ORCV Winter Series Flare Shoot tradition continues in 2018

The ORCV Winter Series has been conducted annually since 1971One of many ORCV traditions, the annual Flare Shoot prior an ORCV Winter Series race (including the use parachute/rocket flares), has again received approval from relevant authorities.    For our Category 1 and 2 ocean races, yachts are required to carry parachute distress flares but opportunities to gain practical experience discharging parachute flares are rare.  The ORCV Safety & Sea Survival Course includes an important practical exercise to discharge hand held flares but not parachute flares.  This is a rare opportunity to gain practical experience discharging parachute marine distress flares.

See Winter Series Race Documents page for Notice to Competitors No. 5 - Flare Shoot

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Race 2 in the 2018 ORCV Winter Series, the passage race from Melbourne to Blairgowrie was originally scheduled for Saturday 7 July, 2018 but with Gale Force winds forecast, it was re-scheduled to Saturday 21 July, 2018.

Our fleet for Race 2 currently stands at 31 yachts from all major keel boat yacht clubs in Port Phillip.

Winter is a fabulous time to sail in Melbourne - lots of nice Northerly winds and flat seas in Port Phillip Bay.  You can still enter the entire Series or individual events in the new format 2018 ORCV Winter Series. See the The new 2018 ORCV Winter Series - Format Explained article for more info on the new format.

The ORCV's 2018 Women Skippers & Navigators Race, which has previously been conducted after the Winter Series Melbourne to Geelong passage race, has been changed this year to be after the Melbourne to Blairgowrie race on Sunday 22 July, 2018.  The Women Skippers & Navigators Race is part of the Yachting Victoria Women and Girls in Sailing (WGIS) Port Phillip Women's Passage Series.

Port Phillip Bay's dolphins were also fired up on the first day of the 2015 Winter Series, as captured by Steb Fisher (no these photos are not 'photo shopped').  For more of Steb's magic, see the Album for Race 1 of the 2015 Winter Series on the ORCV's Facebook Page.

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Relevant Authorities include:
• Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – Instrument Number: CASA.FWK.00943
• Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
• Port of Melbourne Corporation
• Victorian Water Police
• Coast Guard Melbourne
CASA have issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to alert aircraft pilots of the Flare Shoot location.

Monday, 05 July 2021 20:55

Sportsboat screamer as Cool sets the pace The fleet heading to the first gate Photo Michael Currie The second race of the ORCV Winter Series saw 45 for the passage down to Blairgowrie, with the fleet drag racing down the bay in record-breaking time. The 25nm run down to the south channel saw some extremely close racing between yachts, with the sportsboats and...

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:00

ORCV Winter Series Flare Shoot tradition continues in 2018 The ORCV Winter Series has been conducted annually since 1971.  One of many ORCV traditions, the annual Flare Shoot prior an ORCV Winter Series race (including the use parachute/rocket flares), has again received approval from relevant authorities.    For our Category 1 and 2 ocean races, yachts are required to...

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:55

Information Sessions Continue for new 2018 Winter Series format As part of introducing an exciting new format, including a new schedule of races and all new divisions for the 2018 Winter Series, the ORCV is committed to talking to as many members and supporters as possible, through a series of information sessions to be held all supporting yacht clubs on Port Phillip.  Following on...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:04

The new 2018 ORCV Winter Series - Format Explained   Dates The dates for the 2018 Winter Series are as follows: Race One - Sunday 3nd June, 2018. Format: 20 – 30nm Passage Race. Race Two – Saturday 7th July, 2018 re-scheduled to 21st July, 2018. Format: Blairgowrie Passage Race. Race Three – Saturday 4th August, 2018. Format: 20 – 30nm Passage Race. Race Four – Saturday 1st...

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:04

ORCV Announces all new format for 2018 Winter Series The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is excited to announce the development of an all new format for its 2018 Winter Series, to be held on the waters of Port Phillip Bay, commencing Sunday 3rd of June, 2018.  As the proud organising club of the longest running winter series on the Bay, the ORCV conducted a review over the summer...