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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.


ORCV Protocol and Documentation

Are you qualified?

In relation to qualifying passages for the Heemskirk Consolidated Eastcoaster and Westcoaster, The Brass says, "A boat shall substantially complete a qualifying race of not less than 150 nautical miles, not more than twelve months before the start of the race. If you cannot complete a race, you can complete an offshore passage of 150 miles and submit a log of the passage."

Please call the Chairman of the Sailing Committee, Simon Dryden on 0418 145 909, if you have any questions.


Heemskirk Consolidated MD, Kevin Robinson, in front of the Heemskirk Consolidated Westcoaster and Eastcoaster banner.


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Melbourne Latitude Series (MLS)

Seminar is at RBYC on 11/11/10.

The MLS seminar is all go for Thursday 11th November at 1930hrs at RBYC! One and half hours is all you'll need and these are things you'll learn:

Introduction & Yacht Preparation

  • Latitude Concept
  • Mentoring
  • Upgrade path Cat 4 to Cat 3

Crew Management & Ocean Racing Evolution


Call or email the office with your intended number of Pax, so we get the seating right, etc. 9689 1622 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - enjoy


This image may well be of the Long Distance Seminar Series, but then, they too were held at RBYC...



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ORCV Safety and Training

New Yachting Australia Regulations.

New regs came in to effect on October 29, 2010 regarding EPIRBS, PFDs and PLBs.  Whilst the wearing of buying cialis in canada PFDs at night is no stranger to us, given Marine Safety Victoria's laws and effective immediately at that, the Brass thought it pertinent to remind shoppers for PLBs this Xmas that the expected battery life of a non-GPS EPIRB/PLB is over five years, by which time the new rules will be in force (from 01/07/2015). Food for thought as you put the plastic down...

At any rate, have a read - they're short - and be advised.

Click HERE to get them, now.



Lots of PFDs inflated here (during the SSSC). Jordan Crowley from the new HCOTW, Gienah, is front and centre.


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ORCV Safety and Training

It's all about hiking.

In our third piece from Andrew Verdon, who is the Australian Sailing Team (AIS Squad) fitness coordinator, he is going to provide us with some information on how to prepare your body, hike like never before and then recover from a hard day's sailing.


Click HERE to download Andrew's marvellous article on keelboat hiking.


Andrew would also like to mexican cialis thank Mike Dunstan, Andrew Palfrey and the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships for the photos.


If you liked this, you can also Andrew's first piece - How fit are you for sailing? There is also Andrew's second piece for you, too - The physical demands of offshore sailing.


Text by Andrew Verdon

Dip. Ex Sci

Grad Dip App Sci

Cert IV Fitness

Level One Strength Coach-ASCA


Mobile  0419 690 121

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PO Box 1552 Neutral Bay NSW 2089 Australia

Fax: 61 2 9908 4211

Skype andrew.verdon

Suite 3 Rear 19 Young St Neutral Bay NSW 2089 Australia

Entry via: 1 Cooper Lane


Andrew is currently completing his Masters Degree in exercise and has been the Australian Sailing Team (AIS Squad) fitness coordinator since 2003, including the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Sailing Teams. Should you have any questions? Feel free to contact him atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and if you're in Sydney, make an appointment to see him in person.




ORCV Safety and Training

Tech Heads rejoice!

(There's lots of 'new's in the weather.)

We've had plenty of petrol head references here on the site, so it is with great pleasure that we look at some very cool new gear from the BoM.

Malcolm Riley, the Media and Community Relations Manager from the Bureau of Meteorology had this to say about some of the plethora of new items the BoM site. "A period of change began in the Bureau of Meteorology with the introduction of the Next Generation Forecasting system in Victoria in 2008. This system is not fully rolled out in Victoria to date, with the marine graphics pages still to come. There are also many other changes 'in the pipeline', like the introduction of the Next Generation Forecasting system to other States (NSW September '10), new radars and radar upgrades, release of Access forecast model and associated information, are just a few of the things we can look forward to."

"Apart from new 'things' (equipment and systems), the Bureau of Meteorology also maintains a research and training arm that continuously advances the Bureau's understanding of the weather and climate. One of their key roles is to design and change the systems that are used by the forecasters, so as to more accurately predict weather conditions."

"All I can say is, watch this space. To quote the Bureau's Director, it's all about More and Better", said Malcolm.

One of our resident tech heads, Neville 'Nifty' Rose, was also suitably impressed with the changes that appeared very recently at "I agree - noticed a change earlier this week. Some of the new charts are great!" These are two things that particularly got his attention:

  • New style charts for Waves, Wind Speed & Direction, Temperature
  • New PDF printable colour chart Mean Sea Level Pressure Chart (MSLP).


You will also want to note that there are new Ocean Warning Zones and a new model, called Access, that will be generating information. The other new item, especially important as boats go up and down the East Coast at this time of year, is that NSW will now look like the Victorian site, as of September. As mentioned, there are new chart styles and a new buoy way down in the Southern Ocean. We have put the BoM's August Newsletter up so everyone can download it, right HERE.

You can also read how the BoM describes their changes to the services they provide, HERE. The new maps, that really are something else, are available from HERE.

The main thing is that there many new things available on the site to make your understanding of current and predicted weather more vast and easier to comprehend. Best you spend time wandering through the pages and if you need assistance, let us know and we'll put you in touch with the correct persons at the BoM. If you see something that you think should be featured, then let us know and we'll run it. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the BoM for their help, information and assistance.



By John Curnow