2015 Tassie Trio: Cock of the Bay, Devonport or the Westcoast!

The races to Devonport and Hobart via the West coast are a challenge in their own right and provide an opportunity for a short dash across Bass Strait  or for those with a longer leave pass, destination Hobart!

At the recent ORCV committee meeting there was discussion around the viability of running three 2015 Xmas ocean races.  This was consistent with a request to review the viability from a significant number of ORCV members in the recent member survey. " We looked at competitor entries, and based on there being no entries in the East Coaster six weeks out, decided to consolidate the Melbourne to Hobart races, adopting just the West Coaster this year.  This was a unanimous committee vote.  We wish to seek feedback from members as to which Melbourne to Hobart races we should run in 2016.  We are happy to discuss while in Hobart or before hand so if you have comments or concerns please discuss with one of the flag officers (Neville, Ray, or Martin) or the office directly.  Regards the ORCV Committee.”

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The Notices of Race and online entry are available on the website. Click for DEVONPORT or HOBART WESTCOASTER

Earlybird entry closes on 19/11/2015 so don’t delay.

Turbulence and Ocean Skins were early entries for the duel down the Westcoast and other have followed.Escapade, Extasea, One for the Raod, Spirit of Downunder and Yoko. Halcyon, Bacardi, Biddy Hu 11,Chritine and Tevake II  are off to Devonport. Who else will join them?

ORCV recently approached Yachting Victoria to request a variation in the Special Regulations to permit Satellite phone use in lieu of HF radio.

This request has been granted subject to the following requirements;

  • This is solely for the 2015 Devonport race
  • Any boats carrying a satphone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV race director’s phone
  • That any boats using a satphone also have afully set-up VHF DSC radio (MMSI number, GPS enabled etc.)
  • That the ORCV ensure a boat using a satphone be able to receive appropriate weather warnings

The ORCV welcome this initiative as they are aware of the major cost barrier of HF radio installation to boat owners who are new to ocean sailing.

If you have any enquiries, please call the office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  [ ... ]

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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 [ ... ]

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