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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.

24 Feb 2021

Clean Sailors is raising awareness to protect the oceans

By Holly Manvell

Associate Member Holly Manvell has started an organisation to promote clean sailing. Clean Sailors have given OCC access to actionable citizen science information to share with members. ....

21 Feb 2021

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. ....

17 Feb 2021

Sea Mercy sails again!

By Jonathan Robinson

More than a dozen vessels have volunteered to assist with cyclone recovery efforts in Fiji. With so much conflict in the world, it is wonderful and refreshing to see cruisers come together to help. ....

13 Feb 2021

Cruising Club of America recognises four OCC members with awards 

By Daria Blackwell

It is great to see OCC members - some of the most adventurous sailors in the world - being recognised by the wider cruising community. Congratulations to all! ....

09 Feb 2021

OCC POR for Puerto Williams assists solo sailor Whitall Strokes

By Eduardo Cruz Donoso, POR

Sparrow departed San Francisco 8 November 2020 to attempt a solo nonstop unassisted voyage around the world. ....

06 Feb 2021

Announcing Formation of the Ocean Cruising Club Charitable Trust

By David Ball, Trustee

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has approved the OCC Charitable Trust. ....

01 Feb 2021

Guatemala and Honduras need hurricane relief

By Daria Blackwell

Cruisers and concerned local citizens have formed a group to provide help to the local communities of Guatemala severely affected by the massive hurricanes of 2020. ....

30 Jan 2021

Jon Sanders nearing completion of 11th circumnavigation

By Stephen Davis

On 31 January 2021 Jon, at 81 years of age, will be the oldest person to have solo circumnavigated the world. ....

24 Jan 2021

Additional 2020 OCC Award Recipients

By Daria Blackwell

Ocean Cruising Club awards are normally presented at our Annual Dinner but, for the second year in a row, we have been forced to cancel this event. ....

23 Jan 2021

Drone delivers new eyes over the Canadian Arctic

By Victor Wejer, POR NWP

A new $36-million drone will watch over Nunavut for Transport Canada. ....

23 Jan 2021

The Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2020

By Daria Blackwell

Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognize in the cruising world. ....

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. ....