Latest OCC News

Upcoming OCC Events

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many live 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 - 11/07/2021

30th Anniversary of Sailing Club in Cuba

Hemingway International Nautical Club of Cuba will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022 and we are all invited.

by Daria Blackwell - 03/07/2021

What to do if you encounter orcas off the Iberian Coast

Over the past year, numerous, often violent, interactions between whales and yachts have been reported along the coasts of Spain and Portugal right to the Straits of Gibraltar.

by Daria Blackwell - 02/07/2021

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global campaign, the idea being that everyone removes plastic from their day-to-day, entirely. This may be impractical for many, but the idea should spotlight our overreliance.

by Holly Manvell - 30/06/2021

RoRC Report on What to Do with a Drunken Sailor

From a very early age, I was going to be a sailor. I had a picture book of Sir Alec Rose’s voyage and one of Robin Lee Graham’s. As soon as I was reading “books” Swallows and Amazons captured me.

by RoRC Guy Chester - 16/06/2021

RoRC Report from the Channel Islands

Our last RoRC report detailed our sail back across the Atlantic prompted by the Covid crisis.

by RoRCs Reg & Nicky Barker  - 16/06/2021

OCC Roving Rear Commodore Report from French Polynesia - Marquises

Clear indications of “Restraint Fatigue” are emerging in the cruising community throughout French Polynesia. 

by RoRCs Andy and Sue Warman  - 16/06/2021

RoRC Soundings from the Islands

“Last year I lent a hand to pull the boats onto the land, They’ve been lying there for nineteen months or more, And I wonder will they lie there evermore”.

by RoRC Alastair Hill - 15/06/2021

RoRC Report -- Desktop sailing and food for heroes

It is hard to imagine a more difficult year. It’s a very nasty virus and with international travel upended and restrictions to entry to most countries, plans for cruising are put on hold.

by RoRC Andrew Curtain  - 15/06/2021

RoRC Report from Maine to the Dry Tortugas

In our last RoRC Report we were enjoying a beautiful summer in Maine. We were really hoping that the Canadian border would open and we could make a run to Nova Scotia but alas that never happened. 

by RoRCs Bill and Grace Heaton - 15/06/2021

Two Drifters Reports On Sailing In The Tuamotus in French Polynesia 

There’s not a day that goes by when we don’t thank our lucky stars for being ‘stuck’ in French Polynesia during these unprecedented times. 

by RoRC Fergus Dunipace  - 15/06/2021

Clean Tips for Cruising

Sailors, the sea is our passion, pastime and, in many cases, our profession. We love the sea. Let's get cleaner and reduce our impact on our waters! 

by Clean Sailors - 13/06/2021

Southern Ocean Officially Recognised as Earth's 5th Ocean

Coincident with World Oceans Day, National Geographic announced that it is officially recognizing the Southern Ocean as the Earth's fifth ocean.

by Daria Blackwell - 09/06/2021

The OCC Celebrates World Oceans Day

The OCC is working towards helping our members maintain a sustainable lifestyle without contributing damage to the environment and where possible helping to repair damage done.

by Daria Blackwell - 08/06/2021

Sea Mercy Delivers Support for Northern Lau

YOU DID IT AGAIN! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible. As always, 100% of all monies raised by Sea Mercy goes to those in need.

by Jonathan Robinson - 01/06/2021

Galway Harbour Redevelopment 

The West of Ireland needs your help. The very imaginative Galway harbour development plan has been asking for public consultation.

by John Sweeney & Daria Blackwell - 25/05/2021

The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods–the OCC prepares to celebrate World Oceans Day

When it comes to our waterways and oceans, each individual action creates a ripple effect that can have a profound impact in total. 

by Daria Blackwell - 25/05/2021

The OCC Charitable Trust is Fully Operational

Devon, UK, 24 May 2021 – Introducing the Trust– who we are, what we do, how you can contribute, and how we can help you.

by Daria Blackwell - 24/05/2021

Vital medicines delivered to The Gambia by OCC teamwork

Most commendable OCC collaboration going on here. Well done Agustin Martin, Sea Wind and Samba Sey!

by Susanne and Lars, s/v SeaWind. - 16/05/2021

Scottish Open House Weekend

A 967 mb low lurking off Ireland and strict pandemic precautions meant that our Scottish Open House weekend was never going to attract the crowds it has in the past.

by Commodore Simon Currin - 09/05/2021