The 2014 Summer ocean racing with start off as usual on Cup Weekend with a repeat of last year’s race to Portland. It was such a success last year with a strong level of participation and a great effort by Portland Yacht Club to really make the fleet very welcome on arrival. It is a qualifying race for the ORCV Christmas races, as well as that other ocean race that starts on Boxing Day somewhere up north! It’s only three months away and will be upon us before you know it so not too early to start thinking about preparing your boat which will include a fresh safety equipment audit of course (Category 2).

Christmas will see the traditional races to Hobart (East and West coast) but this year the shorter Bass Strait race will be to Devonport, hosted by the Mersey Yacht Club on the Mersey River. Tamar Yacht Club has been a great host in recent years and we look forward to returning there in the future but hopefully the change in venue will bring some fresh interest into this important race. It is a great opportunity to experience a Bass Strait crossing without having to go all the way to Hobart so is an excellent step up from our coastal races or even the race to King Island. It is a Category 2 race, so certainly not too early to start thinking about what needs to be done to be ready on time.

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 initiatives will be released in a future article but the decision on short handed racing reflects two key findings. First, in an open question on “matters considered when deciding whether to participate in  [ ... ]

Notice of Race for the 2018 Westcoaster

The Notice of Race for the 2018 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open. The race continues to evolve and this year the NOR  provides expanded support for short handed racing within the unrestricted monohull division. Double handed racing is in many ways the ultimate ocean racing challenge and has had active support for a number of years. Double handed yachts will continue to be actively supported by ORCV,  racing in their own Division and also against the main fleet. Its worth noting that in 2017 second place in both IRC and AM [ ... ]