Latest OCC News

What we mean when we say: 'Microplastics'

We've all heard of them, but what do they mean for us and the waters we sail? Sailors, forget the saying "out of sight, out of mind"; just because we cannot see them, doesn’t mean they aren't there.

by Clean Sailors Crew - 26/02/2021

Clean Sailors is raising awareness to protect the oceans

Associate Member Holly Manvell has started an organisation to promote clean sailing. Clean Sailors have given OCC access to actionable citizen science information to share with members.

by Holly Manvell - 24/02/2021

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 - 21/02/2021

Sea Mercy sails again!

More than a dozen vessels have volunteered to assist with cyclone recovery efforts in Fiji. With so much conflict in the world, it is wonderful and refreshing to see cruisers come together to help.

by Jonathan Robinson - 17/02/2021

Cruising Club of America recognises four OCC members with awards 

It is great to see OCC members - some of the most adventurous sailors in the world - being recognised by the wider cruising community. Congratulations to all!

by Daria Blackwell - 13/02/2021

OCC POR for Puerto Williams assists solo sailor Whitall Strokes

Sparrow departed San Francisco 8 November 2020 to attempt a solo nonstop unassisted voyage around the world.

by Eduardo Cruz Donoso, POR - 09/02/2021

Announcing Formation of the Ocean Cruising Club Charitable Trust

The Charity Commission for England and Wales has approved the OCC Charitable Trust.

by David Ball, Trustee - 06/02/2021

Guatemala and Honduras need hurricane relief

Cruisers and concerned local citizens have formed a group to provide help to the local communities of Guatemala severely affected by the massive hurricanes of 2020.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/02/2021

Jon Sanders nearing completion of 11th circumnavigation

On 31 January 2021 Jon, at 81 years of age, will be the oldest person to have solo circumnavigated the world.

by Stephen Davis - 30/01/2021

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