With the Port Fairy race fast approaching, skippers will doubtless be watching the weather forecasts with increasing interest. We all know how challenging ocean races can be when unexpected weather arrives!


Thanks to the generosity of long time ORCV supporter Peter Coleman (and his company Entire), the race management team for the M2PF race will have the benefit of a completely tailored weather forecast from UBIMET. UBIMET is a European company with a local presence here in Melbourne and they specialise in providing customised weather forecasts and severe weather warnings in real time using its own algorithms and models. You may have seen them featured on TV as the weather forecaster for the recent Grand Prix here in Melbourne.


Raw weather data provides the basis for UBIMET’s models and for each forecast. UBIMET currently has access to WMO standard compliant data from over 17,000 weather stations worldwide. This data is combined with input from lightning detectors, satellites, radars, weather buoys and radiosondes. As such, UBIMET has access to one of the largest and most advanced weather station networks in the world. The data is continuously updated on high-security servers and processed for regional and local forecasts.


In addition to a pre-race forecast for the race corridor from Port Phillip Heads to Port Fairy, UBIMET will be monitoring the weather during the race ( courtesy of Peter’s son Tom who is one of UBIMET’s chief forecasters) so that race management will be kept well abreast of any emerging weather concerns.


12 Apr 2017 07:20

A slow Port Fairy race is on the cards Looking at the weather at high pressure is crossing Victoria over the weekend. The fleet will have South Westerlies for the start, with the wind moving more south over Friday, once round Cape Otway the wind could come from all points of the compass with it finally settling in from the west, the models are not in agreement so watch this space. The trip home is looking great with West to South westerlies on Sunday and Monday       Predictwind Map for a Beneteau 40

16 Mar 2017 14:00

Melbourne to Port Fairy Ocean Yacht Race  Traditionally held over the Easter holiday, the race to the historic and picturesque western district town of Port Fairy is one of three coastal races conducted by the club. The 135 mile course is often a race in two parts. The first takes competing yachts south-westwards past the coastal resorts of Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay before rounding rugged Cape Otway. The second part is from Cape Otway to the finish line where it is often possible to ease sheets for a reach or run. All weather berthing is available in the Moyne River exc [ ... ]

24 Mar 2016 01:30

Port Fairy Race Weather Since yesterday the wind has increased in strength a bit,  the direction at the start will be South West at 6 to 8 knots, then shifting 20 degrees to the west and increasing 10 to 15 knots. By lunch time the wind will be a westerly The boats will be tacking to Cape Otway and the 40 footers should reach the Cape by 3pm on Friday. From there it should be long tack. short take to Port Fairy. Friday night will see the wind clock more right and become a bit more shifty. The waves will increase in size as the days goes so helming will be critical to you success. The P [ ... ]

23 Mar 2016 02:23

What do the weather Gods have to say about this weekend’s Port Fairy race? Looking at the weather maps for weekend there is a very slow moving high pressure that will endure for the weekend. The race will start under south to south easterly winds of 8 to ten knots moving to a westerly and going to the west after that. Looking at the Predictwind models they are in broad agreement that a Beneteau First 40 will be finishing early Saturday morning. So sailors we will keep you updated, but plan for light weather and you will need plenty of diesel to come home.  

30 Oct 2015 04:512015 Stanley Weather

Weather Forecast for Melbourne To Stanley Yacht Race Forecast at 1200 0n Friday 30/10/2015 So Overall things are looking set for a great race across to Tassie. The Predict wind models are all very consistent and you can see from the course tracks they are all following closely the rhumb line. The larger boats in the TP52 size should expect a fast trip arriving by Midday Saturday and maybe threatening the race record. The smaller boats in the Beneteau First 40 range will arrive around 1400 and the latest boats should be enjoying festivities by 2200. All in all a pleasant, fun and fast event f [ ... ]

30 Oct 2015 00:33


01 Apr 2015 22:18

Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app - Aids to Navigation Further to our website article on the Boat Beacon AIS smartphone/tablet app, one of many benefits of Automatic Identification System (AIS), is virtual Aids to Navigation (AtoN). For the trial of the Boat Beacon app the ORCV is conducting during the 2015 Melbourne to Port Fairy ocean yacht race, Steve Bennett the CEO of Pocket Mariner (the Boat Beacon developer) has created some virtual AtoN.  These AtoN only appear in the Boat Beacon app, not on global internet based AIS traffic sites like Marine Traffic. To follow ar [ ... ]

27 Mar 2015 00:32

2015 Port Fairy Race Documents Available Sailing Instructions, Radio Sked sheets and the Leave at Home Document for the Port Fairy race have been published on the website. Click HERE for all the information.

03 Mar 2015 00:38

2015 Melbourne to Port Fairy Notice of Race has now been published. To download go to the Port Fairy Race Documents page. More info will follow. More about the race here.