Latest News and announcements from ORCV

2013 Ocean Racer of the Year

Call for Nominations.

The Ocean Racer of the Year Perpetual Trophy was presented by Ron White and Family, of Shenandoah 11 fame, for the first time in 2002.

The trophy was implemented to recognise those qualities particular to ocean racing as distinct from other yachting activities.

Such qualities might include, but are not limited to, the nominee’s knowledge and application to Ocean Racing of:
Boat Handling/Sea State
Crew maintenance
Sail Management

Nominations are requested for this past season and should be submitted to the ORCV with supporting reasons by Friday 6th September 2013.
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2013 Bureau of Meteorology

Upgraded Tidal Predictions

As of 1st August 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its Tide Prediction page for Australia, South Pacific and Antartica

You can take a look at his new feature HERE. There is also an option on the site to send any feedback to the Bureau. 

There are some interesting articles about Tidal Heights, Times and Streams. Just click on the Information button  on the upper right hand side of the page.



ACMA Marine Radio e-bulletin 22/7/13

The Sounds of Silence

We often get asked if silence periods still apply to the use of marine radios. The international regulations no longer require silence periods to be observed on the distress and calling frequencies. Those vessels that come under the Safety of Life at Sea regulations maintain a continuous watch on VHF DSC and a listening watch on Channel 16.

It is still recommended that vessels operating on the MF/HF frequencies observe silence periods, so that operators experiencing communications difficulties on these frequencies can be heard. If you do wish to observe silence periods, they start on the hour and half-hour and last for three minutes.

Whether or not you observe silence periods, it's important to remain tuned in to the distress channels on your marine radio. And remember—when making a radio call, always listen first. That way, you won't interfere with anyone else who may be transmitting.

For more information from this edition of the e-bulletin, click HERE.

Side of Van repairs

Radio Van Facelift

It seems we have to make a mess of something before we reap the reward of the finished product.  The mess is part of the process of repairing the rust, replacing the seats, repairing the small damage, painting the repairs and finally applying new decals that shout out we are the ORCV and we race yachts in the Ocean to exotic destinations.

This is happening because it was getting shabby and several selfless members with certain skills contribute their means, property, time and materials to save the expense of outsourcing these repairs. We thank them for their efforts amd look forward to seeing the finished product.

Introductory Meteorology Course

Expressions of interest are sought for a place on the Bureau of Meteorology's Introductory Meteorology Course conducted from 12 - 16 August 2013.

The full Introductory Meteorology Course is an intensive five day course developed and conducted by the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre (BMTC). The course will provide an overview of meteorological theory and practice as applied in the Bureau of Meteorology, and also give participants an appreciation of the wide range of services that the Bureau provides.

In response to feedback from previous courses, we will also be providing a shorter course. This will consist of the first three days of the above course. This will focus upon meteorological observations, forecasting the weather and severe weather topics.

A course flyer and an outline of the course syllabus and timetable is attached.

The cost of attending the course has recently been reviewed but we believe it represents excellent value. As a result, cost of attendance is $700 per person for the three day course, and $1000 for the full five day course.

Please register your interest no later than Tuesday 9th July by responding to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Confirmation of enrolment will be forwarded by email by Thursday 18th July.

The contact for the course is Bodo Zeschke, phone 03 9669 4753.