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20 September 2019: 500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation

Date Published - September 20, 2019

On the 20th September 1519 Ferdinand Magellan set sail from the Spanish port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a fleet of 5 ships, the Armada de Molucca, in a quest to sail westwards to the Spice Islands. The expedition ended on 6 September 1522, when the only surviving ship, the… Read More

The Season for Lightning Superbolts is Approaching

Date Published - September 17, 2019

After a nine year survey, the University of Washington have published a paper demonstrating how superbolts are most common in the Mediterranean Sea, the northeast Atlantic and over the Andes, with lesser hotspots east of Japan, in the tropical oceans and off the tip of South Africa. Unlike regular… Read More

ARC Youth Team: 2019 Crew Announcement

Date Published - September 11, 2019

World Cruising Club are delighted to reveal the twelve crew members who have been selected to sail on board the ARC Youth Team yacht as part of the 2019 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. … Read More

Jeanne Socrates sails into the record books again!

Date Published - September 11, 2019

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) is pleased to announce that member Jeanne Socrates has sailed into Victoria BC harbour on 7th September after successfully completing another single-handed unassisted nonstop circumnavigation. … Read More

Tonga and Fiji: The Importance of Advance Notice of Arrival

Date Published - September 05, 2019

Advance Notice of Arrival (ANOA) is an important tool in stopping illegal activity in all countries. Customs in Tonga and Fiji require that all visiting yachts submit ANOA and if they do not risk heavy fines. Make sure you are familiar with the entry requirements for the countries you are… Read More

Hurricane Dorian Makes Landfall in the Bahamas

Date Published - September 04, 2019

Update posted September 4, 2019: Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas at Elbow Cay, Abacos on September 1st as a category 5 hurricane. The “strongest hurricane in modern record for the northwest Bahamas” according to the National Hurricane Center…. Read More

Hurricane Dorian Strengthens as it Heads for Florida

Date Published - August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian, the 2nd hurricane this season, has already passed over a number of Caribbean countries that were seriously affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Advanced precautions were taken to limit the amount of damage this time around and thankfully most islands have escaped relatively unscathed…. Read More

The Bahamas: Increased Cruising Permit Rates from 2020

Date Published - August 17, 2019

If planning on cruising the Bahamas for more than three months next year, prices are about to go up. The Bahamas government have announced new rates for longer-term cruising permits as of 1 January 2020 based on the size of vessel and length of stay…. Read More

Ocean Cruising Club Challenge Grant: Now Accepting Applications

Date Published - August 15, 2019

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting applications for the 2020 season. The OCC Challenge Grant programme consists of two categories, the Conservation/ Environmental Grant and the Adventure Grant. … Read More

South Pacific, Niue: Australian Catamaran Runs Aground on East Coast

Date Published - August 10, 2019

In recent weeks the Niue Police Search and Rescue vessel “SAR1” has been deployed a number of times to assist yachts in trouble as they approach Niue. At the end of July both land-based and sea rescue teams kicked into action when an Australian catamaran ran aground on the eastern… Read More

International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

Date Published - July 25, 2019

Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network from Bobby Graves. This group is dedicated to assisting Search and Rescue Authorities in locating overdue and missing vessels worldwide and now has a new… Read More

Portrait of a Cruiser: Dog Chloe from SY Mojito

Date Published - July 24, 2019

For a new spin on our ‘Portrait of a Cruiser’ series, this month we are profiling a four-legged crew member. Labrador mix, Chloe, has just spent 18 months visiting 13 countries. At almost 12 years old she has proved to her owners Tim Goodyear and Jules Buckley that you can… Read More