NOTICE OF
RACE 

Click HERE for the 2012 Bass Strait Series NOR.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Click HERE  for the 2012 SIs.

Coming soon!

 

LEAVE AT HOME

Click HERE for the Leave at Home document

SKED SHEETS

Click HERE for the 2011 M2L Sked Sheets

ENTER

Go HERE to complete your entry.

sailor-details

ENTRANTS

Click HERE to see who else  is going.

RECORD

Cadibarra (VIII) in 2003 @ 19:55:43 

RESULTS

Get the results HERE.

FORMS

Go HERE for the Race Documents 

RACE INFO

Read a little more about the oldest ocean race in Australia, HERE

TRACKER

When the race is on, watch them on the tracker, HERE.

SPONSOR

The oldest ocean race in Australia is proudly
sponsored by Helly Hansen.

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MELBOURNE TO LAUNCESTON

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Ocean Race: 198 nm

Race Start: 1230hrs 27th December 2012 at Portsea 

 Category: 2

 

Preliminary Advice.

Australia's oldest ocean race (and the world's fifth oldest), the famous Melbourne to Launceston event starts on December 27, 2012. The winner receives (albeit quite briefly) the splendiferous 60 Guinea, Rudder Cup, as pictured below.

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First run in 1907 and then a few years of each decade until the 60's, when it became an annual feature, the M2L is just perfect for the busy crew who have to back in Melbourne on or around New Year's Eve. Crews looking to go and stick their nose in it (Bass Strait, that is) for the first time also use the M2L as a thorough grounding in how to cross The Paddock. This race is resplendant with its own three-race series, as well.

Additionally, it places you directly into some of the most stunning scenery in Tasmania and if you're a foodie/wine buff, well the Tamar and areas nearby are just a delight. So grab the gang, the golf clubs and switch off the mobile for a little RnR, Tassie style.

 

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Melbourne to Devonport is happening!!!

Devonport boatDespite Mother Nature’s best efforts to wash away the Mersey Yacht Club they have survived and will again host this year’s race. After a very tough time losing a significant part of their marina and a great many vessels the club is moving forward. ORCV is committed to supporting the recovery and is looking forward to a large racing fleet supporting the event. Moorings have been arranged and with the Clubhouse and bar facilities intact the party will be as good as ever. MYC will use the race to support their fundraising for their marina redevelopment. Two new sponsors have come on board for the race which is great news.
As usual, the race will start from Portsea on 27 December. The top of the Island race will be sailed on 30 December followed by the presentation dinner. We look forward to a large fleet and an exciting race for this Melbourne to Devonport. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for further updates.

Halcyon takes the Double Handed option to Devonport.
2015 Devonport Race

by Jeremy Walton

Chris Tucker and Jeremy Walton have entered the Bass Strait Series as a double –handed crew aboard Chris’ yacht Halcyon, a Beneteau First 40. With the mantra of experienced sailor and SSSC Instructor, Robin Hewitt, they have put “PAT” to work and are well-underway with their preparations. Robin’s friend PAT= Prepare and Train!

Jeremy forwarded this update.

“Chris and I have put together a solid practice plan including doing the HBYC double handed series. We have already done three long practice sails including a night sail around the Bay of 70NM. From here the plan is to do the next two HBYC double handed races and to do a night sail out the Heads on Friday 4th Dec. We will go out on the 9.36pm Slack and come back in on the next slack at 3.40am on Saturday. This will give us 16-18 hours on the water which will be a good test for us and how we have set the boat up.


The man over board practice was particularly interesting given all the procedures are based on having a full crew. We have worked out a plan to stop the boat in the shortest possible time and get back to where the MOB happened. It also made us come to the conclusion that we would wear PFDs at all times and also tethered on both at night and during the day. IE. don't leave the boat and no one has to come and get you!


We have an action plan to prepare the boat and are working through each area to make the boat as suitable as possible for double handed sailing.


Chris is now a convert to double handed sailing, very easy to organise the crew, the boat gets set up quicker and there is lots of room down below and you get a cabin each !! We are both very excited about doing the race double handed and looking forward to going to Devonport for the first time as a race destination.”

Perhaps Chris and Jeremy have longer term plans for Osaka………. Jeremy's last foray as a double handed crew member in the Bass Strait Series was aboard Aidan Geysen's boat Streetcar in 2013 when they won the prestigious Rudder Cup.

2015 Tassie Trio: Cock of the Bay, Devonport or the Westcoast!

The races to Devonport and Hobart via the West coast are a challenge in their own right and provide an opportunity for a short dash across Bass Strait  or for those with a longer leave pass, destination Hobart!

At the recent ORCV committee meeting there was discussion around the viability of running three 2015 Xmas ocean races.  This was consistent with a request to review the viability from a significant number of ORCV members in the recent member survey. " We looked at competitor entries, and based on there being no entries in the East Coaster six weeks out, decided to consolidate the Melbourne to Hobart races, adopting just the West Coaster this year.  This was a unanimous committee vote.  We wish to seek feedback from members as to which Melbourne to Hobart races we should run in 2016.  We are happy to discuss while in Hobart or before hand so if you have comments or concerns please discuss with one of the flag officers (Neville, Ray, or Martin) or the office directly.  Regards the ORCV Committee.”

To contact the flag Officers, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Notices of Race and online entry are available on the website. Click for DEVONPORT or HOBART WESTCOASTER

Earlybird entry closes on 19/11/2015 so don’t delay.

Turbulence and Ocean Skins were early entries for the duel down the Westcoast and other have followed.Escapade, Extasea, One for the Raod, Spirit of Downunder and Yoko. Halcyon, Bacardi, Biddy Hu 11,Chritine and Tevake II  are off to Devonport. Who else will join them?

ORCV recently approached Yachting Victoria to request a variation in the Special Regulations to permit Satellite phone use in lieu of HF radio.

This request has been granted subject to the following requirements;

  • This is solely for the 2015 Devonport race
  • Any boats carrying a satphone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV race director’s phone
  • That any boats using a satphone also have afully set-up VHF DSC radio (MMSI number, GPS enabled etc.)
  • That the ORCV ensure a boat using a satphone be able to receive appropriate weather warnings

The ORCV welcome this initiative as they are aware of the major cost barrier of HF radio installation to boat owners who are new to ocean sailing.

If you have any enquiries, please call the office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 Devonport Race- Approval granted for use of satellite phones.

The ORCV is pleased to announce that Yachting Victoria have granted approval for a variation to the Cat 2 Special Regulations for use of a satellite phone in lieu of HF radio for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport race.
This approval comes subject to the following requirements:
• This is solely for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport Race
•that  any boat carrying a Sat phone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director phone
• That any boats using a sat phone also have a fully set up VHF DSC radio (MMSI number, GPS enabled and capable of making distress alert calls as well as sending and receiving a DSC position report with another DSC station.)
Boats that already meet the Cat 2 requirement for a permanently installed HF transceiver and a permanently installed VHF transceiver are not required to carry a Sat phone and must use their HF transceiver for sing-on and position reporting radio schedules.

 

Are you ready? ORCV Summer Season 2015-16


It is that time of the year when everyone in Melbourne yearns for some warm weather and starts thinking about the spring and summer months ahead.
The ORCV has planning well underway. We will be heading back to  Stanley for the first race of the offshore season and Smithton Lions club are making preparations to host us in the new Harbour shed with festivities, entertainment, food and bar services. They are excited about the ORCV returning to the home of "The Nut” and are looking forward to laying out the welcome mat. The Stanley Race is a qualifier for the Hobart East and West coast races.
For those short on time, the Rudder Cup Race will have yachts heading to Devonport this year. Mersey Yacht Club have announced the “Advantage Pharmacy Top of the Island Race which along with the ORCV Cock of the Bay Race completes the format of the Bass Strait Series. This is a great event for yachties who stepped up to some of the ORCV coastal races this year to venture a little further into Bass Strait.
Hobart East or Hobart West- which way will you head? The option to take the route outside of Flinders Island and down the east coast or across the strait and down the rugged scenic west coast is yours to choose. Arriving in Hobart amid the gala celebrations for New Year should be on everyone’s bucket list!

So, put these dates into your diary and start planning!

RACE 

 START DATE

 NOTICE of RACE

 Stanley  30/10/2015   2015 Stanley Notice of Race (V1 00 Final)
 Cock of the Bay  26/12/2015   2015 Cock of the Bay Notice of Race (V1 00 Final)
 Rudder Cup  27/12/2015   2015 Rudder Cup Notice of Race (V1 10 Final)
Eastcoast 27/12/2015   2015 Eastcoaster Notice of Race (V1 00 Final)
Westcoast 27/12/2015   2015 Westcoaster Notice of Race (V1 00 Final)

 

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