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.
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OCC Caribbean SSB Net
Starting Soon The Ocean Cruising Club Caribbean Long Range (SSB) Radio Net
At 0730 (1130 GMT) on 6227khz USB every weekday from December until May/June many OCC members cruising in the Caribbean tune their radios to the OCC Caribbean Net. The format is simple and friendly. After a short introduction the net controller asks for members to “check in”. Firstly priority traffic for members with safety or security issues and then each member has an opportunity to give briefly their location, share information about their passage, weather or anchorage, ask for help or advice or anything else they wish before the net controller moves on to the next “check in”.
The OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme
Are you planning a passage? Can you offer a young person a berth?
The aim of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Youth Sponsorship Programme is to foster the development of ocean cruising by enabling young people to gain experience as a crew member on a long distance sailing passage. The programme enables the introduction of individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to experienced ocean sailors, and the sponsorship award contributes towards the costs of the voyage.
Learn how to apply for the programme here.
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OCC Awards Open for Nomination
Do you know someone who deserves to be nominated for an OCC Award? No need to wait until year end. If you know of someone who should be nominated, please submit your nomination using the new digital form while it's top of mind. To learn about the different awards and their criteria, visit the newly updated awards pages.
Wanted: Cruisers in Belize to support scientific research! If you would like to support scientific research and are sailing in Belize in early 2016, please contact Teresa Carey. Teresa is the director of Hello Ocean, a project that is working with scientist Eric Ramos to map the abundance and distribution of whales and dolphins in the coastal waters of Belize. They will be conducting daily research transects in late winter/early spring. Because underwater microphones are used,
OCC's Best Practices in Blue Water Cruising
Join in on the discussions on the OCC Forum and help the OCC generate valuable references for cruising sailors.
New threads open on Communications at Sea and MOB Retrieval. Share your expertise and experience.
- Best Practices in Watchkeeping - the first paper in the developing series (May 2015)
- Heavy Weather Sailing by Tony Gooch is the second paper added to the collection. (Aug 2015)
Calling all Junkies! A discussion of Best Practices in Junk Rig Sailing has been started here by David Tyler!
New article Strategy for a Flooding Vessel has been posted by Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy...thoughts welcome!
New thread open on Seasickness Management. Please add your thoughts.
Please weigh in on a new thread for Man Overboard Recovery on the Forum.
The OCC Mentoring Programme
If you are seeking a crew berth to gain experience or to complete your qualifying passage, or if you have
a berth to offer to a crew member, please use the OCC Forum ‘Crew Needed and Crewing PositionsWanted.’ That’s the fastest way to advertise your needs to the members.
"When contemplating our forthcoming circumnavigation we were very kindly introduced to the OCC by a senior member to the club and its marvelous mentoring scheme. It has been a huge benefit. We were very fortunate in having previous circumnavigators appointed as our mentors. They were brilliant and fielded our unremitting questions for a whole day. Their immense knowledge has proved to be invaluable."
– Jonathan Lloyd
[Reproduced with permission.]
Honorary Members Elected at the 2015 AGM
Two legendary sailors, JON SANDERS and LES POWLES, were elected Honorary Members of the Ocean Cruising Club in London on the 28th March 2015. Jon, a 9-times circumnavigator, was honoured at a gathering in Australia. Les Powles, author of two books and now aged 90, has been a member of OCC since 1997. Read more about their extraordinary stories here.
The OCC Supports YJA Stand on Rio Pollution
The OCC supports the Yachting Journalists' Association call for action regarding pollution at the 2016 Olympic sailing venue on Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janiero. The full text of the Press Release on this issue follows and additional information is presented on the YJA website. They have called on the Olympic Committee to move the venue to unpolluted waters in Búzios just 75 miles away. Watch a BBC report on the extent of pollution here.
PRESS RELEASE ...
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 to four of the five in attendance. (Clockside: Wise, Mudie Nicolson, Allen)
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