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ORCV Winter Series 2017 Geelong Finale invites Osaka Entrants

by Rosemary Colahan

The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Winter Series launched with a bang and shower of flares on Sunday 2 July 2017 and is shaping up for a bumper finish with the annual Geelong Race weekend on 9-10 September.

This year the ORCV and the Melbourne Osaka committee are inviting competitors entered in the forthcoming eighth edition of the Melbourne Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race (M20) 2018, to be hosted onboard the local boats for a fun weekend, to meet other competitors, mentors, former Osaka competitors and establish Melbourne sailing connections and support prior to the departure of this iconic race from Melbourne in March 2018.

With a full card of thirty two boats now confirmed as of 30 June cut-off, the Osaka fleet numbers three international entrants, including two boats from Japan and representation from six Australian states, with five from Queensland, four from NSW, three each from Tasmania and Western Australia, one from South Australia and fourteen from Victoria. Amongst the 64 crew, there are eight female sailors.

This Corinthian challenge also attracts a wide range of ocean racing yachts. A staggered start with smaller and slower boats starting earlier and larger faster boats later, makes for fascinating tracking of the ‘hot pursuit’ across the Equator and a nail biting finish as the compacted fleet pick their way through an armada of trading vessels up Osaka Bay. To find out who is going on this journey of a lifetime, check out the competition on the Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 website.

So the end of the Winter Series Geelong weekend will provide an excellent opportunity to brush up on ship spotting and dodging, whether you are doing the local race or the trans equatorial M2O next year. Bring your crews along for a pre season ‘shakedown’ in readiness for the 2017-18 sailing season or host a team from our Osaka entrants to give them a taste of racing on Port Phillip.

The Passage Race from Melbourne to Geelong (M2G) on Saturday 9 September is the final race of the ORCV Winter Series as well as standing alone as a great race in its own right, for both mono and multihulls. This race also contributes to the point score for the ORCV Inshore Double Handed Champion Series and Overall Double Handed Champion award.

Host club Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) provide a great destination and facilities for an overnight stay, with bar, band and food available Saturday night and buffet breakfast on Sunday morning. A veritable hot spot for tall tales and true with the chance of picking a few ‘pearls’ from the ocean veterans.

Sunday 10 September sees the women step up to take charge for the fifth Women Skippers & Navigators Race (WSNR), the return Geelong to Melbourne (G2M) passage. Our local female keelboat sailors will have the opportunity to meet and compete with and alongside the Osaka girls – a great inspiration for our local Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) and the ORCV Ocean Girls. The WSNR has become a very popular and competitive event amongst our local female sailors, with WSNR divisions awarding trophies in IRC, AMS, EHC and double handed for those with greater than five boats. New helms to the race are encouraged by the provision of a Novice Skippers trophy which must be indicated on the entry form. For those navigator’s wishing to submit a Log, a Navigator’s Prize will be awarded for the best log.

The ORCV Geelong weekend signals the new 2017-18 season is ready to launch, with the ORCV calendar providing abundant opportunity for racing (inshore, offshore, international), training, mentoring, hosting and volunteering opportunities.

To make the season curtain raiser a success, we need your help to make the Geelong weekend event a ‘double winner’.

Please contact the ORCV office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can assist us with any of the following requests -

  • Are you willing to take a visiting Osaka team on board your boat?
  • Are you willing to provide a boat for female sailors for the Women Skippers & Navigators Race, which requires females to take up key roles of helm, navigator and radio operator, with the support of any crew mix.
  • Would you be willing to provide assistance to Osaka crews from overseas and interstate during their stay in Melbourne, with accommodation, shopping, interpreting,etc.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Good luck and fair winds for the event!


The Yacht Racing Services Association’s annual weighing day for measurement rating certificates will be held on Sunday September 17th at Sandringham Yacht Club.

The Yacht Racing Services Association have been weighing boats since 1998 and through the fantastic support of Hydralift Cranes and Sandringham Yacht Club, they have been able to provide the best and most cost effective weighing service in Australia to Victorian Owners.

With the support of our Volunteers, Owners and the Keelboat Clubs, the day is run in a very efficient manner and the event is planned  on the basis of weighing six boats each hour – one every 10 minutes. This reduces the costs to Owners to a fraction of the cost incurred in other States.

Weigh AMS and IRC together for $150 per boat (Price may be subject to a minimum number of boats)

Call 0497 791 304 before Sept. 3rd and book a time slot or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view Yacht Racing Services Weighing Day flyer – click here


A short coastal race starting off Queenscliff in company with the Melbourne to Port Fairy fleet. Then out Port Phillip heads, wave goodbye to the Port FairyWesternportMap fleet and turn left along the base of the Mornington Peninsular toward Cape Schanck. Around Cape Schanck and into Westernport on the flood tide for a finish at Cowes on the northern side of Phillip Island. This is an ideal race for those new to ocean racing or just new to sailing outside Port Phillip with its short length, proximity to the coast and favourable tides.

It is a Category 3 race with no liferaft requirement. Hopefully, you will have participated in our Latitude Ocean race so this is not your first passage through Port Phillip heads – mentoring assistance is available upon request and don’t forget the ORCV Rip tour is a great way to get the confidence that comes from knowing your way around. The race can be won and lost by navigators and tacticians depending on their use of the available wind and tidal streams. It’s also a great way to take your boat around to Westernport for a bit of Easter cruising or maybe an extended cruise. There is always the option to leave the boat in a marina during the week and return the following weekend for the sail back to Port Phillip. The locals at Cowes, Rhyll and Newhaven yacht clubs will be more than happy to give you some tips on places to visit, anchor and tie up.

This race is part of the Coastal Championship. 

2016 ORCV Notice of the 31st Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation


The Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 7pm.

Click here for 2016 ORCV Notice of AGM

Minutes of 2015 AGM can be downloaded here:  Minutes of 2015 AGM

2016 ORCV Audited Accounts can be viewed here:  2016 ORCV Audited Accounts

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron will host this event and the Bar will be open at 6.15pm prior to the meeting commencing at 7pm.

Following the AGM there will be an Interval for light refreshments and then the Presentation of Trophies for the 2015-16 season will take place. You are encouraged to bring your crew and guests along to enjoy the evening.

To register your interest use the form below.

2016 March Safety and Sea Survival Course

Registrations are now open for our first Safety & Sea Survival Course (SSSC) in 2016. We will run it on March 5-6 at Wesley College, St. Kilda campus.
Join the pool of SSSC Qualified Sailors!

You can check the expiry date of your certificate HERE.

Register HERE. Any enquiries, call the office 03 9689 1622