Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
Steb Fisher

Fundamentals, Enclosed Waters

Click Here Meeting Link for final session Tuesday 1st August 2023 ONLY 

2022 Fundimental Weather Session 1Student notes

2022 Fundimental Weather Session 2 Student Notes

2022 Fundamental Weather Session 3 Student Notes

Useful Videos

The History of the Barometer

How to Calabrate you Barometer

3 Laws of Motion

Coriolis effect


Understanding Vectors in Sailing

Introductory Meteorology

Introducing MetEye


Tide Calculators

Rule of Twelfths Calculator

Rule of Twelfths Calculator

All About Tides

Port Philip Heads Tides


Imos Ocean Currents


Weather Sites




Weather Zone

Bay Winds


























2021 Weather for Sailors Fundamental Weather Knowledge 

 2021 Fundamental Weather Session 2 Student Notes

2021 Fundamental Weather Session 3 Student Notes

2021 Weather for Sailors Module 2 Coastal Knowledge

2021 Weather Coastal Waters Voyages Student Notes

2021 Weather for Sailor Module 3 Trans-Ocean Knowledge Section

2021 Weather for Sailors Module 3 Trans Ocean Student Notes Session 1 and 2

Weather and East Coast Lows

Do you understand the weather forecasts ? This weekend's East Coast Low is hard to miss, see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-04/storm-warning-east-coast-braces-for-flooding-strong-winds-rain/7477244 for details.

Attached are images captured on Friday by Robin sourced from the BOM, predicting this East Coast Low. Note the Synoptic chart, 500Hpa Temperature and Humidity forecast.  Robin notes the combination of high humidity and very low temperature at 500Hpa together with the troughs funnelling air.

More from Robin H: East coast lows generally have very cold upper level areas fed with moist humid air from tropical areas. The high centred further south than usual at this time of the year is feeding the very cold air over NSW and then the trough feeding moist warm air in is a classical recipe for trouble. Thus inspection of temperature at the 500 mb level and then relative humidity to confirm the ingredients for trouble is a simple procedure for a do-it-yourselfer.



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Today the ORCV Weather course kicked off, run by ORCV's Weather expert Robin Hewitt.


Robin watches the weather in all our major races, particularly the Osaka keeping an eye out for weather events such as this.

Strong Weather Alert!!! 2014 ORCV Weather Course Starting This Sunday!

Attention all budding meteorologists, navigators and seasoned skippers alike who are looking for every opportunity to learn more about the weather around us as well as the state of the art resources now available to all sailors at the click of a mouse, or touch of a smart phone....

The all new 2014 ORCV Weather Course commences this Sunday with Modules One and Two - Fundamentals of Weather Terminology and Closed Waters.

When and Where?

Sunday 13 April, 2014 - Registration starts at 8:30am

South Yarra Sports (Melbourne High School), Chapel Steet, South Yarra.

There are still a few places available, so go to our 2014 Weather Course home page for course details and registration, HERE.
"The contents of the 2014 ORCV Weather Course will blow your mind!" - 40 year ocean racing vetran skipper.

ORCV Announces the Launch of its All New Weather Course for 2014.


The ORCV Training Sub-Committee has prepared an all new weather course designed to inform all types of sailors (racers and cruising sailors alike), how to observe weather conditions and how to find the right forecasting advice from the vast array of modern resources available.


When and Where?


  • Modules One (Fundamentals of Weather Terminology) and Two (Enclosed Waters) - Sunday 13 April, 2014. Registration at 8:30am

  • Module Three (Coastal - up to 3 days duration) - Monday 28 April, 2014.  Commencing at 6:15pm

  • Module Four (Trans-Oceanic) - Monday 5 May, 2014. Commencing at 6:15pm

All ORCV Weather Courses are held at South Yarra Sports (Melbourne High School). See the main ORCV Weather Course website for more details.





The Bureau of Meteorology has made significant progress with it’s forecasting in recent times and now achieves remarkable accuracy, especially out to 3 days.


With easy to use graphics and continual improvements the Bureau is working towards achieving higher degrees of accuracy for up to seven days and this technology has changed the focus of sailors.


This new course concentrates on the practical facets of weather applied to sailing, designed to cover the terminology, conditions and weather forecasting resources that will allow sailors of all persuasions to plan their trip from an afternoon on the Bay, through to a trans-ocean passage such as a Melbourne to Vanuatu or Melbourne to Osaka race, and the return delivery passages.
Further Details can be found on the ORCV Weather Course Website Here.
Register for the Course Here.

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