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Return to Racing Celebration  With restrictions easing early, it's time to celebrate and what better way to do that than to create a spectacle of yachts right here on the bay.  We can't go to Stanley but we can still come together and race this weekend. The ORCV invites all category 5 boats to come join in the race with entry being complimentary.  Spread the word and...

  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,...

ORCV scoops Australian Sailing Victoria Awards The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) has scooped the 2021 Australian Sailing Victoria Awards, being named Victoria Club of Year, receiving the Sport Promotion award, while ORCV Life member Robin Hewitt received the Lifetime Achievement award. These awards followed on the back of another ORCV member, Peter Davison, being named Victorian...

A Lifetime Achievement for Robin Hewitt   Exemplifying excellence and an unwavering dedication to the sport of sailing, Robin Hewitt is an extraordinary individual who has actively shared, supported and inspired current and future generations of sailors. Robin has given a lifelong commitment that set standards for others to...

Peter Davison named Victorian Offshore Sailor of the Year Victorian yachtsman Peter Davison, the owner/skipper of the Archambault 40 Arcadia, was named Victorian Offshore Sailor of the Year by Australian Sailing last evening. An ORCV and Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) member, Davison has successfully competed in several of the premier offshore races with the ORCV this season, sailing...

New Comer takes Dual Championship  Tony Hammond entered the ocean racing scene this past year, having bought ‘Maverick’, a Sunfast 3600 to sail it shorthanded.  Tony takes out the 2020-21 West Offshore Coastal Sprint series and also the 2020/21 ORCV Double handed Championship. Tony Hammond on the helm.  Photo Rod Smallman He’d been...

The Plan – with Return to Sailing  Each day provides more certainty on the direction forward to when we can return to sailing and that target of being 80% double dose vaccinated.  At this stage, it looks like we will reach the target early in November, possibly after the Melbourne Cup weekend. With this in mind, our first race back...

  Crew Compliance With the 2021/2022 season, the ORCV will be streamlining compliance checking.  With larger fleets and more crew, there will be greater reliance on skippers and crew co-ordinators to follow up on missing crew data.  We can all help by checking our own data. The ORCV utilises three external databases during the course of our racing and/or training events. Why...

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...

  Keel & Rudder Inspections  Background  Unfortunately, in recent years there have been a significant number of serious keel failures in offshore racing, some of which have resulted in fatalities. World Sailing has reviewed these incidents and as a result introduced a requirement for boat owners to regularly undertake an inspection of their boats to...

Special Awards - 2021 ORCV AGM   “Praise of contributions made to the ORCV, should not be missed".   At Tuesday night's AGM, we honoured: Angus Fletcher with a Life Membership (Posthumously) The committee and members voted to accept unanimously that Angus Fletcher (recently deceased) should still be progressed to being honoured posthumously for LIfe...

Celebrating 170 years of Ocean Racing We invite you to be part of the history of the ORCV and join us on the upcoming anniversary races in 2022 and 2023. Ocean racing is alive in Victoria with three iconic races approaching significant milestones and we invite you to be part of these iconic races. 50th Melbourne to King Island (starts 11th March 2022)50th Westcoaster - Melbourne to Hobart...

Sportsboat screamer as Cool sets the pace The fleet heading to the first gate Photo Michael Currie The second race of the ORCV Winter Series saw 45 for the passage down to Blairgowrie, with the fleet drag racing down the bay in record-breaking time. The 25nm run down to the south channel saw some extremely close racing between yachts, with the sportsboats and...

Weight to leeward on the Great Ocean Road Sail Another ORCV Apollo Bay race has been run and won, with Alien (R880) claiming victory as overall race winner. The fleet of 41 enjoyed a cool but sunny day on their run to Apollo Bay, with a breeze that turned fickle in the closing stages of the race. Whilst many yachts enjoyed a smooth run to Cape Patton, only a few managed to escape the wind...

Upcoming Events

Nov Safety & Sea Survival Course - 2 Day

Saturday, 20 Nov 2021 - Sunday, 21 Nov 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Nov Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 21 Nov 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race 1

Saturday, 27 Nov 2021
Time: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Monday, 27 Dec 2021
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup

Monday, 27 Dec 2021
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app - Aids to Navigation

Further to our website article on the Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app, one of many benefits of Automatic Identification System (AIS), is virtual Aids to Navigation (AtoN).

For the trial of the Boat Beacon app the ORCV is conducting during the 2015 Melbourne to Port Fairy ocean yacht race, Steve Bennett the CEO of Pocket Mariner (the Boat Beacon developer) has created some virtual AtoN.  These AtoN only appear in the Boat Beacon app, not on global internet based AIS traffic sites like Marine Traffic.

To follow are some screen dumps of the Boat Beacon app that display the AtoN.  NB. The dark line on these images is an approximate rhumb line for the Melbourne to Port Fairy ocean yacht race.

BoatBeacon AtoN PortPhillipHeads Hybrid

Port Phillip Bay - Heads.  Boat Beacon Hybrid display

AtoN - Drapers Reef (starboard end of start line), ORCV Virtual Buoy, Point Lonsdale Light and Corsair Rock.

BoatBeacon AtoN PortPhillipHeads Map

Port Phillip Bay - Heads.  Boat Beacon Map display

AtoN - Drapers Reef (starboard end of start line), ORCV Virtual Buoy, Point Lonsdale Light and Corsair Rock.

 

 

   

BoatBeacon AtoN PortFairy Hybrid

Port Fairy finish.  Boat Beacon Hybrid display

AtoN - Nunn Buoy (port end of finish line)

BoatBeacon AtoN PortFairy Map

Port Fairy finish.  Boat Beacon Map display

AtoN - Nunn Buoy (port end of finish line)