Latest OCC News

Additional 2020 OCC Award Recipients

Ocean Cruising Club awards are normally presented at our Annual Dinner but, for the second year in a row, we have been forced to cancel this event.

by Daria Blackwell - 24/01/2021

Drone delivers new eyes over the Canadian Arctic

A new $36-million drone will watch over Nunavut for Transport Canada.

by Victor Wejer, POR NWP - 23/01/2021

The Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2020

Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognize in the cruising world.

by Daria Blackwell - 23/01/2021

Celebration for Jon Sanders

Intrepid solo sailor Jon Sanders (81) will complete his 11th circumnavigation in the Fremantle Inner Harbour about 1 pm on the 31st January. He will do a victory lap with a flotilla to accompany him.

by Daria Blackwell - 15/01/2021

The First Lady Commodore of a Yacht Club in India

POR for Mumbai, Gulshan Rai, has sent in a notice that Ms. Rama Mathew has been elected Commodore of Bombay Customs Yacht Club. Gulshan was the recipient of the Barton Cup in 1988.

by Gulshan Rai - 12/01/2021

Sea Mercy - Supporting the Villages on the Outlying Islands of Fiji

OCC member Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy put together a fleet of 7 yachts to go to the aid of some of the more remote islands on the North of Vanua Levu which was hit hard by cyclone Yasa.

by Andrew Dallas - 11/01/2021

Seamanship Award Speech

Susanne Huber-Curphy prepared this speech for delivery in Annapolis in April of 2020, which sadly did not happen as the OCC Awards Dinner was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

by Susanne Huber-Curphy - 10/01/2021

Royal Cruising Club (RCC) Awards the Medal for Services to Cruising to OCC

The RCC announced at the Awards Evening 07 January, held on Zoom, that the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has been awarded the Medal for Services to Cruising - 2020. 

by Daria Blackwell - 09/01/2021

Biofouling management survey in the recreational boating sector

The study will include recommendations on the best approaches to tackle biofouling in a cost-effective way for all types of sailing boats, motorboats and yachts.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/01/2021

Happy New Year!

The Ocean Cruising Club wishes all our members and friends a healthy and joyous that is full of adventure and much improved over the one we are leaving behind.

by Daria Blackwell - 31/12/2020

Clearing out of the BVI is no easy task

Richard Freeborn and Alexandra Early spent almost the whole of 2020 in the BVIs and s/v 'Hawkeye' was essentially the last bluewater cruising yacht left there.

by Richard Freeborn - 30/12/2020

Cruising Permit in the Maldives

OCC Port Officer Rep is working hard to make the Maldives accessible to cruising yachts. As of 27 December 2020, there will no longer be a charge for the cruising permit for yachts 15m or less.

by Asadhulla Mohamed - 29/12/2020

No Plastic Waste Voyage Update

Jon Sanders departed Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron this morning 24 December 2020 on the last leg of his historic 11th circumnavigation. 

by Stephen Davis - 24/12/2020

2020 Photo Competition: ‘Seascapes and Landscapes’

Congratulations and thanks to all our talented members who made the judging of the OCC photo competition so challenging! The quality and variety of photos are amazing and inspiring.

by Emily Winter - 23/12/2020

Yachts in Fiji prepare to assist cyclone-ravaged islands

Sea Mercy has organised yachts spared by tropical cyclone Yasa to bring relief to the smaller islands in Yasa's destructive path. Please help by donating to Sea Mercy.

by Andrew & Julia Dallas - 21/12/2020

Covid Chaos Africa-style! 

Every year the OCC hosts wine-tastings and get-togethers for the circumnavigating boats who have made it across the Indian Ocean. 2020, as we all know, has been a very different year.

by Jenny Crickmore-Thompson - 17/12/2020

Upcoming OCC Events

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many events have been cancelled or postponed. A series of webinars have been initiated and will be recorded and available to view on the website.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/12/2020

OCC RoRC Report from Catamaran 'Sanctuary' in the Pacific Region

Given the tumultuous times of the COVID pandemic, this report is somewhat more of the journey of negotiating borders and border closures than passage making.

by Guy Chester - 06/12/2020

OCC RoRc Report on Crossing the Atlantic to Europe

From lockdown in the Western Caribbean to Mexico and the US East Coast before setting off to return to the UK.

by Reg and Nicky Barker - 06/12/2020

OCC RoRC Report from Time Bandit in Langkawi

Roving Rear Commodores Stuart & Ann Letton get a lesson in slowing down thanks to pandemic lockdowns in Malaysia.

by Stuart & Ann Letton - 06/12/2020