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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 Dec 2023

Keeping a constant eye on wide blue ocean horizons

By Daria Blackwell

The following article is excerpted from SAMSA’s 25-Year Anniversary: Section Two by Sicelo Fayo in Mail & Guardian PARTNER CONTENT / 1 DECEMBER 2023 ....

02 Dec 2023

Medical supplies delivered to The Gambia

By Paul & Lori Muller

Thanks to Agustin Martin, the Ocean Cruising Club Port Officer in Gran Canaria, we were able to bring two bags of medical supplies to the clinic in Banjul, Gambia. ....

02 Dec 2023

End of Life Boats

By Phil Heaton

The question of what to do with boats at the end of their useful lives has been an issue for a long time. The Green Blue is looking to tackle the problem and is asking for assistance from the public. ....

30 Nov 2023

COP28 adopts new fund to help poor nations with disasters

By Daria Blackwell

In establishing the climate damage fund on the first day of the two-week COP28 conference, delegates opened the door for governments to announce contributions. ....

28 Nov 2023

Tackling Climate Change – United Nations Conference COP28

By Phil Heaton

The United Nations COP28 on Climate Change is being held in Dubai, UAE from 30 November to 12 December. ....

16 Nov 2023

Sailing-related injuries in a wide range of offshore sailors

By Daria Blackwell

An observational study published in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine showed that 1 in 5 cruises resulted in an injury regardless of demographic, injury, and voyage characteristics. ....

16 Nov 2023

Study estimates over 170 trillion plastic particles afloat in the world’s oceans

By Daria Blackwell

That is more than 21,000 pieces of plastic in the oceans for each of the Earth’s 8 billion residents. ....

14 Nov 2023

OCC Gathering in New South Wales

By Graham Walker

OCC members enjoying a spring get-together in Australia. ....

13 Nov 2023

OCC Fleetmap Tracking of Southbound Caribbean Vessels

By Bill Weigel, OCC IT Development

Offshore vessel tracking is increasing with satellite-based WiFi. OCC vessels sailing southbound offshore to the Caribbean are being successfully captured in the OCC Fleetmap. ....

06 Nov 2023

The Corinth Canal is closed for restoration work

By Daria Blackwell

The Corinth Canal SA informed customers and partners that the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport ceased operations after the 31st of October. ....

06 Nov 2023

New acoustic device to deter orcas to be tested in Portuguese waters

By Daria Blackwell

Starting in October, if the orcas are present, a device already tested in fishing vessels in Norway, will begin sea trials on sailboats in Portugal, where orcas have been "playing" with sailboats. ....

05 Nov 2023

OCC Presents Seamanship Award in South Africa

By Jenny Crickmore-Thompson & John Franklin

Fantastic OCC Event in Cape Town! Hosted at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, the event was attended by some 130 dignitaries, maritime officials, and enthusiastic sailors. ....

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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