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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.

23 Sep 2021

OCC will be in Annapolis!

By Daria Blackwell

Evolution Sails Chesapeake, our host for the US Sailboat show, has a stand on Dock F1. Please stop by to say hello and learn what's happening at the Ocean Cruising Club! ....

20 Sep 2021

All drains lead to the sea - Clean Sailors on greywater 

By Holly Manvell and Crew of Clean Sailors

When we wash dishes, take a shower, brush our teeth and clean our boats, guess where our wastewater ends up? Yup, the sea. So, let’s talk about ‘greywater’. ....

18 Sep 2021

OCC Members Take Coastal Cleanup Action

By Phil Heaton

Cruisers join together to help clean up around the marina and harbour of Licata, Italy. ....

12 Sep 2021

Upcoming OCC Events

By Daria Blackwell

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many live events have been cancelled or postponed. A series of webinars have been initiated and will be recorded and available to view on the website. ....

12 Sep 2021

World’s 1st Satellite-Based Coral Reef Map & Monitoring System Deployed Globally

By Daria Blackwell

Researchers have completed a comprehensive online atlas of the world’s coral reefs by using more than two million satellite images from across the earth. ....

10 Sep 2021

The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award announced

By Daria Blackwell

Yachting Monthly announced at the Southampton International Boat Show that £3,000 was awarded to Sophie Dingwall for inspiring writing about plastic pollution in the islands. ....

10 Sep 2021

OCC At the Southampton International Boat Show

By Carol Dutton

Members are reminded that we have a stand at the Southampton Boat Show courtesy of mailasail, running from today until 19th Sep.  ....

04 Sep 2021

Reef safe sunscreens 

By Behan Gifford

We protect our bodies from the sun with sunscreen. We also need to protect reefs by making our choice of sunscreen carefully!  ....

29 Aug 2021

Category 4 Hurricane Ida approaches Louisiana

By Daria Blackwell

Hurricane Ida is due to make landfall near New Orleans on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. ....

28 Aug 2021

International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) Saturday, 18th September

By Phil Heaton

Around the world, people are being mobilised for International Coastal Cleanup Day - one of the world's largest annual volunteer preservation and protection events for our oceans and beaches. ....

07 Aug 2021

Southern Spain, Gulf of Cadiz: Exclusion Zone Due to Orca Interactions

By Daria Blackwell

An exclusion zone for vessels up to 15 metres (sailing and motor) has been established by the Marina Mercante off the coast of southern Spain due to the increase of orca contacts with small vessels.  ....

03 Jul 2021

30th Anniversary of Sailing Club in Cuba

By Daria Blackwell

Hemingway International Nautical Club of Cuba will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022 and we are all invited. ....