Welcome to the website of the Cruising Club of America's Florida Station!    The Florida Station has 105 members and the station Rear Commodore is Barbara Watson.



The West Coast Spring Cruise was organised by Don Krippendorf. He welcomed members and guests with cocktails on board First LIght at St Petersburg Yacht Club, followed by dinner.  RC Tanner and Ross Rose along with Charlie and Kay Chapin were on board First Light. Sunday evening dinner was enjpoyed at the Field Club. Monday everyone arrived at Useppa Island as guests of the Chapins.  A Croquet tournament had all dressed correctly in whites and Bocce too was played. Cabbage Key was visited for lunch. Dinner at the Collier Inn and of course a BBQ Pot Luck Rum Keg party on the beach.  A final dinner and dancing at Venice Yacht Club on the way north. In total 32 members and guests participated.


Commodore Tad, Joyce and Lyric were welcomed to Florida at the Pig Roast, hosted by Steve and Karyn James in Fort Lauderdale, Friday April 10, 2015 and they attended the April 14, Stuart Lunch.

Photos of the event

Norm McCarvill receives his 50 year CCA membership medal from RC Tanner Rose at the March Stuart Lunch.



The Annual Meeting and Rendezvous took place at the Naples Yacht Club, January 16 and 17, 2015. The meeting was followed by Dinner during which the outgoing RC Donald Krippendorf and incoming RC Tanner Rose exchanged burgees and pins. Past RC Paul Ives then regaled all with his Piloting tales and adventures. 


Getting his flag








The following day dawned warmer and the Rum Keg party was held on board Don Krippendorf's First Light.

First Light




DecoyThe Florida Station Spring CruiseThe Florida Station Spring Cruise began with dinner at the St Petersburg Yacht Club. There followed a breezy run down to Venice on Thursday, then romping south again to take the swash channel at Boca Grande to Isles Yacht Club for dinner on Friday. The wind quieted down at this point for a calm approach to Useppa. With RC Don Krippendorf's First Light, Bill Munroe's Decoy, Joel Taliaferro's Orient Express, Bill Jorch's Tenacious and Bill Purcell's Drumbeat all anchored to the East of Useppa, off the Chapins, Saturday. Charlie and Kay Chapin hosted the Rum Keg party along with several nautical neighbors and provided some glorious salmon alongside Joel's cousin Dingus's Irish Stew. Sunday found everyone at Cabbage Key for lunch before heading their separate ways. Orient Express hosted the First Lights to dinner in Englewood on the way home. The cruise was organized by Joel Taliaferro and enjoyed by all.




catapault  Wirth Munroe Race 2012 Recap

  Sailed on December 7, 2012 from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach, this fun day race is co-sponsored by the CCA FL Station and the Sailfish Club of Palm Beach. It was the 56th time this annual race has been held and ended with an awards    dinner at the Sailfish Club of Florida in Palm Beach. Click for photos.





Cruise  2012 Spring Cruise

  Barbara Watson create a web album of photos. Joel Taliaferro set up the cruise. Some 37 members and guests attended at some point. From the opening Dinner at SPYC Pass-a-Grille to a St Patrick's Dinner at the Bradenton YC and Don  

Krippendorf hosted the Rum Keg on board First Light. Perfect Florida Spring weather for sailing.



2011 Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Yacht Race
The 55th Wirth Munroe race is sponsored by the CCA and the Sailfish Club of Florida and was held on Friday December 2, 2011. Click here for details.

Florida Station Members in HalifaxFlorida Station Members at the Fall Meetings in Halifax
Click on the photo for an enlarged version. Photo by Chris Otorowski.

Photo Galleries
Have a look at the following news and photo galleries, thanks to Barbara Watson, of the Florida Station's recent activities.

2013 Florida Station Spring Cruise
2012 Wirth Munroe Race Recap
2012 Annual Meeting - November 3, 2012
2012 Mid-Winter Rendezvous Photos - January 27
2012 Annual Meeting - November 3, 2012 
2011 Station Annual Meeting - November 5, 2011
2011 Mid-Winter Rendezvous - January 28
2010 Station Annual Meeting & Dinner - St. Pete - November 5
2010 Station Mid-Winter Rendezvous - Clewiston - January 30-31
2009 Station Annual Meeting - November 9
West Coast Gam, Clearwater, June 27 - 28
Mid-Winter Rendezvous, Hobe Sound & Vero Beach, January 25
West Coast Dinner, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, March 13 

Visiting Florida? 
CCA members from other stations and posts visiting or cruising in Florida are invited to join in the Florida Station's activities.  

The Florida Station has a luncheon in the Stuart area each month from December through April. There is also a luncheon each month except June, July and August in the St. Petersburg area. Information on these luncheons is available by clicking here.  

Emails are sent to all Florida winter visitors, with information on upcoming events. Please give your email to the Station Secretary to be included.


This website a service of the Florida Station, Barbara N. Watson, webmaster.

Page updated March 17, 2015

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Upcoming Gatherings



Thursday February 9, St Petersburg Yacht Club, Joel Taliaferro Tuesday February 14, Stuart Yacht and Country Club, Harry Robinson Wednesday February 22, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Peter Grimm

There is more information on the Club website





  • Stuart Yacht & Country Club Luncheon December
  • West Florida Luncheon December


  • West Florida Luncheon January
  • Rum Keg Gam January
  • Florida Station Annual Dinner Meeting January
  • Biscayne Bay Yacht Club Luncheon January
  • West Florida Luncheon February
  • Stuart Yacht & Country Club Luncheon February
  • Lauderdale Yacht Club Luncheon February
  • West Florida Luncheon March
  • Stuart Yacht & Country Club Luncheon March
  • Biscayne Bay Yacht Club Luncheon March
  • Stuart Yacht & Country Club Luncheon April
  • West Florida Luncheon April
  • Lauderdale Yacht Club Luncheon April
  • West Florida Luncheon May
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