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.
Commodore's Report 2014
OCEAN CRUISING CLUB: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 12 APRIL 2014
I have pleasure in presenting my Commodore’s report on the activities of the Club in the 12 months since the last AGM. In summary we have worked on and made great progress in the following areas:
- Sound finances
- Increased membership
- De-risked the subscription structure
- No inflation rise in subscriptions
- Expanded and improved the Port Officer network
- Bigger editions of Flying Fish
- Higher international profile for the Club
- Improved web site
- Proposed updated and more sustainable legal framework
- Active Facebook page and Forum
- Setting up of rallies for jubilee year
More detail on all these areas is given below, and I trust you will join me in thanking the members of the committee and other volunteers who have served the OCC over the past year.
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.
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 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+
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 Youth Sponsorship Programme
The Ocean Cruising Club Youth Sponsorship or 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.
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.
Have you taken part in the Forum? It is a great source of information and assistance, on matters both technical and personal, so do take the time to browse and see if you have some words of wisdom to offer.
New warning to yacht skippers on Piracy in the Indian Ocean
October 19th 2013 Dick Moore
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
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.