Latest News and announcements from ORCV


Vale Ian McKenzie OAM

ORCV Committee and members are saddened to hear of the death of Past Commodore Ian McKenzie OAM.

Ian was a long-time supporter of ORCV as a competitor, volunteer, committee member and flag officer. He served as Commodore from 2002 to 2004.

Together with the late Gary Clapham, Ian was a prime mover in the push to secure and develop a permanent freehold home for the club, providing ORCV with a valuable and appreciating asset. Prior to the purchase of the current offices in Footscray, ORCV had relied on rented premises, necessitating a number of moves as lease arrangements changed.

He was instrumental in securing the Cascade and several other sponsorship arrangements which were extremely valuable to the club over a number of years, and was involved in setting up and delivering significant media exposure for a number of ORCV events. In addition he filled the always arduous and sometimes thankless role of race director for many ocean races.

Ian was the principle contributor to the development of the ORCV Yearbook, now approaching its 19th annual edition and still an invaluable reference for everyone involved in the sport in Victoria.

Ian’s yacht, Supertramp, was a familiar sight in ORCV events through the 1990’s and after his retirement from offshore racing Ian provided a strong voice for ORCV as a member of Yachting Victoria’s Keelboat Committee , Safe Boating Policy Committee and Risk Management and Safety Committee.

Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year for service to the visual arts as a photographer and to the community. 

2014 Ocean Racer of the Year

Congratulations to Rob Date

Rob Date has been a longstanding member of the ORCV, a regular participant in our ocean racing events and a generous volunteer who provides storage space for the radio van and SSSC equipment.
Rob embarked on an pdf international campaign (24 KB)  with his yacht, Scarlett Runner, in July 2013 and has raced many miles with outstanding success. Highlights included the Cape to Rio Race- 2nd on Line Honours and 2nd IRC, and the Pacific Cup – Line Honours, 1st in ORR and Overall winner. This is the first time an Australian crew have won the Pacific Cup.
A fantastic achievement in the sport of sailing and a worthy recipient of the Shenandoah Perpetual Trophy.

2014 AGM and Trophy Presentation tonight Monday 6th October!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria for the ORCV Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation  commencing at 7pm this evening, Monday 6th October, 2014.


Helly Hansen Melbourne CBD Store Closing Sale

ORCV Sponsor, Helly Hansen, is closing its Hardware Lane store and there are some great deals on sailing gear!

So get along and support the people who support the ORCV- Don't miss out-Limited time only.

2014 Yachting Victoria Weigh Day

Yachting Victoria are holding a Weigh Day on Sunday 7th September 2014 at Sandringham Yacht Club for all boats interested in obtaining AMS, IRC or SMS ratings.

Weighing is available for Multihulls and Keelboats.

Now is the time to get organised for the forthcoming season! Click HERE for information and forms.