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The Ocean
Cruising Club

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, entails stepping aboard a boat and making a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 nautical miles, measured by the shortest practical Great Circle route between two ports, in a vessel not more than 70 feet overall length. Associate Members join aspiring to do the same and being inspired by those who already have.

16 Mar 2023

"Indisputable" new research proves effects of climate change are underway

By Daria Blackwell

It has been a rough few weeks for climate change deniers. Multiple studies have confirmed that our climate is rapidly changing, and not for the better. ....

13 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report cruising from Ireland to the Canaries (Part 1)

By Thierry Courvoisier

From traditional Irish weather to astronomical sightseeing, Gaia explores the variety on offer along the Atlantic coastline before setting off into the ocean herself. ....

12 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from the Atlantic

By Rhys Walters

Five years after we bought her hull, Zora was ready to cross the Atlantic and start her Caribbean adventures. ....

12 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from Patagonia, Chile

By Lars & Susanne Hellman

Sea Wind continues her exploration of the remote coastline of Chile, where the people her crew meet are as lovely as the scenery. ....

10 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from New Caledonia to Australia

By Phil & Sarah Tadd

Serenity of Swanwick continues her adventures in the Pacific where Covid finally catches up, and they join the Down Under Rally, before waiting for a weather window for the next leg of their trip. ....

10 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from the South Pacific

By Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan

After nearly three years, Pamela and Denis are finally reunited with Glide and roving the South Pacific again. ....

09 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from Brazil and beyond

By Stuart & Anne Letton

Time Bandit completes her circumnavigation at St George's, Grenada, leaving them with a big decision... Where next? ....

09 Mar 2023

Roving Rear Commodore Report from New Zealand into the Pacific

By Simon Phillips

Sapphire II of London has had a refit and back on the high seas, bidding farewell to New Zealand en route to Fiji. ....

08 Mar 2023

The Reverend Bob Shepton sails up the Thames River

By Rev Bob Shepton

Honorary OCC Member Bob Shepton has sailed far but had never experienced a sail up the Thames. As Patron of the Novara Project, he jumped at the chance to join as crew on this eye-opening voyage. ....

08 Mar 2023

Reflections on COP27

By Dr Nigel Jollands

Novara One Planet Project member Dr Nigel Jollands reflects on the outcomes of COP27 in the lead-up to COP28. He asks, is it really "Too little, too late"? ....

05 Mar 2023

United Nations reach accord to protect marine life on high seas

By Daria Blackwell

After almost 20 years of talks, United Nations member states agreed on a legal framework for parts of the ocean outside national boundaries in the historic High Seas Treaty. ....

08 Feb 2023

Guy Chester named as recipient of the Australian Trophy

By Daria Blackwell

Guy Chester was awarded for his recent passage from New Zealand to South Africa aboard his trimaran Oceans Tribute. (NZ>New Caledonia>Cairns Australia>Darwin Australia>la Reunion>Richards Bay SA) ....


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