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Sailonline is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, for the running of Melbourne to Vanuatu 2014 which starts in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, 29 June at 0900 local (Saturday, 28 June at 2300utc).

ORCV was formed in 1949 (as the Cruising Yacht Club of Victoria) and was renamed in 1972, and operates as a not-for-profit organisation to develop expertise in and organise ocean racing in the Australian State of Victoria. The Melbourne to Vanuatu race was first run in 2006 and is a Category 1 event of more than 1800nm from Portsea, Melbourne, to the finish at Port Vila.

The Sailonline virtual race is now open for practice.


dtayls 2:1 All ORCV races start in Port Phillip Bay. One of the challenges for those of us sail here is getting in and out of the bay. Tides run at up to 6kts and then theres the shipping passing through The Rip as its known.

dtayls 2:5 And while Melbourne is at the northern end of the bay we start ORCV races near the The Heads to ensure that everyone gets out safely on a reasonable tidal flow.


--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-06-24 10:29:21 ---
Ah!. I've just found the place to post these things rather than in the chat session ...

Also, most ORCV races also start at night at around 1-2am in the morning. But why???

Starting at night the col-regs (not the RRS) apply; and then we cross The Rip (a bar and narrow entrance to the bay) with commercial ships, fishing vessels, etc coming in and out 24x7. The first hour of these races is a challenge in itself. It's quite exhilarating.
And something special about the real-life M2V race is that the SIs allow a yacht to start up to 25 hours after the nominal start. In fact, the SIs say "7.10 Yachts may elect to start at any time up to 25 hours after the start signal."

This potentially takes a little of the 'luck' factor out of the equation when you've got a mixed fleet with some very fast boats at one end and some slugs at the other end of the fleet.

This could also be great for SOL'ers who arrive late on the scene, but I'm guessing it's not (yet) an option within the SOL system.
OK. The real yachts are now visible on the virtual screen. They can be determined by the bold gold colour and have an "@" at the beginning of their boatname. They are easily searched in the boat list and you can create a separate list just for them if you wish.
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
Get real-time weather for Port Phillip Bay and links to BoM here: http://www.baywx.com.au/
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
Interactive webcam covering The Rip and looking back towards the start. Make sure you select the Point Lonsdale East cam. http://goo.gl/DORJQi

--- Last Edited by Tyger / Robert Neilson at 2014-06-28 19:22:40 ---
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
here is the latest weather analysis from the ORCV weatheer gurus. http://goo.gl/3gY1zE
“We may have arrived on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now!” Martin Luther King Jr.
30 June 2014
Report of broken boom:

dtayls 21:01 At 1857 UTC Ariel II reported the following via email to the race director: "Ariel II has broken boom will make safe in daylight and return to Port Phillip. All ok no harm done".

Fleet position pic here

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-06-30 22:03:40 ---
7 July 2014

Tyger 3:49 JAZZ PLAYER's tracker has stopped reporting but from this morning's radio sched. all is well and the crew are checking the tracker . Position at 0800 this morning was 27 21S 165 23E


--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2014-07-07 07:30:04 ---
As I was lucky enough to get a podium in this I felt I should do a report. However, as Fifi was by my side and a factor in my best result ever I then thought she should talk for herself on SOL.

RC though said that "SAUCY BOY HUMOUR was probably best not placed on the official blog" but maybe Fifi's post could be placed here.. so here its placed!

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