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Safety is our focus, safety related news articles are shown below.

Safety is embraced and encouraged before and during sailing events.  It is fundamental to our training, our racing and culture.

 

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Advanced Remote First Aid for Ocean Yachting.


You know, with all that's been going on of late, you may not have spotted the class in amongst the orange training icons over on the right.

Advanced Remote First Aid for Ocean Yachting (Level 3). It is a One-Day course run by the ORCV in conjunction with Benchmarque and follows on beautifully from Apply First Aid with Yachting Focus, which the participants from the last class said was terrific.

There are still spots available for this course on Sunday, October 23 and as the certificate has a three-year validity, it is perfect for all who are looking at M2O or M2V. Long-range cruisers are also bound to benefit from it. Follow the link and sign up now or call the delightful Sally and Tanya on +61 3 9689 1622!!!

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Pic from the Apply First Aid with Yachting Focus course, but you get the point of it all...


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A consultation with the BoM.


Back in July, the Bureau of Meteorology released the Marine component of the Forecast Explorer for Victoria and New South Wales, and you can read the article about that great development, HERE

The ORCV has once again been invited to attend the BoM Marine Consultative Committee meeting. We all recognise that the weather is a imperative component of our sport and are very fortunate to have a fantastic, government provided BoM, who just happen to also be one of the leaders in their field, the world over. The BoM's website is one of the most popular in Australia and they continue to improve their services.

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ORCV Rear Commodore, Neville 'Nifty' Rose, who is also the Chairman of the Training Committee, was kind enough to put some added light on the whole scenario for us. "We have a great and mutually beneficial alliance with the BoM. In addition to being invited to participate in meetings like this, many would not be aware of some of the behind the scenes liaisons conducted between the ORCV and the BoM. Our Race Directors stay in contact with BoM Forecasters, as required, prior to and during our events, including more refined forecasting for a race areas, not necessarily available elsewhere. These interactions are an invaluable resource to the Race Committee’s armoury, which ensure we can continue to put safety first, by enabling even more informed decision making on how to conduct our events. A fantastic and very recent example of this would be the 2011 Melbourne to Apollo Bay (not), where information provided directly by the BoM was invaluable in determining not to send the fleet outside the Heads, which in turn put the inside (Port Phillip) course in to play."

"Additionally, our Basic and Advanced Weather Courses are lead by one of the BoM’s Senior Forecasters, and the BoM also provide a Forecaster to present the weather briefings to you, prior to our major events. As a leading authority on ocean racing, the ORCV welcomes the opportunity to provide expert feedback to the BoM, from an ocean racing perspective, which assists the BoM with continuing to improve their service offerings", commented Nifty.

As a bit of background, the Victorian Marine Consultative Committee usually meets on an annual basis to discuss service changes, feedback and other issues relevant to the Marine community. In the two years since the last meeting, there have been many service changes that need to be reported on. the meeting allows for feedback from mariners, as to how the changes have been received and what future improvements they would like to see. Specifically, the meeting will cover areas like the Bass Strait forecast, Melbourne Local Waters forecast maps, the aforementioned Marine Forecast Explorer, the performance of text phrases in Coastal and Local Waters forecasts, the changes to the forecast/warning layout on the Bureau's website, investigate future changes to BoM Products and Services and a proposed format change for marine warnings.

"Now as you have come to expect from us, we’ll report back here, after we’ve attended BoM Marine Consultative Committee meeting with anything relevant for you, our wonderful members and the sailing community at large...", Nifty finished with.


Thanks BoM - love your work...

 

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SSSC Class Photos.

 

More Class Photos from the September 2011 Safety and Sea Survival Course run last weekend. Four classes of 20 got through this perennial favourite.

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Rik Thompson does the 'Price is Right' modelling for us here with his best, bailing is fun pose! Better than being inside, anyway....

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Gloria Estefan. No. Not that deep, just go HERE and do the Conga!

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Scott Esler - Come on down!

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Santa's, sorry, The Brass' Little Helpers. L to R it's Jeremy Walton, Paul Buchholz, Hugh 'Huge' Haliburton and Michelle Tapp.

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OK. Love a sequence and here we have a full righting. Forgot to ask your name at the time, but you should know the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by now...

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"Well that wasn't so bad...."

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"OK, so it's lean back and get into it, eh?!"

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"Oh right. It helps when they let go, you know."

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"Hhmm. Time to get wet, I suppose."

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"Oh thanks. You caught my moment of glory, beautifully..."

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Richard McGarvie climbs on and below, driving Addiction - from an earlier caption competition during the 2011 MWS.

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Right. Time to give it plenty.

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You've won the battle there.

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Look out! Here it comes...

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Yep. Kiss that raft, Richard.

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Laurie 'Handbrake' Ford with Instructor Robin Hewitt.

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Jason 'Slotty' Van Der Slot prepares to help the Handbrake.

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I don't know team SoD - think the Handbrake did OK...


Think we have... (but you will have to wait.)


 

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Another Four Classes Get Underway.

 

They may indeed share the same date, but the ORCV always runs mutliple Safety and Sea Survival Courses on the same day. The September affair is no different, with four separate classes going through over the weekend. That equates to 80 souls.

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Having all this gear around can only mean one thing - it's time for another of the ORCV's perennial favourites, the SSSC.

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Hard to disguise the fact that you're taking a pic, but this group were serious about the important stuff, like having your hood out before your PFD goes off and practicing important survival elements, such as the huddle...

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The wonderful Brian McDermott and irrepressible Bob Tanner - part of the sensational volunteer and assistant gang who make it all possible.

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Paul 'Bucky' Buchholz and yes, I did have to 'coax' him into having his pic taken.

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Ocean Racer of the Year in 2010, Nick McGuigan uses the webbing to get into the liferaft.

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ORCV Commodore, Don Fraser, is one of the YA Instructors for the SSSC. Here, Don is taking his class of 20 through the Search and Rescue procedures.

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A great way to show the heat and light that the red flares generate. Thanks to our Price is Right model for the great display...

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ORCV Legend, Robin Hewitt, is one of the Instructors for the class and here he talks about the many types of flares available before firing begins - bucket of water is for the expended cartidges to cool down in...

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Phil Spry-Bailey was mightly impressed with how much the expended cartidge had burned.

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Andrew Warner, in the background, was impressed with the colour of his smoke flare (70's tangerine was the comment...), which contrast well with the brightness of the red flare.

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Back in the pool, John Donati does his cherub impersonation as he demonstrates the solo huddle....

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Liferafts ready for the righting exercises... (obligatory artsy farts shot).

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Malcom Mohr demonstrated the proper procedure for clamping your nose and covering your mouth for getting in the water. Afterwards in the classroom, many another caption was generated. So. Given the caption competitions of the past, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">send yours in and we'll think up a prize...

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It all began with the deployment demonstration first up on Sunday morning. Well done to all classes and thanks for making it easy to capture...


Look out - something will show up...


 

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September SSSC Preparation.

 

Preparations are well underway for the next Safety and Sea Survival Course (SSSC) is on Septmeber 17 and 18, 2011, at the Melbourne High School Gymnasium Complex, in South Yarra.

It costs $275 if you're a member or $320 if you're not. Because of the time of year, it is always over-subscribed as people get set for Christmas time. Given that the Westcoaster will celebrate its 40th birthday this year, things will only intensify. Cat2 races require 50% of the crew to be current SSSC holders, amongst other things of course, and the ORCV has long recommended that all souls onboard should hold this invaluable item. If you're looking to help ensure you have a spot on a boat this Xmas, doing this course will definitely help your chances.

One of the things that you possibly don't know is all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make this sort of thing happen. Commodore, Don Fraser, highlights some of the jobs that have to be done beforehand, to ensure the courses sail on smoothly. "Here are photos from the workparty yesterday to repair liferafts for the next SSSC course. Noel May, Neville 'Nifty' Rose (Who's a pretty boy in the cycling gear, then?) and Robin Hewitt (Don's behind the iPhone tkaing the pic), were attending to the rafts we use for the courses."

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"For each SSSC, we have to prepare the rafts. This entails things like:

  • Securing the weighted stabilising water pockets, to reduce risk of injury during the righting exercise
  • Repacking the raft with a new gas bottle for the deployment exercise
  • Training is much rougher on rafts than an actual emergency, so we need to repair any damage to the rafts as we find it."

Don then went on to add, "This is all done by volunteers to keep the cost of our courses down. Would you like to volunteer for next time? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Email the office to put your name down, please."

If you're wondering why there is no Update/Revalidation course anymore, then the article HERE will be able to answer that.


N.B. if you intend to do the course, we ask that you please read and comprehend the course outline and then complete the enrollment form,

which is linked off the bottom of the said course outline. Go HERE to start that process.

 

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