Qualifying Passage. A Full Member of the OCC must have completed a non-stop ocean passage between two ports, where the distance between the ports
is not less than 1,000 nautical miles measured by the shortest practical Great Circle route, as skipper or member of the crew in a vessel of not more than 70ft LOA (21.3 meters)(See part 3). The decision of the Committee as to whether or not an applicant has completed a qualifying passage is final.
. An Associate Member has a serious interest in offshore cruising and intends to make a qualifying
passage in the next few years. They may not vote or be elected to the Ocean Cruising Club Committee, nor may they propose applicants for membership.
They may fly an Associate's burgee. Associate members pay the same joining fee and annual subscription (dues) as Full Members.
Application Proposer. Applicants for either Full or Associate membership must be proposed by a Full Member
of the Club. However, if such a proposer is not available to you, an application will
be considered by the Committee if supported by a written statement from some person of standing,
such as a Flag Officer of a recognised yacht club. If the proposer is not a member of the OCC, please note this in the comments at the bottom of the form. Please enter the name,
email address and telephone number (if available) of your proposer. We will contact him to confirm his proposal.
If you are unable to locate a Full Member to support your application please contact email@example.com
and we will endeavour to assist you.
Joint Subscription Rate
. Two members (Full or Associate) who have the same postal address may apply for a reduced annual joint subscription rate.
Any of their children, who are Full Members , may be included at the Joint Subscription Rate applicable to Young Adults.
A couple sailing together are encouraged to apply for this joint rate. Only one joining fee will be charged. Complete both Parts 1 and 2 of the online form.
Please note that a unique email address is requested for each applicant.
Young Adult Subscription Rate
. An applicant who is under 30 years of age on February 1st of this year is eligible for a subscription rate
that is approximately 50% of the Full Member annual rate. There are no joining fees for those eligible for a Young Adult Subscription Rate .
Minimum Age for Membership
. As a general rule the minimum age for Full Membership is 16 years. However, recognising that children mature at different ages, a membership application shall be considered for children under the age of 16 if it is accompanied by a letter from the parent(s) attesting to the child's competence and contribution. Normally, this shall require the ability to stand watch alone, on a regular basis. As children under 16 years of age are typically dependent on their parent's sailing plans, Associate Membership shall not normally be available to them, but it may be considered by the General Committee on an individual basis.
Rejoining the OCC
. Those rejoining the OCC are not required to pay a Joining Fee but the year you joined and left the OCC must be entered on the application form in order to qualify for this dispensation.
Payment. On submitting the form applicants will be directed to a secure page to make an online payment of their first year's subscriptions and, where applicable, joining fee. In the case of applicants with a UK current bank account this is done
by setting up an online direct debit mandate which will be used not only for collection of first year subscriptions and joining fee, but also annual subscriptions in subsequent years. Those without a UK current bank account will be invited to make an online payment by credit/debit card. If for any reason
you are unable to pay by either of these means, you may still submit an online application but having submitted your application you should contact the firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange an alternative means of payment.
. OCC members are among the most adventurous sailors in the world. Although we have no physical club house, the OCC offers a ‘place’ to be together, to share experiences, to enjoy one another’s company.
To this end all OCC members are strongly encouraged to fly the OCC Burgee whenever and wherever they are afloat. As part of the online application process you will be invited to
select a burgee of a size appropriate to your vessel so that fellow members can easily identify you and welcome you into our unique community.