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!
To review the benefits of membership, please click here.
A Report on the Proposed Articles of Association
A REPORT ON THE PROPOSED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND CLUB POLICY DOCUMENTS
In reading this report please note: The Articles of Association state the Founding Principles and are the legal framework for the Limited Company, and need member’s approval at an AGM to be changed. The Policy Documents define the day-to-day management of the Club, and do not need member’s approval at an AGM to be changed. The 4 Policy Documents featured here, namely Club Officers, Membership, Meetings Voting Elections, and Finance are draft documents, as formulated by the Committee. Others will follow.
However, both the Articles and the Policies must be read in conjunction.
Awards Dinner HQS Wellington, 12th April
The Awards come round again, and we have a feisty crop of winners this year, many of whom are planning to be at the Awards Dinner!
Book your seats now, as there is limited space aboard the HQS Wellington, London, and it will be first come, first served. The Dinner will be held on 12th April: drinks on the Quarterdeck from 5.30pm, Dinner at 7pm.
There is a registration and payment form here; please note that the cost for members is £45 (same as last year, so no increase there!), but for guests is £50.
Jeanne Socrates, winner of the OCC Barton Cup
10th Jan 2014: Jeanne Socrates was named award Winner of the OCC's prestigious Barton Cup, awarded for her persistence, perseverance and determination to complete a solo non-stop circumnavigation. Jeanne was 70 when she crossed the line, becoming the oldest woman to have ever achieved this.
Alonso first recipient of OCC Seamanship Award
10 January 2014: Dan Alonso named first recipient of the OCC Seamanship Award. See the Press Release for more details and to read about all of this year's award winners.
This year's Bermuda 1-2 saw a frightening rescue by our own Dan Alonso, who put life and boat at risk to save another competitor. Read the dramatic story here.
An Arctic Achievement - NW Passage both ways!
9th January 2014:
Rev. Bob Shepton named Britain's Top Yachtsman.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Mansfield.
Another first for Rev Bob Shepton: his return west to east through the NW Passage completed his double transit, E-W and now W-E of the North West Passage in two consecutive years.
Baltic & E Atlantic Rallies 2014
Ocean Cruising Events for Ocean Cruisers
In 1954, Hum Barton took the step of creating an ocean cruising club: not a yacht club, not a sailing club – this was to be a cruising club of ocean-going sailors, people who ventured forth, often into unknown and uncharted waters, often in very small boats, often single-handed, cruisers who went further afield than usual and often took a long time about it.
OCC Youth Bursary Sponsorship Programme
The Ocean Cruising Club Youth Bursary (scholarship or grant) programme aims to foster ocean cruising by enabling young people to gain the experience of long distance sailing through the experience of blue water cruisers. 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, but uses the knowledge of "old salts".
Our latest young man to be sponsored was 18 yr old Callum Underwood, who at very short notice was able to join the crew of Apogee (average age 60) under skipper Bob Morris from Gran Canaria to Grenada via Cape Verdes - a most successful venture for all concerned. Watch for his story, and for more info on how to do this yourself, read on.
OCC Wishes the Secchi App Project a Happy Birthday!
On 21st February, it was the 1st anniversary of the launch of the Secchi Disk study and the Secchi App project, the global Citizen Study by seafarers to study the marine phytoplankton and to help track the effects of climate change. The Ocean Cruising Club were one of the first organisations to promote the study and the project team have been in touch to ask us to thank everyone who is taking part and submitting Secchi depth measurements to the global database.
Where Are our Port Officers?
Have you ever wondered where all our Port Officers are based?Here's a quick easy look at a Port Officers' map . No details, as for that you need to login to the website and select the Port Officers pages from the Menu of the left hand side of this page.
The OCC Port Officers are an incredible resource for you to use: don't pass their port without the common courtesy of giving them a call, even if it's just to drop in for a cuppa or invite them over for cocktails in the cockpit! And if you've enjoyed the time spent with them, or received exceptional help and assistance, let us know. It's always good to recognise their dedicated service.
OCC Mentoring Programme for Associate Members
In order to fulfil the mission of the Club “to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft, including all aspects of seamanship and navigation”, the OCC has a one-on-one Mentoring Programme to assist those about to embark upon their first ocean passage and help them with some of those unresolved questions that may stop them from reaching their goal, by connecting them with experienced and seasoned members.
Full membership in the OCC is obtained only after a qualifying 1000+ mile ocean voyage, but to fulfil their dreams sooner, we suggest you join OCC as an Associate Member, and then avail yourself of this extraordinary Mentoring Programme. This Programme goes beyond that of simply meeting members at local events and rallies where one can ask questions. It is a partnership designed to help get you out there sooner. So if you've completed all the courses and certifications and need that final encouragement, this is your next step.