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Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA)

I want to take a moment and put a plug in for SSCA.

I am a new member, though I have browsed through it on-off for years. It is a bit different than many organizations and has a nice heritage. It is focused on cruising - whether sail or motor. THey put together a lot of seminars and meets and greets. It is not unusual to be anchored in a bay, someone see your SSCA flag, and come approach you and introduce themselves.

THeir forum needs some work which I have discused with Dave (our own SV Auspicious who is the president). But overall, it is a great organization and I would point others who are serious about cruising, or one day cruising, to consider becoming a member.

The membership runs $55 or so. I tried to get them to give me mine for free since I was the best looking and smartest moderator on Sailnet, at which point they charged me even more money!! Just kidding, of course.

What are others' experiences and thoughts about SSCA? I am sure Dave and other members would love to hear them too.

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Re: Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA)

We have been members for a couple years now. We have not pushed off just yet but the info we have found on their website is usually helpful. The Seminars are the best. Have not attended a GAM yet as the ones in Maine are usually more than a weekend sail away.

There is certainly some polarized opinions about this organization. Lots of discussion over on cruisers forum about it.

We feel SSCA fits us well as we definitely do not fit in with the Bob Bitchen crowd.

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Very good group. Been a member for a couple of years now.

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They're a non-profit, which is good. But I'd like to see their budget published, or even better, their their tax returns before I kick them funds to join up. I want to know if there is some kind of executive with an outside compensation package that gobbles up much of their dues.

Hate to be so cynical, but I've been burned so many times in the past 10 years by people "acting in my interest" that I cast a wary eye on everyone.
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I joined SSCA when I bought my 22 footer 6+ years ago. I certainly wasn't doing any cruising on it, but membership gave me insight into what types of boats were out there and working (or not), a peek into whether cruising was something that I'd want to do, and I appreciated the absence of non-related noise in its forum.

Since then I've become an SSCA volunteer, moved up to a boat that I'm still not going to cruise on, and met face to face some wonderful people who are out there cruising.

When I first joined the value was the monthly bulletin written by members and sent to members. Each article was about a different location in which someone was cruising and it included the type of boat they were on. Now you can get that information on any number of blogs. The value to me now is the face to face interaction with those same people, the gams that provide the chance to meet or hear in person icons such as the Pardys or Nigel Calder and the opportunity to give back in a small way to the sailing community.

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We are members also and have been for a few years and fly their burgee.

Probably wont surprise you that a number of us here in the Chesapeake have been brought into the organization by Dave as well as Jaye ( wingnwing)

They have a great Gam here every year which is well attended although it always seems to be a weekend we cant get there.\

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We have belonged for several years and it is great for people either dreaming about extended cruising or actually doing it. The Bulletins have info that would be hard to find elsewhere. We went to one of the Annapolis Gams and it was very worthwhile. They also have online courses but have not done one so can't comment. Overall, very much recommended.

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I've got nothing, but good to say for the SSCA. Most the members I've met have been a joy to know. During my 42 years and many thousands of miles of liveaboard/cruising I'm always meeting knowledgeable and friendly cruisers and I'm never short of opportunity to learn more. I'm just not accustomed to paying for what comes free.


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Scca= crispy cruisers ;-)
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I have been a member of SSCA since at least 1992. That's as far back as we have been able to document. Three years ago a friend of mine was approached by the nominating committee to run for the Board of Directors. The only way he could get out of it was to talk me into running in his place. I was elected to the Board and due to an inopportune visit to the restroom was elected Treasurer as well. *grin*. Last year I applied for Commodore (a status that requires a demonstrated commitment to cruising and some seamanship experience) specifically to make room for another Associate on the Board. For my trouble my colleagues made me President.

Regular members are Associates. The two member classes have their roots in our beginnings but the short version is that having lots of Commodores was a way to thumb noses at the social yacht clubs in San Diego where we were founded.

I participated in the discussion on CF and look forward to participating here. I'm happy to respond to any questions. If I don't have an answer to a particular question I'll get one.

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They're a non-profit, which is good. But I'd like to see their budget published, or even better, their their tax returns before I kick them funds to join up. I want to know if there is some kind of executive with an outside compensation package that gobbles up much of their dues.
SSCA is a 501c7. We have a 501c3 Foundation as well but that's just getting off the ground.

Our budget is available to members online and is discussed in person at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in concert with the Melbourne Gam. We don't generally publish our tax returns although we would certainly send them to any member that asked.

We have a small paid staff - an Association Director who is responsible for day to day operations, a part-time bookkeeper who also does fulfillment and logistics, and an editor who takes care of getting the Bulletin out, our bimonthly Coconut Telegraph, content support for our website, and support for Seven Seas U.

The Board and other critical functions including our Government Affairs group and Cruising Station operation are all performed by volunteers.

If sending you a copy of our budget is all it takes to bring you on board nightOwl get me your e-mail address and I'll get you a copy.

Comments and questions are welcome. I'm always happy to hear from contented members. Comments from those who choose not to join, or have been members and left are very useful as well. Some patterns from other venues that the discussion on CF reinforced have led to some serious discussion among our Board and staff.

I'm not big on extended PM discussions so send me an e-mail address if you want to engage off SN. Otherwise I'm happy to address any SSCA topic here.

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