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Notice of Race


ORCV is pleased to announce the 2006 Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race.

icon2006 Melbourne To Vanuatu Advance NOR

An Advance Notice of Race is now available at the link above.

Register your interest early using our online registration form and take advantage of the Competitor Support Programme.

2006 Melbourne To Vanuatu Ocean Race Registration Form

There is a new forum for the 2006 Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race. This forum is a place where you can ask questions and share information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be keeping an eye on the forum for us to make sure that your questions get answered. If you've never used a forum before, we have a short tutorial that will tell you how to make posts on the forum and how to reply to them.

   icon2006 M2V Application For Entry

 Notice of Race is now available here. Call ORCV for further information on this event. 

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Vanuatu Welcome Evening

As the competitors start their campaigns for the 2006 Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race, the friends and families thoughts are drifting north to the tropical delights of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Welcome Evening is Vanuatu's chance to show you the Welcome you can expect when you arrive in Vanuatu to support your race yacht.

Our friends in Vanuatu have organised some fantastic prizes for people who register for this once-in-a-lifetime event. The prizes include:

  • Return economy airfares to Vanuatu for 2 people ex Melbourne flying Pacific Blue, including 3 nights Garden Room accommodation at Le Meridien Port Vila Resort & Casino
  • Return economy airfares to Vanuatu for 2 people ex Sydney or Brisbane flying Air Vanuatu 5 nights Run of House accommodation at Iririki Island Resorts & Spa

Representatives from the Vanuatu Tourism Office will be at RBYC at 7:00pm on Wednesday 19th October to welcome you to Vanuatu and speak about the range of tourism available in this South Pacific paradise.

Our own Victorian yachties Mike Kenyon ‘Musique’ and Richard Barton ‘New Horizons’ will recall their experiences sailing through the Vanuatu Islands.

Only people who register for the Vanuatu Welcome Evening and are there on the night will get a chance to win one of these prizes. You can book you place and your chance to win one of the prizes, by completing the Registration Form. The full terms and conditions are given on the registration form.


Vanuatu Flags

You may have seen the Melbourne to Vanuatu Race battle flags at Hastings and at various yacht clubs around the Bay.

Thanks to Peter Coleman (Entire), Iain Gartley (Graphic Effects) and Blair Shaw (Studio Soreal) for their generosity in producing these.


Training Events and News

 First Aid Observation Chart

 Click on the heading for a sample First Aid Observation chart


 Crew Medical Questionnaire

 Click on the heading for the Crew Medical Questionnaire supplied by Dr Rosie Colahan


 Search and Rescue (SAR) Information

The eagerly awaited SAR evening will be held on Wednesday 19th April 2006, RBYC, at 7.30.

Numbers limited (50), click on the heading for a booking form


 Melbourne to Vanuatu Race - Sewing & Suturing  


 Need to repair sails at sea? Mark Rimington will provide hands on coaching. Mark will also be traveling to Port Vila to be available for sail repairs at end of race.



 Dr. Rosie Colahan will be available to demonstrate suturing wounds .

 7 PM, Tuesday March 28th,

 UK Halsey Sail Loft

 1st Floor, 77 Beach Rd, Sandringham.

 Numbers are limited, click on heading for an enrolment form


 Customs Procedures

 Here is information on Customs procedures for both Australia and Vanuatu - check the relevant websites for more comprehensive information.


 Health Issues

 The attached information on health issues for offshore sailors was presented by Dr Rosie Colahan at the Vanuatu Protocols evening in November


 Vanuatu Briefing from Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service

 Malcolm Keen from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service presented the attached material at the Vanuatu Protocols night in November.


 Salvage Issues

 This article was presented by Richard McGarvie at the Vanuatu Protocols evening in November and is worth reading for all ocean racers, not just those going to Vanuatu


 Vanuatu - Preparing Your Boat For Cat 1  As part of the lead up to the Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race, the ORCV is holding a seminar at Royal Brighton Yacht Club at 1900 on Wednesday 14th September.

This seminar will be on preparing you boat for Cat 1 racing. Items on the agenda for this evening include:
  • Differences – between Cat 1 and Cat 2.
  • Radios – emails, sailmail, sat phones etc.
  • Water – storage, management (including known disasters) water makers, water harvesting.
  • Power – charging, alternators, generators, solar, wind, power consumption charts etc.
  • Charts – hard and electronic.
  • Boat – policies and manuals.

We hope to see you there.


 Provisioning for long voyages - August 17th

Book early for the evening at Picasso's Restaurant, there'll be a limit on the numbers.


Latest Newsletter for all skippers, crew and others interested in the Melbourne to Vanuatu Race

 See the latest details and news regarding the Melbourne to Vanuatu race to start at Portsea on Sunday 2nd July.  Click on the headline to download the latest Bulletin


 2006 Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race - Bulletin # 1  Bulletin #1 for the 2006 Melbourne to Vanuatu Ocean Race. Highlights in this issue:
  • who's going to Vanuatu?
  • entry fees
  • mooring and repairs in Vanuatu
  • immigration, quarantine and customs
  • insurance
  • long voyage provisioning info session

Fleet List

Monday 26 June - the race is less than a week away - the latest version of the fleet list. Click on heading to view the 21 entries





Sailing Instructions

Sked Sheets

Position Reports


The 2006 Queensland Government South Pacific Boomerang Yacht Race series results for the Melbourne to Vanuatu leg are now posted. Congratulations to all who participated, and particularly to those division winners :

Performance Handicap : Andrew Short Marine

I R C Moomba

Double Handed Ingenue

Click on the heading to view and download the results

 2006 M2V Race Results Final 2006 M2V Race Results Final

Press Releases



Race Report

Super Motor Yacht DragonFly was one of the first boats to provide emergency disaster relief to some remote villages in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam hit. You can help too by donating to the ORCV Oxfam Australia Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal Like many ORCV yachts who've cruised the beautiful Vanuatu archipelago, during their cruising, DragonFly also made many friends and developed relationships with the local communities and felt compelled to assist in whatever way they could. Their highly skilled crew, included 5 Emergency Medical Technicians and a Doctor. The w [ ... ]

Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015

Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015 ORCV Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal Why? Category Five tropical cyclone Pam ravaged the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March, 2015. The ORCV has forged a strong connection with Vanuatu over the last 10 years through the Melbourne to Vanuatu yacht race.  We have contributed significant humanitarian aid during that time, which is needed now more than ever. How? The ORCV have partnered with Oxfam, other yacht clubs and Yachting Victoria to assist Vanuatu. Come do [ ... ]


2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - TryBooking: Port Havannah Primary School In 2006 I was very fortunate to be part of the first ORCV Ocean Race from Melbourne to Vanuatu.  The preparation, the race and the shore time spent in Vanuatu with the locals and the crew will remain in my fondest memories forever.  Many boat owners, crews and their families contributed to a variety of items which were all sent in a container ahead of the boats for that first race.  I did not contribute anything at the time and regretted it immediately we cleared customs after the long race.    [ ... ]


2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - Escapade’s escapades in the New Hebrides. Following the 2014 Melbourne to Vanuatu race, Robert Bradley and his crew aboard Escapade engaged in a program of distributing educational materials and some medical aid.
“After we loaded up in Port Vila there was 800kg of educational related supplies on board including reading books, exercise books, pens, pencils, marker pens, chalk, erasers, scissors and sharpeners plus one fibreglass canoe and 4 sails. Suffice to say Escapade was loaded to the gunnels - certainly not her usual racing trim!
We distributed [ ... ]


2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - Canoe donation to the Imere Scout Group. In 2014 the ORCV were given a canoe from Graham Candy as part of the Humanitarian Aid sent to Vanuatu. Nick Woodley was instrumental in handing this over to Many Sael from the Imere Scout Group in Le Me village and at the time gave us an insight into the ceremony that took place. “Many is known by his scout name as Tafura. The handing over was celebrated with ceremony- flag raising, food, paddling and “sealing the deal” with Kava. The Scout group was RAPT!! They will use it for fun, fishing for f [ ... ]


Our thoughts are with our friends in Vanuatu recovering from the devastation left by severe tropical cyclone Pam.  The ORCV has partnered with OxFam and is exploring other fund raising efforts such as a charity race and will keep you posted.  See subseuqnet website artclie Yachties4Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015. The ORCV has conducted three 1,885 nautical mile international yachts races from Melbourne to Vanuatu in 2006, 2010 and 2014.  During those events, entrants have filled a shipping container with humanitarian aid that they have distributed to various communi [ ... ]