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Sunday, 17 Dec 2017
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Albert Sailing Club

Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Station Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
Time: 14:30 - 17:00
Location: Portsea Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Friday, 29 Dec 2017
Time: 14:30 - 17:00
Location: Portsea Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017
Time: 8:00 - 9:00
Location: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Saturday, 3 Mar 2018 - Sunday, 4 Mar 2018
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Sunday, 4 Mar 2018
Time: 8:15 - 17:00
Location: Wesley College

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Melbourne Hobart Westcoaster Trophy Presentation For those who are starting to think about New Year’s Eve arrangements, please note that the 2017 West Coaster Trophy presentations are planned for 1700 at DSS on 31 December….  So, no conflict with the Q.L.D. at “shippies” and no excuses for not being at the presentations!  …. except of course lack of wind in which case alternat [ ... ]

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Container for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Doug Prosser has again offered to assist with arrangements for shipping “return delivery gear” to the Hobart.  This a shared cost venture covering shipment from Altona to the DSS in Hobart at an expected cost somewhere between $200 and $300 per boat depending on the uptake and amount being shipped. Can interested skippers please email  [ ... ]

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Winter Series discussion night – please come along! Over recent years we have seen participation in the ORCV Winter Series dropping, with the series almost being cancelled this year as a result.  The Geelong race seems to be popular, being a social destination race.  As a Sunday bay racing format, in a highly competitive bay racing environment, we have watched people vote with their f [ ... ]

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Stanley race is looking

Stanley race is looking "Peachy", Getting to the start line could be a challenge, 25 to 30knots from the SW
It’s beginning to look a lot like a typical Stanley race. A lot of fine reaching bordering on windward, some slightly flat spots maybe the start and the finish, 10-15kts and maybe some spots to 25, a fantastic run home and not too much in the way of big seas. The predict wind calcs for th [ ... ]

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The ORCV 32ND AGM and trophy presentation, held at Albert Sailing Club, was a roaring success earlier this month. We had a lively evening, with a packed room enjoying the views over Albert Park Lake and a well-stocked bar. The venue was perfect for the occasion, easily accommodating over 80 attendees, with plenty of room to display the multiple awards and silverware. The Committee provided an in- [ ... ]

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  2017 Latitude Overnight Event Weather The weather looks great for this weekend’s Latitude Overnight Event. The synoptic chart shows large approaching high pressure system over Victoria for the weekend which will dominate the wind patterns predominantly W-SW in direction.   The Meteye wind maps for Saturday at 1400 and 2000 are shown below showing winds of around 10 kno [ ... ]

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2017 Latitude Series Notice of Events and Sailing Instructions are now out! The Latitude Series is an innovative series of on-water activities to help those new to ocean sailing get started. It also provides a vehicle for established ocean sailors to develop crew members into positions of responsibility in an ocean racing team. This year the series form the on-water component of the ORCV’s Bey [ ... ]

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Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio In accordance with Special Regulation 1.01.3 Australian Sailing has approved the following variations to the Special Regulations:  The ORCV is approved to conduct for the 2017 Melboure ot Hobart Westcoaster under Special Regulations’ Ca [ ... ]

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Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio now approved for ORCV Cat 1 & 2 Races   In a move which will help contain the cost of offshore racing, ORCV is pleased to confirm that Australian Sailing has approved the use of Sat Phones for all ORCV Cat 1 & 2 Races in yachts which are not HF equipped. Sat phones are substantially cheaper to purchase, and unlike HF radios whi [ ... ]

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The second placed Sea Eagle 1 skippered by John Garner is also a Geelong based boat and finished 1 hour and 2 mins behind its stable mate Shogun.  No doubt celebrations will be held on both sides of the Strait.  

Next across the line in order was Ray Shaw’s Outrageous, closely followed by Phil Simpfendorfer’s Veloce, another Geelong boat Ian Murray’s Cinquante, Geoff Bagley in Sandgroper, and the double handed crew of Phil Coombs and Peter Walsh in Dekadence.  

The first Tasmanian boat Tristan Gourlay’s Force Eleven was due across the line within the next half an hour.  

The dismasted BOOTS managed to jury rig the radio and was able to talk to the other wounded boat Rough Red briefly.  All is well on board though without a mast the boat is rolling so progress is not as quick as they would like.  They are continuing to motor to the heads and race management are monitoring the situation.  

Rough Red has deployed a drogue to assist them to steer as they continue to motor to Tamar.  Again all on board are well.