2016 Stanley Race,It's a wrap

Well the 2016 Stanley race is done and dusted with competitors heading home with stories to tell. The race went well from the ORCV’s perspective with 19 entrants and 18 starters.  All boats finished with all but one (Extasea) staying in Stanley due to the adverse weather forecast.  The race start was delayed for 45mins under instruction of PMOC.  Conditions were excellent, with light winds at the start the winds filled into a moderate reaching breeze through to the finish.  The first to finish was Simply Fun (in daylight no less) finishing at 18.52, the final competitor  [ ... ]

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2016  Stanley Race Weather What a difference a few days makes, the race weather has improved and coming home the cold front has moderated, so the trip home is improving. The ORCV are of the strong view that your trip home should be started on Monday. The Race Weather forecast The race will start in light easterly winds of five to ten knots followed by a light patch and then increasing to 15 knots by lunch time. As the boats approach Stanley the wind will increase and start to move North easterly at 25 knots so we should see spinnakers hoisted and the fleet finish in a hurry. If the fle [ ... ]

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Melbourne to Stanley race long range weather forecast. The current outlook  for this year’s Stanley race is for a pleasant motor down the bay followed by a slow start in east to southeast winds of less than 10 knots. The wind should build during the day to east to northeaster  finally moving to the north. At this early stage like many previous Stanley Races positioning your boat to the west of the rhumb line would be advantageous but that’s hard to do in  an easterly. Predictwind has a Beneteau 40 finishing in 19 to 24 hours The race record looks safe this year and you mi [ ... ]

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Satellite Race Trackers- Where have we been and where are we going? Several years ago, the ORCV was an early adopter of using satellite tracking systems for our longer distance ocean races. They proved to be an instant success, allowing friends at home to watch the progress of a race from their armchairs and providing the race management team a great tool to better manage the race as well as adding another valuable element to our already comprehensive safety management system. Sailors understandably have now come to expect these trackers to be a routine part of our ocean race offering. In th [ ... ]

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2016 Stanley Race - our Offshore racing season is now officially open! This year's Melbourne to Stanley Notice of Race has been published and online entries are now open, what means that the coveted ORCV Offshore Championship is now open! The Smithton Lions Club have already started planning great celebrations for the event with entertainment from local bands on Saturday evening and throughout the weekend, food markets and harbour activities, alongside their welcoming catering and hospitality for all boats and crew. So join our ocean fleet and help us make the event a great spectacle for the [ ... ]

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