Latest OCC News

Happy Earth Day!

Every day should be earth day but, once a year, it is time to stop and reflect on what each one of us can do to help this magnificent planet we call earth.

by Daria Blackwell - 22/04/2021

UK VAT Status Petition Posted

If you believe that UK Registered and owned yachts and boats in the EU should keep their VAT paid status, please consider signing this petition.

by Daria Blackwell - 19/04/2021

The pattern of seismic activity at La Soufriere has changed

The Seismic Research Centre has released their 6pm 15th April Scientific Update. NEMO's Soufriere Bulletin 64, containing similar information, has also just been made available. Reports attached.

by Daria Blackwell - 16/04/2021


The Seismic Research Centre at UWI has just released their 6pm Scientific Update for today. NEMO has also just released their Soufriere. Bulletin #59, dated 8pm, Monday 12th April Both are attached. 

by Nicola and Wilfred Outhouse Graphics - 13/04/2021

OCC AGM a Virtual Success!

With the help of Zoom, more than 200 members of the Ocean Cruising Club signed up to take part in the AGM and Cruising Amidst/Post Pandemic discussion on Saturday the 10th of April 2021.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/04/2021

Immediate Needs List - St Vincent & the Grenadines

The Caribbean island of St Vincent was rocked by multiple explosive eruptions of La Soufrière volcano. National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) posted an immediate needs list.

by Daria Blackwell - 11/04/2021

Sincere Condolences

On behalf of the Ocean Cruising Club, please convey to Her Majesty The Queen our deepest sympathy on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/04/2021

2021 Hurricane Season Forecast Published

"We anticipate that the 2021 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity."

by Daria Blackwell - 10/04/2021

Boating industry leads on clarification of post-Brexit VAT issues

Collaboration between leading leisure marine representative bodies, including ICOMIA, EBI, EBA, BM and RYA, yields positive confirmation on post-Brexit VAT interpretation.

by Daria Blackwell - 08/04/2021

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 - 30/03/2021

Best Practices in Deployment of the Jordan Series Drogue

Experienced blue water sailors share their knowledge of how and when to deploy the drogue to ensure the safety of vessel and crew under challenging conditions.

by Stephen Brown - 28/03/2021

Britain extends relief period for returned goods by 6 months

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have announced a 6-month extension to the 1-year grace period previously put in place by the Government post-Brexit. 

by Daria Blackwell - 27/03/2021

Announcing the Ocean Sailing Association of Southern Africa

The primary purpose of OSASA is to encourage and facilitate cruising along the coasts of South Africa.

by Jenny Crickmore-Thompson - 25/03/2021

US National Data Buoy Center shut down its servers

Since March 9th, the NDBC servers have been down, so all systems that were tracking weather and/or sea state or otherwise dependant on the NDBC buoys have had no inputs.

by Daria Blackwell - 14/03/2021

OCC Announces Cooperation with GOES Collaborative Data Collection Project

GOES is a citizen science project that enables mariners to collect water samples and analyse them for microplastics and plankton. It is coordinated by OCC member Dr Howard Dryden.

by Dr Howard Dryden - 08/03/2021

Sea Mercy Response to Cyclone Yasa for Yaro Village, Kia Island, Fiji

Our second rotation of Disaster Response Teams have returned with detailed assessments of the current state of the island communities off Vanua Levu's north coast. 

by Jonathan Robinson - 05/03/2021

The OCC supports new award for marine environmental writing

The Yachting Monthly Brian Black Memorial Award for Marine Environmental Journalism is an excellent fit with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Challenge Grants for Adventurous and Environmental Endeavours

by Daria Blackwell - 02/03/2021

History of Moli

There is more to the story of Moli than previously reported. Former owners Anne and Glenn Bainbridge fill in the blanks.

by Ann and Glenn Bainbridge - 02/03/2021

What we mean when we say: 'Microplastics'

We've all heard of them, but what do they mean for us and the waters we sail? Sailors, forget the saying "out of sight, out of mind"; just because we cannot see them, doesn’t mean they aren't there.

by Clean Sailors Crew - 26/02/2021

Clean Sailors is raising awareness to protect the oceans

Associate Member Holly Manvell has started an organisation to promote clean sailing. Clean Sailors have given OCC access to actionable citizen science information to share with members.

by Holly Manvell - 24/02/2021