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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...

ORCV Winter Series sees Rush to the line in light winds   ORCV Winter Series kicked off with 45 competitors out on Port Philip enjoying some close racing after the conclusion of the lockdown period last Saturday. It was a race of 17 nautical miles sailed in tricky light-winds where boat speed can make any sailor a tactical...

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...

Sailing Captain New - May 2021 In this, my last newsletter before handing over the ORCV Sail Captain role to Rear Commodore Jeremy Walton. I am writing to brief you on a number of developments that will affect skippers and crews in the 2021-22 season. Keel and Rudder Inspections In response to increased incidence of keel and rudder failures in recent years, Australian Sailing has introduced a...

ORCV 2021Championships - Progress Report The ORCV Coastal and Offshore Championship awards will, as usual, be determined by results in the Apollo Bay Race but this year we also have two additional influences – namely the introduction of ORCc and decline of IRC (creating small divisions from which results could be drawn) and the cancellation of one of our scheduled Category 2 Races events due to...

Sunfish sighting reported in the ORCV Carnival of Short-Handed sailing race The passion for short-handed sailing is well alive in Melbourne sailing scene with James Russell on his Adams 10 yacht, Surprise (SM63) being crowned overall winner in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Carnival of Short-Handed Sailing. With a revised course and allowing both double handed and 4+ autohelm boats...

New ORCV offshore series working a treat for father and son duo Experienced yachtsman David Lynch and his son Andrew, newly initiated into the joys of ocean racing, have successfully sailed their Northshore 369 Pegasus into the lead of the of the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Series, hosted by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV). The pair, who finished Race 3 in second place to...

A Growing Fleet Are Challenging this Weekend  Coastal sailing is growing in popularity with twenty-four entrants signed up to join the fleet on Saturday, April 24th.    Pegasus (SM0369) skippered by Andrew and David Lynch have “enjoyed the races to date, a great initiative” allowing them to expand their experiences with David passing...

Light Conditions make for a very challenging race Carrera S (AUS49005) a Marten 49, skippered by Gerry Cantwell takes 1st on AMS and PHS plus line honours in the 2021 ORCV Port Fairy race in what Gerry sums it up “as a very challenging race. It wasn’t a physical race and I must say and I don’t think I’ve ever had a race where the deck stay dried and was so comfortable. For the first few hours...

Tevake II crew honour Angus and Holly in the 2021 Port Fairy Yacht Race Tevake II crew at Queenscliff and ready to race tomorrow. It’s great to see TEVAKE II back in an ocean race, sailed by TEVAKE II family in honour of owner/skipper Angus Fletcher.   The crew of Tevake II are seasoned sailors although this race to Port Fairy has mixed feelings for them all, the first...

Study the Tactics used via the Tracker Revisiting the tracker on a recent race is a great way to learn what decisions you and others made during a race and how those decisions impacted the race outcome. Using the 2021 King Island race, Simon gives us a short review of the race and how to use the tracker effectively. You can review the King Island Race here.  Click on the boat you are...

White Noise blitzes opposition in ORCV’s 49th King Island Race Daniel Edwards’ White Noise has blitzed the field in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 49th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out AMS, IRC, PHS and ORCi categories, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours after settling into the race when the southerly eased in Bass Strait, giving all a nice ride to the...

  Bowman Essentials, Conquering the Pointy End This course, aims to help boat owners and skippers upskill crew to be competent on the bow and help improve boat performance. Peter Dowdney who has 30 years bow experience provides inspiration and insight into what it takes, what you need to do to move from crew to bow. “Master the bow position and you will always have a boat to sail on....

Upcoming Events

2021 Fundamental Navigation-Online Course

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021 - Wednesday, 4 Aug 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:00

2021 Winter Series Race 4 - Geelong Passage race

Saturday, 28 Aug 2021
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Location: Geelong

Weather for Sailors Module 2 Coastal Sailing

Monday, 30 Aug 2021 - Monday, 6 Sep 2021
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm


Tuesday, 7 Sep 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00

2021 ORCV Trophy Presentation

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Sept Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 19 Sep 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

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

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)