OCC Publications & Communications
The OCC print publications are cited among the most valued member benefits.
- The Flying Fish, published twice a year, is the flagship publication providing first class inspirational articles about the world's cruising destinations and member's adventures.
- The quarterly Newsletter connects members and port officers with news and events worldwide.
- The eBulletin, sent electronically every month, delivers time-sensitive information.
- The Ocean Cruising Club, The first 50 Years, written by Tony Vasey in 2004, is published on the web as an index file and .pdf files for each chapter. It chronicles the history of the club and its members.
- From the Galley of... the OCC 60th Anniversary Cookery Book is available in print and digital format and includes recipes submitted by members from all over the world. It is available from amazon.com worldwide and via the OCC website where members get a 20% discount off the print edition.
We do not have a physical club house but we stay connected irrespective of how far we travel.
What do the various OCC publications contain? To whom should you send your articles, news or small ads, and when are the deadlines? Download the pdf What, Who, Where & When: Contributor's Guidelines for all the details. We look forward to hearing from you!
The website is our main communications vehicle for cruisers. It is our virtual clubhouse and contains a vast quantity (more than 3000 pages) of useful, searchable information.
For members only, the Latest Volume of Flying Fish and the OCC Newsletter are available in downloadable formats for offline reading from the Publications menu bar on the left hand side of the navigation pane. You must be logged into the website with your user name and password to see the links.
You can also view the current issue of Flying Fish or the Newsletter online as an eZine via Issuu, a format which is fully searchable and highlights where in the publication your search term appears. You must be online with decent bandwidth to use this feature.
The Flying Fish Archive on the website includes text only articles published between 1991 and 2011. In addition, PDF versions with pictures are available from 2007 onwards. An index of Flying Fish articles by area can be found under the Cruising Information menu or by clicking here.
Reviews and indexes to Members Web Sites and Members Web Log pages are also included. The editors have attempted to highlight those parts of actively cruising members' sites which might be of interest to those following in their tracks. The OCC Book Reviews extracted from Flying Fish are also indexed.
Perhaps most useful is the OCC Forum, with discussions about destinations, items for sale, crew listings, safety and seamanship, electronics, electrical, mechanical and every manner of boating issue, with questions and answers posed by members the world over. Unlike in social media where discussions get lost somewhere on the timeline, discussions on the Forum remain a permanent resource for members' reference. So join in and share your news and expertise. Anyone can see the Forum but only members may post. You must be logged in to post.
If you use Gmail and you have not been receiving the OCC eBulletin every month, please take a few moments to tell Google that the address www.oceancruisingclub.org is not spam. Click here to download detailed easy-to-follow instructions in a pdf.
Join our vibrant, enthusiastic, helpful and entertaining OCC Facebook pages! Did you know we also have an OCC Kids FB Page, for anyone under the age of 14 aboard out there who'd like to stay in touch with their own age group.
Exciting new social media resources include an OCC Fleet Map for tracking cruising members and an OCC Flickr group for sharing photos and videos. Please join in via the Social Media link in the Maine Menu of the website.
You can also find the OCC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Active Captain, but Facebook and the website/OCC Forum are the best places to find other members.