Go out “Beyond the Bay” - “Live the dream with confidence”
Ideal for Cruisers and Bay Racers

 

Have you often thought about what it would be like to sail in Bass Strait or head off to Queensland or the Pacific.  It could be just around to Westernport for the weekend, or around the many fascinating islands off Tasmania, or to venture further up the east coast to warmer waters in the winter months. 

Have you contemplated joining fellow club members who venture out past the heads in various ORCV Ocean Races over the warmer months to Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, King Island and even further to Devonport or Hobart in late December?  Perhaps you dream of doing an Osaka.

Is the only thing holding you back the uncertainty of what you need to know to get your boat and crew ready, or the additional things to consider as a skipper?

The ORCV "Beyond The Bay" program is designed to give you the necessary information and practical skills to help you plan and complete an overnight cruising passage or participate in a race.This includes exiting and returning through Port Phillip Heads, with the assistance of a guiding mentor, and includes four organised sailing events, including the Overnight Navigators Challenge and Latitude event.

160 people have completed the program so far and several have headed to Queensland as a result or competed in some of our Ocean Races, one getting on the podium at Osaka, another winning the Offshore championship. They enjoyed the program and it gave them a huge amount of confidence plus the opportunity to participate with support not far away. 

The program is limited to 40 spots, so book ASAP. To register visit the "Overview & Schedule" page.

 BTB photo 2014  

 

More information regarding the full program can be found on the Beyond the Bay Program Overview & Schedule.




Beyond the bay, essential for those looking to sail offshore


  "Essential for anyone intending to sail beyond Port Phillip Bay” says past student Neil Sargeant. ORCV Beyond the Bay Course runs every 2 years and next Monday May 6th the first of a series of educational evening sessions, supervised weekend on water sailing events and mentoring by experienced ORCV offshore instructors starts. Don’t delay living your dream! Spaces available. Book now.

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Live the Dream

"Live the Dream"   "The ORCV Beyond the Bay and the Safety at Sea Survival Course is essential for anyone intending to leave the confines of the Port Phillip Bay” says Neil Sargeant and more than 200 others who have attended the course. The ORCV Beyond the Bay program is a series of educational evening sessions, supervised weekend on water events and mentoring support. Course has started although workshop 1 will be repeated at a time mutually agreed on for those still wishing to attend.   Book your place here 

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YACHT RACING OUTSIDE THE BAY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED First of all I am a newcomer to ocean racing and I would like to share my experience having completed our first ORCV race - Melb to Devonport. Having sailed all my life I only progressed to owning my first “real” boat;  a Hanse 445 (B455 Mersea) about 3 years ago. The learning curve was rather steep in the first year or two. As expected I know I will never stop growing in experience and with it the confidence of being able to handle the boat in varying conditions. After buying the boat I immediately enrolled on the ORCV Beyond the  [ ... ]

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We had a fleet of 12 but the weather has resulted in 6 withdrawals so congratulations to the skippers and crew who are making the effort and are heading into Bass Strait tomorrow. Algy Rose Skippered by Nigel Rose and his crew, Renee Buchanan, David Schuller, Andrew Cuddon and Chris Raywood   Arcadia Skippered by Steve Thompson and his crew Nicklas Werneman, Ian Lyall, Barry Wilson, Svetlana Pashchenko, Peter Davison, Jonathan Garber,Eduardo Haro, Alan Watkins and Ronan Lynch Escapade Skippered by Robert Bradley and his crew Michael Bradley, Edel Doyle, John Smith, Katrina Ha [ ... ]

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  Latitude Ocean Race, What are your Navigation Options? For those of you have not experienced the Latitude ocean race, it is a handicap race were each boat races to a latitude and the unique part is you can turn at any longitude. So this gives you many options, what is the least distance and fastest point of sail. With the advent of technology and software it can make the job easier. If you look below we have used the PredictWind Weather Routing (https://www.predictwind.com/) to look at a number of options.  These options are using the Polars from a Beneteau First 40 so if you lo [ ... ]

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Latitude 2018 Weather Update   A review of the weather for the Latitude Ocean is showing quite manageable conditions with a southwesterly between 15 to 20 knots, possibly turning more southerly at a similar strength later.  No warnings are currently issued but we will be checking again tomorrow for those. Sunday is more of the same but slightly lighter at 10 to 15 knots, a good wind for a fast return to your home clubs, well for some of you anyway. Many of you will be going down to the race area on Friday, either ear [ ... ]

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2018 Latitude Sailing Instructions are now available. The Sailing Instructions for the Latitude Ocean race and Latitude Pursuit race can be found HERE. It is that time of year again when all ocean racers, either seasoned veterans or those aspiring to take on new challenges and follow their passion for the sport beyond the limits of Port Phillip, turn their attention towards the iconic Christmas races of the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster, Melbourne to Devonport and the holy grail, the Sydney to Hobart. To assist skippers and crew of all standards prepare for the challenges that lie ahead,  [ ... ]

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2018 Latitude Series – 24th and 25th November, 2018 The Latitude Series Notice of Race is now available HERE. The Latitude Series is the ORCV’s premier offshore training event for aspiring ocean racing skippers and crew, and seasoned campaigners alike, looking to hone their skills ahead of the traditional Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and Melbourne to Devonport races in December. Since its commencement in 2005 with 14 boats and more than 90 crew, the Latitude Series has seen more than 70 yachts and 400 crew, experience this unique racing challenge, with most of them experiencing the t [ ... ]

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2016 ORCV LATITUDE WEEKEND This weekend’s weather is dominated by a broad high pressure system approaching the state during Saturday which will persist for the weekend until the next cold front moves in early next week. Winds at the start of the Latitude Ocean Race are forecast to be light (5-10knots) westerly, moving more southerly throughout the day which should make for an ideal day for new crews to experience the Heads and Bass Strait. Blairgowrie will be extending their usual hospitality to the crews with an all-you-can-eat BBQ on Saturday evening and egg-and-bacon rolls/coffee [ ... ]

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2016 Take off to a Latitude The Latitude Ocean and Pursuit events on 19th and 20th November 2016. These events are open to all interested yachties venturing for a short race out the Heads and back to Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron for the celebration-bragging rights, tall tales… For events documents and online entry visit the Latitude Page.

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