Latest OCC News

OCC Members Take Coastal Cleanup Action

Cruisers join together to help clean up around the marina and harbour of Licata, Italy.

by Phil Heaton - 18/09/2021


World’s 1st Satellite-Based Coral Reef Map & Monitoring System Deployed Globally

Researchers have completed a comprehensive online atlas of the world’s coral reefs by using more than two million satellite images from across the earth.

by Daria Blackwell - 12/09/2021


Upcoming OCC Events

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many live 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 - 12/09/2021


The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award announced

Yachting Monthly announced at the Southampton International Boat Show that £3,000 was awarded to Sophie Dingwall for inspiring writing about plastic pollution in the islands.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/09/2021


OCC At the Southampton International Boat Show

Members are reminded that we have a stand at the Southampton Boat Show courtesy of mailasail, running from today until 19th Sep. 

by Carol Dutton - 10/09/2021


Reef safe sunscreens 

We protect our bodies from the sun with sunscreen. We also need to protect reefs by making our choice of sunscreen carefully! 

by Behan Gifford - 04/09/2021


Category 4 Hurricane Ida approaches Louisiana

Hurricane Ida is due to make landfall near New Orleans on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

by Daria Blackwell - 29/08/2021


International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) Saturday, 18th September

Around the world, people are being mobilised for International Coastal Cleanup Day - one of the world's largest annual volunteer preservation and protection events for our oceans and beaches.

by Phil Heaton - 28/08/2021


Southern Spain, Gulf of Cadiz: Exclusion Zone Due to Orca Interactions

An exclusion zone for vessels up to 15 metres (sailing and motor) has been established by the Marina Mercante off the coast of southern Spain due to the increase of orca contacts with small vessels. 

by Daria Blackwell - 07/08/2021


30th Anniversary of Sailing Club in Cuba

Hemingway International Nautical Club of Cuba will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022 and we are all invited.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/07/2021


What to do if you encounter orcas off the Iberian Coast

Over the past year, numerous, often violent, interactions between whales and yachts have been reported along the coasts of Spain and Portugal right to the Straits of Gibraltar.

by Daria Blackwell - 02/07/2021


Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global campaign, the idea being that everyone removes plastic from their day-to-day, entirely. This may be impractical for many, but the idea should spotlight our overreliance.

by Holly Manvell - 30/06/2021


RoRC Report on What to Do with a Drunken Sailor

From a very early age, I was going to be a sailor. I had a picture book of Sir Alec Rose’s voyage and one of Robin Lee Graham’s. As soon as I was reading “books” Swallows and Amazons captured me.

by RoRC Guy Chester - 16/06/2021


RoRC Report from the Channel Islands

Our last RoRC report detailed our sail back across the Atlantic prompted by the Covid crisis.

by RoRCs Reg & Nicky Barker  - 16/06/2021


OCC Roving Rear Commodore Report from French Polynesia - Marquises

Clear indications of “Restraint Fatigue” are emerging in the cruising community throughout French Polynesia. 

by RoRCs Andy and Sue Warman  - 16/06/2021


RoRC Soundings from the Islands

“Last year I lent a hand to pull the boats onto the land, They’ve been lying there for nineteen months or more, And I wonder will they lie there evermore”.

by RoRC Alastair Hill - 15/06/2021


RoRC Report -- Desktop sailing and food for heroes

It is hard to imagine a more difficult year. It’s a very nasty virus and with international travel upended and restrictions to entry to most countries, plans for cruising are put on hold.

by RoRC Andrew Curtain  - 15/06/2021


RoRC Report from Maine to the Dry Tortugas

In our last RoRC Report we were enjoying a beautiful summer in Maine. We were really hoping that the Canadian border would open and we could make a run to Nova Scotia but alas that never happened. 

by RoRCs Bill and Grace Heaton - 15/06/2021


Two Drifters Reports On Sailing In The Tuamotus in French Polynesia 

There’s not a day that goes by when we don’t thank our lucky stars for being ‘stuck’ in French Polynesia during these unprecedented times. 

by RoRC Fergus Dunipace  - 15/06/2021


Clean Tips for Cruising

Sailors, the sea is our passion, pastime and, in many cases, our profession. We love the sea. Let's get cleaner and reduce our impact on our waters! 

by Clean Sailors - 13/06/2021