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Sunday, 1 Jul 2018
Time: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm
Location: State Sailing Centre, Albert Park

Sunday, 1 Jul 2018
Time: 09:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: State Sailing Centre, Albert Park

Sunday, 1 Jul 2018
Time: 01:00 pm - 04:30 pm
Location: State Sailing Centre, Albert Park

Saturday, 7 Jul 2018
Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Sunday, 8 Jul 2018
Time: 9:30 - 16:00
Location: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Saturday, 4 Aug 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Saturday, 1 Sep 2018
Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Saturday, 15 Sep 2018 - Sunday, 16 Sep 2018
Time: 12:00 - 9:00

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Sundance Yachts, the ORCV and the new Foiling Figaro3 The Figaro class yacht, manufactured by Beneteau, has been around since the early nineties in Europe and has provided the training platform for many serious ocean sailors over the years. Recently, Beneteau announced the latest incarnation of this class, the Figaro 3, which incorporates a pair of lateral foils. The boat meets ISO Cat A require [ ... ]

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Shorthanded racing is here

Shorthanded Racing is here– 4 crew plus Autohelm The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season. This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiative [ ... ]

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ORCV bids sayonara Osaka and hello Winter by Rosie Colahan The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria will salute the arrival of winter on Sunday 3 June 2018 with the kick off of their annual Winter Series for 2018, signalling ‘sayonara’ to an epic 2017-18 summer of southern offshore racing and the completion of the marathon 2018 Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup (MOC) double handed race. The Wint [ ... ]

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2018 Victorian Sailing Awards Last Friday at the Victorian Sailing Awards evening, the ORCV was awarded, jointly with Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the annual award for Media and Publicity. This award recognised the considerable efforts over many years of those who have produced material for all of our media outlets; the ORCV website, Facebook Page, newspapers, radio and TV and of course of all of  [ ... ]

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2018 Winter Series - Race One Round Up Our new format Winter Series kicked off today, on what could only be described as a perfect Melbourne winter’s day. All hardy crew members up early to head out to one of the 18 yachts that met us at the start line off the RMYS Breakwater, ahead of our scheduled 10:30 start, were met with a chilly 40 air temperature, and soothingly warming sunshine. For a [ ... ]

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WINTER SERIES RACE ONE

WINTER SERIES RACE ONE SET TO BE A TEST OF PATIENCE AND CONCENTRATION IN LIGHT CONDITIONS. It is now June, and Winter has finally arrived in earnest with the first real cold snap of the year sweeping across the State earlier in the week. As we all know though, June can be a mixed bag of biting cold fronts, and pleasant highs, with light airs. This year for the first time, we have chosen to open [ ... ]

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Offshore Championship - further info

Offshore Championship…..  further information  Our previous article reported that although the racing is all done, and a few boats placed  themselves out of contention during the Apollo Bay race, we still do not have a result for the Offshore Championship and scoring procedure is under review. The problem to be addressed has its origins in changes made by ORCV during the past y [ ... ]

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Offshore Championship

Offshore Championship….. so who won the award ? Well the Racing is all done and a few boats, including Alien, took themselves out of contention with poor tactical decisions during the Apollo Bay race but……. we still don’t have a result and the scoring arrangements are under review. The key issue is whether the NOR for the Offshore Championship permits results from the Double Handed Div [ ... ]

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2018 Apollo Bay Race Wrap Up   Congratulations to all podium place getters for last weekend's Apollo Bay race. This category 3 race bookends the ocean racing season and is always well attended. This year was no different with 22+ entrants putting their hands up for the race. In the event there were a couple of drop outs before the gun but all who were able lined up at 0330 on 19/05 2018 for [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude weather watch - Instalment 1, Getting to the start.

Welcome to the ORCV’s latest service - "The Optimist’s Weather Watch”
As usual, warnings apply regarding the reliability of any attempt to read the weather. There is the usual BOM caveat of "Wind gusts may be up to 40% stronger, waves may be up to twice the height” In this case you can add “wind direction could be up to 30 degrees off the directions given here (in which case you can bet  it will be going forward not shifting to the beam)”

Since the first job is getting to the start we’ll begin with a look at the forecast for Friday night.
Good news, since Monday the forecast has been progressively easing a tad and with a bit more west in it. Meteye says “Watch the Fawkner Beacon observations until the sea breeze dies out after 6pm and then head off. Things will get progressively more uncomfortable after 11pm so the sooner you get into the lee of the Bellarine peninsular the better." An added plus is that if you make it to Queenscliff before 3:30am you’ll have the tide in your favour.
Here is a snippet of the wind forecast for the trek down to Queenscliff.

 

Stay tuned for the second instalment “The Big event” which I’m hoping would be sub-titled “Reaching for success” but is not looking that way at present.

by The Optimist