Upcoming Events

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
Time: 07:00 am - 02:00 pm
Location: Queenscliff

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Queenscliff

Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Station Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
Time: 0:30 - 0:00
Location: Portsea Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Friday, 29 Dec 2017
Time: 0:00 - 0:00
Location: Portsea Pier

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.

 

ORCV Safety and Training


Safety & Sea Survival Course (SSSC).

 

May, 2010.


Essential training for all Offshore Sailors.

 

The next Safety Sea and Survival Course (SSSC) Full course and and Update/Revalidation course are scheduled to commence on May 23, 2010.

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SSSC Full course

Anyone planning to spend time on a boat in open water will find this course both stimulating and enlightening. It is not only of interest to sailors, but also helps shore crew to understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process, in the event of an emergency.

For offshore races, at least 50% of the crew, including the skipper when racing in a Category 1 and 2 shall hold a Safety and Sea Survival Course certificate of competence.  It is strongly recommended that for both categories of races all crew members undertake the course.  Please note that it is strongly recommended for both categories of races that ALL crew members undertake this course.

This course is a pre-requisite for ocean racing, not only to meet the safety requirements, but to demonstrate an acceptance of your personal and team responsibilities for safety on board an ocean-going racing yacht.


Click HERE for the complete SSSC Full Course details


N.B. 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.

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When do you go for the liferaft? How do you right it if it's capsized? How do you get ready for the Chopper? What is the correct way to strike a flare?

All this and more at the SSSC, so come along, even if you're an old sea dog!

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Learn what type of flares to use and when!


SSSC Update/Revalidation course

The SSSC Update/Revalidation is intended for those who have previously undertaken the Full SSSC and are regular and extensive offshore sailors. Course participants will be expected to bring with you to the course examples of current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used on vessels you have set to sea on, as well as experiences to share with other attendees. These lessons are valuable and crucial to the learning process for all. Think about it - is it fact that one should always 'Step Up to the Liferaft'???

Course participants will be expected to contribute with boat management strategies they have experienced, including procedures and hard copy samples. These will be incorporated into discussions regarding continual improvement and best practice.

 

***** Please see amended dates, times and locations, including confirmation of the final component - theory and exam. (Comment posted 22/4/10) *****


Click HERE for the for the complete SSSC Update/Revalidation Course details

 

N.B. 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.

 

 

By John Curnow and Neville Rose


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ORCV Safety and Training - 18/04/10


THE Ripper Tour is full. Wait list only now.


No matter whether you're an avid yachty, casual fisherman, dedicated beach walker, interested surfer, summertime boaty, keen historian or local resident (say all that in a hurry), the ORCV's Rip Tour has been a highlight for years because it is informative and truly educational. The next Rip Tour is set for April 18, 2010 and it always sells out, so get in early would be my thoughts on the matter. I went on the last Rip Tour and it was great to see people really understand what you we're showing them, like the standing wave off Point Nepean.

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This aerial view may help you get an idea of why it is critical to be in the correct sector as given to you by Point Lonsdale Light when making you approach through The Rip at Port Phillip Heads. Point Lonsdale Signal Station (Lonsdale VTS) on Ch12 VHF is the correct way to reach them.

Remember of course that it is weather dependent, so ensure you fill one form out for each passenger and give us your contact information in case of postponement or cancellation. The only other thing you need to work out is if you are boarding at Queenscliff (no doubt most likely before a stellar lunch) or Sorrento (in which case you're better off driving up to the vineyards for lunch). In addition to a great day out, what you get included in the whole deal are:

  • A copy of the ORCV's Rip Guide
  • Identification of major beacons and marks
  • Queenscliff lead lights and shipping channels
  • Information on tides and tide signals
  • The ability to identify favourable conditions and dangers
  • Performing correct passages out of and back into Port Phillip.

Now it's not just us that think it's a great little excursion. Here's what others have had to say over the years:

...I want to thank the ORCV for the Rip Tour.  My family and I had a great time.  The kids are still talking about it!  It was a great buzz to for them to learn a bit about navigation and also to see some wildlife (dolphins in particular).  Please pass on my appreciation to all the organisers for an excellent job.

Regards, David Johnson


Hi there ORCV,

Just a quick note to let you know that I, and four of my crew, really enjoyed the Rip Tour on Sunday.  We all thought it was a very well worthwhile day.  The commentary and explanations were excellent.  A1.

Many thanks, Dennis Hambleton

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The Rip - delightful one day... and not so flash the next. Come and find out how to pick it and where to get up-to-date information from.

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Come and learn exactly where these four fingers are on the satellite pic at the top of the story and why they're as crucial as the ones on your own hand!!!

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Not just out in the drink as sunbeds for seals and perches for birds, they have a mission. Learn what that is on the April 18, 2010 ORCV Rip Tour or you may end up steaming along like the lads in Weekend at Bernie's below...

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So now to book and reserve your spot on this great tour, click HERE for the training page, which contains the enrolment form and then get it to the ORCV office pronto... You'll be placed on the wait list in case of a cancellation or other event.



By John Curnow

 

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ORCV Safety at Sea - from March 2009 onwards


PoM - Notice to Mariners


Port Phillip Heads Low Light and


Point Lonsdale Light - Realignment of Sectors.

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoM) have issued the following Victorian Notice to Mariners, regarding the Realignment of Sectors on the Low Light at Shortland Bluff, Queenscliff for transiting Port Phillip Heads and the realignment of Sectors on the Point Lonsdale Light.

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This aerial view may help you get an idea of why it is critical to be in the correct sector as given to you by Point Lonsdale Light when making you approach through The Rip at Port Phillip Heads. Point Lonsdale Signal Station (Lonsdale VTS) on Ch12 VHF is the correct way to reach them.

Number: 028(P)/09

Description: Port Phillip / Queenscliff - Shortland Bluff, Low Light - realignment of Sectors.

The realiginment is effective the 2 March 2009. Mariners are advised to exercise cauton and not rely on the accuracy of the new sectors until further notice confirming the validation of the Sectors has been promulgated.

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Port Phillip Heads Lead Lights on Shortland Bluff, Queenscliff - "4 Fingers West" by Neville Rose

Number: 031(P)/09

Description: Point Lonsdale Light - Change of Characteristics, Green Sector established and realignment of existing Sectors

The realiginment is effective 4 March, 2009. Mariners are advised to exercise caution and not to rely on the accuracy of the new sectors until a further notice confirming validation of the Sectors has been promulgated.

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These and other Port of Melbourne Victorian Notices to Mariners can be downloaded from: http://www.portofmelbourne.com/shipping/notices/mariners09.asp

 


By Neville Rose and John Curnow

 

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