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gam (noun)—“A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews…”  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

SSCA is known for its gams, be they annual events complete with seminar speakers, round tables, an awards banquet and a flea market (as the annual gam held in late fall in Melbourne, Florida); an informal raft up of dinghies or a pot luck on the beach. No matter the nature of the gam, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, participate in a fruitful discussion on a cruising destination or a new piece of gear, and have a lot of fun.

SSCA has gams around the world! Whether it be in Mexico, Micronesia, or the USA, there is no better way to experience the camaraderie and fellowship of SSCA members than in person at an SSCA gam (gathering). If your cruising schedule can’t accommodate attending one or more, maybe it’s time to start another gam in your area! Our Home Base team will be happy to help.  We can provide all the elements you need to start your own cruising tradition.



SSCA Puerto Vallarta Gam

 Gams and On-the-Water Events Scheduled for 2019

 Check back for more details as they become available!

Event/Date Location Coordinator

Trinidad Gam
January 1, 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association
Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Jesse James

St. Croix Gam
February 24, 2019

Home of Sarah & GB Bucknell
Christiansted, USVI
Sarah Bucknell

Dominica Gam
February 25-March 3, 2019
Smithy's Restaurant
Portsmouth, Dominica
Toni & Jeff Smith 

St. Pete Gam
March 9, 2019

St. Pete Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, FL
Karen Nettles

Going North Gam*
April 7-13, 2019
Various Locations
Fairfield Harbour, Oriental and Belhaven, NC
Ed & Sue Kelly 
Open Blue Water Boat Weekend
(a joint event with SDSA and OCC)
June 21-23, 2019
Essex Yacht Club
Essex, CT
Bob Osborn 

Penobscot Bay Gam
July 27, 2019

Maine Sail Power & Steam Museum
Rockland, ME
Scott Berg

Annapolis Gam
September 27-29, 2019

Maryland Yacht Club
Pasadena, MD
Beth VandeGeijn

Florida Gam
TBA

TBA


Karen Nettles

*Denotes On-the-Water Event




Curtis Stokes
Cruise RO Water
Bloomsbury
SSCA
500 Oakbrook Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (754) 702-5068
Email: office@ssca.org