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Quadruple treat for Damien King in 70th Anniversary Race to Apollo Bay A quadruple treat for Damien King on Margaret Rintoul V (MRV), who took line and overall honours under AMS and ORC while celebrating his 50th birthday in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 70th anniversary Apollo Bay Race on the weekend, with Ginan and Arcadia filling out the top three. King’s...

Local Join the 70th Race to Apollo Bay Our destination races foster connections and the opportunity to share our passion for ocean racing with partner clubs like the Apollo Bay Sailing Club. This year, three dedicated Flying 15 sailors from the Apollo Bay Sailing Club will be joining the fleet embarking on the momentous 70th Anniversary race to Apollo Bay. Anton Tibbets, who has been eagerly...

Final reminders - 70th Apollo Bay Race   It's been a big season and what a way to close it out as we celebrate the 70th anniversary race to Apollo Bay.    Thank you for being part of his historic race. Sailing Instructions If you haven't already located them please click on this link   Harbour Entry for Apollo...

Ocean Racer, Volunteer, Crew and Young Sailor Nominations are Open Each year, in addition to those people recognised for sailing performance, we want to celebrate people who have contributed to the overall growth and development of ocean racing and the ORCV. We seek nominations for four key awards: Ocean Sailor of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Crew Encouragement and Young Sailor of the...

Double Handed & Teams Trophy Result Congratulations to James Russell / Ralph White of SURPRISE SM63 (Div 1 winners) and Peter McFarlane of LOCH SLOIDH 2 (R488) (Division 2 Winner) in today's Double Handed Bay & Teams Race. This year saw a record number of double-handed entries from across the bay with a number deciding on the day that today's weather wasn't for them. We had 2 courses...

Ginan wins all in 3rd West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint  Nigel Jones and Cam McKenzies J111, Ginan has taken Line Honours and won AMS, ORC and PHS divisions of the 3rd and final West Offshore Product Coastal Sprint race of the season in fickle light winds. With a shortened course the fleet started outside Port Phillip Heads in light winds of 5 – 8 knots. McKenzie commented after the...

Presentation & Awards Night We invite you to join us for the ORCV Club Awards and Presentations on Saturday June 17th at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown. We will come together to celebrate and acknowledge winners from the 2021/2022 season through to the end of the current summer ocean season on this night and other special awards. Nick Bice, who has sailed as a Volvo...

Keelboat Introduction to Sailing Savvy (KISS) and ORCV Supported Program Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club is excited to announce the second running of their successful “Keelboat Introduction to Sailing Savvy” (KISS) program is back for 2023. Buoyed by positive feedback from the graduates of the inaugural class of 2022 and with a wait list for those who missed the cap of 25 participants last...

Double Handed Joker on Tourer wins tough Melbourne to Port Fairy Ocean Race Double-handed Joker on Tourer, Grant Chipperfield’s Elliott 1250 Tourer, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) tough and gruelling 2023 Melbourne to Port Fairy yacht race, while Andrew Neeson’s Jaffa took line honours. Joker on Tourer winner of the tough ORCV Port Fairy Race. Photo Steb Fisher Jaffa...

Another Chapter wins slow dance in Melbourne to King Island Race Another Chapter, Neil Sargeant’s Beneteau 44.7, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s slow and fluctuating Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours.  Another Chapter (far right) won the 2023 King Island Race.  Photo Steb Fisher Sargeant can breathe easy now after an...

The 2022 Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race – 50 Years in the Makings With the 2022 Melbourne to Hobart skippers and sailors safely back in their home ports, and their weary bodies well and truly recovered from the challenges of the Westcoaster, we turn now to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest ocean races. This...

RPAYC launches Australian Ocean Racing Championship Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) has launched the new Australian Ocean Racing Championship (AORC) today, an annual event that will be inaugurated with the Bunbury and Return Ocean Race (Western Australian) in February 2023 and conclude with the Rolex Sydney Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart yacht races at the end of 2023. The Championship...

Upcoming Events

Presentation & Awards Night

Saturday, 17 Jun 2023
Time: 19:00 - 23:00
Location: Royal Yacht Club of Victoria

2023 Winter Series Race 1 - Short Passage race

Saturday, 24 Jun 2023
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Navionics the Basics

Monday, 10 Jul 2023
Time: 08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: Online

Fundamental Navigation-Online Course

Thursday, 13 Jul 2023 - Monday, 17 Jul 2023
Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Weather for Sailors Module 1 The Fundamentals

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2023 - Tuesday, 1 Aug 2023
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

2023 Practical Hands on Radio Workshop

Sunday, 6 Aug 2023
Time: 9:00 - 14:00
Location: ORCV, State Sailing Centre, Albert Park

Bowman Master the Pointy End

Sunday, 13 Aug 2023
Time: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Sandringham Yacht Club

Safety & Sea Survival Course Full & Refresher Course

Sunday, 10 Sep 2023
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)