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OCC Water Music Award

Sherry & Dave McCambell have won the OCC Water Music Award 2023 for their Soggy Paws website.

by Simon Currin - 23/02/2024


OCC Vasey Vase 2023

Martin Fuller & Stephanie Connor won the OCC’s prestigious Vasey Vase 2023 for their circumnavigation of Newfoundland and transit of the Viking Route.

by Simon Currin - 21/02/2024


OCC Environment Award 2023

Howard Dryden and Diane Duncan won the OCC Environment Award 2023

by Howard Dryden - 21/02/2024


OCC Port Officer Award 2023

Bill & JoAnne Harris look after OCC members visiting Honduras. They won the OCC Port Officer Award 2023.

by Bill & JoAnne Harris - 19/02/2024


OCC Qualifier’s Mug 2023

Reija Brid Treacy Wolnik won the OCC Qualifier’s Mug

by Reija Brid Treacy Wolnik - 18/02/2024


OCC Awards - Press Release

The OCC Announces its 2023 Awards for Sailing and Voyaging Excellence

by Karen Soule, OCC Press Officer - 13/02/2024


OCC Challenge Grant awarded to Jenny Decker

The OCC is delighted to announce that a Challenge Grant has been awarded to Jenny Decker - a solo sailor battling a neurodegenerative disease and aiming to circumnavigate while she can.

by Jenny Decker & Derrick Thorrington - 10/02/2024


Sailing Legend : Peter Smith interview

Whilst in Australia sailing legend, Peter Smith, was interviewed by Vernon Deck for his YouTube channel Sail Learning by Doing.

by Simon Currin - 05/02/2024


Bottled water and clean oceans

A personal account of plastic pollution caused by water bottled in single use plastic

by Simon Currin - 03/02/2024


Changing of the Guard, or at least the web editor

It's been my great pleasure and a privilege to serve as the OCC Web Editor since 2013. It is time for a fresh approach and, soon-to-be Past Commodore, Simon Currin is taking on the task.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/02/2024


Noonsite clarifies new procedures for St Martin (France)

There's been confusion of late in St. Martin as the port authority are now enforcing port clearance and cruisers aren't sure what they have to do. The information on Noonsite has been updated.

by Daria Blackwell - 31/01/2024


Sailing Solo to Seven Continents

My objective is to replicate something I did in my small, single-engine airplane some years ago when I flew solo to 7 continents.

by Harry Anderson - 31/01/2024


Tropical Cyclone Kirrily makes landfall in Queensland

ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily to bring heavy rain to north Queensland as Townsville residents survey damage.

by Daria Blackwell - 27/01/2024


RCYC appoints Annamarie Fegan as Admiral

Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, appoints its first female admiral in 304 years making history in Crosshaven, Co Cork, Ireland. The RCYC dates back to 1720.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/01/2024


Cole Brauer is the first American woman to round Cape Horn solo

Despite setbacks due to storm avoidance, she successfully rounded Cape Horn and currently stands in third place on the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) leaderboard.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/01/2024


The NOVARA ONE PLANET Initiative

Bob Shepton and I recently rejoined Novara for the passage from Agadir in Morocco to Mindelo in the Cape Verdes to catch up on the work being done on the “Novara One Planet” project.

by Roving Rear Commodore Steve Brown - 19/01/2024


Cyclone Belal strikes Réunion and then heads for Mauritius

Cyclone Belal unleashes its force on Réunion Island, France, bringing winds reaching 170 km/h in Saint-Denis and then extreme flooding in Port Louis, Mauritius.

by Daria Blackwell - 15/01/2024


It's official: 2023 was the warmest year since the pre-industrial period

Marine heatwaves were also recorded around the globe, including in parts of the Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, North Pacific, and much of the North Atlantic.

by Daria Blackwell - 13/01/2024


Pollution and global warming are fueling female-biased sex ratios in sea turtles

Pollution and warming temperatures are inducing a sex imbalance among endangered green sea turtles, some populations of which are already 99% female, limiting the gene pool and fertilization rates.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/01/2024


Kirsten Neuschäfer Named 2023 CCA Blue Water Medal Winner

The annual awards presented by The Cruising Club of America include the iconic Blue Water Medal, first awarded 100 years ago.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/01/2024


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