Latest News and announcements from ORCV

Western Port Ocean Yacht Race

Ocean Race distance 40 nm
Safety Category 3
Start Location Queenscliff
Start Time 0100 AEDT
Start Date Saturday, 5 May 2018 (TBC)
Race Record   


A short coastal race starting off Queenscliff, out through Port Phillip heads, WesternportMapturn left along the base of the Mornington Peninsular toward Cape Schanck. Around Cape Schanck and into Westernport on the flood tide for a finish at Cowes on the northern side of Phillip Island. This is an ideal race for those new to ocean racing or just new to sailing outside Port Phillip with its short length, proximity to the coast and favourable tides.

It is a Category 3 race with no liferaft requirement. Hopefully, you will have participated in our Latitude Ocean race so this is not your first passage through Port Phillip heads – mentoring assistance is available upon request and don’t forget the ORCV Rip tour is a great way to get the confidence that comes from knowing your way around. The race can be won and lost by navigators and tacticians depending on their use of the available wind and tidal streams. It’s also a great way to take your boat around to Westernport for a bit of cruising or maybe an extended cruise. There is always the option to leave the boat in a marina during the week and return the following weekend for the sail back to Port Phillip. The locals at Cowes, Rhyll and Newhaven yacht clubs will be more than happy to give you some tips on places to visit, anchor and tie up.

This race is part of the Coastal Championship.

2016 ORCV Notice of the 31st Annual General Meeting and Trophy Presentation


The Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 7pm.

Click here for pdf 2016 ORCV Notice of AGM (87 KB) pdf
(144 KB)

Minutes of 2015 AGM can be downloaded here:  pdf Minutes of 2015 AGM (284 KB)

2016 ORCV Audited Accounts can be viewed here:  pdf 2016 ORCV Audited Accounts (556 KB)

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron will host this event and the Bar will be open at 6.15pm prior to the meeting commencing at 7pm.

Following the AGM there will be an Interval for light refreshments and then the Presentation of Trophies for the 2015-16 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.

2016 March Safety and Sea Survival Course

Registrations are now open for our first Safety & Sea Survival Course (SSSC) in 2016. We will run it on March 5-6 at Wesley College, St. Kilda campus.
Join the pool of SSSC Qualified Sailors!

You can check the expiry date of your certificate HERE.

Register HERE. Any enquiries, call the office 03 9689 1622 

2015 Beyond the Bay- the Big Breakfast.

We know that it is all about the sailing challenge but Hobsons Bay Yacht Club are gearing up to feed the hungry hordes on Sunday after the Overnight event. So come along for the prize giving, telling of tall tales and overnight adventures and more!

Big breakfast for $10 (bacon, sausage, egg, tomato, mushroom and onion).
Egg and Bacon Rolls - $5
Tea/Instant Coffee - Free
Pod Coffee - $2 donation
Drinks at Members prices
Pens available if required - These will need to be pre-booked by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 Beyond the Bay- Overnight Navigators Challenge.

The Beyond the Bay Overnight event is on again and open to all to all interested Skippers and crews. You do not have to be part of the BTB training programme to compete.
So, if your crew need some night sailing practice and navigational challenges, then ENTER now.
We have extended the Entry date until 14/10/2015. Notice of Event   pdf HERE. (625 KB)
The event will be point scored based on the distance sailed, course marks rounded, successful radio skeds and finishing times.
There are three starting locations and the event will finish at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club with a breakfast BBQ and awarding of prizes. Come and join the fun!