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!
A great Christmas gift idea!
The 60th Anniversary OCC Cookery Book...a thoughtful gift for anyone with a small galley!
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.
Order a copy in print or Kindle editions. Makes a welcome stocking stuffer.
OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme
Are you planning a passage? Can you offer a young person a berth?
The OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme is in its third year of operation. Three candidates have undertaken successful voyages in the past three years and we now have a new candidate, a 25-year-old young woman, resident in the UK, who has been accepted for the bursary and is now keen to find an OCC boat to enable her to make an Ocean Passage. Preferably the passage should be 1000 NM making the person eligible to become a full member of OCC but it could be less. The protocol for the bursary award is outlined in detail on the OCC web site:
Things happening in the OCC Forum!
We are in the process of moving cruising reports from the CIC to the Forum to simplify member access to valuable cruising information. Please bear with us as we undertake this enormous task. Please visit the Cruising Reports and Plans pages on the Forum to see some of the new features.
If you are searching for information, please be sure to search both the CIC and the Forum while the data migration is ongoing. If you are submitting a report, please submit it directly to the Forum. If you have questions, please contact the Forum Administrator, Simon Currin.
The OCC 60th Anniversary Events Diary
More than 1000 members and friends have attended OCC events so far this year!
OCC members have been celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the OCC with the types of events only OCC members can share - get togethers wherever in the world they happen to be at any given point in time. Some have managed to work their way through multiple events as they cruise with the seasonal flow of currents, others have come by land to join up with those who come by sea. Some have crossed oceans to get there, others have crossed the road. No matter how far, OCC members share a common bond that creates instant friendships in any harbour of the world. Here we are collecting photos and short stories from all corners of the globe in which our adventurous members have caught up with each other.
Did you host an event? Send us your photos and story for a future feature update. Come back often to see whose story is up next.
- Baltic Rally July-August 2014
- Maine Rally August 2014
- East Atlantic Rally June-Nov 2014
- Southampton Boat Show stand, September 2014
Club Secretary Appointment
Following interviews with some excellent short-listed candidates, the Board is pleased to announce that Rachelle Turk has been appointed as OCC Club Secretary, effective immediately. Many of you will know Rachelle from the excellent work she has already been doing for the Club in handling Event Registration, the UK Social Fund and work on developing Regalia purchasing and sales.
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
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.
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)
Meet our Members
This biography features Tony & Coryn Gooch, adventurers who like the idea of going to places where people aren't, where flora and fauna are relatively untouched, and where a sailor's preparedness and resourcefulness may be tested daily.
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.