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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.

15 Jan 2021

Celebration for Jon Sanders

By Daria Blackwell

Intrepid solo sailor Jon Sanders (81) will complete his 11th circumnavigation in the Fremantle Inner Harbour about 1 pm on the 31st January. He will do a victory lap with a flotilla to accompany him. ....

12 Jan 2021

The First Lady Commodore of a Yacht Club in India

By Gulshan Rai

POR for Mumbai, Gulshan Rai, has sent in a notice that Ms. Rama Mathew has been elected Commodore of Bombay Customs Yacht Club. Gulshan was the recipient of the Barton Cup in 1988. ....

11 Jan 2021

Sea Mercy - Supporting the Villages on the Outlying Islands of Fiji

By Andrew Dallas

OCC member Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy put together a fleet of 7 yachts to go to the aid of some of the more remote islands on the North of Vanua Levu which was hit hard by cyclone Yasa. ....

10 Jan 2021

Seamanship Award Speech

By Susanne Huber-Curphy

Susanne Huber-Curphy prepared this speech for delivery in Annapolis in April of 2020, which sadly did not happen as the OCC Awards Dinner was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. ....

09 Jan 2021

Royal Cruising Club (RCC) Awards the Medal for Services to Cruising to OCC

By Daria Blackwell

The RCC announced at the Awards Evening 07 January, held on Zoom, that the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has been awarded the Medal for Services to Cruising - 2020.  ....

01 Jan 2021

Biofouling management survey in the recreational boating sector

By Daria Blackwell

The study will include recommendations on the best approaches to tackle biofouling in a cost-effective way for all types of sailing boats, motorboats and yachts. ....

31 Dec 2020

Happy New Year!

By Daria Blackwell

The Ocean Cruising Club wishes all our members and friends a healthy and joyous that is full of adventure and much improved over the one we are leaving behind. ....

30 Dec 2020

Clearing out of the BVI is no easy task

By Richard Freeborn

Richard Freeborn and Alexandra Early spent almost the whole of 2020 in the BVIs and s/v 'Hawkeye' was essentially the last bluewater cruising yacht left there. ....

29 Dec 2020

Cruising Permit in the Maldives

By Asadhulla Mohamed

OCC Port Officer Rep is working hard to make the Maldives accessible to cruising yachts. As of 27 December 2020, there will no longer be a charge for the cruising permit for yachts 15m or less. ....

24 Dec 2020

No Plastic Waste Voyage Update

By Stephen Davis

Jon Sanders departed Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron this morning 24 December 2020 on the last leg of his historic 11th circumnavigation.  ....

23 Dec 2020

2020 Photo Competition: ‘Seascapes and Landscapes’

By Emily Winter

Congratulations and thanks to all our talented members who made the judging of the OCC photo competition so challenging! The quality and variety of photos are amazing and inspiring. ....

21 Dec 2020

Yachts in Fiji prepare to assist cyclone-ravaged islands

By Andrew & Julia Dallas

Sea Mercy has organised yachts spared by tropical cyclone Yasa to bring relief to the smaller islands in Yasa's destructive path. Please help by donating to Sea Mercy. ....