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Vale - Angus Fletcher Friday around 4pm whilst returning from Flinders, Angus was involved in a vehicle accident whereby his car left the road in the vicinity Mornington, struck a tree and resulted in his passing. Angus was a fiercely competitive and successful sailor and former ORCV commodore 2004-2006 and Ocean Racer of the Year 2020. Angus Fletcher at the helm  He figures in...

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...

January News Sail long enough and you're sure to have had a leg where all factors conspire against you: wind, tide, waves, competitors, sheets coming out of cleats, passing motorboats, knots coming loose, everything! That's what 2020 was like for the ORCV organisers of our sailing and training events. But, determined to exhaust every opportunity to get our sailors on the water and trained, the...

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

RMS Cole Walker win the Rudder Cup - Read all about it Congratulations to all those that entered and participated in this year's Rudder Cup.  A big thank you also to all those you volunteered their time to support getting the race up and onto the water so quickly after we came out of lockdown and thank you to Mersey Yacht Club and all their volunteers for hosting us on arrival. Results...

Cole and Walker win Rudder Cup for yacht race from Melbourne to Devonport Guillaume Leroux’s Class 40 Lord Jiminy took line honours in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s “Rudder Cup” Melbourne to Devonport Race, crossing the finish line at 10.45.55 this morning. That gave the boat an elapsed time of 23 hours 29 minutes and 5 seconds for the 195nm race. Paul Buchholz’s Cookson 50 Extasea was...

Extasea on record pace in Melbourne to Devonport Yacht Race Perfect wind conditions over choppy seas greeted the 19 starters in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s “Rudder Cup” Melbourne to Devonport Yacht Race this morning. Northerlies blowing 25 to 35 knots allowed for a fast reach from Portsea to Port Phillip Heads under cloudy skies with a threat of rain. Here the fleet turned south,...

Xpresso takes Cock of the Bay hat-trick on a perfect Boxing Day in Melbourne Under clear blue skies and with Melbourne’s Port Phillip bathed in sunshine, a record fleet of 112 yachts, carrying 618 crew, set sail on Boxing Day in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Cock of the Bay race. Paul Buchholz’s Cookson 50 Extasea took line honours, ahead of Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49 Carrera S,...

Extasea is Cock of the Bay line honours winner on a perfect Boxing Day in Melbourne Under clear blue skies and with Melbourne’s Port Phillip bathed in sunshine, a record fleet of 112 yachts, carrying 618 crew, set sail on Boxing Day in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Cock of the Bay race. Paul Buchholz’s Cookson 50 Extasea took line honours, ahead of Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49...

Melbourne’s Christmas yacht races draw huge fleets Victoria’s yacht racing community will be out in force between Christmas and New Year as sailors shake off the cobwebs after a long winter in lockdown.  More than 120 entries have been received for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s two Christmas events, the Cock of the Bay and the Rudder Cup. Cock of the Bay Start Photo Dave...

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...

We're Back with a New Calendar There's a new updated ORCV Sailing Calendar is now available here.  Entries are now open for the first West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint 1 on November 21. https://www.orcv.org.au/sailing/races/coastal-sprint-series   You can join the existing 8 entries today and pay later.  If we are required to delay due to Government regulation, we...

Planning for a Race  Article by Rod Smallman Earlier this year the ORCV asked us to provide comments in a possible race to the Pacific.  I started to imagine escaping Melbourne in winter and going somewhere warm, possibly Noumea.  I thought I'd share my thinking and planning.  I am intending on participating in this event when it's announced and, as part of my initial...

A Race is the best way to get to where the cruise begins For a race when the appointed time begins, you go whatever the weather and start time. After arrival however it is a different story, the return home can be planned for as many stops as required and to any destinations desired. The thrill of cruising is firstly ‘getting there’ and secondly ‘having a look round’, and thirdly enjoying...

Upcoming Events

Feb Safety & Sea Survival Course - 2 Day

Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 - Sunday, 21 Feb 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

20/21 King Island Rally

Friday, 5 Mar 2021
Time: 08:00 pm - 08:01 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

20/21 Melbourne to King Island

Saturday, 6 Mar 2021
Time: 01:45 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads

Sunday, 11 Apr 2021
Time: 01:15 pm - 04:10 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

June Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 6 Jun 2021
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College