Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - Racing Calendar



Every year during Summer, the ORCV conducts regular offshore racing, with the major events being the two Melbourne to Hobart (via both the West and East coasts of Tasmania) and the Melbourne to Launceston yacht races. The latter is Australia's oldest ocean race.

ORCV races are held at the same time of year, every year. Please see the Victorian Government website, HERE, for details of the dates of each race, based on the Public Holidays listed in the Time of Year, below. The starting times will reflect the time of slack water at Port Phillip Heads, which you can see HERE.

In Winter, the focus is on Melbourne's Port Phillip, where the ORCV's Melbourne Winter Series has been conducted since 1971. Each July, at the start of this event, crews get their only authorised chance to practice firing hand-held rocket flares.

Australia's longest Category One race is the ORCV's 1885nm Melbourne to Vanuatu event. This is held every four years from 2006.

Australia's only Category Zero event is the famed, two-handed, 5500nm Melbourne to Osaka race. It has been held every four years since 1987, with just the one exception. This Sister City event is co-hosted by the Sandringham Yacht Club and the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club. The ORCV manages all the on-water elements.

The table starts with the Melbourne to Stanley event, as this marks our annual return to Bass Strait and beyond.

Name and Code

Time of Year





Melbourne to Stanley - M2S

Derby Day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival





Melbourne Latitude Series - the MLS is designed to get skippers and crew out into the ocean for the first time.


Bay Stern Chaser

2nd last Saturday in November - Bass Strait


Following Day







A specified 'Latitude' in Bass Strait, which is determined for each boat in the event













Boxing Day Dash (Le Coq de la Baie) - BDD December 26 Port Melbourne Blairgowrie 34nm 4+

Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster - M2HW

December 27





Melbourne to Hobart Eastcoaster - M2HE

December 27





Melbourne to Launceston - M2L

December 27


Low Head



Melbourne to King Island  - M2KI

Labour Day





Melbourne to Port Fairy - M2PF
Good Friday of Easter


Port Fairy



Melbourne to Apollo Bay - M2AB

May 18th & 19th


Apollo Bay



Melbourne Two Handed - MTH First Sunday in May Around fixed marks in Port Phillip Melbourne 24nm approx. 4
Melbourne Winter Series - MWS
Every fortnight from the last Sunday in June for 6 events
Around laid marks in Port Phillip NB. MWS Day 4, is for Race #5 and is usually a longer race inside Port Phillip around various navigation marks. Variable 4
Melbourne to Geelong - M2G This is the seventh event of the MWS and is held on the 1st Saturday in September Melbourne Geelong 35 to 58nm (depending on wind direction and division) 4
Melbourne to Vanuatu - M2V Starts on the first Sunday in July, every four years from 2006 Portsea Port Vila, Vanuatu 1885nm 1+
Melbourne to Osaka - M2O
Starts in the first weeks of March, with 2013 being the eighth edition of the classic. Portsea
Osaka, Japan 5500nm 0+


Other Events and Series:


The ORCV also conducts or is associated with the following series and events and is very appreciative of the assistance provided by the host clubs at all of our destinations. These are the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tamar Yacht Club, Lions Club of Stanley, Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Port Fairy Yacht Club, King Island Boat Club and the Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club.

  • The Sovereign Series: consisting of the Boxing Day Dash, the  Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and the King of the Derwent, which is held on January 2nd and conducted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron.

  • The Salamanca Series: consisting of the Boxing Day Dash, the Melbourne to Hobart Eastcoaster and the King of the Derwent, which is held on January 2nd and conducted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron.

  • The Rudder Cup Series: consisting of the Boxing Day Dash, the Melbourne to Launceston and the TasPorts Cup. The Rudder Cup is Australia's oldest ocean racing trophy. It was first awarded to the winner of the race from Queenscliff to Low Head (at the mouth of the Tamar River near Launceston) in 1907, which is the still the case today. The TasPorts Cup is conducted by Tamar Yacht Club and sailed on the Tamar River on the December 29 and forms the third leg of the Rudder Cup Series.
  • The Melbourne Offshore Championship winner is decided from an aggregate all of the ORCV's Summer events.




New layer...

  The sailing instructions for the King of the Derwent have been published please click on the links below KOD Sailing Instructions 2018 Notice to Competitors


  Weather Briefing on the 27th December 2017 Boats who are unable to attend the Weather briefing at 8am on the 27th December 2017 are required to connect to the link below and watch the briefing via an internet capable device. If you are using a PDA its better to download the app at home via the Apple store or the Google play store. The name of the program we use is Citrix Goto Meeting. If you are connecting remotely we recommend that you join the meeting 15 minutes before the start of the meeting. Google Play store [ ... ]

Christmas Races Thursday

Weather  Outlook update for this years races  For the Cock of the Bay at this early stage, looking like a light ENE maybe 5 kts and as the day advances winds will turn further W at 15 and finishing more S Easterly at the bottom of the bay making for a slow start and great finish. We expect plenty of colour especially at the top end of the bay. Select your mooring carefully as by Wednesdays Ocean race start it is expected NNE at 16 kts or so with just a slight chance of a shower. For those going to Devonport expect a good, fast run with a finish in S SE fine reaching. Probably sick  [ ... ]


Melbourne Hobart Westcoaster Trophy Presentation For those who are starting to think about New Year’s Eve arrangements, please note that the 2017 West Coaster Trophy presentations are planned for 1700 at DSS on 31 December….  So, no conflict with the Q.L.D. at “shippies” and no excuses for not being at the presentations!  …. except of course lack of wind in which case alternative arrangements will be made.      


Container for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Doug Prosser has again offered to assist with arrangements for shipping “return delivery gear” to the Hobart.  This a shared cost venture covering shipment from Altona to the DSS in Hobart at an expected cost somewhere between $200 and $300 per boat depending on the uptake and amount being shipped. Can interested skippers please email the office asap as we will be looking for a minimum of 10 boats to keep the cost before we confirm the container booking. Goods may be delivered to Altona any time after participation has been confir [ ... ]

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio In accordance with Special Regulation 1.01.3 Australian Sailing has approved the following variations to the Special Regulations:  The ORCV is approved to conduct for the 2017 Melboure ot Hobart Westcoaster under Special Regulations’ Category 2 with the following variations and conditions: Compliance is not required for Special Regulation 3.25.1(a) for HF radio All boats not complying with the HF radio requirements of  [ ... ]


  The Notice of Race for the 2017 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open. There have been a number of changes this year: Double Handed Entries
The Westcoaster is a qualifying race for the 2018 Osaka Cup which starts in March. With 33 entries, of which 13 are Melbourne based, a strong double handed contingent is expected. The double handed boats will race both as part of the main fleet and as a “race within the race”. ORCV has instigated a new perpetual trophy for the winning Double Handed boat in the most popular measurement category [ ... ]

Rain, wind and sail changes - a review of day 2 ORCV Ocean races

Well the Melbourne to Devonport race is done and dusted. Day 2 saw rain, lots of it with winds varying from plenty to not a lot. The yachts got to practice their reefing and sail changes many, many times as they crossed Bass Strait. With typically cracked sheets, speeds averaged around 7k which meant a fairly quick but wet race. Boats finished between 5pm and 9pm in steady rainy overcast conditions, not great for photos or the Race Director and his team. Peccadillo was the first boat in and took out line honours with Soiree Blue the first mono hull and Line Honours winner. Competitors loved t [ ... ]

A fast and furious start – review of day 1 ORCV ocean races to Tasmania

Crash bang coming through! Some of our competitors caused dramas on the start line of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean races, with four yachts caught up in collisions. They mustn’t have got the memo about it being a long race so 15 seconds on the start line probably doesn’t matter. Luckily winds were moderate but it was still enough to cause an early retirement of BKT JAMHU which was taking on water as a result of their collision. No doubt it will be a busy protest room in Hobart after the race, see our Facebook site for video of the start. Experienced competi [ ... ]


The Handicaps for the Melbourne to Hobart and the Melbourne to Devonport are published

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