The OCC is a world-wide club for blue water sailors. Although administered from England, it has no premises and members regard the seas and harbours of the world as their clubhouse. Members fly a distinctive blue and gold burgee with a Flying Fish on it. Look around any blue water port and you’ll see these flying proudly from members’ yachts. Make yourself known and you’ll be sure of a warm welcome, of hospitality and fellowship, and of help and advice if you should need it.
The cruising grounds are divided into regions, each headed by a Rear Commodore. Regions include Great Britain, Ireland, Maine, the Chesapeake, Vancouver (Canada), Australia and New Zealand. Each region organises a number of events, some ashore and some afloat, including cruises in company.
Many yacht clubs world wide will give OCC members visiting yachtsmen’s membership privileges. In London, the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the Cruising Association and the Naval Club offer hospitality to OCC members.
Port Officer Network
The OCC has recruited over 150 Port Officers stationed in some 46 countries around the world. They have a detailed knowledge of their area and are there to help visiting members in whatever way they can - locating a particular spare part, receiving mail, coping with local formalities or organising informal get-togethers with other visiting members.
Accounts of members’ voyages, experiences and adventures are published twice a year in Flying Fish, the journal of the Ocean Cruising Club. Filled with colour photographs, charts and diagrams, this is eagerly awaited and regularly voted one of the most important benefits of membership.
The quarterly Newsletter carries news from cruising members, reports from Port Officers, accounts of recent events and announcements of upcoming ones. Both this and Flying Fish are also available online via the website in various digital formats.
The monthly e-Bulletin, sent by email to members who have requested it, covers more topical news and carries classified adverts from members with boats and gear to sell, requests for crew, offers of dockage and the like.
The Members’ Handbook contains a list of members, of their yachts and of the Port Officers.
www.oceancruisingclub.org is the OCC’s main website. It contains newsflashes, club notices, a forum including for sale and items needed sections, information about the OCC, how to join, links to OCC digital publications and links to cruising information. More information about what is contained in the members' section of the website.
www.cic.oceancruisingclub.org is a portal providing access to a massive array of information for the cruising sailor (including the websites and blogs of members) and also contains reports on cruising areas, harbours and anchorages, many in remote places, contributed by members. Much of this information is available to the public. The benefit of OCC membership is that you are invited to contribute to this ever expanding source of information for the benefit of others who may follow in your wake.