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.
To review the benefits of membership, please view this pdf.
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JOÃO CARLOS FRAGA, 23 June 1946 – 11 January 2017
João Carlos Fraga with Admiral Mary Barton
Members will be sad to learn of the death of João Carlos Fraga, friend to all OCC members visiting Horta, following several years of declining health.
João Carlos joined our Club in 1980 after crossing the Atlantic aboard Vireo, a 27ft multihull, the previous year, and immediately took on the role of unofficial ambassador for Horta to all the OCC (and many non-OCC) yachts which visited the harbour each year. He spoke excellent English and several other languages, having spent many years working for the Azorean airline SATA (now Azores Airlines), and advised both the Azorean tourism authority and Portas das Açores (which owns most of the marinas in the archipelago) about the requirements of visiting yachtsmen.
The Board and Committee have the greatest pleasure in advising that Bill and Laurie Balme are the first recipients of our new annual prize for the member(s) that introduce the most new recruits to the Ocean Cruising Club. For 2016 Bill and Laurie proposed seven new members and will receive free membership for 2017.
Additionally the following members have achieved 30 years of continuous membership:
We thank you all for your contribution to making the Club truly vibrant and international.
OCC Caribbean SSB Radio Net 2016-2017
The OCC Caribbean radio net will again be in operation this winter from 1st December to April as a minimum. This is not a HAM net so anyone with a SSB radio is very welcome to join in. Getting the net started in December sometimes requires persistence by the net controller to recruit contributors and build a roster of net controllers, so please listen and call until we establish a workable group after which it should become self-sustaining.
0730 local time (1130 GMT) on most days – usually Monday to Saturday – on 6227kHz USB.
Simon and Hilda Julien, Roving Rear Commodores (East Caribbean)
OCC's Best Practices in Blue Water Cruising
Join in on the discussions on the OCC Forum and help the OCC generate valuable references for cruising sailors.
New threads open on Communications at Sea and MOB Retrieval. Share your expertise and experience.
- Best Practices in Watchkeeping - the first paper in the developing series (May 2015)
- Heavy Weather Sailing by Tony Gooch is the second paper added to the collection. (Aug 2015)
Calling all Junkies! A discussion of Best Practices in Junk Rig Sailing has been started here by David Tyler!
New article Strategy for a Flooding Vessel has been posted by Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy...thoughts welcome!
New thread open on Seasickness Management. Please add your thoughts.
Please weigh in on a new thread for Man Overboard Recovery on the Forum.
News from the cruising world...
What’s been happening on the OCC Forum this month...
- Lots of discussion about some of the shortcomings of modern anchors with some excellent video footage
- Ongoing discussion about the Chiki Rafiki capsize and aftermath
- Request for advice on passage plans in Caribbean and Panama
- Discussion about Downwind Sails for a Pacific crossing
- Lots of second hand charts for sale on the Forum
A report in from the Roving Rear Commodores. Read more here.
New resource for boats heading south via ICW
A web page has been established by Dockwa in association with Active Captain to provide information about damage sustained during Hurricane Matthew.
Where Are Our Port Officers?
Here's a quick easy look at a Port Officers' map. For full details, login to the website and select the Port Officers pages from the Menu on the left hand side of the page. Please extend the common courtesy of giving them a call, even if it's just to drop in for a cuppa or invite them over for cocktails in the cockpit! If you've enjoyed the time spent with them or received exceptional help and assistance, let us know. It's always good to recognise their dedicated service.
Detailed port information can be accessed from links at the end of selected listings. Check back often for updates.
The OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme
Are you planning a passage? Can you offer a young person a berth?
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.
Learn how to apply for the programme here.
The OCC Mentoring Programme
Although we’ve added some new mentors to the list in recent months, we can always use more volunteers to broaden the geographic areas and expertise database. Mentors help Associates prepare for their qualifying ocean passages, enabling them to become Full members, and mentors also advise members about their voyaging and cruising plans. Communication is usually by email, and as long as the mentor and mentee have an Internet connection you can be anywhere in the world.
If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, please email Priscilla Travis (email below), and describe your cruising and voyaging experience, areas of nautical expertise, boat details, plus the URL of your website, if you have one.
Wanted. ’If you are seeking a crew berth to gain experience or to complete your qualifying passage, or if you have a berth to offer to a crew member, please use the OCC Forum ‘Crew Needed and Crewing Positions That’s the fastest way to advertise your needs to the members.
"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
[Reproduced with permission.]
Focus Your Binoculars On Seabirds!
Please contribute to the Birding Aboard Project! Birding Aboard was created to raise awareness among long-distance boaters from around the world to record their seabird observations. All data goes to eBird, a worldwide resource for scientists and conservation groups.
More information is available at www.birdingaboard.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingAboard/, where you can share your questions, photographs, and experiences with other birders aboard.