Latest OCC News

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

Upcoming OCC Events

Events are starting up again as more people are vaccinated against Covid-19. A series of webinars have been initiated and will be recorded and available to view on the website.

by Daria Blackwell - 17/10/2021

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

OCC Members Take Coastal Cleanup Action

Cruisers join together to help clean up around the marina and harbour of Licata, Italy.

by Phil Heaton - 18/09/2021

World’s 1st Satellite-Based Coral Reef Map & Monitoring System Deployed Globally

Researchers have completed a comprehensive online atlas of the world’s coral reefs by using more than two million satellite images from across the earth.

by Daria Blackwell - 12/09/2021

The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award announced

Yachting Monthly announced at the Southampton International Boat Show that £3,000 was awarded to Sophie Dingwall for inspiring writing about plastic pollution in the islands.

by Daria Blackwell - 10/09/2021

OCC At the Southampton International Boat Show

Members are reminded that we have a stand at the Southampton Boat Show courtesy of mailasail, running from today until 19th Sep. 

by Carol Dutton - 10/09/2021

Reef safe sunscreens 

We protect our bodies from the sun with sunscreen. We also need to protect reefs by making our choice of sunscreen carefully! 

by Behan Gifford - 04/09/2021

Category 4 Hurricane Ida approaches Louisiana

Hurricane Ida is due to make landfall near New Orleans on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

by Daria Blackwell - 29/08/2021

International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) Saturday, 18th September

Around the world, people are being mobilised for International Coastal Cleanup Day - one of the world's largest annual volunteer preservation and protection events for our oceans and beaches.

by Phil Heaton - 28/08/2021