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True Colours celebrate first ORCV offshore race with a win John Strahan’s and his True Colours crew are celebrating after winning both AMS and ORCc divisions in the season-opening Ocean Racing Club of Victoria offshore race. The 55 nautical mile Bass Strait race starting off Queenscliff was a real test for crew and equipment in windy and choppy conditions. Sailing an easterly course to Cape...

Dear Coastal Sprint Crew With the sailing instructions in place, handicaps done, we hope the below helps you get ready too for this weekend’s race. Use these GPX file on Navionics, Predictwind and on you boats plotter. The ORCV is bring a new feature to the sport of Ocean racing, so rather than all of us entering data and potentially making mistakes we now have solved all your problems by...

The Magic Bullet for what was 'Paradise' in Melbourne Melbourne turned on the perfect weather for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) “Return to Racing Celebration” race with Leo Cantwell’s Cavalier 350 Sl, Magic Bullet taking 1st place on AMS, and the overall win. A fleet of 21 yachts from six Port Phillip Bay clubs sailing in perfect conditions participated in the race. A little rusty...

  Races are Open to Enter Entries are now open for the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint, Devonport and the Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster). We are proceeding with preparations for our traditional Christmas races and on current trends, expect that by early December, vaccination rates will allow the border to Tasmania to open. Let us know your intention, enter the races early,...

ORCV scoops Australian Sailing Victoria Awards The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) has scooped the 2021 Australian Sailing Victoria Awards, being named Victoria Club of Year, receiving the Sport Promotion award, while ORCV Life member Robin Hewitt received the Lifetime Achievement award. These awards followed on the back of another ORCV member, Peter Davison, being named Victorian...

A Lifetime Achievement for Robin Hewitt   Exemplifying excellence and an unwavering dedication to the sport of sailing, Robin Hewitt is an extraordinary individual who has actively shared, supported and inspired current and future generations of sailors. Robin has given a lifelong commitment that set standards for others to...

Peter Davison named Victorian Offshore Sailor of the Year Victorian yachtsman Peter Davison, the owner/skipper of the Archambault 40 Arcadia, was named Victorian Offshore Sailor of the Year by Australian Sailing last evening. An ORCV and Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) member, Davison has successfully competed in several of the premier offshore races with the ORCV this season, sailing...

New Comer takes Dual Championship  Tony Hammond entered the ocean racing scene this past year, having bought ‘Maverick’, a Sunfast 3600 to sail it shorthanded.  Tony takes out the 2020-21 West Offshore Coastal Sprint series and also the 2020/21 ORCV Double handed Championship. Tony Hammond on the helm.  Photo Rod Smallman He’d been...

  Crew Compliance With the 2021/2022 season, the ORCV will be streamlining compliance checking.  With larger fleets and more crew, there will be greater reliance on skippers and crew co-ordinators to follow up on missing crew data.  We can all help by checking our own data. The ORCV utilises three external databases during the course of our racing and/or training events. Why...

ORCV Knowledge Webinars We invite ORCV members to join our trainers for some informal tutorials and discussion webinars.  Each webinar will start at 8pm with a quick instructor led tutorial before opening the remainder of the session to questions and discussions and will run for no longer than 60mins. Registration is required. These sessions are open to only ORCV members and are...

  Keel & Rudder Inspections  Background  Unfortunately, in recent years there have been a significant number of serious keel failures in offshore racing, some of which have resulted in fatalities. World Sailing has reviewed these incidents and as a result introduced a requirement for boat owners to regularly undertake an inspection of their boats to...

Celebrating 170 years of Ocean Racing We invite you to be part of the history of the ORCV and join us on the upcoming anniversary races in 2022 and 2023. Ocean racing is alive in Victoria with three iconic races approaching significant milestones and we invite you to be part of these iconic races. 50th Melbourne to King Island (starts 11th March 2022)50th Westcoaster - Melbourne to Hobart...

Upcoming Events

2021 ORCV Cock of the Bay

Sunday, 26 Dec 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 04:00 pm
Location: Station Pier

Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Monday, 27 Dec 2021
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup

Monday, 27 Dec 2021
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

50th Melbourne to King Island 2022

Friday, 11 Mar 2022
Time: 03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay