Ocean Cruising Club

OCC Scottish Dinner 2018
From Eoin Robson Ocean Cruising Club October 7 · The 2018 OCC Scottish Dinner in the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Helensburgh on Saturday, 6th October was used a guise to surprise Founder Member Ian Nicolson on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Only last week Ian was climbing the mast of his boat to attend to matters thereby proving that while growing age numbers are inevitable, growing up is entirely optional! While I still remember everybody's name, the attendees were as follows: L to R standing: Terence Brownrigg, Amanda Marshall, Patrick Marshall, John Brown, Eoin Robson (just about!), Rosemary Brown, John Ferguson, Eilean Yendell, Joyce Woffindin, Meg Buchanan, Graham Johnson, Avril Johnson, Iain Buchanan, Dinah Eagle (Sydney), Peter Neaves (Sydney), Jennifer Niel, Tony & Ginger Niemann (Seattle - sailed through the NW Passage and arrived Ardrossan just in time!). L to R seated: Commodore Anne Hammick, Founder Member and PO for Clyde Ian Nicolson and Past-Commodore Bill McLaren. Obscured: Jane McLaren.
At the Marina in Lagos Portugal
OCC members awaiting the passage of Hurricane Leslie. Susan Marie Lewis is with Jason Lewis. October 15 Wonderful time last night with fellow Hurricane Leslie refugees in Lagos Portugal (with Paul and Rachel Chandler, Paul and Kerstin Österberg, Lee and Lindsey Gill, Patricia and Seamus O’Connor).
PO Agustin Martin hosts members in Pasito Blanco, Canary Islands
OCC dinner and get together for the boats still in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Stephen Cooke October 28 · An end of season celebration before we all head off to avoid the South Pacific Cyclone season. Steve and Lynda Cooke on Nina, and Chris and Penny on Esprit de la Mer, heading for New Zealand, Stuart and Anne on Time Bandit, heading for Australia. Great meal guys. — with Lynda Cooke.
Gary & Greta with OCC friends in Norfolk
Diet Segner? November 5 · ... another informal and spontaneous OCC event: thank you for having us and sharing stories, friends, a slip at your dock, beer ??, pizza and yummy cake with us - a toast on Greta and Gary in Norfolk ??
Irish dinner
29 members and friends came to Westport for a dinner in October organised by RRC Alex Blackwell and RC Daria Blackwell. View full gallery on this website. http://oceancruisingclub.org/Album/46/OCC-Irish-Dinner-2018
Viking Explorers Rally, from PO Sweden East Mike Meck
I am the founder of Viking Explorers (and also happen to be a descendant in 37 generations from the Norse viking king Harald Fairhair). I wrote the Canary guide with Oliver Solanas Heinrichs, also an OCC PO, and we like to do things together. As a boating journalist since 20 years (and also the OCC PO of Sweden east/Stockholm) with my speciality on blue water cruising and the original idea was simply that I wanted to have the benefit of being a part of a group that could help each other with the preparations (and of course lending tools and given advice). I have been running preparations lectures for many years with the Swedish Cruising Club. Both Oliver and I (with our partners Carlota and Charlotte) had our yachts crossing last year. The greatest personal benefit of Viking Explorers 2018 turned out to be that we already had friends all over the Caribbean to help us out when coming to a new island and needing information. This year we have our boats in Trinidad and Grenada and will need to fly back to arrange the backbone for the rally — but the central idea is that all crews are contributing to the group. Can be lectures, workshops, Christmas dock parties, beach volley ball tournaments or offering special skills. Oliver and I do this to make friends with interesting people. That’s why we call Viking Explorers ”the friendly rally”.
Jolly Harbour
Get together Antigua April 2018
Cuba 2018
Photo by Ley Langford
PAYS Dinner Jan 2018
Dominica - Laurie Balme
OCC Members PAYS Dinner
Dominica - Laurie and Bill Balme
PAYS Dinner Jan 2018
Dominica - Bill & Laurie Balme
OCC @ Whisper Cove Marina - Grenada
Photo by Bill Balme -- An interesting walk around Calivigny following a rather defunct iPhone App with Bob and Anne on Baloo, and followed by a lovely recovery luncheon with a host of OCC boats - Baloo, Weohgi (Avril and Alan), Brisa (Simon and Hilda), Magic Dragon of Herme (Alan and Donna) and Blue Jacket (Mike and Jill) with Bill and Laurie on Toodle-oo! at Whisper Cove Marina - Grenada... — with Laurie Balme.
OCC in Carriacou
Great OCC gathering for drinks at the Slip Way in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou with Toodle-oo!, Innamorata II, Infinity B, Weohgi, and Sea Swift. Photo by Laurie Balme.
Antigua Yacht Club
Photo by Robin Richardson Stout April 14 near Green Bay, Antigua · Lots of fun at last nights OCC happy hour in Falmouth Antigua! — with Hazel Hawkins, Neil McCubbin, Helen McCubbin and Kaia Agnethe Samuelsen. Missing from photo Gabrielle Lyne.
Jolly Harbour May 2018
Lovely gathering at West Point in Jolly Harbour with existing (Toodle-oo!, Badger Sett, Coho, Golden Fleece and NEVA) and some prospective OCC members too! Photo by Laurie Balme.
Sundowners near Jolly Harbour, Antigua
April 2018: Photo by Anne Lloyd
Southern New England Cruise
From Michael Eslinger... Southern New England cruise kick off dinner in Newport last night. Boats represented were Sofia, Serendipitous, Angel Louise, A Capella of Belfast, Lady Jane, Wilderness, Greyhound, Kimberlite, and Jamin. A great start to the beginning of our two week cruise!
OCC Scottish Open House
Bob Shepton showed his video.
The Rev Bob Shepton in Scotland
OCC Scottish Open House gathered together for Bob’s talk on Novara’s trip to South Georgia