Ocean Cruising Club – Sailing Since 1954
June 1, 2023

Ocean Cruising Club – Sailing Since 1954

Topsail News

The Ocean Cruising Club exists to encourage long-distance sailing in small yachts and is the true ‘Home Port’ for the ocean-going sailor. The Club is a fraternity of accomplished sailors who have completed a 1,000-mile offshore passage in a vessel of 70 feet or less.

Established in 1954, the OCC now has over 3,500 members from 61 nations worldwide. Members have sailed to virtually every corner of our earth and continue to do so. Bringing the spirit of seafaring to their association by always being willing to assist any fellow sailor we meet, afloat or ashore.

Their members share something most people will never comprehend. They understand what it means to be alone at sea, to be completely self-reliant, to be subject to the whims of Mother Nature, to be humbled and empowered at the same time. This sets them apart even as it joins us together.

There are many tangible benefits for members. Although the OCC has no clubhouse, they meet up by flying our OCC Burgee. Their bi-annual publication Flying Fish, quarterly Newsletter, monthly eBulletin, SSB Radio Nets, and 295+ Port Officers, all of whom welcome and take pleasure in assisting visiting members, keep them in touch around the world. They also stay in touch virtually via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Other benefits include discounts from suppliers and marinas, free dockage offered by fellow members, and our Mentoring, Youth Sponsorship and Challenge Grant programmes.

Flying Fish is the journal of the OCC and features inspiring tales of members’ adventures across the world’s oceans. With more than 400 circumnavigators within the OCC’s ranks and others exploring extreme passages, there is never a shortage of adventures. It also carries practical articles and information.

Their Regional Rear Commodores, Roving Rear Commodores and Port Officers span the world and are a huge asset for the OCC cruising community.

If we’ve sparked your interest, talk to any member who will be flying the blue and yellow OCC Burgee with its distinctive flying fish, or visit www.oceancruisingclub.org.

Join as a full member who has sailed 1000 nm nonstop or as an associate member who plans to do so;

• More than 295 Port Officers across the world ready to help with logistics when needed

• Online database and printed handbook

• OCC App showing news, members, Port Officers and the locations of members’ vessels via AIS

• Cruises in company and social events

Join online: www.oceancruisingclub.org/Membership

Topsail Insurance are proud to support the Ocean Cruising Club.

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