Latest OCC News

Spain creates exclusion zone off Galicia to avoid orcas

NOTICE TO MARINERS SAILING THE CANTABRIAN COAST OF SPAIN - UNOFFICIAL: Yachts are advised to avoid an area of the Northwest coast of Spain where orcas have been interacting with transiting yachts.

by Daria Blackwell - 25/09/2020

Glenn Wakefield rescued after massive stroke while solo sailing in the Pacific

OCC Endurance Award winner Glenn Wakefield sailed from Victoria BC to attempt a solo nonstop circumnavigation. About 500 miles out, he suffered a stroke, but managed to send a distress signal.

by Daria Blackwell via Tony Gooch - 22/09/2020


After last-ditch effort letters to both Prime Ministers, yesterday the Ocean Cruising Club received formal rejections by both Australia and New Zealand.

by RoRC Guy Chester - 19/09/2020

Jon Sanders Voyage Update

Honorary OCC member and recipient of the OCC Challenge Grant Jon Sanders has today departed Tahiti bound for Bundaberg, Australia with estimated arrival around 10th October.

by Stephen Davis - 18/09/2020

Upcoming OCC Events

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many 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 - 17/09/2020

Unmanned vessel to follow in Mayflower's path

The high-tech research vessel of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) project is to cross the Atlantic to commemorate the first Atlantic crossing by pilgrims en route to the new world 400 years ago.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/09/2020

RoRC Report from Malaysia - A Difference A Day Makes

Planning used to be helpful, but not when it comes to a pandemic.

by Stuart and Anne Letton  - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report on Lockdown in New Zealand

We ended our last report by saying that plans are made to be changed; little did we know how everybody’s plans would change within a couple of months.

by Sarah and Phil Tadd - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report from Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga via Maine

Having left Glide in early December 2019 in The Boatyard in Vava’u, Tonga for cyclone season, we flew to Hong Kong to visit our son, daughter-in-law and then 8-month old grandson. 

by Pamela MacBrayne & Denis Moonan - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report on Roving in the Yorkshire Dales

The first report from a new RoRC will be rather scant as, for reasons beyond meteorological, sailing has not been on the agenda. 

by Gareth Thomas - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report from the Baltic

Well…things have dramatically changed since my last report in January and no more cruising in the Baltic for me. 

by Ernie Godshalk - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report from French Polynesia, Gambiers

Like many world cruisers, Spruce has been restricted in her travel range during the viral epidemic circling the globe. 

by Sue and Andy Warman - 11/09/2020

RoRC Report from Roatan

Roving Rear Commodores Susanne and David Chappelle give an account of the pre- and post-lockdown periods in the Western Caribbean where they spent 84 days boat bound in Roatan.

by Suzanne and David Chappell - 11/09/2020

NOAA mounts effort to help protect NA right whales

NOAA asks for the help of recreational boaters in saving critically endangered right whales. The same practices can help cetaceans in all waters not just right whales in US waters.

by Daria Blackwell - 07/09/2020

Solo non-stop unassisted westward circumnavigation attempt

Solo sailor and recipient of an OCC Challenge Grant, Philippe Jamotte, is prepared to depart for the adventure of a lifetime. #OCCAdventureSailing

by Philippe Jamotte - 05/09/2020

OCC Website Upgrades 

You may have noticed subtle changes to the functionality and appearance of the OCC website. That’s because we have been rolling out upgrades over the course of several months.

by Daria Blackwell - 05/09/2020

Urgent: Small Yachts Stranded in 'COVID Limbo' as Cyclone Season Approaches

Crisis point, New Zealand denying cyclone season refuge for small cruising yachts.

by Fiona Jones, Guy Chester, Daria Blackwell - 05/09/2020

Privacy Policy Update

We have updated our Privacy Policy. OCC Members should visit the Members Home Page to read about the changes that have been made.

by William Weigel - 03/09/2020

Crew Rescued from Sinking Catamaran in the Pacific

Three crew members aboard the yacht One Tree Island were rescued after they hit a whale while bound for New Zealand.

by Daria Blackwell - 01/09/2020


The OCC’s intense lobbying has resulted in engagement with elected representatives in both NZ and Australia who are advocating for support. Yet no clear solutions have become apparent.

by OCC RoRC Guy Chester - 27/08/2020