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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The cruising world...
Read about this year's bumper crop of blue water cruising accomplishments and the amazing stories that accompany them. A Press Release was issued 10-02-16, and a web page is being created to collect all the amazing stories as they come in from the high seas.
Join us at the Annual Awards Dinner to meet some of the recipients of the 2015 Awards.
Attention: Sea Mercy heading to Fiji, seeking volunteers
Warning: Zika virus outbreaks in Central/South America & Caribbean
WHO has just declared a global emergency in its spread. (01-Feb-16) Read more on the OCC Forum.
Important: Piracy reported north of Trinidad
The OCC has taken a proactive stance and is working with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to mitigate the situation. Read the press release issued 2 January 2016 here. A report was issued by the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago (9th Jan 2016).
Quick Links to the OCC Forum
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.
OCC Caribbean SSB Net
Underway 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”.
New Data on Rio Pollution: The OCC Supports YJA Stand on Olympic Venue
Read an alarming report about tests conducted independently by the Associated Press in Rio Olympic waters 2 Dec 2015.
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.
Continue to read about the YJA position.
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.
ADMIRAL MARY BARTON
As many members will already be aware, Admiral Mary died on 1st December, just a few days before her 95th birthday.
The Ocean Cruising Club is deeply indebted to Mary, the second wife of our Founder, Humphrey Barton. As many will know, the Club went through troubled times in the 1980s and, by the time Mary became Commodore in 1988, it was both insolvent and riven by deep divisions. It was due in large part to Mary’s devotion to the OCC throughout her six years as Commodore that it survived to grow into the vibrant Club it is today. Mary was appointed Admiral in 1994, on completion of her second term as Commodore.
Born in Australia, Mary was a keen sailor throughout her long life, dinghies in wartime Ceylon (Sri Lanka) giving way to crewing on ocean passages in the 1950s and 60s. After she married Hum in 1970, Rose Rambler became their cruising home until his death ten years later.
Mike Pocock, long-distance cruiser, yacht designer, and former OCC Commodore
Former OCC Commodore Mike Pocock (talented naval architect and designer of Al Shaheen, Troubador, Brown Bear, Sadko, Arabesque, Tin Fish, Q2, Blackjack and Twilight amongst others) passed away on the 22nd of November. Mike had been a member of the OCC for 48 years, was Commodore from 1999 to 2003, and had been married for 55 years to Pat (née Barton), whose father was OCC founder, Humphrey Barton. In 1999-2000, Mike and Pat led what must be the longest rally in OCC history – the Commodore's Millennium Rally – from the UK to the Caribbean, the US East Coast, and back to the UK via the Azores. Mike and Pat were serious long-distance cruisers having visited most regions of the world on a boat designed by Mike. We extend our deepest sympathy to Pat and family. A small private service was held for family and close friends only on the 7th of December. If desired, donations to the RNLI.
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.