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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.

18 Oct 2021

The OCC is in Annapolis!

By Patty Moss

Come by the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD and say hello. It's raining now, but hey, sailing is a water sport! — at Annapolis Boat Shows. ....

18 Oct 2021

First ever Earthshot winners announced

By Daria Blackwell

The new Earthshot environmental prize initiated by Prince William has been awarded to 5 innovators including Coral Vita, who grow coral on land to return to the sea. ....

18 Oct 2021

The Ocean Cleanup Gets Underway 20th of October

By Daria Blackwell

The day has come to celebrate the beginning of the end of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch. ....

17 Oct 2021

Upcoming OCC Events

By Daria Blackwell

Events are starting up again as more people are vaccinated against Covid-19. A series of webinars have been initiated and will be recorded and available to view on the website. ....

11 Oct 2021

Biodiversity under threat alongside climate change

By Phil Heaton & Daria Blackwell

Biodiversity faces growing pressures from global changes, including climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, ecosystem collapse and pollution. COP15 and COP26 are tackling both. ....

08 Oct 2021

OCC members can help monitor status of world coral reefs

By Daria Blackwell

The Sixth Status of Corals of the World 2020 report is the first since 2008, and the first based on the quantitative analysis of a global dataset contributed by more than 300 members of the network. ....

07 Oct 2021

Subsea cable off Gran Canaria to be avoided

By Daria Blackwell

West Africa cable system segment that comes ashore south of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria must be avoided if anchoring in the vicinity. ....

07 Oct 2021

US Customs and Border Protection App

By Daria Blackwell

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced 21 September that CBP ROAM™ will introduce new features that allow pleasure boat operators to apply for and update cruising licenses. ....

04 Oct 2021

OCC Website Nominated for Prestigious Award

By Daria Blackwell

The OCC is pleased to announce the nomination of our website www.oceancruisingclub.org for the Babcock International First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media.  ....

02 Oct 2021

Orca encounters reach new high off Galicia, Spain

By Rhys Walters

The latest reports are from the MiniTransat Fleet in Baiona, and yachts in Cangas and Vigo. Advice is to avoid transiting the waters off Galicia in Northwestern Spain until later in October. ....

28 Sep 2021

Anchoring in ecologically sensitive areas

By Alex Blackwell

Some ways we can help preserve pristine and biodiverse but vulnerable seabeds when anchoring our vessels. ....

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! ....