King Island

Go Coastal Training Program for Skippers

The Go Coastal Training Program is designed to provide support for established bay racing skippers who wish to join the ORCV Coastal Sprints fleet but have not previously raced outside the Heads.

The program includes assistance with boat preparation, plus practical and theoretical training focussed on safe exit and re-entry through Port Phillip Heads. It also includes entry to the Coastal Sprint Race 2 on 21 November 2020. Skippers may choose to include their navigator in the Rip navigation training sessions also.

Program Content

Core modules of the program cover:-

  • Assistance in assessing boat suitability and preparation for coastal racing (Cat 3).
  • Navigation of the Port Phillip Heads (Rip) and ORCV Coastal Sprint course. This will include expected conditions, tidal flows, lights, sea conditions, exclusion zones and Cape Schanck and Western Port challenges.
  • These key skills, will be learnt through theory and on water practice so that you can :-
  • safely and confidently exit and enter Port PhilIip Bay.
  • meet navigational requirements in the course areas used by ORCV in its Coastal Sprints.
  • Knowledge of ORCV race and communication procedures
  • Understanding and experience with using the race entry system and meeting compliance requirements minimising the initial “learning curve for skippers and crew.
  • Participation in Coastal Sprint Race 2
  • Additional Modules

Course Prerequisites

The program is open to skippers who intend to Race in an ORCV Coastal Sprints in the 2020-21 season plus, if nominated by the skipper, a second person from their crew, normally the navigator.

Course participants are expected to:-

  • Be established bay racing sailors.
  • Have basic chart reading and navigation skills and to be familiar with the use of their own boat software.
  • Provide their own charts covering the entrance to Port Phillip and the coastal area between Westernport and Apollo Bay.

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Module 1

Late July 2020 - Boat Review (Practical)

  • General review of boat condition and suitability

  • Attended by Skipper

Module 2

From Mid August 2020 (by arrangement) - Cat 3 Equipment Inspection (Practical)

  • This is required by 13th September practical
  • Cat 3 and regulations are found here

Module 3

Tuesday 1st September 2020 - Navigating Port Phillip Heads and Coastal Sprint Courses (Theory)

Specifically designed for skippers and navigators participating in ORCV Coastal Sprints for the first time.

  • Expected conditions and their impact – Rip, Cape Schanck, Westernport.
  • Safe Navigation of the Rip - exit & entry, lights, tidal flow, sea conditions
  • Exclusion zones
  • Westernport Fairway buoy.
  • Skipper to attend.*

Module 4

Saturday 12th September 2020 6 - 7 pm - Blairgowrie Briefing (Theory - in person)


  • Chart refresher and briefing for Skipper and Navigator and follow up to 1st September theory.

Module 5

Sunday 13th September 2020 - Sail Out Port Phillip Heads (Practical)


  • Depart BYS at 8 am, Start at 9.30am  
  • Radio Procedure and Heads Exit Sail out and return on ebb tide via Portsea wave buoy and HMAS Canberra Site. Includes radio comms, start procedures use of virtual marks. 
  • Skippers plus crew on their own boat.  Mentors available.

Module 6

5 - 10th November 2020 (as arranged) - Top Yacht and Race Compliance (Theory and Practical)


  • Guides and assistance to setting up your First Race Entry in Top Yacht with initial data load.
  • Online support available from the ORCV office 

Module 7

21st November 2020 0730 - ORCV Coastal Sprint Race 2 (practical)


  • Participation into the ORCV Coastal Sprint Race 2.


All pricing includes Entry into the ORCV Coastal Sprint Race on November 21st 2020 for the Skipper and boat.

  • ORCV Member Skipper $283.00 (including entry to Coastal Sprint 2)
  • NEW Member Special $456.00 (includes ORCV Membership valued at $280.00 and entry to Coastal Sprint 2)
  • Non Member $333.00 (includes entry to Coastal Sprint 2)

*Skipper nominated second person to various modules

  • ORCV Member $84.15
  • Non Member $99.00


Book in for this course here

Additional Training Considerations

is available through a number of ORCV’s standard programs including

  • Fundamental Navigation (reserved sessions by demand on 4 & 6 August 2020) (please contact the ORCV office to book for this course)
  • Safety Sea and Survival Courses, book here

Double-handed Maverick cleans up in ORCV’s 48th King Island Race

Sailing Maverick double-handed, Rod Smallman and Tom Vaughan have cleaned up in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 48th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out IRC, PHS and Double-Handed divisions and capping off with a second in AMS in the 114 nautical mile race to Grassy in Tasmania.

Double-handed racing is fast becoming à la mode in Australia, and Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600’s like Maverick are topping the podium at events in Australia and overseas.

Punching above her 11.7 frame is nothing new for Maverick. She and others like her have proved time and again they will not be bullied by their larger fully crewed counterparts, and Smallman’s years of experience, including placing top three in the ORCV’s 2018 Melbourne-Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race, make the two a formidable package.

“Tom (Vaughan) and I have previously done Westcoaster (Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race) together and he did the last Sydney Hobart with me. He’s amazing – for such a young head (24 years-old) he’s very stable. I love sailing with Tom. For his 18th birthday present, his dad, Martin (Commodore of the ORCV) took Tom on his first Sydney Hobart race on Wild Side in 2014 and he hasn’t looked back,” Smallman commented.

“I did the race with my son Tyson last year, and we pretty much had the same result, except Tom and I finished one better in AMS with second place this time. Last year’s race was really light though, and this year it was very heavy.”

Smallman gives credit to his boat too. “The Jeanneaus are incredible for double-handed sailing. The Sun Fast goes through the Bass Strait waves very well and we were fast. But we did well tactically too. I didn’t think we would be that competitive, as we didn’t have the weight for the rail in the heavier air. I think the tactics got us there in the end.”

A race for all-comers, of the 22 entries two were sailed double-handed (Maverick and Lord Jiminy), one Four + Autohelm (Spirit of Downunder, largely a family crew skippered by 82 year-old Laurie Ford), with the remainder fully crewed.

New to the race was E'toile, skippered by John Gordon who completed the ORCV’s Beyond the Bay program last year and made this his third ocean race and the first minus an ORCV mentor on board.

Rod Smallman

Rod Smallman on Maverick - Photo Dave Hewison

The race started with a 20 knot south-westerly beat. The wind veered slightly during the morning, when all but one tacked, pointing directly towards King Island.

On sunset, the tide turned, making it a challenge to maintain boat speed. Those who stayed east of the rhumbline scored better results. The first three over the finish line - Hartbreaker, Carrera S and White Noise - were within 1.2nm of each other, with the top two less than a few hundred metres apart. And just six minutes separated the fleet after the handicaps were put in place, making for an exciting race.

Starting off Queenscliff and finishing in Grassy Harbour, King Island, a party awaits at the King Island Boat Club, making it a popular race. As Grant Dunoon pointed out, “It’s worth the trip - a great steak at the end, wonderful hospitality and a great destination.”

Rod Smallman agreed: “I love the race. It’s so good, a couple of the cruisers stayed on to make the best of some cruising. And the Club has this reputation for ripping out the best steak sandwiches – this time it was the best I’ve ever had. Everyone stays, because half the fun is the catch up at the end. And the people from the Club stay up all night for us.”

A band plays until the wee hours as the last of the fleet trickles in to the King Island Boat Club, which uses the race as their major fundraiser for the year: “Apparently, they make enough out of what we eat and drink to make it worthwhile,” Smallman said with a laugh.

The First Melbourne to King Island Race started in 1973, a few months after the ORCV’s Westcoaster; meaning both will celebrate their half century editions in two years’ time.

Top results:

White Noise (Daniel Edwards) 1st AMS, 2nd IRC Maverick (Rod Smallman/Tom Vaughan) 2nd AMS, 1st IRC, 1st PHS, 1st D-H Archie (Jeff Sloan) 3rd IRC, 2nd PHS Vertigo (Tim Olding) 3rd AMS Hartbreaker (Antony Walton) 3rd PHS

For full results, please visit:



48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race Results

Congratulations to:
White Noise, 1st AMS, 2nd IRC.
Maverick 2nd AMS, 1st IRC, 1st PHS, 1st DH
Archie, 3rd IRC, 2nd PHS
Vertigo 3rd AMS
Hartbreaker 3rd on PHS

Full results are here




2020 Melbourne to King Island Race Updates

5pm Update - Within the hour or is the tide against them?

The Race Directors Noel and Ryan are ready, who will come in first and will it be within the hour as they all battle now against the tide. Keep and eye on this channel, the tracker of ORCV website It's been a close and interesting race.  For the Race Director video - click here

3pm Update - It could be anyone's race

The party in King Island is gearing up with the first boats now around 2 - 3 hours away. The tactics of those that went east of the rhumb line are doing well on handicap but it's a tussle and constantly changing as there's not much between them all. So keep an eye on the tracker leaderboard as an indicator.

11am Update - Race Director Overview and Predictions 

For the Race Director Video - click here 

10am Update - The Easterly Change has Arrived Early

With an earlier than predicted Easterly change in wind, most boats have tacked onto port and are making good speed to King Island.  Hartbreaker, Carrera S, Tevake II are leading the fleet with Maverick, Weekend Option and Archie looking good on handicap.  

7am Update - 2 Retirements

With all well and safe onboard and now heading for home, there are 2 retirements from the ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race. EXTASEA at 2.42am reported a broken forestay and CARTOUCHE at 4.08am with plumbing issues. Follow the fleet on the tracker via

1am Update - After the Start

With winds 20 knots from the SW the 48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race 2020 is now away after a short delay of 30mins. 22 boats and 151 crew are on their way to Grassy, to enjoy the warm hospitality and local food of the community of King Island. Lord Jiminy has started although their tracking device has failed so will not show on the tracker. 

Follow the Fleet on the Tracker

Follow their adventure on Blue Water Tracks via… 

Race Director Update 11am 7th March for the 48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race 2020

With 1nm between the 3 lead boats on Line Honours and the fleet spanning 6 mins on handicap, the race could have an exciting finish with Race Director predictions having the first boats arriving by sunset and the last boats in by midnight. Keep an eye on the tracker or orcv website for updates.


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