Latest OCC News

Our past Club Secretary, Anthea Cornell Stock, has died

Anthea had a long involvement with the OCC and valued it greatly. Many members will remember her and got to know Anthea quite well while she was Secretary (1998—2005).

by Daria Blackwell - 23/09/2022

The Sailor - a film you won't want to miss!

The Sailor is a documentary about an 80-year-old who valued his freedom so much that he has never truly lived on land. This English sailor sacrificed everything so that he could live only at sea.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

WaterBear - a free new streaming service

WaterBear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Watch award-winning films and documentaries anytime, anywhere.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

Europe moves to protect Atlantic deep-sea sites from bottom fishing

On Sept. 15, the European Commission made a historic announcement: it will prohibit bottom fishing across 16,000 square kilometres or 6,200 square miles in territorial waters of the NE Atlantic.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodore's Report from New Zealand

January saw Sarah and Phil Tadd halfway through a summer cruise to New Zealand’s South Island.

by Sarah and Phil Tadd - 19/09/2022

OCC RoRC Report from the Iberian Peninsula

Rhys Walters started the season in Portimao after 3 months of Brexit-enforced leave in Ireland. Since then, he's been made an Irish citizen and with that comes an unlimited time in the Schengen zone.

by Rhys Walters - 18/09/2022

Pressing On: Or, how we temporarily swapped two hulls for two wheels

OCC Roving Rear Commodore Stuart Letton tells us about Time Bandit's change of routine over the years of cruising, from moving on with the seasons to stopping to really experience the places you land.

by Stuart Letton - 18/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodore's Report about Tonga from Maine

Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan are still roving in their home waters of Penobscot Bay, Maine as 'Glide' remains in Tonga where the borders are still closed.

by Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan - 17/09/2022

OCC Report from RoRC in the East Mediterranean

It seems Gareth Thomas has been doing a bit of catching up with voyaging post lockdown as this year he has already had three separate cruises so his title of Roving Rear Commodore is apt.

by Gareth Thomas - 17/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodore Report from Western Europe

Thierry Courvoisier, aboard Swiss-flagged yacht 'Gaia', spends the northern summer traversing from Iceland to Mainland Europe via Ireland.

by Thierry Courvoisier - 15/09/2022

OCC Roving Rear Commodores report from Scotland

Sue & Andy Warman, s/v Spruce, returned to the UK after 11 years of meandering around the world. Their return via the Panama Canal took them back home across the Atlantic again!

by Sue & Andy Warman - 15/09/2022

Novara One Planet team speaks at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne

OCC members join forces to initiate the Novara One Planet project which aims to partner with coastal communities to develop and implement climate change adaptation plans.

by Veronica Lysaght - 31/08/2022

Maine Rally 2022 held at Camden Yacht Club

Fabulous to see so many well-remembered faces - and congrats to the team for another extremely successful event! Fabulous to see so many OCC members together again!

by Dale Bruce and Pamela MacBrayne - 30/08/2022

Entering Trinidad & Tobago with a pet

Travelling to T&T with a cat or dog? Here's what you need to know.

by Sharon Rose James - 30/08/2022

Scottish Open House

Another great meeting at Traighuaine with a fully attended OCC Scottish Open House and some great cruising boats and crews anchored in the bay.

by Simon Currin - 30/08/2022

OCC Mini-cruise after the Camden Rally

Our annual congregations in Maine are back!

by Hartley Gardner - 29/08/2022

Boat dismantling and disposal at the end of life

Boats made of plastic (GRP/FRP) do not break down over time. With the increase in recreational boating, the problem of what to do with them when they get too old to maintain is an issue worldwide.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/08/2022

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