Melbourne to Stanley Ocean Race

Held over the Cup weekend this is our Ocean Racing season opener, a key race for those heading to Hobart over Christmas.
Stanley is great fun, the hospitality put on by the local Lions Club and the steaks on arrival are always welcome.
Join us at the start line, we'll see you there. 

'How Bizarre’ – a clean sweep in Melbourne to Stanley Race 

'How Bizarre' – a clean sweep in Melbourne to Stanley Race  Lord Jiminy has taken line honours in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) Melbourne to Stanley Race, but the most outstanding result came from the Scott Robinson skippered Seaquest RP36, How Bizarre, which pulled off the rare triple of IRC/AMS/PHS overall wins. Since her arrival in Melbourne, the Scott Robinson skippered How Bizarre, which represents Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS), has scored a multitude of victories and places. Bandit, Ashley Trebilcock’s Beneteau First 40 was second in IRC, followed by Ma [ ... ]

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"How Bizzare" Winner 2019 ORCV Melbourne to Stanley   It’s a clean sweep to “HOW BIZARRE” in the 2019 ORCV Melbourne to Stanley Race. The Reichel-Pugh Seaquest RP36 designed yacht sailed out of RMYS, has won all three divisions, AMS, IRC and PHS. Congratulations to skipper Scott Robinson’s and his crew Damian Kininmonth, Peter Haug, (Sailing Administrator) Peter Amarant (Pitman, Navigator), Stuart Brennan-Smith (Foredeck) Grant Keys (Foredeck, Grinder), Stephen Reddish (Main Trim, Helmsman), Glenn Bailey (Bowman) The Seaquest RP36 racer/cruiser, designed by the renowned inte [ ... ]

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Race Director Update 2019 Stanley 4.45pm Its close, oh so very close between John Paterson’s Farr 45 “Rush” and Guillaume Leroux’s Class 40 “Lord Jiminy” as they race towards the Stanley finish line. With less than 20 miles to go, it’s going to come down to last mile tactics. The band is warming up and the party has started in Stanley to welcome the 2019 ORCV Melbourne to Stanley Race fleet. It’s such an exciting race. The handicap leader board for AMS, IRC and PHS Divisions has been changing by the minute and it’s still any ones race, in every division!  [ ... ]

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Straight from the Race Directors - Update 1 on Stanley 💥 Melb to Stanley! 💥 The 152 mile ORCV Melbourne to Stanley classic offshore race is underway and with favourable winds the fleet is on course to Stanley. ORCV Blue Water Race Tracker is currently showing John Paterson’s Farr 45 “RUSH” first in Line Honours, AMS and IRC Divisions with an average speed of 8.2 knots. Chasing “RUSH” in second position is Daniel Edwards MAT1245 “WHITE NOISE” with Angus Fletcher’s Radford 13.7 “TEVAKE II” close behind.  Race Director Martin Vaughan and assistant Jeremy Walton p [ ... ]

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Melbourne to Stanley Weather and Start Update 12.04am Saturday Update Weather front passed through around 10.15 and the 2019 Melbourne to Stanley race commenced on time.  Faster Forward has retired due to alternator problems.  Yachts can be tracked on https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2019-melbourne-to-stanley-race  Do check our facebook page for updates also. 5.15pm Update "The Race Committee has reviewed the weather situation with the BOM and noting the fronts should pass by around 11pm consider the midnight start time still possible.We will continue to closely monitor [ ... ]

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Final Reminders – Stanley Before you head off, just some final reminders, please.  Cash – please take cash so you can purchase your food and drinks on arrival. There isn’t a credit card at the event or teller machines easily accessible.  If you’re flying home, you will also need to pay for your car transfer in cash too. Crew shots before you leave or on your way to the start. To build the sport and increase participation, we will use this photo when publishing your finish time or talking about your great race results. Send this photo direct to This email address is being p [ ... ]

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2019 Melbourne to Stanley Weather Forecast Fast, furious and fun with gorgeous weather as shown on PredictWind is the current outlook for this weekend's Melbourne to Stanley race.   The weather prediction is based on a Benteuau First 40. For those interesting in learning more about Predictwind, please check out their new Streamlines.

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White Spirit Reflects on the Importance of Safety and Training “Many of you will know that White Spirit lost her mast in the Geelong regatta a few months back, though it seems like only yesterday. Fortunately, all crew members are well and variously back into sailing on different boats. In reflecting on that event and everything that follows, three key things stand out:

1. The amazing in-the-moment response from fellow sailors and emergency services. 2. The close support both at the time and post-event from the teams at ORCV and RYCV. Note: there was a real focus from both organisations o [ ... ]

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  ORCV Melbourne to Stanley Race News We hope your preparations for the 2019 ORCV Melbourne to Stanley race are going well because the Stanley community are ready and are looking forward to your arrival. Please ensure you engage with them and thank them for their huge generosity and support. Activities planned for your arrival include: BBQ and welcome drinks in the “Old Cool Store” on the wharf organised by Smithton Circular Head Lions Club ‘Cape Grim’ Scotch Fillet Steaks sponsored by Bass Strait Meats Community Dockside event by Big hART 
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five starting tips that can contribute to running a more sustainable boat

Five Starting Tips that Contribute to Running a More Sustainable Boat To all who have a love for the environment and our oceans: "Save the ocean, protect your passion and make an impact", is the message from all of us at the ORCV. Behind every ORCV race, there is a dedicated clean oceans team paying attention to important details of keeping plastics out of the oceans. During the recent Apollo Bay Race the ORCV team organised a fundraising activity to raise awareness of how, as a community, we all can make changes to keep plastics out of the ocean. The Club has had a long-held an interest in  [ ... ]

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