Latest OCC News


After months of lobbying national, state agencies and politicians, the OCC has received a letter from the Australian Border Force advising exemption category to COVID-19 restrictions for yachts.

by RoRC Guy Chester - 21/11/2020

The Polar Yacht Guide 2020

World Sailing and Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation have compiled and published The Polar Yacht Guide with extensive input from Ocean Cruising Club members. Press release issued 28 October.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/11/2020

Honorary OCC Member Jon Sanders Needs Our Help

For those not aware, our friend, sailing colleague and circumnavigator - Jon Sanders - needs help to sail home to Western Australia.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/11/2020

Turkey, Izmir: Magnitude 7 Earthquake and Mini-Tsunami

Noonsite has reported that a strong, shallow earthquake of magnitude 7 hit in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Izmir and Samos on the 30th of October.

by Noonsite - 01/11/2020

Photo Competition: ‘Seascapes and Landscapes’

We are looking for photos of seascapes and landscapes!

by Emily Winter - 29/10/2020

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 - 27/10/2020

RRS 'Sir David Attenborough' departs with OCC member William Whatley at helm

On 21 October 2020, the RRS (Royal Research Ship) 'Sir David Attenborough' polar research vessel left Cammell Laird shipyard on the River Mersey to begin two weeks of sea trials.

by Daria Blackwell - 26/10/2020

81-year-old Record-Breaking Circumnavigator Makes Landfall in Australia

OCC Honorary Member and Award Winner Jon Sanders has almost completed his eleventh circumnavigation after battling storms and equipment failure.

by Daria Blackwell - 23/10/2020

Susanne Huber-Curphey receives the OCC Seamanship Award

The award, which should have been presented in Annapolis in April, was delayed in reaching Susanne by a long journey caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

by Daria Blackwell - 22/10/2020

Turkey provides automatic permit extensions

Yachts in Turkey whose permits may be expiring are granted automatic extensions until May 2021

by Hasan Kaçmaz, PO - 15/10/2020

Eight Bells for Glenn Wakefield

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I have to tell the OCC that Glenn Wakefield has passed on.

by Tony Gooch - 07/10/2020

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

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