Interesting to see you are OCC Port Officers.
A couple of months ago I looked into joining the OCC but really struggled to see the value. The forum seem light and I assumed it was because of lack of members. Some of the subjects hadn’t been posted in since last year.
I had a hard time with the qualifications that sort of appeared a bit snobby to me such as “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 (21.3 m) LOA” I scratched my head and wondered why you couldn’t join if you had done a 999 mile passage on a 71’ yacht J - or - An Associate Member must have made a clear commitment to achieve the qualifying passage in a realistic and reasonable time-scale. The time allowed is at the discretion of the General Committee and shall take account of all the circumstances of each individual applicant, but it shall not normally exceed three years. Anyway this really sort of put me off.
We reconsidered joining when we looked at joining the Suzie Too OCC rally. But our golden rule of sailing on our own schedule prevented us from doing so. We are heading in the same direction as the Suzie Too but will not go as far north of Panama.
Sorry for the long-winded note but I am wondering if you have found the membership beneficial and to what extent do you use it? Any other OCC members, please chime in.
With best regards,
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Bonaire
I want to thank everyone who helped diagnose our steering problems, and let
you all know the final outcome. After our complete steering failure from Panama
to Hawaii due to broken teeth in both steering racks, we assumed that
replacement of both racks and pinion/steering shaft would resolve the problem,
but that proved not to be the case. We have now replaced both steering cables,
and our steering perfect.