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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...

  2022 the Year of 50th's. In 1972, the ORCV launched two new races, the King Island Race and the Melbourne to Hobart via the West Coast. Now 2022, we celebrate the anniversaries of these two iconic races.  King Island and Hobart (Westcoaster)  Known for its meat, cheese and tides.  Our race to King Island high on the list of many a sailor and some say the steak sandwich...

Sydney 38 ‘Faster Forward’ takes handicap win in ORCV Melbourne to Hobart  One of the smallest yachts in the fleet, a Sydney 38, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Melbourne to Hobart ‘West Coaster’ Race on handicap. Matt Fahey and his crew of six sailed Faster Forward across the Derwent River finish line in Hobart at two minutes past three this morning, after more than three days...

Lord Jiminy Takes Line Honours for the Second Time At one o’clock yesterday afternoon skipper of Lord Jiminy, Guillaume Leroux, set his Class 40 to round Bruny Island. As he set course for Hobart’s finish line, he had sealed the fate of the rest of the fleet. Good timing, great sailing and a dedicated crew of just four had achieved a dream with a second Line Honours win in the tough...

Melbourne to Hobart Line Honours goes to Lord Jiminy  Guillaume Leroux’s Class 40 Lord Jiminy has claimed line honours in a challenging Melbourne to Hobart yacht race that was beset by range of strong and light winds, before ending with a perfect afternoon sea breeze in Hobart’s Derwent River. Lord Jiminy is Class 40 design and 13m in length and held a comfortable lead throughout the later...

Line Honours Lord Jiminy approaching the Derwent River Melbourne to Hobart fleet close in on the finish  Legends of the Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” race talk about it being a race in four parts.  What they don’t talk about, as often, is the sometimes ‘Run Run Stop’ nature, of the race.  It is, in part, what makes the race so challenging. This year the fleet got away well;...

All’s quiet on the Western Coast of Tasmania  As the Melbourne to Hobart fleet suffer with fickle light winds.  Seven of the Melbourne to Hobart fleet made the unusual choice to round King Island to the west, most of them have now made it back to the rhumbline.  Only after the results come in will we know whether east versus west was the correct decision.  For at least one...

  Female Dominated Crew Take The Rudder Cup  The smallest boat Vertigo wins the Melbourne to Devonport yacht race  Royal Yacht Club of Victoria will be cheering for one of their own this morning.  Tim Olding’s Summit 35 Vertigo floated over the finish line in Devonport at 05:08 this morning to take possession of The Rudder Cup. The smallest boat in the fleet with a crew...

Bass Strait Blues Everybody knows Bass Strait can be a cruel place.  Various yacht races have reported the heavy seas and gale force winds that have forced their yachts to batten down.  Today has been cruel for a different reason, no wind at all in the middle section.  At different intervals during the day the Melbourne to Devonport fleet have been lucky if they could eke out...

  Melbourne to Devonport race fleet becalmed in Bass Strait If you learn to sail in dinghies as a child, you inevitably have some ingrained skills.  One of those is being taught to sail in light breeze.  The skill here is to be so gentle with your movements we talk about being like a cat, slinking like a cat, moving like a cat, light like a cat.  This is exactly what is...

Tactical Race as King Island ‘Splits’ Melbourne to Hobart Race Fleet Lord Jiminy leads fleet down Tasmanian West Coast As the sun set on the first day of racing, tacticians onboard Melbourne Hobart yachts began making defining race decisions. The critical question for all tacticians was which way to sail past Bass Strait King Island, do we sail the traditional course east of King Island, or...

Big Swell for Start for the Tassie Bound Melbourne Fleet  Make or break decision to be made for Hobart fleet  The combined Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport fleets had a very civilized start time of 14:30 today in the vicinity of Portsea Pier, allowing for excellent spectator viewing. With 20 knots of offshore breeze and a good length start line the fleet had a...

A leap of faith or a question of belief Based on the predictions for the start of the Melbourne Tasmania races tomorrow, it is either a leap of faith for the Westcoasters or a question of belief for those going to Devonport. routings for the Westcoaster show a preferred course outside King Island for all weather models. In the past this has been disastrous for all who attempted...

  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,...

Upcoming Events

West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race 2

Saturday, 12 Feb 2022
Time: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

Safety & Sea Survival Course - 2 Day

Saturday, 5 Mar 2022 - Sunday, 6 Mar 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

Safety & Sea Survival Course Refresher (1 Day)

Sunday, 6 Mar 2022
Time: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm
Location: Wesley College

50th Melbourne to King Island 2022

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

Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads

Sunday, 20 Mar 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 02:30 pm
Location: The Heads, Port Phillip Bay

50th Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2022
Time: 02:25 pm - 02:30 pm
Location: Portsea Pier

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course


Australian Sailing has provided a variation to the Special Regulations which allows for expired Safety and Sea Survival Certificates to be extended by 18 months of the end of the validity period.  This variation is valid until June 30 2021 unless repealed earllier as outlined here in full.

The Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course is conducted over the period of one day, from 8.15am to 5pm Sunday

For sailors whose certificates have expired*, regardless of when, a refresher course of eight hours tuition time should be attended. The refresher course is designed for active offshore racing sailors. Anyone who does not sail regularly should seriously consider attending a full two day Safety & Sea Survival course.  A refresher course can also provide a valuable refresher for cruising sailors.

Please note, it is no longer a requirement to complete a self-declaration of at least 2500 offshore nautical miles achieved in the previous five years.

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*Safety & Sea Survival Certificates have a validity of 5 years.

To check if you have an old certificate please click here.  Please note the special regulation as noted above.

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Content

This course focuses on lessons learned from recent incidents, updates on equipment & regulations, safety information, and practical skills in the use of life rafts and life jackets.  The course requires a minimum of eight hours tuition time, excluding breaks and travel, and meets the requirements of the World Sailing (ISAF) Special Regulations, Appendix G, Part D - Guidelines for an Offshore Personal Survival Refresher Course. The following content is to be included in the course:

  • Recent changes to the Offshore Special Regulations including Amendments.
  • New technology and safety equipment, including equipment requirements of the Special Regulations, and operational aspects of the equipment. 
  • Safety Information Notices.
  • Lessons learned from accidents and incidents in Offshore & Ocean racing during the past five years.
  • Changes to Maritime Search and Rescue and Meteorological services.
  • Any updates on Medical services and/or Fire Fighting equipment and techniques.
  • Three hour practical session on the use of life rafts and life jackets, activation of PLBs and EPIRBs, rescue, and in-water survival techniques (as per the Full Course).
  • 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Course attendees will receive a 'participant pack' that includes the latest RYA Sea Survival Handbook.

At the end of the course, participants will complete an assessment paper.


Book Now Buttons 1 for the 1 day refresher course on Sunday 21st November 2021


  • ORCV Members $320
  • Non-Members $420
  • Youth (16-25 years old) $150

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Safety at Sea with ORCV

What to Bring


  • Notepad and pens.
  • 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Bring your electronic devices and adequate charging devices: You can view an electronic version of these regulations at: 2017-2020 AS Special Regulations Blue e-Book.
  • Examples of current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used on vessels you have set to sea on, as well as experiences to share with other attendees.

For the Wet Drill you must bring the following gear:

  • Full three layer ocean clothing (inner thermal layer, mid layer and outer ocean wet weather gear layer) & sea boots.
  • Wash all clothing including wet weather gear beforehand and empty all pockets.
  • PFD1 YA approved per Blue Book, check for currency and compliance with Standards.
  • If inflating your PFD1 manually, please remove the gas bottle.
  • Crotch strap.
  • Towel.
  • Please do NOT bring Dye Marker.

From a safety aspect, the Instructors require you to wear closed shoes for the entire course, including the flare shoot. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided for the flare drill.

We recommend that you prepare for this course as you would for an ocean voyage, and suggest you have an early night the day before and avoid alcohol consumption. A light lunch will be provided.

Location Information

November 21 - New location.  Theory will be in person instructor led online with the pool session on Sunday 21st Melbourne Aquatic Centre Albert Park.

Non Covid Times location is Wesley College (after November)

We ask that you adhere to the guidelines requested of us by Wesley College.

Contact the ORCV Office for any queries: (03) 9088 7210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.