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.
To review the benefits of membership, please click here.
Baltic & E Atlantic Rallies 2014
Ocean Cruising Events for Ocean Cruisers
In1954, 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.
For the Ocean Cruising Club’s 60th Anniversary, it seems fitting therefore to run, as well as a plethora of day and weekend events, two long distance, ocean-going Rallies: The Baltic Rally and The Eastern Atlantic Rally.
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
Jeanne Socrates Completes Solo Non-Stop Circumnavigation!
Ocean Cruising Club welcomes member Jeanne Socrates with a special award upon completion of a solo non-stop circumnavigation at the age of 70. OCC member since 1999, Jeanne has been circumnavigating since 2007, completing four trips around the globe, but the non-stop eluded her until now. Jeanne passed the Victoria Harbour entrance aboard her 38-foot sailing vessel Nereida on the 8th of July
Four OCC Boats and a Rescue in Bermuda 1-2
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.
Four OCC skippers and boats participated in the Bermuda 1-2 Race this year. Along with Kiwi Spirit (Stanley Paris), Halcyon (Dan Alonso), Bluebird (Gust Stringos), Panacea (Peter McCrea) started off just as the tail-end of TS Andrea blew past.
And the results show Kiwi Spirit 1st with line honours, Halcyon 2nd in class and 9th overall, Panacea 2nd in class 4 and 13th overall, Bluebird 3rd in class 4 and 14th overall!
Help Track Effects of Climate Change
Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change. A call to action this spring got many sailors involved mostly throughout the northern hemisphere. There is a great need for additional data collection in the southern hemisphere, where the sailing season will soon be getting underway. Learn more about how you can help!
Do you ever read the Forum? If not, why not?? It is a great source of information and assistance, on matters both technical personal, so do take the time to browse and see if you have some words of wisdom to offer.
A request just posted is for crew to join a passage from Singapore to South Africa in august 2014 aboard Sara II - interested?
OCC Youth Blue Water Cruising Programme
The Ocean Cruising Club Youth bursary (scholarship or grant) programme aims to foster the development of ocean cruising by enabling young people to gain experience of long distance sailing by facilitating the introduction of young sailors to experienced blue water cruisers and contribute towards the costs of the voyage (travel to location of vessel, food, etc).
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 long distance cruising by connecting them with experienced and seasoned members.
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.
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 to show you - just click on this link and it will show you the current status. 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.