Skippers’ essentials (courses, instructions and procedures)

This page includes the current standard courses, our Sailing Instructions and (work in progress) the process to document boats intending to race (see below or shortcut here.) [register, registration, entry form]

Race Courses

Courses p1

Courses p2

Or Click here for the latest courses as pdf document.

Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race

For our “Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race, click here.

And for the 2019 Winter series, here. Also supplementary instructions here.

Skippers – Here are the Aus Sailing safety declarations one of which the Club Captain will require to be signed at the beginning of the season.


Work in progress:  To assist with insurance and safety compliance, skippers, please register your vessel prior to racing here.  Or click this graphic –>Registration icon

Also see above for the Australian Sailing safety compliance forms, one of which has always been required for every vessel racing. You will need to have one of these completed (e.g. printed, filled and signed and photographed) and saved as a computer file to reference in this system.

Also the system will ask for a file with your insurance information.


Beware of strong tidal streams in the vicinity of fixed navigation marks such as Swan Spit.  Also note that the area of Lonsdale Bight / Port Phillip Heads is designated a hazardous area with mandatory wearing of PFDs.

Where is Corsair Rock?

One of the more notorious hazards of Port Phillip Heads, its location is not blindingly obvious in every navigation aid.  Make your own determination but this text below is extracted from a web search.  Also some detail from the Navionics “web app” on this site under “Charts” is given here.  The general area of this and other hazards is available in this map from the web.


  • Type: rock
  • Location: VictoriaAustraliaOceania
  • Latitude: 38° 18′ 4″ (38.3011°) south
  • Longitude: 144° 38′ 29″ (144.6414°) east

Also note that rapid shoaling is occurring in some places, including between the Annulus and Wedge Light and west of the Caisson (=Chinaman’s Hat).

Rules and Navigation lights – Quiz

For testing your knowledge of the racing rules and of navigation lights, see the “links” page.  In the navigation lights quiz, click on the picture to get the answers.


Emergency blank sign on sheet for races if required.


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