Latest OCC News

The OCC Guide to Climate Change for Cruisers

The Ocean Cruising Club has prepared a review of climate change for distance cruisers and how it affects decision-making in this era of adaptation.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/05/2023

End of Life Boats

The question of what to do with boats at the end of their useful lives has been an issue for a long time. The Green Blue is looking to tackle the problem and is asking for assistance from the public.

by Phil Heaton - 02/12/2023

Medical supplies delivered to The Gambia

Thanks to Agustin Martin, the Ocean Cruising Club Port Officer in Gran Canaria, we were able to bring two bags of medical supplies to the clinic in Banjul, Gambia.

by Paul & Lori Muller - 02/12/2023

COP28 adopts new fund to help poor nations with disasters

In establishing the climate damage fund on the first day of the two-week COP28 conference, delegates opened the door for governments to announce contributions.

by Daria Blackwell - 30/11/2023

Tackling Climate Change – United Nations Conference COP28

The United Nations COP28 on Climate Change is being held in Dubai, UAE from 30 November to 12 December.

by Phil Heaton - 28/11/2023

Study estimates over 170 trillion plastic particles afloat in the world’s oceans

That is more than 21,000 pieces of plastic in the oceans for each of the Earth’s 8 billion residents.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/11/2023

Sailing-related injuries in a wide range of offshore sailors

An observational study published in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine showed that 1 in 5 cruises resulted in an injury regardless of demographic, injury, and voyage characteristics.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/11/2023

OCC Gathering in New South Wales

OCC members enjoying a spring get-together in Australia.

by Graham Walker - 14/11/2023

OCC Fleetmap Tracking of Southbound Caribbean Vessels

Offshore vessel tracking is increasing with satellite-based WiFi. OCC vessels sailing southbound offshore to the Caribbean are being successfully captured in the OCC Fleetmap.

by Bill Weigel, OCC IT Development - 13/11/2023

The Corinth Canal is closed for restoration work

The Corinth Canal SA informed customers and partners that the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport ceased operations after the 31st of October.

by Daria Blackwell - 06/11/2023

New acoustic device to deter orcas to be tested in Portuguese waters

Starting in October, if the orcas are present, a device already tested in fishing vessels in Norway, will begin sea trials on sailboats in Portugal, where orcas have been "playing" with sailboats.

by Daria Blackwell - 06/11/2023

OCC Presents Seamanship Award in South Africa

Fantastic OCC Event in Cape Town! Hosted at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, the event was attended by some 130 dignitaries, maritime officials, and enthusiastic sailors.

by Jenny Crickmore-Thompson & John Franklin - 05/11/2023

Yachts catch fire in Marina Palmira in La Paz

On Thursday 2 November, 10 boats caught fire in the Marina of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

by Daria Blackwell - 04/11/2023

Strike, protests and drought creates havoc in Panama

Commodore Simon Currin reports from Panama where SHIMSHAL is awaiting passage through the Canal and into the Pacific, "Yes, It's chaos here in Panama." The US Embassy has issued an alert.

by Commodore Simon Currin - 02/11/2023

Further reductions in Panama Canal traffic announced

After the driest month of October since 1950, the Panama Canal announced new operational measures with nearly 50 days remaining in the rainy season.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/11/2023

Heading for the Caribbean this winter? Do you know where the 17 volcanoes are?

Richard Robertson monitors seismic activity across the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean. Find out which volcanos are most active in the region.

by Daria Blackwell - 30/10/2023

British National Yachting Archive is Entering a New Phase

After 10 years of operating on a voluntary basis, BNYA now needs to build its capacity in order to move forward. BNYA enters the next phase - some serious fundraising.

by Daria Blackwell - 25/10/2023

A potentially disastrous hurricane hit Mexico’s west coast

Hurricane Otis grew from a tropical storm yesterday morning to a Category 5 hurricane by the end of the day.

by Daria Blackwell - 25/10/2023

Hurricanes now more likely to intensify rapidly

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic storms.

by Daria Blackwell - 20/10/2023

The never-ending Northwest Passage 2023

In 2023, 18 yachts, 11 passenger cruise ships, and 7 commercial vessels transited the Northwest Passage over a longer period than normal.

by Victor Wejer, OCC P.O. NWP - 18/10/2023


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