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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.

03 Oct 2023

World Sailing Trust launches survey into gender design in sailing

By World Sailing Trust

The Gender Design Survey aims to gather baseline data to start the discussion whether the design of sailing equipment is impacting the development of greater gender diversity. ....

03 Oct 2023

Major fire and flooding on Antigua and Barbuda

By Daria Blackwell

As Tropical Storm Phillippe dropped heavy rains, a fire broke out in the marina complex, destroying the marina offices and businesses. The marina remains intact and the channels are reportedly clear. ....

03 Oct 2023

Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) Announces Change to Moananuiakea Sail Plan

By Daria Blackwell

PVS CEO Nainoa Thompson announced that Hokule'a will return home to Lahaina, Hawaii from California in late December, before continuing on their circumnavigation of the Pacific. ....

29 Sep 2023

OCC at the Southampton International Boat Show

By RC Reg Barker

The Southampton International Boat Show took place this year from 15-24 September. Sue and Ed Wildgoose once again very kindly hosted the OCC on their MailASail stand. ....

27 Sep 2023

Honorary OCC Member Jeanne Socrates named to Cape Horn Hall of Fame

By Daria Blackwell

Four Whitbread/Volvo/Ocean Race Veterans and two record-breaking female solo circumnavigators were inducted into the Cape Horn Hall of Fame (Held at Les Sables d’Olonne). ....

27 Sep 2023

2026 Deadline for UKHO Discontinuation of Paper Charts Scrapped

By Daria Blackwell

Timetable for withdrawal of Standard Nautical Charts and Thematic Charts to be extended beyond 2026 in response to user feedback. ....

26 Sep 2023

Lessons from s/v Novara’s expedition

By Veronica Lysaght and Nigel Jollands, s/v Novara

s/v Novara’s expedition sought to support Scottish Highlands and Islands climate action. ....

26 Sep 2023

Antarctic winter sea ice hits 'extreme' record low

By Daria Blackwell

The preliminary Antarctic Sea Ice Maximum and Arctic Sea Ice Minimum are both in and the results are alarming scientists. ....

24 Sep 2023

Vava’u Blue Water Festival

By RoRC Lars Hellman, s/v Sea Wind

The Vava'u Blue Water Festival will have yacht racing, parties, music, food, dancing, kids events, presentations, and more. Running from the 22nd to the 29th of September in Neiafu, Tonga. ....

17 Sep 2023

Norwegian scientists prove why beach cleans matter

By Daria Blackwell

The removal of bigger pieces of plastic from coastlines prevents the breakdown to microplastic fragments that may stay in the water for years, giving scientists hope for polluted oceans. ....

16 Sep 2023

Amazing sailing adventures win big prizes

By Daria Blackwell

Yachting Monthly and B&G give away £5,500 in 2023 Brian Black Memorial Award, in association with B&G -- OCC Member family among those recognised. ....

11 Sep 2023

UN technical report on first global climate action stocktake

By Daria Blackwell

Implementation must accelerate to increase ambition across all fronts, taking an all-of-society approach to make progress towards the Paris Agreement goals and respond to the climate crisis. ....

10 May 2023

The OCC Guide to Climate Change for Cruisers

By Daria Blackwell

The Ocean Cruising Club has prepared a review of climate change for distance cruisers and how it affects decision-making in this era of adaptation. ....


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