Upcoming Events

Monday, 26 Jun 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Bell's Hotel

Sunday, 2 Jul 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017
Time: 13:30 - 17:30
Location: TBA

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Sunday, 13 Aug 2017
Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Monday, 14 Aug 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Bell's Hotel

Sunday, 27 Aug 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

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2017 ORCV WINTER SERIES   Once again the ORCV Winter Series, the longest running Winter Bay sailing event, is on again so why not come out and join in the fun! Offering a great variety of windward-leeward, triangle and passage races and together with a cruising division, there is something there to please all sailing tastes. The first race is at 1030 hours on Sunday July 2nd, and as usua [ ... ]

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Melbourne to Apollo Bay Race 2017 – Summary. For all of the talk we here about Global Warming and it’s continuing negative effect on the climate and our general day to day weather, it seems that there might also be some positive effects, like mild (dare we say even pleasant!) conditions for sailing in the Bass Strait in late May! With all 21 yachts and crew now either making their way home [ ... ]

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2017 ORCV Apollo Bay Race The current forecast for the Apollo Bay race shows winds of 10-15 knots from the north east gradually moving more northerly during the morning, with slightly stronger winds further off-shore. A temperature of 19C and the possibility of some rain will make for a not too unpleasant trip to Apollo Bay. It looks like the spinnaker trimmers will get a good workout! The P [ ... ]

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  2018 Melbourne Noumea Race The Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce the inaugural Melbourne to Noumea Yacht Race. The Race will be conducted by the ORCV with the co-operation of the Cercle Nautique Caeldonien (CNC). The 1600 nautical mile race will start on Sunday, 27th May 2018. Owners and charterers of eligible monohull yachts measuring between 9 and 30.48 metres are invited to en [ ... ]

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Starting ORCV Ocean Races All ORCV ocean races start such that under average conditions, the participating boats should be in the region of the Heads at slack water. This practice is to ensure the safest possible sea conditions for all competitors. Needless to say, commercial shipping also prefers slack water, so the traffic in the Heads can become quite busy at such times. Well before the rac [ ... ]

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A slow Port Fairy race is on the cards Looking at the weather at high pressure is crossing Victoria over the weekend. The fleet will have South Westerlies for the start, with the wind moving more south over Friday, once round Cape Otway the wind could come from all points of the compass with it finally settling in from the west, the models are not in agreement so watch this space. The trip home  [ ... ]

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The first race to Western Port is looking “Peachy” Looking at the weather at high pressure is crossing Victoria over the weekend. The fleet will have South Westerlies for the start, with the wind moving more south over Friday. The Predict Wind models have a Beneteau 40 finishing in a little over 5 hours with boats reaching in 10 to 15 knots       Predictwind Ma [ ... ]

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Beyond the Bay Program Overview & Schedule   OVERVIEW  The “Beyond the Bay” program is a series of educational evening sessions, supervised weekend on-water events and mentoring support, providing participants with the opportunity, knowledge and support needed to travel beyond Port Phillip Bay (or beyond, or any inland waterway for that matter). We know a lot of boat o [ ... ]

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Melbourne Osaka Cup - Virtual race starts soon

The one-year-to-go BBQ was held last Saturday at SYC and was well attended by competitors and supporters alike. Special thanks to our major sponsor Sundance Marine and event sponsors Gill, Sitro Group, Rainbow Meats, Chirping Bird Wines, Lion Nathan, and Baker Boys. Gill has offered some great prizes for this race worth about $450 so it's really worth giving it a go, see their web site for their [ ... ]

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Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app - Aids to Navigation

Further to our website article on the Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app, one of many benefits of Automatic Identification System (AIS), is virtual Aids to Navigation (AtoN).

For the trial of the Boat Beacon app the ORCV is conducting during the 2015 Melbourne to Port Fairy ocean yacht race, Steve Bennett the CEO of Pocket Mariner (the Boat Beacon developer) has created some virtual AtoN.  These AtoN only appear in the Boat Beacon app, not on global internet based AIS traffic sites like Marine Traffic.

To follow are some screen dumps of the Boat Beacon app that display the AtoN.  NB. The dark line on these images is an approximate rhumb line for the Melbourne to Port Fairy ocean yacht race.

BoatBeacon AtoN PortPhillipHeads Hybrid

Port Phillip Bay - Heads.  Boat Beacon Hybrid display

AtoN - Drapers Reef (starboard end of start line), ORCV Virtual Buoy, Point Lonsdale Light and Corsair Rock.

BoatBeacon AtoN PortPhillipHeads Map

Port Phillip Bay - Heads.  Boat Beacon Map display

AtoN - Drapers Reef (starboard end of start line), ORCV Virtual Buoy, Point Lonsdale Light and Corsair Rock.

 

 

   

BoatBeacon AtoN PortFairy Hybrid

Port Fairy finish.  Boat Beacon Hybrid display

AtoN - Nunn Buoy (port end of finish line)

BoatBeacon AtoN PortFairy Map

Port Fairy finish.  Boat Beacon Map display

AtoN - Nunn Buoy (port end of finish line)