Latest OCC News

South Africa Rocks! 

This period, from September to about February, is the most entertaining season for us here in South Africa when the circumnavigating yachts hit our shores and bring lots of excitement with them!

by Jenny Crickmore-Thompson & John Franklin - 28/11/2021

COP26 – so how was it for our world and our oceans?

The expectations were high as the scientific analysis and reports showed categorically that the world was on a trajectory towards a calamitous 2.7°C of warming...

by Phil Heaton and Steve Brown - 27/11/2021

Upcoming OCC Events

Events are again in jeopardy of cancellation due to Covid-19 increasing incidence and new variants. The webinars are continuing and are recorded and available to view on the website.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/11/2021

Make a small gesture for the earth - Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Some time ago, the General Committee voted to make it possible for members to opt out of paper mailings.

by Daria Blackwell - 21/11/2021

Saving our oceans from toxic chemicals and microplastics

Edinburgh-based marine biologist, Dr Howard Dryden, started the Global Oceanic Environmental Survey ( to tackle the root causes of climate change - loss of plankton in our oceans.

by Daria Blackwell - 14/11/2021

Happy Hour at Marina de Lagos in Portugal

Just one of those frequent gatherings that happen in this very special club - wherever the burgee flies, a party surely follows! 

by Bill Balme - 07/11/2021

Today, OCC was in Pasito Blanco, Gran Canaria. 

More than 30 OCC members in a Get-together

by Agustin Martin - 30/10/2021

What does it all mean? An Environment Update Special

As political leaders, scientists, environmentalists and business leaders convene in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 we cruisers are deeply concerned that they make decisions to protect our world...

by Phil Heaton and Steve Brown - 27/10/2021

The OCC is in Annapolis!

Come by the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD and say hello. It's raining now, but hey, sailing is a water sport! — at Annapolis Boat Shows.

by Patty Moss - 18/10/2021

First ever Earthshot winners announced

The new Earthshot environmental prize initiated by Prince William has been awarded to 5 innovators including Coral Vita, who grow coral on land to return to the sea.

by Daria Blackwell - 18/10/2021

The Ocean Cleanup Gets Underway 20th of October

The day has come to celebrate the beginning of the end of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

by Daria Blackwell - 18/10/2021

Biodiversity under threat alongside climate change

Biodiversity faces growing pressures from global changes, including climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, ecosystem collapse and pollution. COP15 and COP26 are tackling both.

by Phil Heaton & Daria Blackwell - 11/10/2021

OCC members can help monitor status of world coral reefs

The Sixth Status of Corals of the World 2020 report is the first since 2008, and the first based on the quantitative analysis of a global dataset contributed by more than 300 members of the network.

by Daria Blackwell - 08/10/2021

Subsea cable off Gran Canaria to be avoided

West Africa cable system segment that comes ashore south of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria must be avoided if anchoring in the vicinity.

by Daria Blackwell - 07/10/2021

US Customs and Border Protection App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced 21 September that CBP ROAM™ will introduce new features that allow pleasure boat operators to apply for and update cruising licenses.

by Daria Blackwell - 07/10/2021

OCC Website Nominated for Prestigious Award

The OCC is pleased to announce the nomination of our website for the Babcock International First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media. 

by Daria Blackwell - 04/10/2021

Orca encounters reach new high off Galicia, Spain

The latest reports are from the MiniTransat Fleet in Baiona, and yachts in Cangas and Vigo. Advice is to avoid transiting the waters off Galicia in Northwestern Spain until later in October.

by Rhys Walters - 02/10/2021

Anchoring in ecologically sensitive areas

Some ways we can help preserve pristine and biodiverse but vulnerable seabeds when anchoring our vessels.

by Alex Blackwell - 28/09/2021

OCC will be in Annapolis!

Evolution Sails Chesapeake, our host for the US Sailboat show, has a stand on Dock F1. Please stop by to say hello and learn what's happening at the Ocean Cruising Club!

by Daria Blackwell - 23/09/2021

All drains lead to the sea - Clean Sailors on greywater 

When we wash dishes, take a shower, brush our teeth and clean our boats, guess where our wastewater ends up? Yup, the sea. So, let’s talk about ‘greywater’.

by Holly Manvell and Crew of Clean Sailors - 20/09/2021