The Safety at Sea Committee of the Cruising Club of America has just published an updated version of its highly regarded “Suddenly Alone” workbook, now titled Safety for Cruising Couples – Including “Suddenly Alone.” The workbook revisions incorporate the broad experience of CCA members as well as the technology and techniques of safety and safety equipment that have evolved since the “Suddenly Alone” workbook was first published.

The new edition includes updated basics about electronic navigation aids, expanded guidelines for calling for help using a VHF radio, ways to deal with various onboard emergencies, and man overboard (MOB) techniques. Chapters also outline ways to prepare your boat and crew before you leave the dock. Practice sessions, checklists and an enhanced additional resources section are included.

The CCA has a distinguished 15-year history for presenting its Suddenly Alone seminars – the name of which recently has changed to Safety for Cruising Couples - including "Suddenly Alone" – at numerous yacht clubs and other venues around the U.S. and Canada. CCA members are among the most experienced blue-water sailors, many having completed extensive off-shore cruises, circumnavigations, as well as various off-shore races, such as the Newport Bermuda Race. Much of this experience in seamanship is also applicable to coastal cruising.

The Safety & Seamanship  Committee has changed the distribution policy to allow sales of this updated text and workbook before attending the course with the hope that this will prompt more organizations to set up and host seminars using the course materials that are provided at no cost.  A dedicated CCA Dropbox contains the course reading materials, PowerPoint presentations, suggested handouts and workshop problems and drills.

The Safety for Cruising Couples - including "Suddenly Alone" seminars are geared to short-handed coastal cruisers, both sail and power boaters, especially younger cruisers and give the lesser-experienced partner the basic tools he/she needs to become a competent partner on the boat. Competence and mutual confidence leads to a partnership on board that makes cruising safer and more enjoyable for all. The workbook focuses on the essential onboard teamwork of preparing for emergencies, such as Man Overboard Recovery, basic skills of navigation, identifying the boat’s location, boat handling and radio communications.

The workbook is a handy reminder to both experienced and lesser-experienced partners of safety procedures that should be practiced every year. The art of safety is increased when both individuals are confident in knowing what to do when the unexpected happens.

To purchase a copy of the workbook or receive information on how to present a Safety for Cruising Couples  seminar at your yacht club, contact Moe Roddy at or 401-207-6427. She can provide comprehensive guidance on setting up and implementing one of these well regarded seminars.