Winter Series

Melbourne's hottest race in the coldest month 

“Best day I’ve had sailing” was how Damien King, co-skipper of the Frers 61 ‘MRV’ sailing double handed summed up the day after taking the overall win in a fleet of 47 yachts in Saturday’s Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Winter Series destination race to Geelong.

47 yachts from around the bay at the start Photo Dave Hewison47 yachts from around the bay at the start Photo Dave Hewison

The last race in the series saw the Lord Warden’s Trophy being awarded to the overall series winner, the Beneteau First 44.7 ‘Another Chapter’, skipper Greg Clinnick.

There was just over one minute between King’s MRV and Jason Close’s J133 Patriot on corrected time (AMS) with MRV setting a cracking pace for the duration of the thirty-four nautical mile race. 

“MRV does well upwind” with a laugh King explained “we were so lucky with the weather, being able to set the main head sail and not have to change sails throughout.” “The new hi-tech sails are lighter but for the size of MRV they can be still super heavy for one person.”

“A few days ago, I thought I was crazy considering sailing MRV in the race double-handed,” explained King. “We’re not really set up for double-handed racing and I found I was racing around doing bit of everything including navigation. Crazy? Maybe but I can say that my co skipper Grant Allen and myself had an absolute ball.” Expanding on that King explained “We have hydraulic winches in the main locations' and standard in other places. Grant ended up hand steering for most of the race and I think we’d both say we were lucky not having to put up any more sails.” 

In very close racing at the start, MRV stayed amongst the leaders to the first mark and extended her lead over the thirty-four nautical mile course to take line honours, twenty-four minutes ahead of the next arrival, Tony Walton’s Reichel/Pugh 46 ‘Hartbreaker’.

Damien King and Grant Allen working hard to the finish on MRV Photo Drew Malcolm Royal Geelong Yacht ClubDamien King and Grant Allen working hard to the finish on MRV Photo Drew Malcolm Royal Geelong Yacht Club

With the overall series win in sight, Greg Clinnick skipper of the Beneteau First 44.7 ‘Another Chapter’ knew they needed a solid race as they trailed James Russell’s Adams 10 ‘Surprise’ by one point. “We were hoping for a fair bit of upwind and positioned ourselves in the middle of the line at the start and were in the top 4 over the starting line and around the first mark.” explained Clinnick. “We chased that boat speed all the way constantly, where the main sheet wasn’t still for more than 30 seconds for the whole race.”

“Having bought ‘Another Chapter’ during Covid, we are only just learning how to unlock her secrets this being her first full series of racing.” Clinnick went on “We were looking to move to a cruising style boat but still keep that racing advantage, with Another Chapter being built for the Beneteau racing team back in 2004 and why it has a carbon mast and deep keel.” 

Another Chapter Winner of the overall Series Photo Drew Malcolm Royal Geelong Yacht ClubAnother Chapter Winner of the overall Series Photo Drew Malcolm Royal Geelong Yacht Club

With 2019 being the last time we’ve raced to Geelong, ORCV Commodore Grant Dunoon and skipper of Moody 54 ‘Blue Water Tracks’ commented “It was great to see in the fleet representation by all the bay yacht clubs, coming together to enjoy some strong match racing and Geelong our destination. Royal Geelong Yacht Club turned on the hospitality with berthing, meals and music for allowing crews to share a great evening together.” Dunoon went onto to say “It will be a major milestone with the 50th race to Geelong running in 2023.”

Next race on the ORCV Calendar is the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint 1 on September 17th with entries open here

Provisional Top 3 results of Race 4 of the 2022 Winter Series 

AMS Div 1 1st MRV (SYD5), 2nd Patriot (SM133), 3rd Javelin (M9) 
AMS Div 2 1st Vagabond (S477), 2nd Surprise (SM63) 3rd Onyx (H35) 
with AMS Overall MRV

ORC Div 1 1st Patriot, 2nd MRV, 3rd Wicked (SM4) 
ORC Div 2 1st Surprise 2nd Dynamic (G347) 3rd Ragnar (SM33) 
With overall ORC Patriot

PHS DIv 1 1st MRV, 2nd Goggo (G7007), 3rd Arcadia (S17) 
PHS Div 2 1st Vagabond, 2nd Yolla (R1030), 3rd Blue Water Tracks (B1) 
WIth PHS Overall MRV

Double Handed 1st MRV, 2nd Blue Water Tracks, 3rd Maverick (sm3600)

Cruising Division 1st Serendipity

Line Honours Div 1 and Overall MRV,  Div 2 Vagabond 
Top 3 Result for the 2022 Overall Winter Series 

AMS 1st Another Chapter (B71), 2nd Surprise (SM63) 3rd Alien (R880) 
ORC 1st Surprise, 2nd Wicked (S4), 3rd No Mans Land (S6418) 
PHS 1st Another Chapter, 2nd Yolla (R1030)  3rd Alien (R880)

Overall Results can be found here

Winter Series Race 4 - Destination Geelong

Thank you to Royal Geelong Yacht Club for hosting the fleet after the 2022 Winter Series race.  Please enjoy the Club Bar when you arrive and stay around for the presentations.  Geelong have arranged for music to start around 5pm for your enjoyment.  Handicaps have been published and Sailing Instructions are here.

For those participating in the Sunday races, Women Skippers and Navigators and Novice Skipper, there will be a briefing on Sunday morning on the deck at the club.   

Photo Competition 

Yes, we are at it again to capture the weekend in as many ways as we can.  You can help us by share your photos with us via Whatsapp here, facebook messager or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The best photo submitted by 5 pm on Sunday wins the new ORCV branded neck warmers.

We will have a photographer on the water so follow us on Facebook or Instagram as we share the weekend with you.

Special Draw

We are close to closing out the Van Donations.   This draw will be drawn at the ORCV Winter Series in Geelong on August 20th

Ronstan has kindly donated a pack worth over $1000 as an incentive for crews to get behind the ORCV and provide an incentive to close the gap on the van donations. We have added to the prizes with some training courses and of course of very warm and cosy ORCV beanies. Tickets into the special draw are $10 each or you can purchase 7 for $50 here OR see Delma at the bar when you arrive in Geelong.
1st Prize - $1000 Ronstan pack including:
  • Ronstan 55lt Backpack (RRP $150)
  • Regatta Breathable Smock Top - size to suit (RRP $220)
  • Ronstan Quick-Lock Palm Grip Winch handle (RRP $206)
  • Winch handle pocket, (RRP $37)
  • 2 x Ronstan Triggersnap Shackles (RRP $207 each)
  • 2 x Ronstan Shore Caps, (RRP Priceless)
  • Sailfast Silicone Pump Spray (RRP $12)
2nd Prize - ORCV Safety & Sea Survival Course (valued at $495)
3rd Prize - ORCV Rip Tour x 2 passes (valued at $250)
4th Prize - 6 ORCV Beanies (priceless and sought after)
Guest Access Card Collection

Access Cards will be available for collection from the RGYC Bar, please see Nigel.

RGYC Café and Bistro - Open Saturday night and Sunday

The Yot Café and Bistro will be open from 5:30pm on Saturday for Dinner and RGYC are putting on music from 5pm. The cafe will reopening for Breakfast 7am on Sunday morning. Please call reception to make a booking on Ph: 03 52293705

Fuel Pump

RGYC has a drive-up fuel dock with an EFTPOS facility for both ULP and Diesel which is located on the west side of the main arm.

Guest Card Key Drop Off

Prior to departure, please drop your Guest Card into one of the following drop boxes that are located:

  • To the right of the walkway as you head out onto the new Floating Marina from the RGYC Member Bar.
  • Or, near the Fuel Pump located to the right of the gate before you exit the marina walkway.  

  • RGYC key drop off

Berthing Allocations

As of 1pm on Thursday 18th Aug, berthing allocations have been made as per the below with the Marina Map being found here.

If you would like any more information, please contact the RGYC Marina Staff on Ph: 0418 524 867.

DO NOT take any other pen than what is below as this can create ongoing issues and maybe another RGYC members berth.

Pen Allocation

Boat Name







J05 (Updated)




VIS9 (updated)










FMA01 (updated)


















































Re Sail Women Skipper & Navigator Race & Novice Race

We are re -sailing the Women Skipper and Navigator's Race at the same time of the Novice Skipper's race when the fleet returns from Geelong on August 21st.

The recent Women Skipper's Race from Blairgowrie started in great conditions but soon sailed into a foggy wind hole.  So let's get the race underway again.  For those who previously entered the race, you can update your entry and crew and if you'd like to still join the race, you can do so too.

If you have a Novice Skipper (see definition below) and also female, you can enter one or both races as they will follow the same route from Geelong to Melbourne.

A novice skipper is defined as:

  • A first-time boat owner who has competed, as boat owner or in any other capacity, in less than 10 yacht or dinghy races in the past 10 years;


  • A crew member who has no prior experience as a watch leader and who does not normally occupy the role of helms person during a yacht race. 

Entries are open for the Women's race here.  The Novice race entry will be open towards the end of July.

"Ocean Girls" from Royals take on the AWKR

In June at the 30th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta was run by RMYS. Royals fielded three teams. Catherine North’s X36 Duxelle, Cath Beaufort’s S80 , Up and Go, Clare Olding in the Summit 35, Vertigo. Each team has their own pathway to this point be it taking up ocean racing late in life and sailing around the world or a strong history in one design racing. This is Vertigo’s story.

For the past 12 months, a team of young Royals sailors has been out on Sundays learning how to handle a racing keelboat. The team was led by Clare Olding who grew up sailing Cadets at RYCV and by age 21 has already clocked up more than 5000 Nm of offshore sailing and numerous offshore races. She was joined by a range of sailors, some of whom have come up through the OTB classes and some who have only started sailing in their early 20s.

Clare on the helm of Vertigo Photo Andrea Francolini

Clare on the helm of Vertigo Photo Andrea Francolini

After 12 months of regular training, they teamed up with a few of Royals more experienced keelboat sailors and entered the AWKR. The team consisted of:

  • Maddy Scambary Speller doing bow for the very first time
  • Abbey Argus Smith on mast in only her second keelboat regatta
  • Rosy King (age 14) on sewer and kite packing in her first regatta
  • Josie Caharija in her first regatta
  • Ishka Prescott in her second regatta
  • Prue Standen on office
  • Clare Olding on helm
  • Allison Wilson on Main
  • Jasmine Galbraith on tactics and strategy

They finished a windy and cold series 3rd on AMS and 2nd on PHS including storming race 6 to take line and handicap honours. This is a remarkable achievement for a young team with limited experience but a ton of enthusiasm, mentored by a great team of Royals’ more experienced female sailors. Planning for next year’s event has already begun and we can expect great things from this gang of youths.

Claire the skipper of Vertigo together with her father Tim will co skipper Vertigo in the upcoming 50th Melbourne to Hobart race.

Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini

Disclaimer: The author is the owner of Vertigo and the father of Clare and is extremely biased.


Patriot, the clear winner in a race of snakes and ladders. 

Local knowledge as the winds softened gave Jason Close, skipper of the J133 ‘Patriot’ the advantage to win overall in a fleet of 34 yachts in Saturday's ORCV Winter Series 30nm race to Blairgowrie.

The mixed fleet competing in the racing and cruising divisions started out just after 9.30 am using a shortened course start line off Ricketts Point on the thirty-nautical mile race towards Blairgowrie.  

Blue skies and good wind at the start Photo ORCV Media

Blue skies and good wind at the start Photo ORCV Media

“The decision to shorten course and move the start by six nautical miles was a great decision” explained Mark Nicholson skipper of the J121 Javelin which finished six mins behind Close’s Patriot “this adjustment to the course allowed for most of the fleet to get past Mornington and a better location on the bay to be when the winds lightened.” 

Close, Patriot skipper went onto to explain “We had a great start on a reach for about 1.5 hours at 60’ to the wind and as predicted the winds starting to soften about 2 nm prior to Mornington.  Soon after, we saw the fleet all start to catch up”

“We always aim to sail fast as we can to the next wind transition and closest to the Rhumbline.  Coming from dinghy sailing, when the winds are light, we try to keep our crew’s weight leeward so the boat is as balanced as possible.” continued Close. “We’ve learnt to sit still and move around slowly in order to keep the boat moving forward in what wind there is.”

Faced with the mussel farm and the fleet needing to ‘roll the dice’ to decide do they go inshore or further out searching for wind.  “It’s always a gamble to how large the dead patch will be as we waited for the winds to swing WSW to SE explained Nicholson “when we saw Patriot, also a local sailor to the area, head towards to the shoreline, looking to pick up the SE change and lift off the cliff face, we followed taking the same gamble.”

Victorious Patriot crew Photo Jason Close

Victorious Patriot crew Photo Jason Close


Commodore Grant Dunoon and skipper of the Moody 54 Blue Water Tracks, commented “Our destination races are always popular and with six new skippers taking part in the cruising division.  It was great for most of the cruisers to finish and take advantage of being able to use their motors to get through that dead patch” Commodore Dunoon continued, “what took us forty-five minutes to sail across a windless hole, Ariel II’s skipper Mike Ferguson used his special ‘cruising power’ for eight minutes to motor sail through that hole and on to win the cruising division.

“It definitely was a lot of fun” explained Javelin’s skipper Mark Nicholson “we had a great start in 15 knots and scattered clouds, rain before the rainbow pathed the way to a warm sunny afternoon for crews to bask in as they headed to the finish.”

It definitely was a fun game explained victorious Close “We had good pressure from mark 19 and 10 – 12 knots of breeze, with code 0 flying gave us a nice 9.5 knots all the way to the finish line.”

Foggy Dews good luck at end of the Rainbow smaller Photo Scott Colquhoun

Foggy Dew's good luck at end of the Rainbow smaller Photo Scott Colquhoun

Top 3 Results

AMS 1st. Patriot (SM133) 2nd Javelin (M9) 3rd Maverick (SM3600)
ORC 1st Patriot 2nd Maverick 3rd Surprise (SM63)
PHS 1st Patriot 2nd Javelin 3rd Maverick
DH 1st Maverick 2nd Blue Water Tracks B1
Cruising 1st Ariel II (SM116) 2nd Hitchhiker (SM42 ) 3rd Bella Vida (4324)
Line Honours Patriot

Full results of the race can be found here

Next race in the series 23rd July with entries open here

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