Latest OCC News

OCC Vertue Award for 2022

THE recipients for 2022 are Harriet & TL Linskey

by Doug Bruce - 30/01/2023


The OCC Seamanship Award goes to the rescuers of a GGR participant

The OCC Seamanship Award goes to the parties involved in the rescue of a participant in the Golden Globe Race (GGR 2022) in the Southern Ocean some 500 miles off the coast of South Africa

by Daria Blackwell - 27/01/2023


Voting for the David Wallis Trophy produces a tie for the 2nd time in 30 years!

Ellen Massey Leonard shares the prize for SAILING AND DIVING THE MANY MOTU this year with Anthea Cornell Stock who is awarded the Trophy posthumously for CAPSIZE!

by Daria Blackwell - 22/01/2023


The OCC Award (open to all) is given to operators of two cruiser radio nets

The OCC Award, which is open to all including nonmembers, recognises service to the ocean cruising community as a whole, is awarded to Patricia Dallas & David Sapiane of NZ and Russell Frazer of NA.

by Daria Blackwell - 20/01/2023


The Vasey Vase is awarded to Lars and Susanne Hellman

In the Southern summer of 2021/22, Roving Rear Commodores Lars and Susanne made an epic voyage from Ushuaia to the Antarctic peninsular and back again to Ushuaia. 

by Daria Blackwell - 20/01/2023


The OCC Qualifier Cup is awarded to Ainur Mutiyeva

In 2022 Ainur Mutiyeva and Shaun Weaver set out from Panama on their beloved THREE SHIPS heading via the northern route to Papua New Guinea on what they reckoned was the least stressful Covid route.

by Daria Blackwell - 20/01/2023


OCC Award (member) recognising valuable service to the OCC

This year, the Club recognises two members who have contributed a great deal to the OCC for many years, both of whom are standing down from their responsibilities: Jeremy Firth and Daria Blackwell.

by Daria Blackwell - 19/01/2023


Cal Currier received the OCC Jester Award

In the summer of 2022, between his sophomore and junior years of high school, Cal Currier completed a 3,400-nautical-mile journey in 28 days from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, to Lagos, Portugal.

by Daria Blackwell - 19/01/2023


Three OCC Port Officers are recognised with PO Service Award

Chris & Bill Burry - POs Deltaville & Mathews, VA, Peter Dodd - PO Nova Scotia, Canada and Mike Hodder - PO Crosshaven, Ireland were all cited as exceptional ambassadors for the OCC.

by Daria Blackwell - 19/01/2023


The OCC Lifetime Cruising Award goes to Ian Nicolson and Asia Pajkowska

The Lifetime Cruising Award is shared for 2022 by two extraordinary sailors: Joanna (Asia) Pajkowska and OCC Founding Member Ian Nicolson.

by Daria Blackwell - 19/01/2023


OCC Awards Announced for 2022 - the Schwartz Family takes the Barton Cup

Now that cruising has returned to somewhat normal ground, the OCC Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognise. Nominations for the awards are made by Full Members of the OCC.

by Daria Blackwell - 18/01/2023


Warmest Years and Warmest Ocean on Record

2022 had much stand out news for many of the wrong reasons, two of them being climate oriented: the oceans were the warmest in recorded history and the last 8 years were the hottest on record.

by Daria Blackwell - 15/01/2023


2023 Marks the 100th Anniversary of Notable Early Circumnavigations

In 1923, Irishman Conor O'Brien and American Harry Pidgeon were both girdling the globe in boats they built themselves.

by Daria Blackwell - 14/01/2023


Commodore Escrich Welcomes the First Ship to Marina Hemingway in 2023

Commodore Simon Currin, with his wife Sally, skippered SHIMSHAL into Marina Hemingway on New Year's Day 2023.

by Commodore Escrich - 07/01/2023


CCA Announces Awards for 2022

Kenichi Horie Named Winner of Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America. Cal Currier, Mary Crowley, Barbara Watson, Kirsten Neuschäfer and David Tunick also honoured.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/01/2023


Happy New Year!

We hope 2023 brings you fair winds, good health, good fortune, and lots of happy adventures! We hope to see you out on the water.

by Daria Blackwell - 31/12/2022


The Ocean Cruising Club Platinum Anniversary

A year of celebrations around the world.

by Reg Barker - 28/12/2022


State of the Oceans Report

The report explores the state of our world's oceans, from pollution and habitat degradation to the impacts of climate change, Sustainable Development Goals, and protection of marine environments.

by Daria Blackwell - 22/12/2022


A historic moment for biodiversity

Nations forge historic deal at the COP15 summit to save species. Many countries celebrated, while some say their voices were not heard.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/12/2022


Returned Goods Relief Policy Changes Refused by British Government

The government rejected a proposal by RYA allowing recreational boat owners, established in the UK who lawfully purchased and kept their boat in the EU, to be eligible for Returned Goods Relief.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/12/2022


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