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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 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. ....

22 Sep 2020

Glenn Wakefield rescued after massive stroke while solo sailing in the Pacific

By Daria Blackwell via Tony Gooch

OCC Endurance Award winner Glenn Wakefield sailed from Victoria BC to attempt a solo nonstop circumnavigation. About 500 miles out, he suffered a stroke, but managed to send a distress signal. ....

19 Sep 2020


By RoRC Guy Chester

After last-ditch effort letters to both Prime Ministers, yesterday the Ocean Cruising Club received formal rejections by both Australia and New Zealand. ....

18 Sep 2020

Jon Sanders Voyage Update

By Stephen Davis

Honorary OCC member and recipient of the OCC Challenge Grant Jon Sanders has today departed Tahiti bound for Bundaberg, Australia with estimated arrival around 10th October. ....

17 Sep 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. ....

16 Sep 2020

Unmanned vessel to follow in Mayflower's path

By Daria Blackwell

The high-tech research vessel of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) project is to cross the Atlantic to commemorate the first Atlantic crossing by pilgrims en route to the new world 400 years ago. ....

11 Sep 2020

RoRC Report from Malaysia - A Difference A Day Makes

By Stuart and Anne Letton 

Planning used to be helpful, but not when it comes to a pandemic. ....

11 Sep 2020

RoRC Report on Lockdown in New Zealand

By Sarah and Phil Tadd

We ended our last report by saying that plans are made to be changed; little did we know how everybody’s plans would change within a couple of months. ....