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 complimentary.  Support the ORCV and Join as a member to immediately join us on these webinars to continue to learn. 

2022 NEW SESSIONS.....

In 2022, these will continue with a special series of Boat Owners’ Webinars being added to the program.

This series will cover a range of topics of interest to any boat owner from sail storage and maintenance, to plumbing matters, to electrical matters to name a few.

Monday 21st February 2022 8pm

We will kick off the series at the beginning… the boat purchase! The first Boat Owners’ Forum will host guest speakers Matt Fahey\ and Monica Jones. 

Matt Fahey has been a competitive ocean sailor for 15 years. Matt will share his experience of purchasing his boat, Faster Forward, his first boat which he purchased 3 years ago. He will share his learnings from this process

Monica is a well known sailor and skipper, who has won many awards. She is an experienced boat owner and will share her experiences of these ventures.

So if your New Years’ Resolution is to fulfil on your dream of becoming a boat owner or upgrading to a new boat in line with your silting goals, this webinar is for you. 

This webinar will offer the following learning outcomes:

  • A better understanding of important considerations before making a boat purchase;
  • A better understanding of the process of purchasing a boat;
  • A better understanding of the ongoing commitments and considerations for boat owners;

Please join us for this, and future webinars in this series. If you have a boat owner’s query that you would like to see discussed in this series, please email your question/issue to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration is open to ORCV Members complimentary and at a low cost for non members - with registration required.

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Monday 22nd November 2021 - 8pm Melb Time

Understanding Special Regulations

Safety has always been and continues to be a prime consideration in all of the ORCV sailing events. The Australian Sailing Special Regulations outline the requirements of the boat, its equipment and its crew that support safer sailing.

  • What are the Special Regulations and how are they determined?
  • What have been the key recent changes to the Special Regulations?
  • What changes might we see in the future?

Speaker:   Ray Shaw has been sailing for over 40 years, mostly in keel boats, in Australia, Europe and North America. He is currently the Chairman of the Australian Sailing National Safety Committee, the body that oversees the Australia Sailing safety program including the Special Regulations.

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Monday 29th November 2021 - 8pm Melb Time

Managing Sea sickness

  • What is sea sickness
  • What you should do in the lead up to the event
  • When should you take medication
  • Finding the right medication for you
  • If you forget your medication and you are now sick what do you take
  • What should you eat and drink when you are sick.
  • Recognising the early signs of sea sickness.
  • What items make managing sea sickness easier on a boat.

Speaker:  Dr Simon Bell

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Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 8pm (AEST)Predict wind

How to get the most of out of Predictwind 

Have you ever wondered why some boats are faster than you in the ocean?  Learn how Predictwind can help you put your boat in the right place.

This webinar will cover:

  • How to setup routing planning
  • Using boat polars
  • Accuracy of the 8 weather models
  • How to sail a route
  • Using Predictwind during the race.

Speaker:  Simon Dryden has been ocean racing for 40 years and sailing smarter has been his passion. So if you have the fastest boat and the best crew and you are in the wrong place, you won't win.

pdf 2021 Webinars Predictwind Offer (139 KB)

document 2021 PredictWind knowledge seminar links (13 KB)

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Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 8pm (AEST)Training crew

Building a Winning Team

Martin will lead this webinar on the following ideas for crew selection and improving skills.

  • Knowledge vs Competency/Skill (know something vs do something)
  • “Why” before “How”
  • Fast tracking learning the language (terminology and jargon)
  • Learning pathway – hearing/reading it, seeing it, doing it, mastering it
    • Understanding individual differences
    • Aptitude (some people “get it” faster than others, some never “get it”)
    • Strength and agility
    • Balance and resistance to motion sickness
  • Focus on role based skills, eg main trimmer vs jib/spinnaker trimmer vs bow vs pit (focus on subset of all the skills and knowledge)
  • Realistic expectations and ability to make mistakes
  • Consistency of approach (introducing the need for integrated, standardised procedures)

Speaker:   Martin Vaughan has been sailing for almost 30 years, half of them as skipper and many of them double handed. Professionally, he has a keen interest in adult training and skills development. Bringing together both of those passions, Martin will lead a focused discussion on crew training.

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Monday 18th October 2021 at 8pm (AEST)Navionics

Navionics the Basics

How can Navionics help you?  This is a fantastic product for route planning, come and learn how.

  • Setting up Navionics for your boat
  • Chart Layers
  • Selecting the right overlay
  • Advanced Map Options
  • Adding waypoints
  • Route planning using
  • Dock-to-dock Autorouting 
  • GPX export
  • Plotter Sync
  • Weather Tides and Currents
  • How to use Navionics at sea
  • Add your boats AIS to Navionics

Speaker:  Simon Dryden has been ocean racing for 40 years and sailing smarter has been his passion. So if you have the fastest boat and the best crew and you are in the wrong place, you won't win.

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Monday 25th October 2021 at 8pm (AEST)

Navigator Preparation

Navigation preparation for races and cruises.  We look at the Navigators role  where most of the hard work is done before the start

  • Reviewing race documents
  • Weather, tides, currents (Year Book)
  • Passage planning: bolt holes and Positions of Interest along or near route
  • Navigation Bible

Speaker:  Neville Rose is multi skilled including a Yachtmaster Offshore, Safety and Sea Survival Instructor certification, ORCV instructor and ORCV Life member and has sailed over 40,000nm in 10 different countries, often as the navigator.

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