Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup Race 2014

Organised by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria

Race against the Beneteau First 40s in the online virtual race

brought to you by Sailonline

Race starts Saturday 27th December 2014 at 01:30 UTC (12:30 AEDT Local Time) is pleased to announce that it is again partnering with the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria to bring the virtual version of theMelbourne to Devonport “Rudder Cup” Race 2014, to armchair sailors around the world.

In 1907, Thomas Fleming Day, editor of the American magazine "Rudder" wrote to his friend, the Commodore of the Geelong Yacht Club, T. A. Dickson, suggesting a race across Bass Strait to Tasmania in order to promote the sport of yachting. Day struck a trophy worth 60 guineas, a fortune at the time, as a prize for the winner. More than 100 years later, yachts are still racing across Bass Strait for the honour of winning the Rudder Cup. The Rudder Cup is Australia's oldest ocean race and the 5th oldest organised ocean yacht race in the world, pre-dating the Fastnet by nearly 20 years and the Sydney to Hobart race by nearly 4 decades.

Sailonline is a non-profit, non-commercial sail-racing navigation simulation run entirely by volunteers. All races are free and each Soler (one who sails on Sailonline) gets exactly the same boat. The challenge is navigating through the weather. Sailonline uses almost real-time weather downloaded from NOAA and the boat physics are considered to be the most life-like of any online simulation.

Sailonline will be using the polar of a Beneteau First 40 racing yacht as the online virtual yacht and we will be racing against the two real First 40s in the race, "Bandit" and "Wicked", both from Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne. Armchair sailors can pit their navigational skills against the race fleet with the feed from the Yellowbrick tracker showing the position of the real yachts overlaid on the virtual race screen.



Whether you are a seasoned old salt or a newbie, all are welcome and there is always someone willing to help with questions in the online race chat.


Head to Sailonlineto join in the virtual race - it’s all free.


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About the Rudder Cup


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