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2019 ORCV Meteorology Course- Still time to Register

The weather is a constant talking point in our lives- too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, too windy...

Do you understand how it all works or would like to further your knowledge and be better informed for all your sailing activities?  Then REGISTER now for the 2019 ORCV Weather course on June 2 and June 16!

You can read more about the course HERE

2018 ORCV Notice of the 33rd Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation

The Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at Albert Sailing Club, 1 Aquatic Dr, South Melbourne VIC 3205 on Monday, 8th October 2018 at 6:30pm (the official part will start at 7 pm, sharp).

Following the AGM there will be an interval for light refreshments and then the Presentation of Trophies for the 2017-18 season will take place. Beer and wine will be available (cash only!).

You are encouraged to bring your crew and guests along to enjoy the evening.

For committee job descriptions and the ORCV constitution visit our Governance page:  

Registrations are now OPEN! (it is a free event)

The ORCV 32ND AGM and trophy presentation, held at Albert Sailing Club, was a roaring success earlier this month. We had a lively evening, with a packed room enjoying the views over Albert Park Lake and a well-stocked bar. The venue was perfect for the occasion, easily accommodating over 80 attendees, with plenty of room to display the multiple awards and silverware.

The Committee provided an in-depth overview of another very busy year of  activities during the AGM and valued the feedback provided, when the floor was opened to questions. There were myriad suggestions and ideas about the upcoming season, with the overarching view that another evening should be set aside, for more vigorous discussion.  Watch this space for updates.

The redevelopment of the Yachting Victoria Boat Shed into the new State Sailing Centre, Albert Park is almost complete.  ORCV office will be relocating there in next few months.  Mutually beneficial agreement reached with Yachting Victoria and ORCV office for long term lease.

Excitement is building as the start of the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka race gets closer.  It’s is great to see such a strong Osaka fleet which is a direct result of some very hard work behind the scenes by passionate and dedicated ORCV volunteers, which started back in 2013 after the last Melbourne to Osaka race.  The 2018 racing calendar will also see introduction of a new international race from Melbourne to Noumea (instead of Vanuatu). 

Discussions continued on during the refreshments interval and the atmosphere was convivial to say the least!  Then the highlight of the evening, trophy presentations and announcement of our much-coveted awards.

The AGM minutes are available for download here and the agenda is available here

We are looking for more volunteers to fill two General Committee vacancies to assist the other passionate volunteers.  If you are interested, please let us know.

MAJOR TROPHIES – Series and Championships

  • Offshore Championship (Perry Fletcher Clipper Trophy): WHITE NOISE, Daniel Edwards
  • Coastal Championship: ARCADIA, Peter Davison
  • Double Handed Championship Offshore & Overall : LORD JIMINY, Chris Barlow & Jamie Christensen
  • Sovereign Series: CADIBARRA 8, Paul Roberts
  • Bass Strait Series and Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup: SUMMER WIND, Paul & Angela Woodman
  • Winter Series Overall (Lord Wardens Trophy): SERIOUS YAHOO, James Heywood

Women Skippers & Navigators Race

  • 1st PHS (Custom Yacht Covers Trophy): PACEMAKER, Dianne Cameron
  • 1st AMS: TAKE ONE, Kellie Knowles
  • Novice Skipper: (Custom Yacht Covers Trophy) Phillipa Webley, INSTANT KARMA


Volunteer of the Year: Rosie Colahan

The ORCV is exceptionally fortunate to have significant contributions by several dedicated and passionate volunteers, many of whom have been involved over several years.

Rosie has provided much-valued support of ORCV activities and in particular, her medical expertise over many years.  Rosie’s contributions include being the Chief Medical Officer, 2018 Osaka Organising Committee, preparing and presenting first aid supplement training courses for our long distance races (Osaka and Vanuatu), Beyond the Bay program mentor, Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) advocate and regular on-call doctor for our ocean races.

Unfortunately Rosie was not able to attend on the night, as she was attending a WGIS Committee meeting.

The team expressed their sincere thanks for Rosie’s continued support.

Volunteer of the Year

Ocean Racer of the Year: Justin Brennan

Six very worthy nominations were received for Ocean Racer of the Year:  Charles Meredith (Peccadillo); Joe Wetzels (One for the Road), Justin Brennan (Alien); Daniel Edwards (White Noise); Damon Fahey (Cartouche); Ian Lewis (Blue Chip).

Justin’s ongoing support of ORCV racing and training activities, his continuous efforts to improve the sport and his regular participation in our events over many years had his nomination get the nod over the other worthy nominees. Justin has completed in excess of 10 Westcoasters and more recently he has joined the ORCV Committee and is working hard to bring some fresh thinking to our traditional ocean races.

Ocean Racer of the Year

The full list of awards and trophies can be found on our website – congratulations to all!  pdf ORCV AGM 2016 2017 Trophy List (1.52 MB)

Thanks to our sponsors  Jeanneau, 38South Boat Sales and Chirping Bird Wines for setting up their booth, which went down a treat as ever. Also to Albert Sailing Club, for use of their facilities and well received catering.  A heartfelt thanks to all of our membership, the current and outgoing committee members, volunteers, supporters, boat owners, crews, local clubs and associations for their ongoing support - we couldn’t do it without you!



2017 ORCV Notice of the 32nd Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation

The Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at Albert Sailing Club, 1 Aquatic Dr, South Melbourne VIC 3205 on Monday, 9th October 2017 at 6:30pm.

Following the AGM there will be an interval for light refreshments and then the Presentation of Trophies for the 2016-17 season will take place.

You are encouraged to bring your crew and guests along to enjoy the evening.

To register your interest use the form below.

ORCV Winter Series 2017 Geelong Finale invites Osaka Entrants

by Rosemary Colahan

The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Winter Series launched with a bang and shower of flares on Sunday 2 July 2017 and is shaping up for a bumper finish with the annual Geelong Race weekend on 9-10 September.

This year the ORCV and the Melbourne Osaka committee are inviting competitors entered in the forthcoming eighth edition of the Melbourne Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race (M20) 2018, to be hosted onboard the local boats for a fun weekend, to meet other competitors, mentors, former Osaka competitors and establish Melbourne sailing connections and support prior to the departure of this iconic race from Melbourne in March 2018.

With a full card of thirty two boats now confirmed as of 30 June cut-off, the Osaka fleet numbers three international entrants, including two boats from Japan and representation from six Australian states, with five from Queensland, four from NSW, three each from Tasmania and Western Australia, one from South Australia and fourteen from Victoria. Amongst the 64 crew, there are eight female sailors.

This Corinthian challenge also attracts a wide range of ocean racing yachts. A staggered start with smaller and slower boats starting earlier and larger faster boats later, makes for fascinating tracking of the ‘hot pursuit’ across the Equator and a nail biting finish as the compacted fleet pick their way through an armada of trading vessels up Osaka Bay. To find out who is going on this journey of a lifetime, check out the competition on the Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 website.

So the end of the Winter Series Geelong weekend will provide an excellent opportunity to brush up on ship spotting and dodging, whether you are doing the local race or the trans equatorial M2O next year. Bring your crews along for a pre season ‘shakedown’ in readiness for the 2017-18 sailing season or host a team from our Osaka entrants to give them a taste of racing on Port Phillip.

The Passage Race from Melbourne to Geelong (M2G) on Saturday 9 September is the final race of the ORCV Winter Series as well as standing alone as a great race in its own right, for both mono and multihulls. This race also contributes to the point score for the ORCV Inshore Double Handed Champion Series and Overall Double Handed Champion award.

Host club Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) provide a great destination and facilities for an overnight stay, with bar, band and food available Saturday night and buffet breakfast on Sunday morning. A veritable hot spot for tall tales and true with the chance of picking a few ‘pearls’ from the ocean veterans.

Sunday 10 September sees the women step up to take charge for the fifth Women Skippers & Navigators Race (WSNR), the return Geelong to Melbourne (G2M) passage. Our local female keelboat sailors will have the opportunity to meet and compete with and alongside the Osaka girls – a great inspiration for our local Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) and the ORCV Ocean Girls. The WSNR has become a very popular and competitive event amongst our local female sailors, with WSNR divisions awarding trophies in IRC, AMS, EHC and double handed for those with greater than five boats. New helms to the race are encouraged by the provision of a Novice Skippers trophy which must be indicated on the entry form. For those navigator’s wishing to submit a Log, a Navigator’s Prize will be awarded for the best log.

The ORCV Geelong weekend signals the new 2017-18 season is ready to launch, with the ORCV calendar providing abundant opportunity for racing (inshore, offshore, international), training, mentoring, hosting and volunteering opportunities.

To make the season curtain raiser a success, we need your help to make the Geelong weekend event a ‘double winner’.

Please contact the ORCV office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can assist us with any of the following requests -

  • Are you willing to take a visiting Osaka team on board your boat?
  • Are you willing to provide a boat for female sailors for the Women Skippers & Navigators Race, which requires females to take up key roles of helm, navigator and radio operator, with the support of any crew mix.
  • Would you be willing to provide assistance to Osaka crews from overseas and interstate during their stay in Melbourne, with accommodation, shopping, interpreting,etc.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Good luck and fair winds for the event!