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Winter Series Race 3 Preview WHO ARE THE RACE 3 CONSISTENCY KINGS? NOTICE TO COMPETITORS No.5 IS NOW PUBLISHED . They say that consistency is everything in sport, and yacht racing is no exception. As our fleet prepares for Race 3 of the 2018 Winter Series, our medium distance passage race out and back from Royal Brighton, tomorrow, there are a few teams that will be focused on consistency with [ ... ]

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Learning from recent incidents, MOB at sea

Learning from recent incidents, MOB at sea Photo courtesy Sail World There was a good recent article in Sail World (https://www.sail-world.com/news/208089) which reflected on a number of recent fatal incidents at sea involving yachts. Whilst each incident has individual factors, which we would not like to comment specifically on while investigations are underway, we do make the following obs [ ... ]

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2018 Melbourne to Blairgowrie Race We have twenty two confirmed starters, the weather gods are smiling and the Blairgowrie yacht bar and kitchen are well stocked for our arrival. The latest forecast from the Bureau and Predictwind are not quite in agreement, so please watch the video for all the details  

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The Blairgowrie Yacht Club have allocated pens for the Yachts competing in this weekends Race to Blairgowrie

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Melbourne to Blairgowrie Race The latest forecast models from the Bureau of Meteorology and Predictwind are broadly in agreement for this weekend’s race to Blairgowrie. Please watch the Video below for all the details.

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2018 Winter Series Flare Shoot

ORCV Winter Series Flare Shoot tradition continues in 2018 The ORCV Winter Series has been conducted annually since 1971One of many ORCV traditions, the annual Flare Shoot prior an ORCV Winter Series race (including the use parachute/rocket flares), has again received approval from relevant authorities.    For our Category 1 and 2 ocean races, yachts are required to carr [ ... ]

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The 2018-19 Ocean Racing Season kicks off with the Stanley race

The 2018-19 Ocean Racing Season kicks off with the Stanley race, entries are now open People are excited, the 2018-19 ocean racing season is about to kick off. People are starting to make Christmas racing plans.  Devonport maybe or the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster. Some may even cross to the dark side and do that other race out of Sydney. Regardless a season start typically kicks off w [ ... ]

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Vale John Neilson

Vale John Neilson The ORCV received the sad news this week of the passing of a popular and well known Ocean Racing competitor John Neilson. Well known to the Spirit of Downunder and Tevake crews, John recently helped delivery Spirit of Downunder back from Osaka. John was found in the water near his boat De Ja Blue in the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) Marina, it was a great shock to all concern [ ... ]

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Shorthanded racing is here

Shorthanded Racing is here– 4 crew plus Autohelm The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season. This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiative [ ... ]

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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)