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Expressions of Interest for Race Director and Incident Management Training Since the ORCV’s establishment as the Organising Authority for Victoria’s offshore racing, the Club has maintained an enviable record for the safe and efficient conduct of our offshore racing program. This record rests on three pillars:- Setting appropriate safety standards and the compliance regime. Training...

Lisa Blair Speaks on Thurs 14 July Lisa Blair will be speaking about her record-breaking solo circumnavigation of Antarctica at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) on Thursday 14th July. Lisa sailed double-handed in the 2019 Melbourne to Hobart and those who meet her know that she's an engaging storyteller. Lisa is at the Squadron in person to talk about her story aboard her boat "Climate...

Enjoy Blairgowrie after Race 2 of the Winter Series Winter Series Race 2 on July 9th, takes up to the popular destination of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.   After the race, stay over and warm up with a meal and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow crews.  There's always one more great story to be told from that day's race. To help BYS with catering they would like you to...

ORCV Winter Series Race 1  ORCV Winter Series Race 1 provisional results are in. Congratulations to PP1 and crew the overall winner. What a great day on the water for all those who raced. AMS 1st PP1 (AUS31), 2nd Surprise (SM63), 3rd Another Chapter (B71) ORC 1st PP1, 2nd Surprise, 3rd Wicked (SM4) PHS 1st PP1, Elegance (B4545), 3rd Surprise DH 1st Maverick Line Honours PP1 who set a...

Tasmanians prepare for assault on 50th Melbourne to Hobart Tasmania can lay claim to a rich history in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, or ‘Westcoaster’ as it’s also known, with the likes of Bob Clifford, John Saul, Michael Pritchard, David Alpin and the Escott family names engraved on the major trophies. Founder/chairman of Incat, Clifford, known...

Job Advertisement – ORCV Training & Admin Assistant The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is offering the right candidate an exciting opportunity to work with our team to deliver our training events, racing program and assist with office administration.   You will be working with our current office staff member in our busy office located in the picturesque Albert Park Lake...

Double-handed Ryujin wins Apollo Bay Race Sailed double-handed by owner Alex Toomey and crew-mate Andrew Hibbert, Ryujin has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 2022 Apollo Bay Race, in which Margaret Rintoul V (Damien King) took line honours in a close race across the board. Sailed double handed, Ryujin won the race.  Photo Chris Furey A fleet of 31 boats started the 52...

DONATE to Replacement ORCV Race Control Van All donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS Some members have kindly given in cash and some we acknowledge who gave in-kind with time.  All are greatly appreciated.   We all have different ways we wish to be involved, so get in contact with Grant (0402 993808) or Simon (0418 145 909) to...

Ginan 50th entry for 50th Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race     Expectations and entries are running high as the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) prepares to host its 50th Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, with Cam McKenzie and Nigel Jones’ recently purchased J/111, Ginan, marking the occasion by being the 50th entry.  McKenzie and Jones can boast a long and...

Vertigo wins ORCV Bass Strait race. Tim Olding's Summit 35 Vertigo, won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) 55 nm West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race on a perfect sailing day. Sailing under beautiful sunshine with a 10 knot SE wind, eleven yachts competed in the Bass Strait race that started off Queenscliff just before dawn on Saturday 23rd April. John Chipp’s, Dehler 46, Hot...

Rozinante II wins slow dance to Grassy in 50th King Island Race Rozinante II has won a protracted King Island Race from Melbourne to Grassy at the southern end of the Island, while John Newbold’s Primitive Cool took line honours in the time of 1 day, 3hrs 13mins 11secs, well outside the record he set in 2014 of 9 hours 50mins 21secs.   Start with Rozinante II centre stage...

50th King Island Race: Forget sheep stations – entrants playing for crayfish   Forty-five entries have so far locked in for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 50th King Island Race, which starts at 1500 hours on 11 March off Queenscliff, with competitors playing for something far more important than sheep stations – crayfish and King Island cheeses. It’s a known fact that King Island...

Upcoming Events

2022 Winter Series Race 2 - Blairgowrie Passage race

Saturday, 9 Jul 2022
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

2022 Women Skippers & Navigators Race

Sunday, 10 Jul 2022
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

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Tuesday, 12 Jul 2022 - Thursday, 21 Jul 2022
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

2022 Winter Series Race 3

Saturday, 23 Jul 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

2022 Winter Series Race 4 - Geelong Passage race

Saturday, 20 Aug 2022
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Location: Geelong

2022 Novice Skippers Race

Sunday, 21 Aug 2022
Time: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm
Location: Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Safety & Sea Survival Course Full & Refresher Course

Sunday, 11 Sep 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Safety & Sea Survival Course Full & Refresher Course

Sunday, 20 Nov 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Navigator Courses (Online) 


The role of the navigator today is vastly different to years past and, this is mainly because of the availability of modern technologies such as weather information, better instruments, and electronic charting, etc. The practical navigator course explores these technologies in relation to both time proven navigational practices and the demands of the modern skipper for more detailed information.

Your experience ORCV Skippers and Navigators, will lead you on the background and theory using interactive and practical examples with the following courses

Fundamental Navigation

Intermediate Navigation

Expedition Software - Let's get started

Expedition Software, You've got the basics, what's next?

Once you've mastered the basics of navigation including Expedition Software, join Will Oxley for his Masterclass.  Will is an experienced navigator with a demonstrated history of success in Grand Prix yacht racing. Skilled in sailing, navigation, data analysis, weather routing, coaching/training and has authored two books on navigation.

Masterclass of Navigation with Will Oxley

All courses run online and are suited to Ocean Racers, Cruisers, Motor Boats, Skippers and Crew.

Will Oxley Photo Amory Ross

Will Oxley Photo Credit Amory Ross


Expedition – let's get started Course

This is a course we will give you a good grounding with Expedition. Primarily we will be looking at setting up a route within Expedition and methods of checking the safety of the course. We will be looking at various chart options and how to set them up to best suit you, demonstrate the use of marks and race notes for both navigation/route planning as well as identifying dangers to avoid. And then, how to manage them on an on-going basis.

We then move onto setting up your boat details to take advantage of the incredibly powerful weather routing capabilities within Expedition then finally walk through creating weather routes for your race so you best take advantage of the weather forecasts and includes:

  • Setting & managing marks & routes
  • Creating Race notes
  • Working with charts
  • Your boat polars and sail charts
  • Working with weather and weather routing

Pre-requisites for this course:  there are no pre-requisites apart although it is highly recommended you have installed the latest version of Expedition Software. 

Course Dates:  1 Night, Thursday 29th October 2020, 6 - 9pm (UTC+11)

Cost:  Non ORCV Members $149 per person, ORCV Members $126.65 (plus 50c booking fee)

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Expedition – you've got the basics, what’s next?

In this course we consolidate your learning from the Basics class, then move on to using wave and current grib files and modifying these to gain more insight into the routing options. We also cover georeferencing current and weather images and overlaying gribs onto these. This course focuses on the mechanics of doing these things. It is the ORCV Navigation Masterclass that focuses on how to interpret these data. We are running this course because, until you understand and can competently and consistently repeat the steps to produce the required output, you will not be able to take full advantage of what the MasterClass has to offer.

So, if georeferencing IMOS charts, overlaying weather gribs onto synoptic charts or using wave polars in your weather routing is new for you, then you need to do this course.  In this course you will learn:

  • How to work with different weather options to create weather routes
  • Working with wave polars & wave gribs
  • Analysing winds, current & MSLP
  • Working with georeferencing weather images and pre-set images 

Pre-requisites include,  A good degree of competency in Expedition.  You should be able to create a safe route, set boat polars and sail charts.  If you do not have this knowledge or are unsure, please book into the first course, "Expedition, let's get started"  

Course Date:  1 Night, Thursday 5 November 2020, 7 - 9pm (UTC+11)

Cost:  Non ORCV Members $149 per person, ORCV Members $126.65 (plus 50c booking fee)

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Masterclass of Navigation with Will Oxley Course Includes

  • Race Planning 
  • Tactical Boat Positioning 
  • Evaluating GRIB data 
  • What if’s 
  • Communication 

Pre-requisites for the Masterclass with Will Oxley include,  

  • experience offshore navigation experience,  
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of using Expedition Software,  
  • Understanding also of tactical skills 

Course Dates:  3 Nights,  Monday 9, Wednesday 11 November 6.30 - 9pm  and Monday 16 (Q&A) November 6.30 - 8.30 (UTC+11)

Cost:  $399 includes 7 hours masterclass with Will Oxley (ORCV members $339.15)

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Fundamental Navigation Course Includes

  • Understanding the basics of Navigation 
  • Where am I? 
  • Communicating a position 
  • Planning a passage 
  • Recognising risks 


  • Knowledge of how to use your own boat software. 
  • It would be good to be competent in Navionics or similar software. 

Fundamental Course Dates:   

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Cost:  ORCV Members TBC  (plus 50c booking fee)

Intermediate Navigation Course Includes

  • Race/passage planning 
  • Communications – crew, race control 
  • Boat data / instruments 
  • Tides & currents 
  • Record keeping  


  • Knowledge of how to use your own boat software. 
  • It would be good to be competent in Navionics or similar software. 
  • Understanding of the basics of navigation

Intermediate Course Dates:  

Waitlist button  New courses coming in 2021

Cost:  ORCV Members TBC (plus 50c booking fee)