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Sunday, 29 Jul 2018
Time: 12:45 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: State Sailing Centre, Albert Park

Saturday, 4 Aug 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Saturday, 1 Sep 2018
Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Saturday, 15 Sep 2018 - Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
Time: 12:00 - 9:00

Saturday, 22 Sep 2018 - Sunday, 23 Sep 2018
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Sunday, 23 Sep 2018
Time: 8:15 - 17:00
Location: Wesley College

Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018
Time: 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: Albert Sailing Club

Sunday, 21 Oct 2018
Time: 11:25 am - 04:15 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

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Melbourne to Blairgowrie Race The latest forecast models from the Bureau of Meteorology and Predictwind are broadly in agreement for this weekend’s race to Blairgowrie. Please watch the Video below for all the details.

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2018 Winter Series Flare Shoot

ORCV Winter Series Flare Shoot tradition continues in 2018 The ORCV Winter Series has been conducted annually since 1971One of many ORCV traditions, the annual Flare Shoot prior an ORCV Winter Series race (including the use parachute/rocket flares), has again received approval from relevant authorities.    For our Category 1 and 2 ocean races, yachts are required to carr [ ... ]

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The 2018-19 Ocean Racing Season kicks off with the Stanley race

The 2018-19 Ocean Racing Season kicks off with the Stanley race, entries are now open People are excited, the 2018-19 ocean racing season is about to kick off. People are starting to make Christmas racing plans.  Devonport maybe or the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster. Some may even cross to the dark side and do that other race out of Sydney. Regardless a season start typically kicks off w [ ... ]

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Vale John Neilson

Vale John Neilson The ORCV received the sad news this week of the passing of a popular and well known Ocean Racing competitor John Neilson. Well known to the Spirit of Downunder and Tevake crews, John recently helped delivery Spirit of Downunder back from Osaka. John was found in the water near his boat De Ja Blue in the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) Marina, it was a great shock to all concern [ ... ]

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Shorthanded racing is here

Shorthanded Racing is here– 4 crew plus Autohelm The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season. This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiative [ ... ]

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The 2018 “Blairgowrie Ice Bucket” is still up for grabs! WS_NTC4 has now been published on the website, confirming that our host, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) has agreed to our request to reschedule Race Two of the Winter Series, the Blairgowrie Passage Race. This race is now scheduled for Saturday 21st July, 2018, with the first warning at 0925. We are thrilled to have found a way to [ ... ]

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2018 ORCV Winter Series – Race 2 After what has been a roller coaster ride with the weather forecast all this week, the gods have finally conspired against us with gale winds being forecast for Port Philip on Saturday.  All of the data are consistent at this time and the BOM Duty Forecaster has a high level of confidence in the current weather outlook. Unfortunately, that leaves the Race C [ ... ]

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Notice of Race for the 2018 Westcoaster

The Notice of Race for the 2018 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open. The race continues to evolve and this year the NOR  provides expanded support for short handed racing within the unrestricted monohull division. Double handed racing is in many ways the ultimate ocean racing challenge and has had active support for a number of years [ ... ]

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Thursday Weather Update The weather for this weekend's race to Blairgowrie  looked very hopeful this morning as the BOM had updated the forecast, predicting winds less than 25 knots. The latest forecast has deteriorated so unfortunately a definite decision cannot be made at this time. The forecast will reviewed again Friday morning and a final decision will be made then.  [ ... ]

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Beyond the Bay thank you! from Martin Vaughan

"Huge thanks to many people who volunteered their time to make the BTB overnight challenge a success. To Ray for his Director role and all his support team, to Neville, George and others on the radio, to Sally for the shirts, prizes and organising us all, to all the mentors especially those on the boats, to Hobsons Bay yc for hosting us, Lynda and the team catering and finally to skippers and crew who made the event. If we forgot others thank you too. ORCV is a great yachting community, see you on the water, hopefully for Latitude."

The first of our on-water events has been a great success. The sun shone, the wind gods were kind (if not a little exhausted toward the latter stages of the event) and the moonlit night made for great sailing conditions.

Congratulations to all participants - the feedback on facebook and photos indicate that much fun was had on the water and afterwards at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.

Results for the 2014 Beyond the Bay Overnight Event:

Non Spinnakers
FOXY LADY B126 Sue Slater 188.8
LARA B614 Sarah Patterson 182.5
MERLOT H381 Graham Cantelo 171.9
RED SKY @ NIGHT R484 Tony Van Broekhuize 165.6
MYSTIC 6547 David Norton 161.1
BONNIE LASS H861 Vanessa Reynolds 159.6
SOLITAIRE 1162 Dean Newlan 154.9
UHURU OF MELBOURNE R300 Malcolm Botterill 154.1
MANTA G380 Hal Braley 151.3
SELKIE H7077 David James 149.8
ISLA S391 James Cook 136.8
DE'TENTE M32 Ross Churcher 116.6
ROMA H62 John Price 94
BABS H3316 Derek Ryan DNF
WHIMAWAY 955 Hans Kopans DNF

Spinnakers
BLAISE PASCAL H365 Nick Woodley 204.2
WHITE NOISE SM3535 Daniel Edwards 170.2
AVANTI H401 Peter McDonald 156
WILD SIDE SM360 Thomas Vaughan 152.1
QUEST OF BERMUDA R41525 Marilyn Parsons 147.7
DRY WHITE SM401 Susan Bumstead 146.2
CHRISTINE S77 Paul Bunn 137.8
LUPA WYLO G537 Geoff Sadler 117
BLUE LAGOON G621 Neil Boyd DSQ
ELESSAR G136 Rob Richardson DNS
FOLIE A DEUX B333 Michael Dundon DNS
MINNA H20 Richard Downey DNS