Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
Steb Fisher

Go Coastal Training Program for Skippers

The Go Coastal Training Program is designed to provide support for established bay racing skippers who wish to join the ORCV Coastal Sprints fleet but have not previously raced outside the Heads.

The program includes assistance with boat preparation, plus practical and theoretical training focussed on safe exit and re-entry through Port Phillip Heads. It also includes entry to the Coastal Sprint Race 2 on 21 November 2020. Skippers may choose to include their navigator in the Rip navigation training sessions also.

Program Content

Core modules of the program cover:-

  • Assistance in assessing boat suitability and preparation for coastal racing (Cat 3).
  • Navigation of the Port Phillip Heads (Rip) and ORCV Coastal Sprint course. This will include expected conditions, tidal flows, lights, sea conditions, exclusion zones and Cape Schanck and Western Port challenges.
  • These key skills, will be learnt through theory and on water practice so that you can :-
  • safely and confidently exit and enter Port PhilIip Bay.
  • meet navigational requirements in the course areas used by ORCV in its Coastal Sprints.
  • Knowledge of ORCV race and communication procedures
  • Understanding and experience with using the race entry system and meeting compliance requirements minimising the initial “learning curve for skippers and crew.
  • Participation in Coastal Sprint Race 2
  • Additional Modules

Course Prerequisites

The program is open to skippers who intend to Race in an ORCV Coastal Sprints in the 2020-21 season plus, if nominated by the skipper, a second person from their crew, normally the navigator.

Course participants are expected to:-

  • Be established bay racing sailors.
  • Have basic chart reading and navigation skills and to be familiar with the use of their own boat software.
  • Provide their own charts covering the entrance to Port Phillip and the coastal area between Westernport and Apollo Bay.

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Module 1

Late July 2020 - Boat Review (Practical)

  • General review of boat condition and suitability

  • Attended by Skipper

Module 2

From Mid August 2020 (by arrangement) - Cat 3 Equipment Inspection (Practical)

  • This is required by 13th September practical
  • Cat 3 and regulations are found here

Module 3

Tuesday 1st September 2020 - Navigating Port Phillip Heads and Coastal Sprint Courses (Theory)

Specifically designed for skippers and navigators participating in ORCV Coastal Sprints for the first time.

  • Expected conditions and their impact – Rip, Cape Schanck, Westernport.
  • Safe Navigation of the Rip - exit & entry, lights, tidal flow, sea conditions
  • Exclusion zones
  • Westernport Fairway buoy.
  • Skipper to attend.*

Module 4

Saturday 12th September 2020 6 - 7 pm - Blairgowrie Briefing (Theory - in person)


  • Chart refresher and briefing for Skipper and Navigator and follow up to 1st September theory.

Module 5

Sunday 13th September 2020 - Sail Out Port Phillip Heads (Practical)


  • Depart BYS at 8 am, Start at 9.30am  
  • Radio Procedure and Heads Exit Sail out and return on ebb tide via Portsea wave buoy and HMAS Canberra Site. Includes radio comms, start procedures use of virtual marks. 
  • Skippers plus crew on their own boat.  Mentors available.

Module 6

5 - 10th November 2020 (as arranged) - Top Yacht and Race Compliance (Theory and Practical)


  • Guides and assistance to setting up your First Race Entry in Top Yacht with initial data load.
  • Online support available from the ORCV office 

Module 7

21st November 2020 0730 - ORCV Coastal Sprint Race 2 (practical)


  • Participation into the ORCV Coastal Sprint Race 2.


All pricing includes Entry into the ORCV Coastal Sprint Race on November 21st 2020 for the Skipper and boat.

  • ORCV Member Skipper $283.00 (including entry to Coastal Sprint 2)
  • NEW Member Special $456.00 (includes ORCV Membership valued at $280.00 and entry to Coastal Sprint 2)
  • Non Member $333.00 (includes entry to Coastal Sprint 2)

*Skipper nominated second person to various modules

  • ORCV Member $84.15
  • Non Member $99.00


Book in for this course here


Additional Training Considerations

is available through a number of ORCV’s standard programs including

  • Fundamental Navigation (reserved sessions by demand on 4 & 6 August 2020) (please contact the ORCV office to book for this course)
  • Safety Sea and Survival Courses, book here

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