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 2014 OCC Awards!
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Learn what OCC members are doing and what you can do to help those affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Now live...OCC's Best Practices in Blue Water Cruising
A series on Best Practices in Blue Water Cruising is being developed based on discussion threads in the OCC Forum and elsewhere. The first white paper, Best Practices in Watchkeeping, has been posted and we've started a new series of discussions under "Seamanship".
Heavy Weather Sailing. A “white paper” on heavy weather sailing has been posted on the Forum and is open for discussion.
OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme
Are you planning a passage? Can you offer a young person a berth?
February 1, 2015
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.
Download Application Form here.
View short video here.
Learn more about the programme here.
2014 OCC Award Winners Announced in London 09 Jan
The winners of the 2014 OCC Awards were announced at an OCC dinner which traditionally is held annually during the London Boat Show. Peter Paternotte, a member of the Awards Subcommittee, flew in to London from Amsterdam to make the announcements. A Press Release was issued to global media outlets that night. Detailed information about the Award recipients can be found on the OCC website.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! The Awards will be formally presented at the Annual Awards Dinner in March. Click here for more details. We hope to see you all there.
The OCC Mentoring Programme - update!
"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
[Mr Lloyd gave permission for his words to be used in OCC publicity]
The OCC 60th Anniversary Events Diary
More than 1000 members and friends attended OCC events in 2014!
OCC members celebrated 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 managed to work their way through multiple events as they cruised with the seasonal flow of currents, others came by land to join up with those who came by sea. Some crossed oceans to get there, while others 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 caught up with each other.
Did you host an event? Send us your photos and story to post here. 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
- Video from Pacific NW Rally 2014 (on YouTube)
- Southampton Boat Show stand, September 2014
- Gran Canaria November 2014
- South Africa December 2014
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.
Warning to yacht skippers on Piracy in the Indian Ocean
October 19th 2013
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