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Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
Time: 07:00 am - 02:00 pm
Location: Queenscliff

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017
Time: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Queenscliff

Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Station Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
Time: 0:30 - 0:00
Location: Portsea Pier

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 - Friday, 29 Dec 2017
Time: 0:00 - 0:00
Location: Portsea Pier

Saturday, 3 Mar 2018 - Sunday, 4 Mar 2018
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Sunday, 4 Mar 2018
Time: 8:15 - 17:00
Location: Wesley College

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Melbourne Hobart Westcoaster Trophy Presentation For those who are starting to think about New Year’s Eve arrangements, please note that the 2017 West Coaster Trophy presentations are planned for 1700 at DSS on 31 December….  So, no conflict with the Q.L.D. at “shippies” and no excuses for not being at the presentations!  …. except of course lack of wind in which case alternat [ ... ]


Container for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Doug Prosser has again offered to assist with arrangements for shipping “return delivery gear” to the Hobart.  This a shared cost venture covering shipment from Altona to the DSS in Hobart at an expected cost somewhere between $200 and $300 per boat depending on the uptake and amount being shipped. Can interested skippers please email  [ ... ]


Winter Series discussion night – please come along! Over recent years we have seen participation in the ORCV Winter Series dropping, with the series almost being cancelled this year as a result.  The Geelong race seems to be popular, being a social destination race.  As a Sunday bay racing format, in a highly competitive bay racing environment, we have watched people vote with their f [ ... ]

Stanley race is looking

Stanley race is looking "Peachy", Getting to the start line could be a challenge, 25 to 30knots from the SW
It’s beginning to look a lot like a typical Stanley race. A lot of fine reaching bordering on windward, some slightly flat spots maybe the start and the finish, 10-15kts and maybe some spots to 25, a fantastic run home and not too much in the way of big seas. The predict wind calcs for th [ ... ]


Looking Good for a holiday weekend Maybe on the nose for some! At this early stage the omens are positive for a fantastic long weekend with something for everyone. If you are  a fast windward boat, maybe one tack in a 10-15 SW  and even a touch of WSW, the faster you  are perhaps a little more pressure. If you are slower, possibly some tacking is more likely but compensated by slig [ ... ]


The ORCV 32ND AGM and trophy presentation, held at Albert Sailing Club, was a roaring success earlier this month. We had a lively evening, with a packed room enjoying the views over Albert Park Lake and a well-stocked bar. The venue was perfect for the occasion, easily accommodating over 80 attendees, with plenty of room to display the multiple awards and silverware. The Committee provided an in- [ ... ]


  2017 Latitude Overnight Event Weather The weather looks great for this weekend’s Latitude Overnight Event. The synoptic chart shows large approaching high pressure system over Victoria for the weekend which will dominate the wind patterns predominantly W-SW in direction.   The Meteye wind maps for Saturday at 1400 and 2000 are shown below showing winds of around 10 kno [ ... ]


2017 Latitude Series Notice of Events and Sailing Instructions are now out! The Latitude Series is an innovative series of on-water activities to help those new to ocean sailing get started. It also provides a vehicle for established ocean sailors to develop crew members into positions of responsibility in an ocean racing team. This year the series form the on-water component of the ORCV’s Bey [ ... ]

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio In accordance with Special Regulation 1.01.3 Australian Sailing has approved the following variations to the Special Regulations:  The ORCV is approved to conduct for the 2017 Melboure ot Hobart Westcoaster under Special Regulations’ Ca [ ... ]













2015 New Perpetual Trophy dedicated for the Latitude Event

Ian Mackenzie was an accomplished yachtsman, and owned and skippered the yacht Supertramp R1080, a Spencer 12.41 metre vessel. Throughout the 1990s, Ian developed a reputation for taking novice sailors to sea in Supertramp and giving them a taste of Bass Strait and the coastline of Tasmania. Ian was a regular participant in the Victoria offshore races and many sailors owe their start in offshore racing to Ian.
With the sudden passing of Ian last year, his widow Louise and some of his past crew members decided to create a memorial trophy. Given that Ian was such a great mentor to inexperienced offshore races, it was thought fitting for the Trophy to be awarded for the Latitude Race.

Background on Ian McKenzie OAM: 1939 - 2014.
Ian was the Commodore of the ORCV from 2002 to 2004 and gave the ORCV a voice by sitting on Yachting Victoria’s Keelboat Committee, Safe Boating Policy Committee and Risk Management and Safety Committee. Ian also conducted a number of offshore races as the ORCV’s Race Director.
Ian was a huge contributor to the photography industry in Australia for over forty years and held numerous executive roles in both State and National bodies. Ian was involved in supporting refugees via his Board role in Foundation House.
Ian’s achievements were formally acknowledged with the award of an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014 for services to the visual arts as a photographer and to the community.

Gift: The Ian McKenzie trophy gifted to The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria – 27/91 Moreland Street, Footscray. VIC 3011.

Date of Gift: 6th July 2015

Purpose of Gift: To create a memorial trophy to honour the memory of Ian McKenzie OAM.

Use of this Gift: Awarded to less experienced sailors for their achievements in offshore events. The winner of the current Latitude Race would be an appropriate use of this Gift.

by Greg Clinnick