Super Motor Yacht DragonFly was one of the first boats to provide emergency disaster relief to some remote villages in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam hit.You can help too by donating to the ORCV Oxfam Australia Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appeal www.Yachties4Vanuatu.com.
Like many ORCV yachts who've cruised the beautiful Vanuatu archipelago, during their cruising, DragonFly also made many friends and developed relationships with the local communities and felt compelled to assist in whatever way they could.
Their highly skilled crew, included 5 Emergency Medical Technicians and a Doctor. The w [ ... ]
Yachties 4 Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015ORCV Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Emergency Appealwww.Yachties4Vanuatu.comWhy?
Category Five tropical cyclone Pam ravaged the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March, 2015.
The ORCV has forged a strong connection with Vanuatu over the last 10 years through the Melbourne to Vanuatu yacht race.
We have contributed significant humanitarian aid during that time, which is needed now more than ever.
The ORCV have partnered with Oxfam, other yacht clubs and Yachting Victoria to assist Vanuatu.
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2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - TryBooking: Port Havannah Primary School
In 2006 I was very fortunate to be part of the first ORCV Ocean Race from Melbourne to Vanuatu. The preparation, the race and the shore time spent in Vanuatu with the locals and the crew will remain in my fondest memories forever. Many boat owners, crews and their families contributed to a variety of items which were all sent in a container ahead of the boats for that first race. I did not contribute anything at the time and regretted it immediately we cleared customs after the long race.
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2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - Escapade’s escapades in the New Hebrides.
Following the 2014 Melbourne to Vanuatu race, Robert Bradley and his crew aboard Escapade engaged in a program of distributing educational materials and some medical aid. “After we loaded up in Port Vila there was 800kg of educational related supplies on board including reading books, exercise books, pens, pencils, marker pens, chalk, erasers, scissors and sharpeners plus one fibreglass canoe and 4 sails.
Suffice to say Escapade was loaded to the gunnels - certainly not her usual racing trim!
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2014 Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid Effort - Canoe donation to the Imere Scout Group.
In 2014 the ORCV were given a canoe from Graham Candy as part of the Humanitarian Aid sent to Vanuatu.
Nick Woodley was instrumental in handing this over to Many Sael from the Imere Scout Group in Le Me village and at the time gave us an insight into the ceremony that took place.
“Many is known by his scout name as Tafura. The handing over was celebrated with ceremony- flag raising, food, paddling and “sealing the deal” with Kava. The Scout group was RAPT!! They will use it for fun, fishing for f [ ... ]
Our thoughts are with our friends in Vanuatu recovering from the devastation left by severe tropical cyclone Pam. The ORCV has partnered with OxFam and is exploring other fund raising efforts such as a charity race and will keep you posted. See subseuqnet website artclie Yachties4Vanuatu Day - Saturday 11 April, 2015.
The ORCV has conducted three 1,885 nautical mile international yachts races from Melbourne to Vanuatu in 2006, 2010 and 2014. During those events, entrants have filled a shipping container with humanitarian aid that they have distributed to various communi [ ... ]
2014 Vanuatu Presentation Night
Well, it has taken some time but finally we have some photos to share of the fantastic Presentation evening in Port Vila. Many thanks to George Shaw for organising a wonderful and memorable evening with help from Robyn Brooke, Kim Girdler and Ashley Stevens and to Nick Williams for the photos.
Within 24 hours George had found a venue, organised the catering, shopped for trophies and his outfit! There was lots of fun and laughter and everyone was lei'd on arrival! More to follow, so stay tuned!
Robyn greeting Guests
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A VERY PERSONAL STORY FROM LEETON HULLEY - CREW ON CARTOUCHE
I would like to tell you my story. My name is Leeton Hulley and I completed the ORCV Melbourne to Vanuatu Yacht race on a Beneteau First 50 called Cartouche. My experience I feel is unique and I would like to share it with you.
The first two days of racing were much the same as the rest of the fleet. Tough conditions but all of us had experienced much worse. The morale on board was high and we were all sailing hard and aggressively.
Some 20 nautical miles south of Gabo Island, in 45knots of wind from the west we had been p [ ... ]
TRYBOOKING update 11 July 2014 in the 2014 Melbourne to Vanuatu raceDay 10 - 9th July Tuesday - continued
I realised that in my rambling about missing the modern day life of chit chat via txt msg was basically another way of describing home sickness, meaning, I missed talking to my wife each day and getting non-descriptive holiday updates from my daughter in Europe, other than, "Dad I need help with something", or "Dad I need money".
We are fast approaching New Caledonia and I don't believe I am saying this, but the weather is going to be lovely over the next 4-5 days, and what I want, is [ ... ]