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Cruising Conferences & Gams

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

 Cruising Conferences & Gams Scheduled for 2020

 Check back for more details as they become available!

Event/Date Location Coordinator

Trinidad Cruising Conference & Gam
January 1, 2020

The Wheel House Pub
Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Jesse James

St. Pete Cruising Conference & Gam
February 22, 2020

St. Pete Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, FL
Sue Kelly

Dominica Cruising Conference & Gam
TBA
Smithy's Restaurant
Portsmouth, Dominica
Toni & Jeff Smith 
Banderas Bay Cruising Conference & Gam
TBA
Marina La Cruz
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
Mike Danielson 
Hampton Heading North Cruising Conference & Gam
TBA
Hampton Public Pier & Hampton Marina Hotel
Hampton, VA
Joan Conover 
Essex/Long Island Sound Cruising Conference & Gam
TBA
TBA
Sue Kelly 

Penobscot Bay Cruising Conference & Gam
July 25, 2020

Maine Sail Power & Steam Museum
Rockland, ME
Cecilia Dahl

Annapolis Cruising Conference & Gam
September 25-27, 2020

Maryland Yacht Club
Pasadena, MD
Beth VandeGeijn

St. Augustine Cruising Conference & Gam
November 13-15, 2020

St. Augustine Shrine Club
St. Augustine, FL

Karen Nettles





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