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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.

21 Nov 2020


By RoRC Guy Chester

After months of lobbying national, state agencies and politicians, the OCC has received a letter from the Australian Border Force advising exemption category to COVID-19 restrictions for yachts. ....

11 Nov 2020

The Polar Yacht Guide 2020

By Daria Blackwell

World Sailing and Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation have compiled and published The Polar Yacht Guide with extensive input from Ocean Cruising Club members. Press release issued 28 October. ....

11 Nov 2020

Honorary OCC Member Jon Sanders Needs Our Help

By Daria Blackwell

For those not aware, our friend, sailing colleague and circumnavigator - Jon Sanders - needs help to sail home to Western Australia. ....

01 Nov 2020

Turkey, Izmir: Magnitude 7 Earthquake and Mini-Tsunami

By Noonsite

Noonsite has reported that a strong, shallow earthquake of magnitude 7 hit in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Izmir and Samos on the 30th of October. ....

29 Oct 2020

Photo Competition: ‘Seascapes and Landscapes’

By Emily Winter

We are looking for photos of seascapes and landscapes! ....

27 Oct 2020

Upcoming OCC Events

By Daria Blackwell

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

26 Oct 2020

RRS 'Sir David Attenborough' departs with OCC member William Whatley at helm

By Daria Blackwell

On 21 October 2020, the RRS (Royal Research Ship) 'Sir David Attenborough' polar research vessel left Cammell Laird shipyard on the River Mersey to begin two weeks of sea trials. ....

23 Oct 2020

81-year-old Record-Breaking Circumnavigator Makes Landfall in Australia

By Daria Blackwell

OCC Honorary Member and Award Winner Jon Sanders has almost completed his eleventh circumnavigation after battling storms and equipment failure. ....

22 Oct 2020

Susanne Huber-Curphey receives the OCC Seamanship Award

By Daria Blackwell

The award, which should have been presented in Annapolis in April, was delayed in reaching Susanne by a long journey caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. ....

15 Oct 2020

Turkey provides automatic permit extensions

By Hasan Kaçmaz, PO

Yachts in Turkey whose permits may be expiring are granted automatic extensions until May 2021 ....

07 Oct 2020

Eight Bells for Glenn Wakefield

By Tony Gooch

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I have to tell the OCC that Glenn Wakefield has passed on. ....

25 Sep 2020

Spain creates exclusion zone off Galicia to avoid orcas

By Daria Blackwell

NOTICE TO MARINERS SAILING THE CANTABRIAN COAST OF SPAIN - UNOFFICIAL: Yachts are advised to avoid an area of the Northwest coast of Spain where orcas have been interacting with transiting yachts. ....