Latest OCC News

Scientists appeal for reports of interactions with orcas

The Cruising Association has teamed up with Orca Iberica to collect information about interactions between boats and orcas, as well as about passages without encounters.

by Daria Blackwell - 30/07/2022

Dover Harbour, UK, can take limited visitor numbers from 4th July.

Dover makes a good stop over for anyone coming east up the Channel or for those heading west. Don't try pushing the tide but come in for a rest. The yacht club RCPYC also welcomes visiting crews.

by Hilary Logan, PO Dover - 05/07/2022

UN Secretary General Declares 'Ocean Emergency'

Ahead of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, António Guterres said the world must turn the tide of rising sea levels, ocean heating, acidification and plastics pollution.

by Daria Blackwell - 05/07/2022

James Wharram's special Hui gathering

Attendees at James Wharram's special Hui gathering to celebrate his life are requested to fill out a simple registration form (link below).

by Hanneke Boon - 05/07/2022

OCC Member Elin Jones takes part in Round Britain and Ireland Race

Flying the flag for Wales, Elin Jones (20) and skipper Lou Boorman (19) are the youngest female crew ever to take part in the Race.

by Daria Blackwell - 15/06/2022

Global Ocean Resilience Innovation Challenge Names 9 Finalists

Ocean Resilience Innovation Challenge (ORIC), led by the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA), acts as an incubator by providing mentoring, leadership training and funding for some.

by Daria Blackwell - 13/06/2022

Call for entries for the 'ocean tribute' Awards

Since 2018, the €20,000 prize has been awarded annually.

by Daria Blackwell - 13/06/2022

Green Yacht Cleaning Tips

Living on a boat, we are very mindful that whatever we flush down our drains also flows straight into the surrounding water systems and whatever is living in there.

by Nicki Reynolds, Yacht Zen Again - 13/06/2022

Niue, a small Pacific island protects 100% of its territorial waters

Niue covers only 261 square kilometres but possesses 317,000 square kilometres of territorial water. It has become a world leader in marine conservation.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/06/2022

Happy World Ocean Day!

Every day is World Ocean Day for members of the Ocean Cruising Club. Join us! #OCCAdventureSailing

by Daria Blackwell - 08/06/2022

RoRC Report from Scandinavia

After two years of restricted travelling in the Scandinavian region, we were hoping for some respite this season. Some hope! First Covid, then a war interrupted sailing plans.

by Andrew Curtain - 04/06/2022

RoRC Report from the Bahamas

Our leisurely month in Cartegena concluded with an inland road trip with OCC members Brett & Mandy (s/y Leventeia) to Monpox. 

by Sue and Andy Warman - 04/06/2022

RoRC Report from the Iberian Peninsula

Our 2021 season while reasonably short was full of fun and adventure. I touched on our crossing of Biscay in the last newsletter.

by Rhys Walters - 04/06/2022

S/V Sea Wind sails to the penguins - RoRC Report from Antarctica

Lars and Susanne take us along with them on their journey to the ice. Antarctica, the southernmost continent, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. You will want to read all three parts...

by Susanne Fyr Hellman - 04/06/2022

RoRC Report from the San Blas Islands

We started our season at Red Frog Marina in Bocas del Toro after some time back in the States visiting friends and family.

by Bill Heaton - 04/06/2022

Living the Future: Electric Propulsion on a Classic Yacht

Maddie and Herb Benavent have been sailing with an electric engine since 2015. As many of us are contemplating moving away from fossil fuels, they share their experience for our benefit.

by Maddie & Herb Benavent - 02/06/2022

No Plastic Waste Voyage Update 09 May 2022

In 2019, then 81-year-old Jon Sanders undertook an 11th circumnavigation, a voyage which he combined with a scientific endeavour -- to sample water from the oceans for microplastics analysis.

by Stephen Davis (for Jon Sanders and the team) - 27/05/2022

Founding Member Derrick Allen leaves legacy donation to the Youth Sponsorship

In 2015, Derrick approached the OCC General Committee about his intention to leave a bequest for the Derrick Allen Youth Award. This has now been formally announced.

by Daria Blackwell - 27/05/2022

Update from Youth Sponsorship recipient Laura Hampton

Rear Commodore Fiona Jones received this news from a young sailing enthusiast about her latest adventures.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/05/2022

One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together

Celebrate World Ocean Day on the 8th of June (and every other day) by doing your little bit for the oceans we adore throughout the month of June.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/05/2022