Dennis and Susan Ross of La Paz 
Honored as SSCA’s Bateman Cruising Station of the Year

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Dennis and Susan Ross of La Paz have been selected by the Seven Seas Cruising Association as the Bateman Cruising Station of the Year for 2014. The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) is a non-profit membership organization for cruisers that live aboard their seagoing vessels or are interested in learning about the cruising lifestyle. The organization has over 5,000 members that live and cruise on their boats around the world—literally spread across the seven seas.

There are almost 200 SSCA Cruising Stations around the globe, providing information and assistance to cruisers that are visiting the local cruising grounds. The station hosts are a clearinghouse of information about local conditions, maritime related services, and local community activities. Additionally cruising station hosts provide assistance to cruisers that have medical or vessel-related emergencies by connecting the cruisers with local medical professionals and marine repair facilities.

Dennis and Susan joined SSCA in 1997 when they were first contemplating purchasing a sailboat for full-time live aboard cruising. According to the Rosses, “SSCA’s network of members, publications, online forums, and annual gams or cruiser get-togethers provided us with valuable information on the lifestyle and allowed us to connect with cruisers that were already living the lifestyle.”

In 2002 Dennis and Susan took early retirement, bought a 43’ sailboat and started their cruising life in the San Diego area. Within a few weeks they moved their sailboat to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to refit the vessel for blue water cruising.

They joined the 2002 Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur in October 2002 aboard their boat, s/v Two Can Play, to begin their cruising adventure. They actively cruised the Pacific side of Mexico full-time from the northern reaches of the Sea of Cortez to the southern port of Bahias de Huatulco for almost seven years before settling in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Dennis and Susan became the SSCA Cruising Station Hosts not long after moving to La Paz to assist visiting cruisers.

In 2008 they formed a professional yacht management company, Ross Marine Services and Consulting, which is based in La Paz. The company specializes in marine surveys, yacht management, and project expediting for cruisers that leave their boats in La Paz for extended periods while they work or travel back to their home country.

The award is presented to volunteer Cruising Station Hosts who have assisted visiting cruisers, particularly SSCA members, in a significant capacity, and who have made an effort to promote SSCA. The award was renamed by SSCA in 2008 in honor of George and Dorothy Bateman, appointed as one of the first Cruising Station Hosts in 1984, assisting thousands of world cruisers visiting Opua, New Zealand over the years. SSCA was formed in San Diego in 1952.

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