Go out “Beyond the Bay” 
“Live the dream with confidence”

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Ideal for Cruisers and Racers 

Have you often thought about what it would be like to sail across Bass Strait or head off to Queensland or the Pacific? It could be just around 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 competing in the Melbourne to Osaka race.

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 organised sailing and training events, including the Overnight Navigators Challenge and a Bass Strait Coastal Passage.

Prior participants to the Beyond the Bay course have gone and lived onboard throughout Queensland, competed in Ocean Races with one getting on the podium at Osaka and 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.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Describe how you would go about planning a coastal offshore passage
  • Plan and carry out an exit and/or entry of the Port Philip Heads
  • Describe how you would contribute to safe management of crew offshore
  • Describe how you would contribute to monitoring conditions and weather forecasts offshore and/or at night, then manage the boat accordingly
 Participant Requirements:
  • Intermediate knowledge of sailing
  • For skipper / boat owners you need to be able to berth and have good boat handling knowledge
  • Have some knowledge and strong interest in weather, tides, basic navigation and radio operations
  • Navionics Software on a tablet or iPad
  • Boat owners/skippers will need to get their boats to cat 4+ and this will be covered very early in the BTB course.
  • Need to be a member of the ORCV or an Australian Sailing affiliated club

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2022 Course and Dates
  Wed 25 May, 7- 9pm Session 1 - Introduction and hypothetical coastal passage RBYC
  Sat / Sun 4 & 5 June (all day) ORCV Safety and Sea Survival Course Wesley
  Tue 14 June, 7 - 9pm Session 2 - How to use Navionics Online
  Tue 21 June, 7 - 9pm Practical Navigation Session 1 Online
  Tue 28 June, 7 - 9pm Practical Navigation Session 2 Online
  Sat 9 July (all day) Winter Series Race - Blairgowrie Passage Race (Optional) Port Phillip Bay
  Tue 12 July, 7 - 9pm Weather Course Module 1 Part 1 (Optional) Online
  Tues 19 July, 7 - 9pm Weather Course Module 1 Part 2 (Optional) Online
  Thurs 21 July, 7 - 9pm Weather Course Module 1 Part 3 (Optional) Online
  Sun 7 August, 10am - 2pm Session 3 - Practical Radio Course State Sailing Centre
Albert Park
  Wed 17 August, 7 - 9pm Session 4 - Skippers session Boat & Equipment. 
Preparation for overnight and coastal passage
  Sat 20 August, (all day) Winter Series Race - Geelong Passage Race (Optional) Port Phillip Bay
  Wed 7 September, 7 - 9pm Session 5 - Route Planning / Boat Preparation / Crew
Preparation & Provisioning for upcoming passage
  Sat/Sun 1 & 2 October On Water Event - Overnight Port Phillip Bay Passage (Link to Race Page) Port Phillip Bay
  Tues 4 October, 7 - 9pm Session 6 - De brief for Overnight Event / Preparation for Bass Strait Coastal Passage / Heads Exit Training Online
  Sat 22 October, (all day) On Water Event - Bass Strait Coastal Passage (with mentors) Queenscliff Start / Portsea Finish


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Adult Price

  • Existing ORCV Members fee: $795
  • Non- Member’s fee: $995 (inc course as above plus ORCV membership)

Youth Price (16 – 25 years old)

  • Existing ORCV Members fee: $595
  • Non- Member’s fee: $745 (inc. Course as above plus ORCV membership)

Payment can be made in full (via visa, PayPal or Amex) or by instalments (Paypal only).  To pay by instalment - Select Paypal at the shopping cart and login to your Paypal account to select pay by instalments.  Paypal will then take payment over 6 weeks in 4 instalments.