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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 feet, and heard many opinions on the matter along the way.  We do listen and want to know what our members want.

Have your say and participate in forming change ?

Come along to Bells Hotel in South Melbourne (157 Moray St, in the downstairs area near the TAB) on Monday 13th November from 6.30pm until about 8pm.  Grab a meal and a drink and join in the facilitated discussion session.

Bells Hotel map

Think through the following questions before you come:

  • What is our objective for having a Winter Series?
  • Should we even have one?
  • If we do have one, what format would work best?
  • What should we charge to enter?
  • How do we market it to maximise participation?

The style of the discussion will be positive and looking to the future. A potentially noisy environment, we will carefully manage the discussion so everyone can have their say.

To register your interest (free registration) and to allows us to scope the potential numbers click the button below.

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-depth overview of another very busy year of  activities during the AGM and valued the feedback provided, when the floor was opened to questions. There were myriad suggestions and ideas about the upcoming season, with the overarching view that another evening should be set aside, for more vigorous discussion.  Watch this space for updates.

The redevelopment of the Yachting Victoria Boat Shed into the new State Sailing Centre, Albert Park is almost complete.  ORCV office will be relocating there in next few months.  Mutually beneficial agreement reached with Yachting Victoria and ORCV office for long term lease.

Excitement is building as the start of the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka race gets closer.  It’s is great to see such a strong Osaka fleet which is a direct result of some very hard work behind the scenes by passionate and dedicated ORCV volunteers, which started back in 2013 after the last Melbourne to Osaka race.  The 2018 racing calendar will also see introduction of a new international race from Melbourne to Noumea (instead of Vanuatu). 

Discussions continued on during the refreshments interval and the atmosphere was convivial to say the least!  Then the highlight of the evening, trophy presentations and announcement of our much-coveted awards.

The AGM minutes are available for download here and the agenda is available here

We are looking for more volunteers to fill two General Committee vacancies to assist the other passionate volunteers.  If you are interested, please let us know.

MAJOR TROPHIES – Series and Championships

  • Offshore Championship (Perry Fletcher Clipper Trophy): WHITE NOISE, Daniel Edwards
  • Coastal Championship: ARCADIA, Peter Davison
  • Double Handed Championship Offshore & Overall : LORD JIMINY, Chris Barlow & Jamie Christensen
  • Sovereign Series: CADIBARRA 8, Paul Roberts
  • Bass Strait Series and Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup: SUMMER WIND, Paul & Angela Woodman
  • Winter Series Overall (Lord Wardens Trophy): SERIOUS YAHOO, James Heywood

Women Skippers & Navigators Race

  • 1st PHS (Custom Yacht Covers Trophy): PACEMAKER, Dianne Cameron
  • 1st AMS: TAKE ONE, Kellie Knowles
  • Novice Skipper: (Custom Yacht Covers Trophy) Phillipa Webley, INSTANT KARMA


Volunteer of the Year: Rosie Colahan

The ORCV is exceptionally fortunate to have significant contributions by several dedicated and passionate volunteers, many of whom have been involved over several years.

Rosie has provided much-valued support of ORCV activities and in particular, her medical expertise over many years.  Rosie’s contributions include being the Chief Medical Officer, 2018 Osaka Organising Committee, preparing and presenting first aid supplement training courses for our long distance races (Osaka and Vanuatu), Beyond the Bay program mentor, Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) advocate and regular on-call doctor for our ocean races.

Unfortunately Rosie was not able to attend on the night, as she was attending a WGIS Committee meeting.

The team expressed their sincere thanks for Rosie’s continued support.

Volunteer of the Year

Ocean Racer of the Year: Justin Brennan

Six very worthy nominations were received for Ocean Racer of the Year:  Charles Meredith (Peccadillo); Joe Wetzels (One for the Road), Justin Brennan (Alien); Daniel Edwards (White Noise); Damon Fahey (Cartouche); Ian Lewis (Blue Chip).

Justin’s ongoing support of ORCV racing and training activities, his continuous efforts to improve the sport and his regular participation in our events over many years had his nomination get the nod over the other worthy nominees. Justin has completed in excess of 10 Westcoasters and more recently he has joined the ORCV Committee and is working hard to bring some fresh thinking to our traditional ocean races.

Ocean Racer of the Year

The full list of awards and trophies can be found on our website – congratulations to all!  ORCV AGM 2016 2017 Trophy List

Thanks to our sponsors  Jeanneau, 38South Boat Sales and Chirping Bird Wines for setting up their booth, which went down a treat as ever. Also to Albert Sailing Club, for use of their facilities and well received catering.  A heartfelt thanks to all of our membership, the current and outgoing committee members, volunteers, supporters, boat owners, crews, local clubs and associations for their ongoing support - we couldn’t do it without you!



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 which require substantial set up, are readily available on the rental market.

In summary, the requirements of the dispensation are that all boats not complying with the HF radio requirements of SR 3.25.1(a) must have an appropriately configured VHF radio and shall carry a satellite phone that can:

  • Demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director
  • Can receive appropriate weather warnings
  • Be recharged during racing or are permanently connected to the boat’s power supply
  • If portable are attached to the boat at all times
  • Only the Inmarsat and Iridium satellite networks are approved

The VHF radio must be permanently installed, DSC capable, programmed with a MMSI and connected to a GPS receiver.

For more details (variations vary for Cat 1 & Cat 2) visit our Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Noumea race pages.

Nominations are requested for OCEAN RACER OF THE YEAR.


This award is for The White Family Shenandoah II Perpetual Trophy.

It recognizes excellence in the attributes of ocean racing and is not restricted to sailing results, but rather can be for such things as crew leadership, victualing, navigation, repairs at sea, oceanography or contributions to the ocean racing sport.

Nominations are required by the 3rd. October. Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 ORCV Notice of the 32nd Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation

The Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at Albert Sailing Club, 1 Aquatic Dr, South Melbourne VIC 3205 on Monday, 9th October 2017 at 6:30pm.

Following the AGM there will be an interval for light refreshments and then the Presentation of Trophies for the 2016-17 season will take place.

You are encouraged to bring your crew and guests along to enjoy the evening.

To register your interest use the form below.