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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.

27 Jan 2022

Is aquaculture a sustainable food source?

By Alex Blackwell, MSc and Daria Blackwell 

As cruisers, we are probably more attuned to food sources than most. We fish responsibly taking only what we need for our own sustenance while at sea. But what happens when we land on shore? ....

26 Jan 2022

The OCC Announces Award Recipients for 2021

By Daria Blackwell

This is a list of the award recipients for 2021. Further details are available in the Press Release issued this morning. ....

24 Jan 2022

Team South Pacific Recogised with the OCC Award

By Daria Blackwell

The 2021 OCC Award recognises Team South Pacific 2020: Juan Boschetti, Liz Back, Cynthia Rasch, John and Lyn Martin, John Hembrow, Viki Moore, and Sue Richards. ....

16 Jan 2022

Tonga Tsunami Update from Sea Mercy (Fiji)

By Jonathan Robinson

A large eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha-apai underwater volcano in the evening of 15 January (at 17:26 local time) caused a tsunami and ash fall in Tonga (total pop. 105,000 people). ....

16 Jan 2022

Notes for Cruisers considering responding to a Natural Disaster

By Jonathan Robinson, OCC Port Officer Port Denarau, Sea Mercy (Fiji) Coordinator

PO Jonathan Robinson and his wife Donna have been cruising full time since 2014. As Sea Mercy volunteers over the last 6 years Jonathan has coordinated that organisation’s cyclone responses. ....

15 Jan 2022

The world's ocean just broke another heat record

By Daria Blackwell

An analysis of recent Ocean Heat Content (OHC) changes through 2021 by two international groups shows the ocean was the hottest ever recorded by humans. ....

13 Jan 2022

Incidence of piracy declined in 2021

By Daria Blackwell

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) urged caution despite the lowest reported maritime piracy and armed robbery incidents since 1994. The report covers mainly commercial shipping incidents. ....

22 Dec 2021

This passage across the Atlantic has changed our lives!

By Laura Hampton & Noa Goovaerts

On the 8th November 2021, our adventure began when we met our skipper and first mate, John and Susan Simpson. ....

20 Dec 2021

Anti-fouling – the challenges and the check lists

By Phil Heaton and Kit Harling

We all want a clean and smooth bottom on our boats and effective antifouling has been the way we try to achieve this, but the challenge is to do so without negative environmental impact. ....

09 Dec 2021

RoRC Report from Central America – reunited with Calico Skies 

By Roving Rear Commodores William Heaton and Grace Arison

We set sail for Isla Mujeres, Mexico in May, nearly ten full months since we last cruised abroad. ....

09 Dec 2021

RoRC Report from The Gambia: hot, chaotic and full of love

By Roving Rear Commodores Susanne and Lars Hellman

We arrived in the Gambian capital Banjul in mid-May. The purpose was, among other things, to deliver medicines as a charity. ....

09 Dec 2021

RoRC Report from Great Britain and Ireland

By Roving Rear Commodores Reg & Nicky Barker

Like for most cruisers, sailing over the last 6 months has continued to be constrained by the pandemic. That said, we managed to escape to explore a fabulous cruising area we’d never visited before. ....