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Short handed sailing - Fun, simplicity and a sense of achievement   “Simplicity and most fun with sailing in a long time.”  Ken Read “You learn a lot about yourself and gain a real sense of achievement” Annette Hesselmans There’s something about short handed sailing that’s providing some excitement, even for those that have been sailing for years. Fellow ORCV Member Annette...

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....

ORCV Members and Friends TeamO Special Offer Modern lifejackets, how they have evolved! ORCV is pleased to announce our partner Adventure Safety is now selling the TeamO back tow life jackets, a jacket that is being used more and more globally in today's Ocean Races. It is the only lifejacket with integrated harness on the market with Back Tow Technology. The BackTow lifejacket is the only life...

Smiles all round on Coastal Sprint For many, the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint is a Category 3 race for the more seasoned skipper to test their crew and boat or for a newer skipper to build their confidence before taking that next longer passage. What a perfect day it turned out to be for race 2. With light winds at the scheduled start, ORCV Race Directors shortened the course and...

Onboard White Spirit Step onboard and be part of the crew of White Spirit and re-live it as they prepare, sail the Cock of the Bay, work out tactics and race across Bass Strait to Devonport to try and win the Rudder Cup. Gear on, radio check done, let's go. White Spirit - over and out. Thanks Aaron Hudon for your video

Planning for a Race  Article by Rod Smallman Earlier this year the ORCV asked us to provide comments in a possible race to the Pacific.  I started to imagine escaping Melbourne in winter and going somewhere warm, possibly Noumea.  I thought I'd share my thinking and planning.  I am intending on participating in this event when it's announced and, as part of my initial...

Upcoming Events

Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads

Sunday, 18 Apr 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 04:10 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

20/21 West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint

Saturday, 24 Apr 2021
Time: 09:30 am - 09:31 am
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Carnival of Short-Handed Racing

Saturday, 8 May 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Bowman Master the Pointy End (Starts 12 May)

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Time: 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: Sandringham Yacht Club

20/21 Melbourne to Apollo Bay Race

Saturday, 22 May 2021
Time: 08:10 am - 08:11 am
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

June Safety & Sea Survival Course - 2 Day

Saturday, 5 Jun 2021 - Sunday, 6 Jun 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

June Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 6 Jun 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)