The Ocean Cruising Club has two types of membership:
Full Membership - A Full Member of the OCC must have completed a non-stop ocean passage between two ports, where the distance between the ports is not less than 1,000 nautical miles measured by the shortest practical Great Circle route, as skipper or member of the crew in a vessel of not more than 70ft (21.3 m) LOA.
Associate Membership An Associate Member must have made a clear commitment to achieve the qualifying passage in a realistic and reasonable time-scale. The time allowed is at the discretion of the General Committee and shall take account of all the circumstances of each individual applicant, but it shall not normally exceed six years.
Further details of Membership Categories, Qualifications required and latest Subscription Rates are contained in this document.
Benefits of Membership
Fellowship - The OCC is a world-wide club for blue water sailors. It has no premises and members regard the seas and harbours of the world as their clubhouse. Members proudly fly a distinctive blue and gold burgee with a flying fish on it. Make yourself known by flying the burgee and you'll be sure of a warm welcome, hospitality, fellowship, and assistance if
you need it.
Events & Port Officer Network - The OCC has a vibrant programme of shore and afloat events, including rallies and cruises in company, organised by the various Regional and Roving Rear Commodores. The OCC also has more than 200 Port Officers worldwide who have a detailed knowledge of their area and are prepared to help visiting members in whatever way they can: locating spare parts or services, receiving mail, coping with local formalities or organising informal get-togethers.
Mentoring and Youth Sponsorship Programmes - The Ocean Cruising Club offers a one-on-one Mentoring programme to Full and Associate Members to assist members seeking advice on ocean passages, adventuring in distant waters, and coastal cruising to unfamiliar areas.The Youth Sponsorship Programme enables young people between the ages of 18 and 25 to gain experience as crew members on long distance sailing passages.The sponsorship contributes 2/3 of travel and other costs of the voyage.
Publications and Digital Media - The Ocean Cruising Club is committed to sharing information between its members and the wider cruising community. Accounts of members' voyages, experiences and adventures are published anually in Flying Fish, the journal of the Ocean Cruising Club. The quarterly Newsletter carries news from around the world, the eBulletin updates members via a monthly email, whilst the website contains a wealth of information especially in the Cruising Forums. The Members Handbook provides information about members, their vessels, and Port Officers, while the OCC Fleet Map shows where are members are cruising at any given time.
OCC App & Social Media - The OCC App contains much of the above information and, once refreshed, can be accessed off-line as required. You can download this freely from both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The OCC Facebook Members Group is an excellent way to post questions and queries, stories and tales, advice and information for other members. Our various OCC Facebook ocean crossing groups can also be found here. Added to this is region specific WhatsApp groups: Caribbean, Atlantic, Panama Transit, Pacific Crossing, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, Med Cruising, Scandinavia, Iceland/Greenland/Canada NE, and Western Europe.
Membership privileges in other clubs - Many yacht clubs will give OCC members visiting yachtsmen's membership privileges. Show your membership card and you are likely to be well received far and wide.
Joining the OCC
You may apply to join the OCC using the online application form on this website. The form is fully interactive and provides
appropriate guidance at every stage including what category of membership and
subscription rates you are eligible for.
However, if you have any questions on joining please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com and we will endeavour to help you.