Go out “Beyond the Bay” - “Live the dream with confidence”
Ideal for Cruisers and Bay Racers


Have you often thought about what it would be like to sail in Bass Strait or head off to Queensland or the Pacific.  It could be just around to Westernport for the weekend, or around the many fascinating islands off Tasmania, or to venture further up the east coast to warmer waters in the winter months. 

Have you contemplated joining fellow club members who venture out past the heads in various ORCV Ocean Races over the warmer months to Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, King Island and even further to Devonport or Hobart in late December?  Perhaps you dream of doing an Osaka.

Is the only thing holding you back the uncertainty of what you need to know to get your boat and crew ready, or the additional things to consider as a skipper?

The ORCV "Beyond The Bay" program is designed to give you the necessary information and practical skills to help you plan and complete an overnight cruising passage or participate in a race.This includes exiting and returning through Port Phillip Heads, with the assistance of a guiding mentor, and includes four organised sailing events, including the Overnight Navigators Challenge and Latitude event.

160 people have completed the program so far and several have headed to Queensland as a result or competed in some of our Ocean Races, one getting on the podium at Osaka, another winning the Offshore championship. They enjoyed the program and it gave them a huge amount of confidence plus the opportunity to participate with support not far away. 

The program is limited to 40 spots, so book ASAP. To register visit the "Overview & Schedule" page.

 BTB photo 2014  


More information regarding the full program can be found on the Beyond the Bay Program Overview & Schedule.

Coastal Sprints and Latitude Weather Prediction This weekend's weather is looking good with a reach and run to Westernport for those on the West Offshore Coastal Sprints before the winds turn on the return.  The Latitude which starts a little later at 10.30 Saturday have good conditions with the winds building to push them home again.  For a full prediction click see below.   When using PredictWind, prediction is based on a Benteuau First 40. For those interesting in learning more about Predictwind, please check out their new Streamlines.  

ORCV Competitor Update Latitude & Coastal Sprints

ORCV Competitor Update Latitude & Coastal Sprints We're looking forward to a great weekend of Category 3 racing and it's been busy for us getting 2 races ready and concluding the Beyond the Bay program also.  So just a few things to ensure you are aware of: Trackers  With both races, ORCV Latitude and West Offshore Coastal Sprints, Blue Water Trackers will be delivered to your club reception by 5pm Thursday afternoon.   How to setup and install your tracker can be found here  Please ensure you pick up your tracker before departing from your club reception.  [ ... ]


Race to a Latitude
The Latitude Series is the ORCV’s premier offshore training event for aspiring ocean racing skippers and crew, and seasoned campaigners alike, looking to hone their skills or take the next steps to a longer ocean voyage or being part of the traditional Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and Melbourne to Devonport races in December. Since its commencement in 2004, the Latitude Series has seen more than 100 yachts, experience this unique racing challenge, with most of them experiencing the thrill of racing out through Port Phillip Heads and into Bass Strait for the first ti [ ... ]

Beyond the bay, essential for those looking to sail offshore

  "Essential for anyone intending to sail beyond Port Phillip Bay” says past student Neil Sargeant. ORCV Beyond the Bay Course runs every 2 years and next Monday May 6th the first of a series of educational evening sessions, supervised weekend on water sailing events and mentoring by experienced ORCV offshore instructors starts. Don’t delay living your dream! Spaces available. Book now.

Live the Dream

"Live the Dream"   "The ORCV Beyond the Bay and the Safety at Sea Survival Course is essential for anyone intending to leave the confines of the Port Phillip Bay” says Neil Sargeant and more than 200 others who have attended the course. The ORCV Beyond the Bay program is a series of educational evening sessions, supervised weekend on water events and mentoring support. Course has started although workshop 1 will be repeated at a time mutually agreed on for those still wishing to attend.   Book your place here 


YACHT RACING OUTSIDE THE BAY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED First of all I am a newcomer to ocean racing and I would like to share my experience having completed our first ORCV race - Melb to Devonport. Having sailed all my life I only progressed to owning my first “real” boat;  a Hanse 445 (B455 Mersea) about 3 years ago. The learning curve was rather steep in the first year or two. As expected I know I will never stop growing in experience and with it the confidence of being able to handle the boat in varying conditions. After buying the boat I immediately enrolled on the ORCV Beyond the  [ ... ]


  Latitude Ocean Race, What are your Navigation Options? For those of you have not experienced the Latitude ocean race, it is a handicap race were each boat races to a latitude and the unique part is you can turn at any longitude. So this gives you many options, what is the least distance and fastest point of sail. With the advent of technology and software it can make the job easier. If you look below we have used the PredictWind Weather Routing (https://www.predictwind.com/) to look at a number of options. These options are using the Polars from a Beneteau First 40 so if you look at  [ ... ]