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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...

Sportsboat screamer as Cool sets the pace The fleet heading to the first gate Photo Michael Currie The second race of the ORCV Winter Series saw 45 for the passage down to Blairgowrie, with the fleet drag racing down the bay in record-breaking time. The 25nm run down to the south channel saw some extremely close racing between yachts, with the sportsboats and...

ORCV Winter Series sees Rush to the line in light winds   ORCV Winter Series kicked off with 45 competitors out on Port Philip enjoying some close racing after the conclusion of the lockdown period last Saturday. It was a race of 17 nautical miles sailed in tricky light-winds where boat speed can make any sailor a tactical...

Weight to leeward on the Great Ocean Road Sail Another ORCV Apollo Bay race has been run and won, with Alien (R880) claiming victory as overall race winner. The fleet of 41 enjoyed a cool but sunny day on their run to Apollo Bay, with a breeze that turned fickle in the closing stages of the race. Whilst many yachts enjoyed a smooth run to Cape Patton, only a few managed to escape the wind...

Sailing Captain New - May 2021 In this, my last newsletter before handing over the ORCV Sail Captain role to Rear Commodore Jeremy Walton. I am writing to brief you on a number of developments that will affect skippers and crews in the 2021-22 season. Keel and Rudder Inspections In response to increased incidence of keel and rudder failures in recent years, Australian Sailing has introduced a...

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...

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....

Upcoming Events

2021 Fundamental Navigation-Online Course

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2021 - Wednesday, 4 Aug 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:00

2021 Winter Series Race 3 - Short Passage Race

Saturday, 31 Jul 2021
Time: 10:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Weather for Sailors Module 1 The Fundamentals

Monday, 2 Aug 2021
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

2021 Winter Series Race 4 - Geelong Passage race

Saturday, 28 Aug 2021
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Location: Geelong

Weather for Sailors Module 2 Coastal Sailing

Monday, 30 Aug 2021 - Monday, 6 Sep 2021
Time: 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm


Tuesday, 7 Sep 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00

2021 ORCV Trophy Presentation

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Sept Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 19 Sep 2021
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)