Latest News and announcements from ORCV

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.

Guess who is looking at you……

The Port of Melbourne Authority recently launched their new WEBSITE
A new inclusion is the live remote control webcam on the Fawkner Beacon.
So if you sail past in the Helly Hansen Winter Series, make sure you smile!

Haven’t entered the winter Series yet? Then do it  NOW or contact the office if you need assistance.

A Request for Volunteers for the 2013 Melbourne Tall Ships Festival.

Come and join an international event as a volunteer.

The 2013 Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival is at the stage where we need more volunteers. The event will take place in Williamstown from 6-15 September 2013 however we need some volunteers to start NOW. Any spare time you can give would be so valuable. There are opportunities starting now, in the lead up to the event and at the actual event.

If you are 16 years or older then please apply. We look forward to welcoming you to the team! Information HERE.


Bandit wins the 2013 Offshore Championship.

We have all worked out the winner- it just took some time to collate results across the fleet.
Congratulations to Ashley Trebilcock and his crew aboard Bandit for a stellar performance to take out this year’s Offshore Championship.
Scoring for the Offshore Championship is as follows:
“For each race, the boat’s best result across all the handicap categories is added to their series score. Only one result for each race is used. At the end of the series, the boat with the lowest score is declared the winner. The Perry Fletcher Clipper Trophy and the title of ORCV Offshore Champion will be awarded to the overall winner.”
See all the results HERE

Perhaps you need to start some serious practice to take on this challenge next season. A perfect opportunity is to enter the Winter Series!