Latest OCC News

Rescue within reach of Horta 

Gabriele and Jonathan Lyne rescued a solo sailor whose yacht struck a whale near Horta.

by Daria Blackwell - 29/06/2020


Sailing there and back again… a lightning strike at sea.

OCC Member Nicolas Charpy's steel yacht Frileuse took a direct hit of lightning while crossing the Atlantic to Europe, several days out from the Caribbean.

by Daria Blackwell  - 28/06/2020


s/v MARCEL skipper rescued, MARCEL remains adrift

A marine warning, Facebook posts, emails, rescue, BOLO, SSB net, and sailors crossing oceans: a remarkable story of how mariners connect and assist each other under challenging circumstances at sea.

by Daria Blackwell - 17/06/2020


Happy Magic in Hao 

At a time when people could use some cheering up, here is a story about happy magic in Hao, an atoll in the French Polynesian archipelago of the Tuamotus.

by Chris McNickle  - 15/06/2020


Billy Brannan Rescue

Interview by Emma Bullimore, BBS Sounds 06/06/20, with Billy Brannan, single-handed sailor whose yacht Helena was dismasted 500 miles short of home.

by Rachelle Turk - 11/06/2020


Jeanne Socrates reports on land cruising from Australia

After completing her record-making non-stop, solo circumnavigation, Jeanne took to the road in a campervan to tour Australia by land. That is until Covid-19 shut everything down.

by Jeanne Socrates - 06/06/2020


Dan Stroud completes circumnavigation!

On Jan 28, 2020, the OCC presented the honoured Jester Medal Award to solo sailor, Dan Stroud. May 24th, 2020, Dan successfully completed his two-year, nine-month, circumnavigation.

by Alison Gieschen - 02/06/2020


Dan Stroud completes circumnavigation (continued)

Stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Caribbean, Dan was just two more passages from returning home. Setting sail from Bequia, he stopped briefly in Horta before continuing to the UK.

by Alison Gieschen - 02/06/2020


Vive la résistance crew!

We salute the team at Peter Cafe Sport for providing such valuable assistance to the cruising community. They asked us to share their post and we are gladly doing so here.

by Pedro Azevedo - 31/05/2020


Pandemic in Paradise - Part 2

Exchange of reliable information so that stranded cruisers could make their own rational decisions proved invaluable. Armed with the knowledge that they were not alone, they made plans to return home.

by Daria Blackwell - 27/05/2020


Pandemic in Paradise - Part 1

As reports of Covid-19 outbreaks began to circulate, the OCC was monitoring the situation in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and IndoPacific regions. What could we do to assist stranded cruisers?

by Daria Blackwell - 27/05/2020


RoRC Report from Nicky and Reg Barker

This report covers the last 6 months, beginning in Nov 2019 when we were in Beaufort NC and covering our time in the Caribbean.

by Nicky & Reg Barker - 26/05/2020


RoRC report from Fiji

When health gets in the way of cruising plans, cruisers make adjustments, as most cruising plans are written in the sand below the high water mark. Kath & Franco return to Caernarfon, North Wales.

by Kath McNulty & Franco Ferrero - 26/05/2020


RoRC Report from Mexico and the South Pacific

s/v Spruce reports from Gambiers in French Polynesia

by Sue & Andy Warman - 26/05/2020


RoRC Report from the Eastern Caribbean

There’s still some big fish in the Caribbean!

by Alastair Hill - 25/05/2020


RoRC Report from the Bahamas

New OCC Roving Rear Commodores Grace and Bill send their first report in from a world stopped in its tracks by a pandemic.

by Grace Arison and Bill Heaton - 25/05/2020


RoRC Report from the Baltic

OCC Roving Rear Commodore Andrew Curtain reports on how to plan a trip to Scandinavia while in lockdown.

by Andrew Curtain - 25/05/2020


RORC Report: An Adventure Transiting The Panama Canal

s/v Two Drifters say goodbye to the Atlantic and go in search of new adventures in the Pacific Ocean.

by Jenevora Swann  - 23/05/2020


OCC Lockdown Lecture #3: Svalbard

The third in the series of webinars is now available to view via the link below. Escape to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

by Judith Jacobsen - 22/05/2020


NOAA predicts above normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season

According to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, the outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.

by Daria Blackwell - 22/05/2020