SSCA is a worldwide organization of people that encompasses cruising sailors, sailor wannabes, coastal cruisers, liveaboards and other people with an abiding love for the sea.
They publish a bulletin which contains snippets from people out there cruising all over the world. This provides a compendium of information that is both entertaining and useful.
We attend the organization's annual "Gam" (go look it up) held at homebase down in Melbourne, Florida each November. It's a great meeting weekend jam-packed with seminars - including a "women only" discussion, ad-hoc exchanges, vendor exhibits, food, fun, hilarity and a swap-meet. At past meetings we have had the opportunity to meet and listen to Tom Neale of Cruising World and Coastal and Island Cruising fame, Bob (and Jody) Bitchin of Lats and Atts fame, and other people of cruising note.
Here's a linkto our page with highlights from the SSCA's 25th annual gam held Nov 10-12, 2000.
Check out their website for further information, plus some useful links for cruisers.