My SSCA Story: Cecilia & George Dahl
We have spent the last two years restoring our "new-to-us" 1986 Hans Christian 41T, Ring of Kerry
. It's an ongoing project (as they all are) but we were finally ready to make the big move aboard this past fall (September 2018). While we have been preparing "The ROK" (as we affectionately refer to her) for our new lifestyle and adventure, we have kept our eyes and ears peeled for resources, contacts and any source of knowledge available to help us along the way. We had the great fortune of bumping into an SSCA member in Portsmouth, NH this past summer. He was on his way up to the Penobscot Bay Gam and we were on our way south to Boston. (Sadly, we can't remember his name or the name of his beautiful catamaran). We had never heard of SSCA but with his strong recommendation, we decided to join.
At first, we weren't sure how it was going to work out. We didn't have much time to research SSCA benefits or figure out how we would stay connected to the community. When we started planning our trip down the ICW, one of our Facebook community contacts suggested we attend an SSCA Gam to learn more about it. This was the second person who had suggested the gams to us, so we bit the bullet and decided to attend the Annapolis Gam in October 2018.
Looking back on the Gam, we consider this one of the most valuable investments we have made in our new lifestyle. We gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge and met some wonderful people. The workshops were right on point for our needs. Surprisingly, the experience went well beyond the workshops; it seemed as if every conversation resulted in an important take-away--a tip, a warning, an idea, insight, affirmation or encouragement--often regarding topics we would never have considered asking about ourselves. The people of SSCA are welcoming and encouraging. My husband described the group as "just the nicest people on earth" and that's truly how we felt.
Our SSCA story is just beginning. We're finally headed south (slowly but surely) and enjoy staying connected with the folks we met in person, reading the updates in the forums and checking our new SSCA app to see who is nearby. We are looking forward to next year's gam season and meeting more members.
If you are a member of SSCA, we would love to hear your story. To share your own story of what SSCA has meant to you, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a member of SSCA, won't you consider joining us.