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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.

30 Jan 2023

OCC Vertue Award for 2022

By Doug Bruce

THE recipients for 2022 are Harriet & TL Linskey ....

27 Jan 2023

The OCC Seamanship Award goes to the rescuers of a GGR participant

By Daria Blackwell

The OCC Seamanship Award goes to the parties involved in the rescue of a participant in the Golden Globe Race (GGR 2022) in the Southern Ocean some 500 miles off the coast of South Africa ....

22 Jan 2023

Voting for the David Wallis Trophy produces a tie for the 2nd time in 30 years!

By Daria Blackwell

Ellen Massey Leonard shares the prize for SAILING AND DIVING THE MANY MOTU this year with Anthea Cornell Stock who is awarded the Trophy posthumously for CAPSIZE! ....

20 Jan 2023

The OCC Award (open to all) is given to operators of two cruiser radio nets

By Daria Blackwell

The OCC Award, which is open to all including nonmembers, recognises service to the ocean cruising community as a whole, is awarded to Patricia Dallas & David Sapiane of NZ and Russell Frazer of NA. ....

20 Jan 2023

The Vasey Vase is awarded to Lars and Susanne Hellman

By Daria Blackwell

In the Southern summer of 2021/22, Roving Rear Commodores Lars and Susanne made an epic voyage from Ushuaia to the Antarctic peninsular and back again to Ushuaia.  ....

20 Jan 2023

The OCC Qualifier Cup is awarded to Ainur Mutiyeva

By Daria Blackwell

In 2022 Ainur Mutiyeva and Shaun Weaver set out from Panama on their beloved THREE SHIPS heading via the northern route to Papua New Guinea on what they reckoned was the least stressful Covid route. ....

19 Jan 2023

OCC Award (member) recognising valuable service to the OCC

By Daria Blackwell

This year, the Club recognises two members who have contributed a great deal to the OCC for many years, both of whom are standing down from their responsibilities: Jeremy Firth and Daria Blackwell. ....

19 Jan 2023

Cal Currier received the OCC Jester Award

By Daria Blackwell

In the summer of 2022, between his sophomore and junior years of high school, Cal Currier completed a 3,400-nautical-mile journey in 28 days from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, to Lagos, Portugal. ....

19 Jan 2023

Three OCC Port Officers are recognised with PO Service Award

By Daria Blackwell

Chris & Bill Burry - POs Deltaville & Mathews, VA, Peter Dodd - PO Nova Scotia, Canada and Mike Hodder - PO Crosshaven, Ireland were all cited as exceptional ambassadors for the OCC. ....

19 Jan 2023

The OCC Lifetime Cruising Award goes to Ian Nicolson and Asia Pajkowska

By Daria Blackwell

The Lifetime Cruising Award is shared for 2022 by two extraordinary sailors: Joanna (Asia) Pajkowska and OCC Founding Member Ian Nicolson. ....

18 Jan 2023

OCC Awards Announced for 2022 - the Schwartz Family takes the Barton Cup

By Daria Blackwell

Now that cruising has returned to somewhat normal ground, the OCC Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognise. Nominations for the awards are made by Full Members of the OCC. ....

15 Jan 2023

Warmest Years and Warmest Ocean on Record

By Daria Blackwell

2022 had much stand out news for many of the wrong reasons, two of them being climate oriented: the oceans were the warmest in recorded history and the last 8 years were the hottest on record. ....

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