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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.

28 Nov 2021

South Africa Rocks! 

By Jenny Crickmore-Thompson & John Franklin

This period, from September to about February, is the most entertaining season for us here in South Africa when the circumnavigating yachts hit our shores and bring lots of excitement with them! ....

27 Nov 2021

COP26 – so how was it for our world and our oceans?

By Phil Heaton and Steve Brown

The expectations were high as the scientific analysis and reports showed categorically that the world was on a trajectory towards a calamitous 2.7°C of warming... ....

26 Nov 2021

Upcoming OCC Events

By Daria Blackwell

Events are again in jeopardy of cancellation due to Covid-19 increasing incidence and new variants. The webinars are continuing and are recorded and available to view on the website. ....

21 Nov 2021

Make a small gesture for the earth - Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By Daria Blackwell

Some time ago, the General Committee voted to make it possible for members to opt out of paper mailings. ....

14 Nov 2021

Saving our oceans from toxic chemicals and microplastics

By Daria Blackwell

Edinburgh-based marine biologist, Dr Howard Dryden, started the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey ( to tackle the root causes of climate change - loss of plankton in our oceans. ....

07 Nov 2021

Happy Hour at Marina de Lagos in Portugal

By Bill Balme

Just one of those frequent gatherings that happen in this very special club - wherever the burgee flies, a party surely follows!  ....

30 Oct 2021

Today, OCC was in Pasito Blanco, Gran Canaria. 

By Agustin Martin

More than 30 OCC members in a Get-together ....

27 Oct 2021

What does it all mean? An Environment Update Special

By Phil Heaton and Steve Brown

As political leaders, scientists, environmentalists and business leaders convene in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 we cruisers are deeply concerned that they make decisions to protect our world... ....

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. ....

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. ....