Latest OCC News

Niue is open to yachts

Visitor moorings are available at the yacht club; anchoring is not feasible.

by Candy Wood - 20/11/2022

Yachts may now clear in directly in Tobago

Port Officer Jesse James has informed the OCC that TOBAGO welcomes back direct berthing of yachts after the pandemic pause. No longer do cruisers have to sail to Trinidad first.

by Jesse James - 14/11/2022

Tuna and billfish are making a comeback

After almost three decades of decline, tuna and billfish have begun to recover because of proactive fisheries management. Sharks, however, continue to decline.

by Daria Blackwell - 12/11/2022

Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation Editor-in-Chief

The RCCPF seeks new Editor-in-Chief for its portfolio of world-class cruising guides.

by Nigel Wollen - 06/11/2022

The 2022 OCC Irish Dinner Held in Belfast

For the first time ever, the OCC Irish dinner was held in Northern Ireland. It was the first occasion for members across the island of Ireland to get together since the pandemic struck early in 2020.

by Daria Blackwell, Vice Commodore - 03/11/2022

Scientist uses drones and algorithms to save whales and the oceans

Douglas McCauley head of the Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory at UCSB is using data to reveal to companies, policymakers, and the public what’s at stake.

by Daria Blackwell - 02/11/2022

Reflections on COP26

Ahead of the upcoming COP27, OCC Member and climate scientist, Dr Nigel Jollands reflects on what came out of COP26, the UN Climate Conference in 2021, and what must happen next.

by Dr Nigel Jollands - 26/10/2022

Jon Amtrup, Norwegian sailor, named winner of the Brian Black Memorial Award

The Brian Black Memorial Award 2022 winner shares his sobering story, ‘The icy sound of climate change’, and wins £4,000 in prize money and charity donations.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/10/2022

Overview of the 2022 Season in the Northwest Passage

Victor Wejer, OCC Port Officer for the Northwest Passage (NWP), has submitted his summary report at the conclusion of a somewhat 'normal' season post-Covid.

by Victor Wejer - 16/10/2022

‘Generation Ocean’ Launched to Inspire Young People to Protect Our Blue Planet

The Ocean Race is launching Generation Ocean, a new learning programme for secondary schools that encourages young people to join the race to protect our incredible blue planet.

by Daria Blackwell - 14/10/2022

Saoirse Rally from Ireland to Madeira

Invitation from the Irish Cruising Club to celebrate Conor O’Brien’s Circumnavigation 100 years ago (1923–2023).

by Daria Blackwell - 29/09/2022

Our past Club Secretary, Anthea Cornell Stock, has died

Anthea had a long involvement with the OCC and valued it greatly. Many members will remember her and got to know Anthea quite well while she was Secretary (1998—2005).

by Daria Blackwell - 23/09/2022

The Sailor - a film you won't want to miss!

The Sailor is a documentary about an 80-year-old who valued his freedom so much that he has never truly lived on land. This English sailor sacrificed everything so that he could live only at sea.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

WaterBear - a free new streaming service

WaterBear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Watch award-winning films and documentaries anytime, anywhere.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

Europe moves to protect Atlantic deep-sea sites from bottom fishing

On Sept. 15, the European Commission made a historic announcement: it will prohibit bottom fishing across 16,000 square kilometres or 6,200 square miles in territorial waters of the NE Atlantic.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodore's Report from New Zealand

January saw Sarah and Phil Tadd halfway through a summer cruise to New Zealand’s South Island.

by Sarah and Phil Tadd - 19/09/2022

OCC RoRC Report from the Iberian Peninsula

Rhys Walters started the season in Portimao after 3 months of Brexit-enforced leave in Ireland. Since then, he's been made an Irish citizen and with that comes an unlimited time in the Schengen zone.

by Rhys Walters - 18/09/2022

Pressing On: Or, how we temporarily swapped two hulls for two wheels

OCC Roving Rear Commodore Stuart Letton tells us about Time Bandit's change of routine over the years of cruising, from moving on with the seasons to stopping to really experience the places you land.

by Stuart Letton - 18/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodores' Report about Tonga from Maine

Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan are still roving in their home waters of Penobscot Bay, Maine as 'Glide' remains in Tonga where the borders are still closed.

by Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan - 17/09/2022

OCC Report from RoRC in the East Mediterranean

It seems Gareth Thomas has been doing a bit of catching up with voyaging post lockdown as this year he has already had three separate cruises so his title of Roving Rear Commodore is apt.

by Gareth Thomas - 17/09/2022