Latest OCC News

Wondering which borders are open?

As of July, many countries are re-opening their borders, although this is a gradual process. Follow the links below to plan your onward cruising or homeward bound journey.

by Daria Blackwell - 02/07/2020


Garry Crothers returns home to Derry

One-armed sailor, Garry Crothers, sailed solo 3,500 miles across the Atlantic on his Ovni 435 Kind of Blue from Sint Maarten to Northern Ireland.

by Daria Blackwell - 05/07/2020


Diane Tetreault writes about the OCC for the NCMM Newsletter

Diane has been on the Board of the NC Maritime Museum for more than 10 years. They love hearing about the OCC and members who stop in Beaufort, NC where she is Port Officer and asked for a story.

by Diane Tetreault OCC Port Officer - Beaufort, NC - 05/07/2020


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


Pulling together in the pandemic world

The OCC has recognised members and others around the world who have stepped in to assist cruisers in difficult situations due to Covid-19. We thank every volunteer who is contributing to the effort.

by Daria Blackwell - 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