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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 Scheduled for 2018

 Check back for more details as they become available!

Event/Date Location Coordinator

Trinidad Gam
January 1, 2018

Carenage, Trinidad Jesse James

St. Croix Gam
January 12-14, 2018

Virgin Islands Yacht Club
Teague Bay, St. Croix
Sarah Bucknell

St. Pete Gam
February 10, 2018

St. Pete Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, FL
Melinda Schell&Elise Hazzard

Puerto Vallarta
February, 2018

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Mike Danielson

Essex Summer Solstice Gam
June 22-24, 2018

Essex Yacht Club
Essex, CT
Karen Nettles

Penobscot Bay Gam
July 27-29, 2018

Maine Sail Power & Steam Museum
Rockland, ME
Nicki Dunbar & Keith Davie

Annapolis Gam
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2018
Maryland Yacht Club
Pasadena, MD
Greg & Mary Jerrell

Melbourne Gam
November 9-11, 2018

Eau Gallie Civic Center
Melbourne, FL 

Karen Nettles



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500 Oakbrook Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (754) 702-5068