The Ocean Cruising Club
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Welcome to the OCC: the Home Port for Ocean-Going Cruisers
To be a part of the OCC is to be a part of a group of people who have said ‘yes’ to adventure and who will welcome you if you choose to do the same.
The people in the Ocean Cruising Club represent the distilled essence of the cruising community, a potent combination of accomplishment, experience, idealism, eccentricity, generosity and humility. The sole qualification for Full membership, the only ticket to entry, entails stepping aboard your boat, casting off the docklines and making a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 nautical miles, measured along the rhumb line, in a vessel not more than 70 feet overall length. This is open to anyone aboard, either as skipper or certified as competent by the skipper. There is one additional class of membership; an Associate, for those aspiring to cross oceans. Membership is about achievement, and the OCC welcomes those who qualify, without restrictions.
And to this end, congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 OCC Awards!
OCC Cookery Book
Announcing...The 60th Anniversary OCC Cookery Book
In celebration of the 60 years we in the OCC have been caring for and feeding crew on the world’s oceans, and following on from the Flying Fish series by the same name, we have compiled our members’ favourite recipes to share among our friends. The result is a grand collection of recipes shared by OCC members from around the world for all to enjoy.
E Atlantic Rally 2014
Ocean Cruising Events for Ocean Cruisers
For the Ocean Cruising Club’s 60th Anniversary in 2014, it was fitting to run, along with several other shorter rallies worldwide, two long distance, ocean-going Rallies: The Baltic Rally has just finished (read about it in next newsletter) but The Eastern Atlantic Rally. is just about to begin - still time to sign up! The E Atlantic Rally covers some 1000nm over 4 months (August to November) down the Atlantic coasts of Spain (to include Alfredo Lagos’ renowned Spanish Rias Rally) and Portugal, and includes the Canaries and Madeira -- ideal if you are en route to the Caribbean or doing a circuit back through Azores.
Enjoy the adventure!
Commodore's Report 2014
OCEAN CRUISING CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
12 APRIL 2014
I have pleasure in presenting my Commodore’s report on the activities of the Club in the 12 months since the last AGM. In summary we have worked on and made great progress in the following areas:
- Sound finances
- Increased membership
- De-risked the subscription structure
- No inflation rise in subscriptions
- Expanded and improved the Port Officer network
- Bigger editions of Flying Fish
- Higher international profile for the Club
- Improved web site
- Proposed updated and more sustainable legal framework
- Active Facebook page and Forum
- Setting up of rallies for jubilee year
Founder Members: Allen, Loomis, Nicolson, Mudie, Wise - Hum's Chums
Founder Members Honoured at the 2014 Awards Dinner
As part of the Club's 60th anniversary celebrations, our five surviving founder members were honoured at the annual dinner. The Commodore presented commemorative crystal glasses engraved with the flying fish.
Read the cover story in the June 2014 OCC Newsletter.
OCC Mentoring Programme
The OCC has a one-on-one Mentoring Programme to assist members seeking advice on ocean passages, exploration and adventuring in distant waters, and coastal cruising to unfamiliar areas. The programme is available to Associate and Full members.
The first purpose of the Mentoring Programme is to assist new Associate members who are about to embark upon their 1000+
OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme
The Ocean Cruising Club Youth Sponsorship or Bursary programme aims to foster ocean cruising by enabling young people to gain the experience of long distance ocean sailing. By contributing towards the costs of the voyage (travel to location of vessel, food, etc), the OCC facilitates the introduction of young sailors to the thrill of ocean cruising under the guidance of experienced ocean sailors. Started in 2012 the programme has been a great success.
In 2012 Emma Buckels (23) sailed from the UK, across the Atlantic and through many of the Caribbean Islands.
In 2013 Calum Underwood (18) sailed on Bob Morris' Apogee from Gran Canaria to Grenada.
In 2014 Toby Morsely (18) is sailing with Fiona and Chris Jones on Threeships from Malaysia to South Africa.
Have you taken part in the Forum? If not, do take the time to browse.
There are some very lively discussions and debates: advice on getting things to work or destinations to visit; reports about where people are heading next. There are crew opportunities and great deals on gear and charts. You can even list your boat for sale. Just click on FORUM under the Main Menu navigation bar. Anyone can view but only OCC members can post. You have to be logged in to see all the posts, some of which are visible to members only, and to post yourself. One of the requests posted is for crew to join a passage from Singapore to South Africa in August 2014 aboard Sara II - interested? Click on this link!
New warning to yacht skippers on Piracy in the Indian Ocean
October 19th 2013
The International Naval Counter-Piracy Forces have issued a new Advisory Notice to all yachtsmen contemplating a passage through the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The message is clear: the danger of being attacked, taken hostage and held to ransom remains very real. Yachts should not transit this area until further notice.
For the full text of the Advisory and some further background, visit the Piracy page by clicking "Piracy" on the top menu bar on this page