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.




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  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 [ ... ]

Cadibarra 8 encountered a some difficulties on they way home, boat and crew all OK

Cadibarra 8 encountered a some difficulties on the way home, boat and crew all OK. Cadibarra 8 encountered a some difficulties shortly after 22:00 hours last night (Wednesday 04/01/16) on the return voyage from Hobart to Melbourne. The boat and all crew are all OK and currently at Lady Barron on Flinders Island. On their return to Melbourne after the Melbourne from Hobart yacht race, when approaching Lady Barron on Flinders Island from the Eastern entrance, their keel hit sand banks and waves pushed them further onto the sand. Wind strength at the time was around 14 knots.
Cadibarra 8 has bee [ ... ]

2016M2H It's a Wrap

It’s all wrapped up in the Wyndham Harbour Melbourne Hobart for another year. This year’s race was marked by a chaotic start to the event which resulted in two protests that are still to be heard.  The videos that were posted on the ORCV Facebook page have had in excess of 140,000 hits and were the talk of all 3 fleets in Hobart (see below if you missed them). The fleet left the heads in very light conditions which stayed that way for the rest of the day. The fleet gathered pace overnight and all the fleet were at the top of Tasmania by the morning. The rest of the race was mar [ ... ]

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


  3 sleeps until the start of the West Coaster In the pictures below it shows which crew members do not have a photo, can I please ask that you send your photos and bios as soon as possible. What I would like is a short bio of your ocean racing career 60 to 100 words and a head and shoulders picture. The picture of Neville below shows what it will look like on the Tracker website. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakfa4869840eefb5060bed4ba4b857a238').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = '  [ ... ]


  Let's hope the early wind Gods are right Very early indications (not very reliable) indicate that this year's races to Devonport and Hobart could be very fast. In the Predictwind models, it has a Beneteau 40 finishing the Hobart race in just over two days. So just to get your juices flowing here are the models for the Devonport and Hobart races. The Devonport The Hobart  


Who On Earth Put That Fish Farm There and Other Stories.  It can be an awfully long way from Melbourne to Hobart.  The 2015 (or rather 2015/16) race was a fine example of just how far it can be.  I was either hallucinating, or one week from race start BOM had us prepared to be swinging off grab rails and preparing to ingest Stugeron and Saladas like they were going out of fashion, with the vague possibility of some sliced cheese towards day 3.  However towards race day the Bureau changed it's mind, and some really pale blue bits (scattered with a tad of white) started to s [ ... ]


Wyndham Harbour Sponsors 2015 Cock of the Bay and Melbourne to Hobart Westcoast Yacht Races. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is delighted to announce Wyndham Harbour as a new naming rights sponsor for the forthcoming 2015 Wyndham Harbour Cock of the Bay race and the blue water classic Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster ocean race. Wyndham Harbour is an exciting new development which enhances yachting facilities on Port Phillip Bay for visitor and permanent berths. The $440 million dollar marina development located in Melbourne’s west, is only 30 minutes from the Melbo [ ... ]

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