Latest OCC News

The OCC Guide to Climate Change for Cruisers

The Ocean Cruising Club has prepared a review of climate change for distance cruisers and how it affects decision-making in this era of adaptation.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/05/2023

Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) Announces Change to Moananuiakea Sail Plan

PVS CEO Nainoa Thompson announced that Hokule'a will return home to Lahaina, Hawaii from California in late December, before continuing on their circumnavigation of the Pacific.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/10/2023

World Sailing Trust launches survey into gender design in sailing

The Gender Design Survey aims to gather baseline data to start the discussion whether the design of sailing equipment is impacting the development of greater gender diversity.

by World Sailing Trust - 03/10/2023

Major fire and flooding on Antigua and Barbuda

As Tropical Storm Phillippe dropped heavy rains, a fire broke out in the marina complex, destroying the marina offices and businesses. The marina remains intact and the channels are reportedly clear.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/10/2023

OCC at the Southampton International Boat Show

The Southampton International Boat Show took place this year from 15-24 September. Sue and Ed Wildgoose once again very kindly hosted the OCC on their MailASail stand.

by RC Reg Barker - 29/09/2023

Honorary OCC Member Jeanne Socrates named to Cape Horn Hall of Fame

Four Whitbread/Volvo/Ocean Race Veterans and two record-breaking female solo circumnavigators were inducted into the Cape Horn Hall of Fame (Held at Les Sables d’Olonne).

by Daria Blackwell - 27/09/2023

2026 Deadline for UKHO Discontinuation of Paper Charts Scrapped

Timetable for withdrawal of Standard Nautical Charts and Thematic Charts to be extended beyond 2026 in response to user feedback.

by Daria Blackwell - 27/09/2023

Lessons from s/v Novara’s expedition

s/v Novara’s expedition sought to support Scottish Highlands and Islands climate action.

by Veronica Lysaght and Nigel Jollands, s/v Novara - 26/09/2023

Antarctic winter sea ice hits 'extreme' record low

The preliminary Antarctic Sea Ice Maximum and Arctic Sea Ice Minimum are both in and the results are alarming scientists.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/09/2023

Vava’u Blue Water Festival

The Vava'u Blue Water Festival will have yacht racing, parties, music, food, dancing, kids events, presentations, and more. Running from the 22nd to the 29th of September in Neiafu, Tonga.

by RoRC Lars Hellman, s/v Sea Wind - 24/09/2023

Norwegian scientists prove why beach cleans matter

The removal of bigger pieces of plastic from coastlines prevents the breakdown to microplastic fragments that may stay in the water for years, giving scientists hope for polluted oceans.

by Daria Blackwell - 17/09/2023

Amazing sailing adventures win big prizes

Yachting Monthly and B&G give away £5,500 in 2023 Brian Black Memorial Award, in association with B&G -- OCC Member family among those recognised.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/09/2023

UN technical report on first global climate action stocktake

Implementation must accelerate to increase ambition across all fronts, taking an all-of-society approach to make progress towards the Paris Agreement goals and respond to the climate crisis.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/09/2023

Emotional Start to McIntyre Ocean Globe Race

The 50th anniversary of the Whitbread was honoured with a perfect start on the Solent. Final farewell for 144 crew departing on Leg 1 of the Ocean Globe Race (OGR): Southampton to Cape Town.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/09/2023

Hottest summer on record

The summer of 2023 was the hottest on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to data from the European Union Climate Change Service released on Wednesday.

by Daria Blackwell - 07/09/2023

New no anchoring zones in French Polynesia

The Directorate of Maritime Affairs of French Polynesia (DPAM) has announced the creation of No-Anchoring Zones in Raiatea and Tahaa in the Society Islands to protect cables and outfalls.

by Daria Blackwell - 29/08/2023

The OCC West Country Meet 

This year's classic event took place at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth.

by Simon Currin, Commodore - 27/08/2023

OCC Musket Cove Regatta BBQ

If you are in Fiji and would like to some camaraderie, join us for an informal group BBQ at Musket Cove Island Resort & Marina. Fiji's Musket Cove Regatta dates this year are 6-10 September.

by Jonathan Robinson - 27/08/2023

Sea swimming ban in Nouméa

In the island paradise of New Caledonia's capital Nouméa, it's illegal to swim in the sea — except along a 200-metre stretch of beach. 

by Daria Blackwell - 27/08/2023

2023 Vertue Award Winner: Ted Laurentius

The Regional Rear Commodores for the OCC in North America are delighted to announce that Ted Laurentius of St. John’s Newfoundland will receive the 2023 Vertue Award.

by Doug Bruce - 21/08/2023


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