Latest News and announcements from ORCV

2015 April Rip Tour - CANCELLED due to bad weather

Unfortunately the Rip Tour scheduled for Sunday 19 April, 2015 has been cancelled due to sea state and other bad weather forecast.  

We will schedule another Rip Tour ASAP and notify everyone who registered to attend.

Please contact the ORCV office on 9689 1622 on Monday if you have any queries.

2015 April Rip Tour- KEEPING and EYE on the WEATHER for SUNDAY!

Our Instructors are keeping a close eye on the weather conditions for the Rip Tour on this coming Sunday 19th April 2015.
In the event that inclement weather may cause cancellation of the Tour, notification will be posted on our website and facebook page no later than 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Please check our website and facebook page for infomation. Go to

The office will be open until 12.30pm on Friday for calls or for further enquiries, please call Robin Hewitt on 0414 719 727

TrevorHuggardCongratulations to ORCV member Trevor Huggard AM on his Member of the Order of Australia award in the 2015 Australia Day Honours list.

Most Victorian sailors will recognise Trevor as a regular ORCV race participant with YOKO since 1982 as a capable and competitive Yacht Navigator for sailing campaigns.  As a councillor Trevor was active in the Melbourne City Council and also supporting the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoast yacht race especially in connection with good friends in Tasmania and notably the Lord Mayor of Hobart and Tasmanian Government personalities.  The relationship between the two cities developed with significant organisational progress in terms of the races between the two states in subsequent years with the provision of the Melbourne City Council trophy in 1984 for the Westcoaster.

About this time Trevor was involved with the sister city relationship of Melbourne and Osaka, Japan and organisation of the Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed yacht race celebrating the Osaka Port 120th Anniversary.  The first race in 1987 attracted nearly 100 entries of many nations. His efforts were voluntary and near full time with Japanese visitors and representations in Japan along with Melbourne City Council activities.  Victorian Government identities and agencies were also hosted by Trevor at various yachting events of new initiatives such as the Three Ports Premiers trophy in 1985 and Captain of the Melbourne City Council team in the Westcoast race of 1989.

By 1987 Melbourne’s ‘sailing Lord Mayor’ was a member of the Sovereign Series of Yacht Races committee which also included the Lord Mayor of Hobart and by 1991 became chairman of that committee responsible for the Christmas races for Victorians and neighbouring states.  He was active in promoting the Bicentennial Hobart to Sydney Tall Ships race participating with naval trainees in the crew.

Further Melbourne to Osaka yacht races have been held in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007, all of which he has been heavily involved with and working tirelessly with Melbourne City Council, his contacts in Japan and the yachting community.  For the 2013 Melbourne to Osaka event, Trevor liased with Melbourne City Council advising ORCV on requirements for ORCV to conduct the race in conjunction with SYC and Hokko yacht clubs.  There have been many other international events he has participated in including Melbourne to Vanuatu, Brisbane to Honiara, Capetown to Rio and Australian East Coast NSW & Queensland all the time applying his knowledge and ability with promotion and organization skills to the benefit of the yachting community.

Having just completed his 34th Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster, a record which will surely never be surpassed.  He is currently and has for some time contributed to the community as chairman of Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown.

Biographical notes for each recipient of the Australia Day 2015 Honours List are listed on the Australian Governor General's website.  Select the "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" link and scroll down to page 47.



Vale Ian McKenzie OAM

ORCV Committee and members are saddened to hear of the death of Past Commodore Ian McKenzie OAM.

Ian was a long-time supporter of ORCV as a competitor, volunteer, committee member and flag officer. He served as Commodore from 2002 to 2004.

Together with the late Gary Clapham, Ian was a prime mover in the push to secure and develop a permanent freehold home for the club, providing ORCV with a valuable and appreciating asset. Prior to the purchase of the current offices in Footscray, ORCV had relied on rented premises, necessitating a number of moves as lease arrangements changed.

He was instrumental in securing the Cascade and several other sponsorship arrangements which were extremely valuable to the club over a number of years, and was involved in setting up and delivering significant media exposure for a number of ORCV events. In addition he filled the always arduous and sometimes thankless role of race director for many ocean races.

Ian was the principle contributor to the development of the ORCV Yearbook, now approaching its 19th annual edition and still an invaluable reference for everyone involved in the sport in Victoria.

Ian’s yacht, Supertramp, was a familiar sight in ORCV events through the 1990’s and after his retirement from offshore racing Ian provided a strong voice for ORCV as a member of Yachting Victoria’s Keelboat Committee , Safe Boating Policy Committee and Risk Management and Safety Committee.

Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year for service to the visual arts as a photographer and to the community. 

2014 Ocean Racer of the Year

Congratulations to Rob Date

Rob Date has been a longstanding member of the ORCV, a regular participant in our ocean racing events and a generous volunteer who provides storage space for the radio van and SSSC equipment.
Rob embarked on an international campaign with his yacht, Scarlett Runner, in July 2013 and has raced many miles with outstanding success. Highlights included the Cape to Rio Race- 2nd on Line Honours and 2nd IRC, and the Pacific Cup – Line Honours, 1st in ORR and Overall winner. This is the first time an Australian crew have won the Pacific Cup.
A fantastic achievement in the sport of sailing and a worthy recipient of the Shenandoah Perpetual Trophy.