The ORCV welcomes a multihull back to ocean racing in Melbourne

PECCADILLO, owned and skippered by Charles Meredith is competing in the 2014 Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht race. Charles is also the Commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria (MHYC).

The ORCV welcome's multihulls and regularly have multihulls in our longer Bay races, including the Cock of the Bay, Melbourne to Geelong passage race (the last race of the Winter Series) and our new Beyond the Bay Overnight Challenge.

Bob Tanner (previous Office Manager and current National Safety Equipment Auditor) thinks it may have been 20 years since the last multihull competed in an ORCV ocean race. He recalls OCEAN EMU did the 1994 Melbourne to Devonport Race. It certainly pre-dates any electronic records we have, so we'll have to go digging into the paper archives to confirm. If you're aware of any more recent mulithulls competing in ORCV ocean racing events, please let us know.

The Melbourne to Devonport Ocean Yacht Race is a Category 2 event and the Yachting Australia Special Regulations have different safety requirements for multihulls and monohulls.  The ORCV takes safety seriously and compliance with Yachting Australia Special Regulations for multihulls has some unique challenges. The ORCV have collaborated with MHYC regarding safety compliance aspects for multihulls and ORCV National Safety Equipment Auditors have also liaised with some of their interstate colleagues who have experience with multihulls. 

Peccadillo on its way 


Peccadillo in the Tamar 

Some brief information on PECCADILLO
Design: Chris White 46 Mk Ii
Length Over All: 14.7m
Rig: Mast Head

PECCADILLO is fast cruising catamaran, launched in 2004 and has been cruised and raced extensively in South East Australia.

PECCADILLO has some impressive race results including:

  • Overall winner and First in the multihull division in the 2011 Three Peaks Race
  • First multihull division 2014 Three Peaks Race
  • Second multihull division 2012 Three Peaks Race
  • Third multihull division 2010 Three Peaks Race
  • Second Mulithull division 2013 Adelaide-Port Lincoln Race
  • Third Mulithull division 2012 Adelaide-Port Lincoln Race
  • Line honours in the 2013 Festival of Sails Melbourne to Geelong passage race. 





A fast and furious start – review of day 1 ORCV ocean races to Tasmania

Crash bang coming through! Some of our competitors caused dramas on the start line of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean races, with four yachts caught up in collisions. They mustn’t have got the memo about it being a long race so 15 seconds on the start line probably doesn’t matter. Luckily winds were moderate but it was still enough to cause an early retirement of BKT JAMHU which was taking on water as a result of their collision. No doubt it will be a busy protest room in Hobart after the race, see our Facebook site for video of the start. Experienced competi [ ... ]


Three nights before the start of the Devonport race In the pictures below it shows which crew members do not have a photo, can I please ask that you send your photos and bios as soon as possible. What I would like is a short bio of your ocean racing career 60 to 100 words and a head and shoulders picture. The picture of Neville below shows what it will look like on the Tracker website. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak386c4b7e007b9a90db393f70afb17b5e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = ' [ ... ]


2016 Mersey Yacht Club Flood Relief Raffle! Our very good friends at the Mersey Yacht Club (MYC) in Devonport are the finish host club for the ORCV's Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht race. Many will recall this devastating footage in June 2016 that we shared on the ORCV Facebook Page of Mersey Yacht Club marina pontoon berths collapsing in wild weather that lashed Northern Tasmania, causing floods and debris in the Mersey river at levels that have never been seen before. In the carnage, the outer marina was wiped away and pieces of it washed up along the river and various isl [ ... ]

2016 Devonport Yacht Race

Famous Mersey Yacht Club Hospitality     It’s time again to join in the fun and experience the world famous Mersey Yacht Club hospitality. Commodore Mark Stephenson is supported by a fabulous team. Key players in the team are Vice Commodore Tony Jamieson and his wife Kerily. Tony does everything from race planning, escort boat driver, odd jobs, taxi driver, entertainment manager and problem solver to cheerleader. Kerily makes sure all the catering is organised, the dining area set up, the helpers are there to cook and serve and a myriad other tasks. Both these wonderful peop [ ... ]

2016 Devonport Race

Melbourne to Devonport is happening!!! Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to wash away the Mersey Yacht Club they have survived and will again host this year’s race. After a very tough time losing a significant part of their marina and a great many vessels the club is moving forward. ORCV is committed to supporting the recovery and is looking forward to a large racing fleet supporting the event. Moorings have been arranged and with the Clubhouse and bar facilities intact the party will be as good as ever. MYC will use the race to support their fundraising for their marina redevelopment. [ ... ]


Halcyon takes the Double Handed option to Devonport.
2015 Devonport Race by Jeremy Walton Chris Tucker and Jeremy Walton have entered the Bass Strait Series as a double –handed crew aboard Chris’ yacht Halcyon, a Beneteau First 40. With the mantra of experienced sailor and SSSC Instructor, Robin Hewitt, they have put “PAT” to work and are well-underway with their preparations. Robin’s friend PAT= Prepare and Train! Jeremy forwarded this update. “Chris and I have put together a solid practice plan including doing the HBYC double handed series. We have already done three long prac [ ... ]


2015 Tassie Trio: Cock of the Bay, Devonport or the Westcoast!
The races to Devonport and Hobart via the West coast are a challenge in their own right and provide an opportunity for a short dash across Bass Strait  or for those with a longer leave pass, destination Hobart! At the recent ORCV committee meeting there was discussion around the viability of running three 2015 Xmas ocean races.  This was consistent with a request to review the viability from a significant number of ORCV members in the recent member survey. " We looked at competitor entries, and based on there being no e [ ... ]


2015 Devonport Race- Approval granted for use of satellite phones. The ORCV is pleased to announce that Yachting Victoria have granted approval for a variation to the Cat 2 Special Regulations for use of a satellite phone in lieu of HF radio for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport race.
This approval comes subject to the following requirements:
• This is solely for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport Race
•that  any boat carrying a Sat phone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director phone
• That any boats using a sat phone also have a fully set up VHF DS [ ... ]


Are you ready? ORCV Summer Season 2015-16
It is that time of the year when everyone in Melbourne yearns for some warm weather and starts thinking about the spring and summer months ahead.
The ORCV has planning well underway. We will be heading back to   pdf Stanley (861 KB)  for the first race of the offshore season and Smithton Lions club are making preparations to host us in the new Harbour shed with festivities, entertainment, food and bar services. They are excited about the ORCV returning to the home of "The Nut” and are looking forward to laying out the welcom [ ... ]