“The Rip” is the narrow entrance to Port Phillip, where underwater reefs limit the navigable entrance to just 0.6nm and provides a restricted tidal flow between the ocean and Port Phillip, where over 4,000 commercial vessels transit annually.
Once a year, the ORCV runs an on-water tour from a large ferry looking at the navigation aids, tides, how to and which channels to use, radio protocols etc for a safe transit of the heads.
The tour runs inside the bay but travels around the head's region and offers not only an educational experience but a great day on the water. Learn more and book here https://www.orcv.org.au/training/rip-tour-of-port-phillip-heads
Port Fairy Race – Good Friday, April 7th starting 3.30 pm
Meet your family and friends over Easter, where you can all enjoy the hospitality of the Port Fairy Yacht Club Saturday night dinner and live music on the banks of the Moyne River.
There’s a 40-year race record to strive to break, Quasimodo completing the 135nm race in 14h 26m 20s. Learn more about the race or enter here https://www.orcv.org.au/index.php/port-fairy-about-the-race
70th Anniversary Apollo Bay – Saturday, May 27th starting 6 am
Sail in company along the Great Ocean Road on the 52nm to Apollo Bay. Always a popular category 3 race that closes out the ocean season. Check out what’s required to join the category 3 race and enter the race here https://www.orcv.org.au/apollo-bay-about-the-race