Melbourne to the Portland Ocean Yacht Race

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The race to Portland this year revives one of the races from very early days of the ORCV's history. The 163 nm race is held on the Melbourne cup holiday weekend in November. The passage along Victoria's western coastline finishes in the delightful seaport of Portland with its recently completed floating marina. Deep water berthing (4m) is available at the Portland Marina and many excellent facilities nearby cater for arriving crews or visiting families. The race is a qualifier for the ORCV East and Westcoaster races to Hobart and the Sydney to Hobart run by the CYCA. It also forms part of the Offshore Championship. After this year, the race will alternate with the Stanley Race over the same weekend.

2018 Stanley race, its a wrap

2018 Stanley race, its a wrap        Thanks to Soiree Bleu for the photos Well the 2018 Melbourne to Stanley yacht race is a wrap. With trying conditions testing the constitution of many competitors, the strong Westerlies saw a delayed start of 6 hours. In hindsight many welcomed the decision of the race director. We saw a fleet of 14 start the race after Merlion decided not to start due to the conditions forecast. Some competitors decided to leave early, listening into a Brighton race start on the VHF repeater and mistaking it for the ORCV start. Fortunately they [ ... ]

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2018 Stanley Race Weather Update Conditions are much brighter for the race crews this morning, with significant moderation of the wind and waves overnight. The forecast looks good, there is a chance of the race record being broken but that may change as the winds lighten off as the fleet approach Stanley    

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2018 Stanley race start postponed

2018 Stanley race start postponed From Nicholas McGuigan, Stanley Race Director As Race Director for the 2018 Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race, I have considered the latest weather forecast and taken the decision to delay the start of the race to the next slack in the Heads. The new start time will be 0930 on 3 November and other related times, Sign-on Schedule, Shipping Advice Broadcast and the Warning, will be adjusted accordingly. A Notice to Competitors has been posted detailing all the required timing changes. As the weather system passes through, conditions are expected to abate [ ... ]

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2018 Stanley Race Weather Update Friday morning The trickiest weather for the fleet will be negotiating the passage down to the start this evening. The Race Directors Nick and Martin had a pleasant passage on the Spirit of Tasmania and are down in Tassie setting up to welcome the fleet in tomorrow evening

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Melbourne to Stanley Race preview Assistant Race Director for the upcoming Melbopurne to Stanley yacht race, Martin Vaughan, gives a short preview of the conditions we should expect for Saturday's Melbourne to Stanely Ocean race.   

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Blue Water Tracker   Grant Dunoon has spent considerable effort in creating a coats effective tracker for the ORCV. It is important as competitors that we repay that effort in making sure when we participate in a race that we add all the details that make the BlueWater Tracker a world class tracking system. So how do you do your bit If you have some computer skills follow the procedure set out below If not see if on of the crew on the boat can help you out The final solution is send me your Send me you picture(Head and Shoulders) A 4 line Bio the links to any social [ ... ]

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2018 Stanley Race Weather Update We have 15 boats and 112 crew all set and ready to take on this weekends race      

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Stanley race - Sailing Instructions are out The Sailing Instructions have been posted for the 2018 Melbourne to Stanley yacht race on cup weekend.  Starting off Queenscliff at 3am on Saturday 3rd November 2018, this is the opening race of the 2018-19 Offshore Racing Season. Click here for details of the Offshore Championship. To download the SIs, see the Stanley Race Documents page. A reminder to skippers and crews of the festivities organised in Stanley by the local Lions club.  They put in a lot of effort to welcome us in, staying up until the wee hours cooking food so pl [ ... ]

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Stanley early bird discount ends soon     Thinking of doing the Stanely race ?  Beware of missing out on the substantial Early bird discount race fee, which finishes 10th October. The Melbourne to Stanley yacht race is a fantastic race, a qualifier for the Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart yacht race or just a fantastic way of developing new crew. A challenging race, it’s the 1-2% differences in tactics which may well win it for you, or pushing yourself harder when that little evil fatigue voice says “don’t bother”. We have introduced more innovation [ ... ]

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