Latest News and announcements from ORCV

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!


  • Have you been to the Port Lincoln Regatta yet ?
  • Have you heard about the race from Adelaide to Port Lincoln ?
  • Have you thought about a race/rally from Melbourne to Adelaide ? (M2A)

ORCV has, and is seeking a response from its members regarding organizing a race/rally from Portsea/Queenscliffe to Adelaide in time to participate in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln race in February 2014.
The race to Port Lincoln starts on 21st Feb. and the Port Lincoln Regatta starts on 24th Feb and finishes on 27th Feb. To achieve a sensible date to get to Adelaide the M2A would need to start soon after the Geelong Festival of Sail.
Proposed formats of the M2A are as follows:
• Handicap race – no stops
• Handicap elapsed time – stops for weather windows/tourism and mandatory finish date
• Cruising rally with mandatory finish date
Berthing at Adelaide would be at CYCSA and stopover berths can be organized for planned/unplanned stops. Accommodation at Port Lincoln needs to be booked as early as possible to ensure a good location.
ORCV would organize the event and manage communications for the race/rally. As you would be aware, an event such as this requires support from entries , and ORCV needs input from interested competitors to allow us to evaluate the support for the event and the resources required by ORCV to responsibly manage the event.
So, if you want to follow the sun West , let us know if you want to do it and provide us with your views as to an acceptable format. Those of us who have been are going again – some for the tourist value, others for the Port Lincoln fun and racing. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




BoM New Trial MetEye service

The Bureau of Meteorology has developed a new interactive viewer to make it easier for you to get local weather information anywhere in Australia -on land or sea. The viewer uses Smartphone GPS to determine your local area to forecast.
Time trial runs for a limited period, so have a look today and give your feedback. MetEye.