www.cruisingclub.org