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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.

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. ....

11 Sep 2023

Emotional Start to McIntyre Ocean Globe Race

By Daria Blackwell

The 50th anniversary of the Whitbread was honoured with a perfect start on the Solent. Final farewell for 144 crew departing on Leg 1 of the Ocean Globe Race (OGR): Southampton to Cape Town. ....

07 Sep 2023

Hottest summer on record

By Daria Blackwell

The summer of 2023 was the hottest on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to data from the European Union Climate Change Service released on Wednesday. ....

29 Aug 2023

New no anchoring zones in French Polynesia

By Daria Blackwell

The Directorate of Maritime Affairs of French Polynesia (DPAM) has announced the creation of No-Anchoring Zones in Raiatea and Tahaa in the Society Islands to protect cables and outfalls. ....

27 Aug 2023

The OCC West Country Meet 

By Simon Currin, Commodore

This year's classic event took place at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth. ....

27 Aug 2023

OCC Musket Cove Regatta BBQ

By Jonathan Robinson

If you are in Fiji and would like to some camaraderie, join us for an informal group BBQ at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina. Fiji's Musket Cove Regatta dates this year are 6-10 September. ....

27 Aug 2023

Sea swimming ban in Nouméa

By Daria Blackwell

In the island paradise of New Caledonia's capital Nouméa, it's illegal to swim in the sea — except along a 200-metre stretch of beach.  ....

21 Aug 2023

2023 Vertue Award Winner: Ted Laurentius

By Doug Bruce

The Regional Rear Commodores for the OCC in North America are delighted to announce that Ted Laurentius of St. John’s Newfoundland will receive the 2023 Vertue Award. ....

19 Aug 2023

The most anticipated NWP is under way!

By Victor Wejer, PO NWP

Just over 30 ships and sailing vessels are trying their best to navigate the Northwest Passage. Initial outlook for ice didn't give much comfort to all who are asking questions and expressing doubts. ....

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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