Upcoming Events

Monday, 9 Oct 2017
Time: 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Location: Albert Sailing Club

Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 - Sunday, 22 Oct 2017
Time: 0:00 - 0:00
Location: Ocean Racing Club of Victoria

Saturday, 4 Nov 2017 - Monday, 6 Nov 2017
Time: 0:00 - 0:00
Location: Queenscliff

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
Time: 08:45 am - 11:55 am
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 - Sunday, 19 Nov 2017
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
Time: 06:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Queenscliff

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

Safety is our focus, safety related news articles are shown below.

Safety is embraced and encouraged before and during sailing events.  It is fundamental to our training, our racing and culture.

 

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September First Aid Course.

 

Mercifully, there are not too many times when it all goes a little sideways and you don't need some urgent help. Fingers, abdominal issues, eyes, concussion and split skin seem to be perennial favourites. Wouldn't you like to be in a position to help?

I have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time sailing with doctors and nurses around, so fortunately, I cannot speak from direct knowledge on this one, but I would think having more than one great first-aider in the crew would be very cool, indeed. (Cat2 requires one soul per crew to be qualified. Cat1 is two. (- and one one was a race horse, Basil Brush.) You know, the more I think about it, the more I realise how fortunate I was to be blessed with such great fellow crewmembers!!! (And many thanks to you friends - the likes of Doc, Fee, etc...).

It used to be a two-day course, but the Apply First Aid with a Yachting Focus course, conducted by the ORCV and Benchmarque, offers a distinct set of advantages over other courses in the marketplace. Not the least of which is you get to do a day's homework at your pace, before showing up to Melbourne High School, which are the images below. You'll need to get no less than 45 out of 50 for the Written Assessment in the Pre-Course Workbook and then be assessed as Competent for the Practical Skills Assessment, which occurs throughout the designated classroom day. You'll be then qualified as the one of two per crew required for Cat1 or one for Cat2.

Applying First Aid with a Yachting Focus is on Sunday, September 25. The course costs $190 or 220 per person, depending on your status with the ORCV and the CPR update is just $80 or $90, also conducted on September 25.

Like a lot of ORCV Training, this course is not just for the blue water specilaist. Bay sailors, cruisers and family adventures can all benefit from someone onboard having the required skills. Anyway, you should do this course for yourself, your friends and your family. Of course (boom, boom) it won't do you any harm, in terms of keeping your spot in the crew or making yourself even more indispensable, as a result!

Go HERE now to read the outline and more importantly, get the form!!!

 

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The Infant, Child and Adult CPR mannequins.

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Receiving instruction on Treating Spinal Injuries - four person log roll.

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Go HERE to read the whole overview and outline of the Apply First Aid course.



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Might is Right!!!


Hardly groundbreaking news by now, as it happened on 6 June, 2011, (UK time) and there'll be more than enough opinions running around, but just remember, MIGHT is RIGHT and don't mess with that theory! Rule one is avoid collisions at sea and the tanker had probably not been able to see the yacht for like the last 600m, nor felt a thing as she ploughed on in. Even if she'd wanted to, she could not go anywhere, anyway.... It's not their job in a situation like this - it's yours - that's why they're called Yankee Foxtrots. QED. I can here the clang from Weekend At Bernies now.

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Cowes Week and the Extreme Sailing Series and, well, this pink kite... Go HERE for the YouTube version on events. Good viewing and just think, Port Phillip can be a bit like this...


Winter Series Passage Race is on this Sunday. Geelong event approaches too - on September 10, so you'll need to start doing the online entries or added information if you've been doing the Winter Series, very soon...


Boats everywhere. Just look.



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October Ripper Tour.

 

Somewhat lovingly known as, the Ripper Tour, the ORCV's fully guided and on-water tour of the Rip at Port Phillip Heads, has become a hit with sailors, fisherman, boaties, beach walkers, historians and the families of the crews who dpeart this world-renowned passage, each time the ORCV runs an ocean race.

To be next conducted on Sunday, October 2, this event is size limited, so that the boat, whilst large, has ample room for guest to move around and change viewing platforms, as and when required. There are always testimonials that come out fo this training programme and they all refer to how the experts light up the plethora of information about this narrow stretch of turbulent water and take the volumes of reading and turn them in to real know-how. A touch of history keeps people amazed and the kids, well, they just the dolphins and seals. $75 for members and $85 for non-members usually gets people adding bargain in to their commentary.

You can board from either Sorrento or Queenscliff, with the latter being a much shorter trip. Either locations give you a great opportunity to do some touring or have a sensational lunch and bottle of wine. Quite simply, if you haven't been in daylight, had a bit on trimming and stuff at the time or want to show your family what it's like, then this is a great way to let them see them how the two pincers that form Port Phillip Heads work to create the Rip.

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The pincers that go together to form the Heads. Point Lonsdale (West) above and Point Nepean (East) below, where you can see the standing wave out towards Corsair Rock.

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Our very good pals at the Port Phillip Sea Pilots, aboard Akuna IV on the right, were watching all the action as the 2010 Xmas fleet headed out to sea, led by Brian Pattinson's Open 66, Gusto.


Course particulars:

  • This is a weather dependant course to be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011. Please ensure you are appropriately dressed and on time for your choice of boarding location.
  • One completed enrollment form per passenger please, so that we can be sure to reach you in case of postponment due to weather.

N.B. We ask that you please read and comprehend the course outline and then complete the enrollment form,

which is linked off the bottom of the said course outline. Go HERE to start that process.

 

Follow it all here and via the ORCV Facebook page, so make sure you go and "Like" the page, now. 144 Souls already have and thank you to all of them.


 

 

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The Rip Tour was featured in an eight page
special inside, Cruising Helmsman.

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went on the Rip Tour before heading sticking
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They had a blast and found it all very
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September SSSC.

 

The next Safety and Sea Survival Course (SSSC) is on Septmeber 17 and 18, 2011, at the Melbourne High School Gymnasium Complex, in South Yarra.

It costs $275 if you're a member or $320 if you're not. This course, because of the time of year, is always over-subscribed as people get set for Christmas time. As the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster will celebrate its 40th birthday this year, things will only intensify. Cat2 races require 50% of the crew to be current SSSC holders, amongst other things of course, and the ORCV has long recommended that all souls onboard should hold this invaluable item. If you're looking to help ensure you have a spot on a boat this Xmas, doing this course will definitely help your chances.

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Rear Commodore, Neville Rose, presenting at the SSSC, with former Commodore, Noel May, assisting with 'The Price Is Right' model duties.

The ORCV's ultra-famous Safety and Sea Survival Course has proven to be very popular with shore crew looking to see how their loved ones are prepared for their seaborne adventures. Afterwards, they have commented on how they now understand the safety requirements of offshore sailing and the search and rescue process that will be deployed in the event of an emergency. They're not the only ones, either. Cruisers and Bay sailors are thinking to themselves that this is just plain smart and arriving in greater numbers to each course.

If you're wondering why there is no Update/Revalidation course anymore, then the article HERE will be able to answer that.

The first positions have already been taken by those on the waiting list and class sizes are limited and the waiting list always soaks up quite a few of the spots, so if you would like to participate, then jump right in.

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Vice-Commodore, Simon Dryden, supervising water drills.

Course particulars:

  • Held all day of Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2011 at the South Yarra Sports Centre (Melbourne High School) from 0815 to 1715hrs, on both days.
  • MUST get a completed and paid for enrollment to the office by Wednesday, August 31!!!!!!!!

N.B. We ask that you please read and comprehend the course outline and then complete the enrollment form,

which is linked off the bottom of the said course outline. Go HERE to start that process.

 

Follow it all here and via the ORCV Facebook page, so make sure you go and "Like" the page, now. 144 Souls already have and thank you to all of them.


 

 

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Forecast Explorer from the BoM.


The Bureau of Meteorology has just released the Marine component of the Forecast Explorer for Victoria and New South Wales, today, Wednesday 27 July, which you can find HEREThe new services provide a significant improvement in the level of forecast detail available to mariners operating in these coastal waters.

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This is the page you'll land on when you use the link above...

Features of the Marine component include:

  • Forecast maps for Combined Sea and Swell, as well as wind speed in knots available in three-hourly time scales.
  • Ability to zoom into each section of the coast for more localised detail.
  • Defined place markers for key marine reference locations
  • Point and click functionality to view the wind and wave forecast for any grid point on a 3 hourly basis for that day.
  • Ability to loop the forecast maps over the next 4 days.

 

As part of the release, the following grids will be displayed for coastal waters areas.

  • Combined sea and swell
  • Wind speed in knots and direction
  • Weather
  • Max and Min temperature
  • Rainfall (chance of rain, rain amount (50% exceedance), rain amount (25% exceedance)

When you click through, this is what you'll find.

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VIC WINDS... is that the classic light and variable?!

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VIC COASTAL SEA STATE - looks good today!

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SUPER DETAIL VERSION FOR INDIVIDUAL LOCATIONS - very cool.

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10METRE WINDS FOR THE REGION

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MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE CHART WITH RAIN PREDICTION FOR THREE HOUR BLOCK.

The material can be animated and there are many other charts and details to choose from, so go check it out.


Thanks BoM - love your work...

 

 

 

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