Captain Ronald C. Trossbach

Ron & Kathy Trossbach have cruised and raced their own sail & power boats over 90,000 miles. As a Moderator of Safety at Sea Seminars, Ron follows all aspects of Safety at Sea in small yachts, especially Personal Safety Equipment and Communications.

Ron Trossbach is an active member of the Cruising Club of America (CCA) Safety and Seamanship Committee.  He currently serves as the Point of Contact for the CCA’s Safety for Cruising Couples (SCC) program.  He also is a former Moderator of US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Seminars and Chairman & Safety Officer for the Newport Bermuda Race.  For the past 35 years Ron and Kathy have spent 3 to 6 months a year living aboard and cruising in their sail and power boats.  They first had a cutter rigged sailboat, MOONESHINE, that they sailed to/from Europe twice.  More recently they “matured to power” and cruised aboard a Sabreline 36 Fast Trawler, SUNNESHINE, along the North American East Coast.  Ron and Kathy helped develop the CCA’s course SUDDENLY ALONE in 2000.  Ron is still the CCA Point of Contact for the revised course, Safety for Cruising Couples, a one day, do it yourself (DIY) course for boating clubs and associations with the mission “to provide shorthanded crew members the tools and knowledge that will enable them to avoid, and if necessary, handle emergencies.”  Ron maintains the Dropbox Course materials and the recently revised Workbook, Safety for Cruising Couples that is available at along with a descriptive Podcast and Video   2000+ people around the world have purchased this workbook or attended the supporting course.

Ron’s Great Lakes experiences include monitoring US Navy Sail Training boats at Marquette University in the 1980’s and Speaking & Moderating at multiple Chicago Mackinac Race Safety at Sea Seminars at Chicago, Jackson Park and Sheboygan Yacht Clubs, and presenting SUDDENLY ALONE  to the Great Lakes Grand Banks Owner’s Association (GLGBA).  This is Ron’s fourth presentation to GLCC.