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ORCV 2021Championships - Progress Report The ORCV Coastal and Offshore Championship awards will, as usual, be determined by results in the Apollo Bay Race but this year we also have two additional influences – namely the introduction of ORCc and decline of IRC (creating small divisions from which results could be drawn) and the cancellation of one of our scheduled Category 2 Races events due to...

Sunfish sighting reported in the ORCV Carnival of Short-Handed sailing race The passion for short-handed sailing is well alive in Melbourne sailing scene with James Russell on his Adams 10 yacht, Surprise (SM63) being crowned overall winner in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Carnival of Short-Handed Sailing. With a revised course and allowing both double handed and 4+ autohelm boats...

New ORCV offshore series working a treat for father and son duo Experienced yachtsman David Lynch and his son Andrew, newly initiated into the joys of ocean racing, have successfully sailed their Northshore 369 Pegasus into the lead of the of the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Series, hosted by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV). The pair, who finished Race 3 in second place to...

Race Updates - West Offshore Products Coastal Sprints Race 3 Updates of Race 3 - 24th April 2021 1.45pm Approaching Mark 4 and not far to go A relatively close fleet as Carrera S leads them around mark 4. With a shortened central course, it's through the gate and onto the finish for all those enjoying a day out on the ocean with Race 3 of the West Offshore Products Coastal...

A Growing Fleet Are Challenging this Weekend  Coastal sailing is growing in popularity with twenty-four entrants signed up to join the fleet on Saturday, April 24th.    Pegasus (SM0369) skippered by Andrew and David Lynch have “enjoyed the races to date, a great initiative” allowing them to expand their experiences with David passing...

Light Conditions make for a very challenging race Carrera S (AUS49005) a Marten 49, skippered by Gerry Cantwell takes 1st on AMS and PHS plus line honours in the 2021 ORCV Port Fairy race in what Gerry sums it up “as a very challenging race. It wasn’t a physical race and I must say and I don’t think I’ve ever had a race where the deck stay dried and was so comfortable. For the first few hours...

Tevake II crew honour Angus and Holly in the 2021 Port Fairy Yacht Race Tevake II crew at Queenscliff and ready to race tomorrow. It’s great to see TEVAKE II back in an ocean race, sailed by TEVAKE II family in honour of owner/skipper Angus Fletcher.   The crew of Tevake II are seasoned sailors although this race to Port Fairy has mixed feelings for them all, the first...

Study the Tactics used via the Tracker Revisiting the tracker on a recent race is a great way to learn what decisions you and others made during a race and how those decisions impacted the race outcome. Using the 2021 King Island race, Simon gives us a short review of the race and how to use the tracker effectively. You can review the King Island Race here.  Click on the boat you are...

White Noise blitzes opposition in ORCV’s 49th King Island Race Daniel Edwards’ White Noise has blitzed the field in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 49th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out AMS, IRC, PHS and ORCi categories, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours after settling into the race when the southerly eased in Bass Strait, giving all a nice ride to the...

  Bowman Essentials, Conquering the Pointy End This course, aims to help boat owners and skippers upskill crew to be competent on the bow and help improve boat performance. Peter Dowdney who has 30 years bow experience provides inspiration and insight into what it takes, what you need to do to move from crew to bow. “Master the bow position and you will always have a boat to sail on....

ORCV Members and Friends TeamO Special Offer Modern lifejackets, how they have evolved! ORCV is pleased to announce our partner Adventure Safety is now selling the TeamO back tow life jackets, a jacket that is being used more and more globally in today's Ocean Races. It is the only lifejacket with integrated harness on the market with Back Tow Technology. The BackTow lifejacket is the only life...

Smiles all round on Coastal Sprint For many, the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint is a Category 3 race for the more seasoned skipper to test their crew and boat or for a newer skipper to build their confidence before taking that next longer passage. What a perfect day it turned out to be for race 2. With light winds at the scheduled start, ORCV Race Directors shortened the course and...

Onboard White Spirit Step onboard and be part of the crew of White Spirit and re-live it as they prepare, sail the Cock of the Bay, work out tactics and race across Bass Strait to Devonport to try and win the Rudder Cup. Gear on, radio check done, let's go. White Spirit - over and out. Thanks Aaron Hudon for your video

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