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Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Location: Online

2022 Overnight Race

Saturday, 1 Oct 2022 - Sunday, 2 Oct 2022
Time: 02:00 pm - 09:00 am

Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup

Friday, 28 Oct 2022
Time: 11:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

Bowman Master the Pointy End (Starts 12 May)

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2022 - Sunday, 13 Nov 2022
Time: 07:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location: Sandringham Yacht Club

Safety & Sea Survival Course Full & Refresher Course

Sunday, 20 Nov 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

22/23 West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race 2

Saturday, 3 Dec 2022
Time: 09:45 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

50th Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2022
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

22/23 West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint 3

Saturday, 22 Apr 2023
Time: 09:35 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

ORCV Safety and Training

500 = a win!


I don't play cards, but I do know there's a game called 500 and I'd think it's a fair bet that getting 500 points has something to do with it. Our 500 Winner from the recent Weather Course was Marnie Irving, who walked away with the 12 month Pro Subscription to PredictWind, which was the door prize.


PredictWind Founder, Jon Bilger. Thank you for making the effort to appear at the Weather Course. Cheers.

"Last Saturday night, my head was full of Ken Batt's voice spinning with Coriolis Force deflected to the left and cyclone avoidance strategies, with another 150 pages of weather knowledge to take on board. Then on Sunday afternoon, it was full of excitement that even if I got something wrong, it could all be fixed by checking out Jon Bilger's PredictWind website. Thank you to Jon for donating such a generous and practical prize", Marnie said of her win. "My husband Lou and I are thrilled to be the lucky winners and also received a number of extremely envious texts from friends, some of whom had been at the Weather Course and others who had not", Marnie added.

Indeed the course was very well received with 23 attending for the first day, 25 there on the Sunday and 17 attending both days. A very delighted Chairman of the Training Committee, ORCV Rear Commodore, Neville Rose, said "It's things like the weather course which highlight the strengths of the ORCV:

  • Ongoing training innovation.
  • Three world leaders in their respective fields in Kenn Batt, Jon Bilger and Sam Roberts, along with stalwarts like the 29 consecutive M2H veteran Robin Hewitt, giving their time back to the yachting community. One who dodged the volcanic ash cloud to fly in from Hobart and the other to come in from New Zealand.
  • Unsung heroes like Sally Williams putting various arrangements in place at the last minute ,with several very late enrollments. Val Hewitt again providing her home as the ORCV's Bed, Breakfast and Lunch to put our interstate presenter up and also Bob Houghton of Corporate Printers to produce several more sets of the Student Resource Pack materials on the day before the course."

"All of the above go into the mix that enables the ORCV, a not-for-profit leader in ocean sailing training, to offer a unique course to the yachting community at phenomenal prices, which is not available anywhere else in the world. Kenn's passion for weather hasn't changed. Jon Bilger and Sam Roberts were a great additions to the panel, and they were very much appreciated and well received", Nifty finished with.


Kenn Batt is a marvellous presenter and really knows his topic.


A contestant for the 'He of the Loud Shorts' title?


He was an integral part of the EF two-boat campaign when they won the Volvo. He is Sam Roberts of e-sea marine.



More soon - as usual....


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