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 60th Anniversary Events a Global Success
Based on the experience of the Ocean Cruising Club in its 60th Anniversary Year, cruising is alive and well and thriving among our adventurous community of long-distance sailors. A Press Release with a summary of events that have been organized around the world to celebrate this momentous milestone in the OCC’s history was released today. More detailed stories about many of the events listed are available upon request, as are high resolution photos. The OCC will have a stand (E029) at the Southampton Boat Show this coming week. Please stop by to see us.
Photo: Roving Rear Commodores John and Christine Lytle and Port Officer Jesse James singing Happy Birthday to the Flying Fish.
Call for Nominations
Who do you know who deserves an OCC Award?
Every year the OCC recognises both members and non-members related to the sailing community – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. But for any award to be made, first there must be a nomination ... so who do you know who merits recognition by the OCC and by the wider sailing world?
OCC at the Southampton Boat Show
OCC Exhibit Stand - Topsail Party - All a grand success in Southampton!
As was publicised last month, the OCC had a small stand at the Southampton Boat Show by courtesy of Topsail Insurance who again generously allowed us to use part of their stand area at E029.
OCC members visiting the Show were welcomed and a nice selection of regalia was available for sale. Quite a few new members signed up as a result of the interactions. It is always impressive for prospective new members to meet and talk to seasoned ocean cruisers when contemplating membership.
The new pop-up display created for this show is now available to use at events within reach of the home office.
East Atlantic Rally 2014 Continues...
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 continues - still time to sign up! The E Atlantic Rally covers some 1000 nm over 4 months (August to November) down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal, and includes the Canaries and Madeira - ideal if you are en route to the Caribbean or doing a circuit back through the Azores.
Enjoy the adventure!
Members Making News
Pam Wall Leads 2-day Seminar: 1-2 November in Maryland
OCC member, Port Officer, and circumnavigator Pam Wall is taking part in a highly informative seminar covering seamanship, weather, oceanography and boat preparation. This promises to be a great event for mariners preparing for major offshore passages.
For more information visit the web page for the event.
For additional events and blog entries by Pam Wall, please visit her website.
The New OCC Vertue Award for North America
Peter McCrea is the first recipient
A new award for North American members was announced during the 60th Anniversary cruise in Maine. Peter McCrea was named the first recipient. Read more in the Press Release.
The OCC Cookery Book - A great gift idea!
The 60th Anniversary OCC Cookery Book...a thoughtful gift for mariners!
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.
The 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+ mile qualifying ocean passage by helping them answer some of those unresolved questions that may hinder them
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.
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.