Latest OCC News

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


Two pictures from the Azores

To my sailor brethren, I’d like to share two pictures. Here’s a little bit of history…. About the group picture. 

by Capt Tom Wikman - 08/05/2021


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 - 08/05/2021


Clean Sailors starts sail recycling programme in GB

OCC Member Holly Manvell has announced that sailors in the UK can now recycle their sails and have them made into useful items that will have a long afterlife.

by Daria Blackwell - 06/05/2021


Patient Transport: An OCC Collaboration

This is a nautical story but not in the sense that the OCC may be acquainted with. It is a story of a meeting of minds that makes the OCC what it is – it is a story of the people comprising the OCC.

by Eoin Robson, OCC Committee Member and PO Stavanger - 02/05/2021


Yachting Community in Trinidad and Tobago bands together to help St Vincent

OCC PO Jesse James reports from Trinidad that the first phase of YSATT/Cruisers/OCC mission to deliver relief to St Vincent has been completed.

by Daria Blackwell - 28/04/2021


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


SOUFRIERE UPDATE

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


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 GEOS 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