Ocean Cruising Club

Pico from Horta
Photo by Jenny Crickmore Thompson
Early arrivals in Horta
Arrived last night, to be greeted in inimitable OCC way by a party of note! bill & Laurie on ToodleOo, Phil, Norma & Des on Minnie B - latter not part of the Rally unfortunately as they are of tomorrow, but great to see them again - last time was South Africa! Spent this morning with Jose arranging some exciting events - this is going to be a fun party! Bad news is several boats have withdrawn, becalmed mid-Atlantic and having to skip to the Portuguese coast rather. Crazy weather patterns around - but look forward to seeing you all soon. — with Laurie Balme. Photo by Jenny Crickmore Thompson
OCC Azores Pursuit Rally Flag
OCC's Flying Fish and Peter Cafe Sport Whale logos
Agustin Martin preparing to depart from the Canaries
Mark Broomfield - Esprit Leaving A Coruna
Update: Mark Broomfield 16-06-18 Esprit approaching Sao Miguel for a pit-stop. Been motoring constantly for 5 days and need a top-up before the final 150 miles to Horta. Crazy weather!
Runaway departing from Loic Blanken
Iseult and Moonshiner leaving Muros
From Jane Pink
Manketti with Derek Manning
Derek Manning? Azores Pursuit Rally 2018 June 6 · The flags fluttering in the wind on Manketti in St Peters Port Guernsey we’re off tomorrow
Peter Royston on JACARANDA of FAL
Hi everyone! I am setting out in May this season from Preveza, Greece to make passage to Gib. with my long-suffering wife Gill (OCC) and then changing crew to Ian and Tim to sail the Rally. In order for them to get in the OCC distance requirement we shall kick off from Santo Antonio/Ayamonte on S Spanish coast. (Faro is about 5 miles too short) 'Jacaranda' is 38yr old ketch rigged Oyster 39 that sails like a dream and is a vast improvement on our previous 34ft 'Mister Percival' that we sailed out to Thailand. However, 'Mr.P' sailed like the infamous 'Bounty' and she was also a superb seaboat with a large carrying capacity. Alas, although 'Jac' has a fabulous galley and a huge stern cabin complete with en suite, there is little stowage space for stores both solids and liquids! I previously sailed to Ponta del Garda direct from Falmouth in my 27ft Folkdancer back in June 1983 when we averaged only 3.1kts taking 16 days! The logbook now makes interesting reading I am very much looking forward to some more Oceanic sailing and of course meeting fellow members. This Rally is a good excuse to do what I really enjoy without becoming a live-aboard. For info., we shall be sailing from the Azores group to Lanzarote (via Madeira) in order to lay-up in mid July.
Delphinus leaving from NY
Delphinus and her crew all set for their passage from New York to Azores. You can follow their progress here: http://inr.ch/G3ZZ5EB
Mark Prior in Terceira
Mark Prior June 10 at 5:31pm Having disqualified myself by stopping at Terceira I was hoping to get a prize for being first there or maybe breaking most rules. But it looks like I'm a complete lightweight when it comes to be indisciplined. I do have a plan to be at least noticed, suggested by another OCC member . . . I'm in Terceira eagerly looking forward to meeting everyone.
Horta docks rally flag flying
Horta is starting to get Rally fever - several boats in the marina flying rally flags, Peter Cafe Sport proudly displaying one - and by Friday we should have another 20 or so flying from flagpoles around the marina and in front of Peter Cafe - thanks if I can find someone to go up the ladder to hang them!! Watch this space! From Jenny CT
Rally flag in Peter Cafe Sport
From Jenny CT
Bill Balme and Toodle oo art in Horta
Laurie Balme is in Matriz, Azores, Portugal. June 12 at 7:47pm Bill revamped our 2013 artwork. Great job!
Tyrian Crew at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club
Tyrian Crew for Ocean Cruising Club Azores Pursuit Rally 2018 Peter Flutter,Peter Morgan,William Murray,Charlie Frost
Rally flags up in the harbour
From: Jenny C-T
Sunday - Fleet is converging
From Jenny C-T
Alembic arriving in Horta
Alembic sails across the finish line this morning - rally flag "flying" in very light breeze. Welcome to Horta!! Photo by Bill Balme
Alembic arriving in Horta 2
Photo by Bill Balme
Alembic arriving in Horta 3
Photo by Bill Balme
On the wall
Photo by Jenny CT
Pig Roast
Photo by Jenny CT
Pig Roast 2
Pig Roast 3
Peter Cafe Sport
Photo by Jenny CT
Peter Cafe Sport
Photo by Jenny CT
Peter Cafe Sport
Photo by Jenny CT
Top of Pico
We finished off the Azores Pursuit Rally with a walk up to the top of Pico in glorious sunshine with Helen and Bill on Alembic. — with Bill Weigel, Helen Weigel and Laurie & Bill Balme.
Harbour AIS
Very snug
Photo by Agustin Martin
Thank You so much for a splendid rally. We shall never forget..Sonja, Tomas, Pepi and Agustin.
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Agustin Martin
Peter Cafe Sport
Photo by Agustin Martin
Peter Cafe Sport
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Agustin Martin
Photo by Ethan King
Photo by Ethan King
Photo by Ethan King
Photo by Ethan King
Photo by Ethan King
Photo by Ethan King
Final awards dinner
Jenny Crickmore Thompson Final Awards Dinner in Horta - great fun evening! Thanks to Goncalvo for photo.
Poster created by Jose Azevedo of Peter Cafe Sport
Announcing the OCC Pursuit Rally