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ORCV Knowledge Webinars We invite ORCV members to join our trainers for some informal tutorials and discussion webinars.  Each webinar will start at 8pm with a quick instructor led tutorial before opening the remainder of the session to questions and discussions and will run for no longer than 60mins. Registration is required. These sessions are open to only ORCV members and are...

  2022 the Year of 50th's. In 1972, the ORCV launched two new races, the King Island Race and the Melbourne to Hobart via the West Coast. Now 2022, we celebrate the anniversaries of these two iconic races.  King Island and Hobart (Westcoaster)  Known for its meat, cheese and tides.  Our race to King Island high on the list of many a sailor and some say the steak sandwich...

Sydney 38 ‘Faster Forward’ takes handicap win in ORCV Melbourne to Hobart  One of the smallest yachts in the fleet, a Sydney 38, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Melbourne to Hobart ‘West Coaster’ Race on handicap. Matt Fahey and his crew of six sailed Faster Forward across the Derwent River finish line in Hobart at two minutes past three this morning, after more than three days...

Lord Jiminy Takes Line Honours for the Second Time At one o’clock yesterday afternoon skipper of Lord Jiminy, Guillaume Leroux, set his Class 40 to round Bruny Island. As he set course for Hobart’s finish line, he had sealed the fate of the rest of the fleet. Good timing, great sailing and a dedicated crew of just four had achieved a dream with a second Line Honours win in the tough...

Melbourne to Hobart Line Honours goes to Lord Jiminy  Guillaume Leroux’s Class 40 Lord Jiminy has claimed line honours in a challenging Melbourne to Hobart yacht race that was beset by range of strong and light winds, before ending with a perfect afternoon sea breeze in Hobart’s Derwent River. Lord Jiminy is Class 40 design and 13m in length and held a comfortable lead throughout the later...

Line Honours Lord Jiminy approaching the Derwent River Melbourne to Hobart fleet close in on the finish  Legends of the Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” race talk about it being a race in four parts.  What they don’t talk about, as often, is the sometimes ‘Run Run Stop’ nature, of the race.  It is, in part, what makes the race so challenging. This year the fleet got away well;...

All’s quiet on the Western Coast of Tasmania  As the Melbourne to Hobart fleet suffer with fickle light winds.  Seven of the Melbourne to Hobart fleet made the unusual choice to round King Island to the west, most of them have now made it back to the rhumbline.  Only after the results come in will we know whether east versus west was the correct decision.  For at least one...

  Female Dominated Crew Take The Rudder Cup  The smallest boat Vertigo wins the Melbourne to Devonport yacht race  Royal Yacht Club of Victoria will be cheering for one of their own this morning.  Tim Olding’s Summit 35 Vertigo floated over the finish line in Devonport at 05:08 this morning to take possession of The Rudder Cup. The smallest boat in the fleet with a crew...

Bass Strait Blues Everybody knows Bass Strait can be a cruel place.  Various yacht races have reported the heavy seas and gale force winds that have forced their yachts to batten down.  Today has been cruel for a different reason, no wind at all in the middle section.  At different intervals during the day the Melbourne to Devonport fleet have been lucky if they could eke out...

  Melbourne to Devonport race fleet becalmed in Bass Strait If you learn to sail in dinghies as a child, you inevitably have some ingrained skills.  One of those is being taught to sail in light breeze.  The skill here is to be so gentle with your movements we talk about being like a cat, slinking like a cat, moving like a cat, light like a cat.  This is exactly what is...

Tactical Race as King Island ‘Splits’ Melbourne to Hobart Race Fleet Lord Jiminy leads fleet down Tasmanian West Coast As the sun set on the first day of racing, tacticians onboard Melbourne Hobart yachts began making defining race decisions. The critical question for all tacticians was which way to sail past Bass Strait King Island, do we sail the traditional course east of King Island, or...

Big Swell for Start for the Tassie Bound Melbourne Fleet  Make or break decision to be made for Hobart fleet  The combined Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport fleets had a very civilized start time of 14:30 today in the vicinity of Portsea Pier, allowing for excellent spectator viewing. With 20 knots of offshore breeze and a good length start line the fleet had a...

A leap of faith or a question of belief Based on the predictions for the start of the Melbourne Tasmania races tomorrow, it is either a leap of faith for the Westcoasters or a question of belief for those going to Devonport. PredictWind.com routings for the Westcoaster show a preferred course outside King Island for all weather models. In the past this has been disastrous for all who attempted...

  Races are Open to Enter Entries are now open for the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint, Devonport and the Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster). We are proceeding with preparations for our traditional Christmas races and on current trends, expect that by early December, vaccination rates will allow the border to Tasmania to open. Let us know your intention, enter the races early,...

Upcoming Events

West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race 2

Saturday, 12 Feb 2022
Time: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Safety & Sea Survival Course - 2 Day

Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 - Sunday, 6 Mar 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 6 Mar 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

50th Melbourne to King Island 2022

Friday, 11 Mar 2022
Time: 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads

Sunday, 20 Mar 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 02:30 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

50th Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2022
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier