SSCA Helps Those Who Retire to the Sea

By Mitch Traphagen (

MELBOURNE, FL - The Seven Seas Cruising Association, based in Ft. Lauderdale, is the world’s largest organization of sailors (and armchair sailors) in the world. With more than 10,000 members, the SSCA provides assistance and services designed to make living aboard a small sailboat easier. Each month the organization publishes a newsletter filled with information from members about sailing and living aboard in all parts of the world.

In November, the SSCA hosts an annual party in Melbourne, FL, as a way for members to meet and to pick up a few tips about their lifestyle. This year, more than 1,100 people attended, many of them arriving by boat and anchoring near the convention center.

Pictured below, recording artist and sailor Eileen Quinn entertains the crowd with music and helpful, often humorous, information for new sailors. Pictured above, a single handing sailor advertises for companionship. A large number of the members are near or past retirement age. For information about the SSCA, visit For information about the music of Eileen Quinn, visit

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