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Finally a beginning

The remaining boats of the EastCoaster fleet arrived overnight. First Ingenue and then Pretty Woman.

For Roger Wale's Pretty Woman, this was a momentus occasion as they completed their first Ocean race. The 13.4m Elan proved to be a comfortable passage maker - and Roger and his team are planning to undertake more ocean races in ther future!

The happy crew are pictured below:







When in 2007, the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria made the bold decision to run their Blue Ribbon Hobart race down the east coast of Tasmania, they could not anticipate just how popular the event would prove.

Again and again the competitors commented on the desirability of a race on that shore.  Not only did it provide immense challenge to the navigators in the fleet, due to the coastal nature of the course. Also it provided scenery of great majesty, wildlife in abundance and quality sailing.  ORCV are a club who listen to and respond to their membership and so the new Eastcoaster course was born.

This year the course was changed slightly with Flinders Island being a mark of the course and Maria Island not being.  The weather for this race started a little softly but competition was fierce amongst the leading group of boats.

Kevin Robinson, skipper of No Fearr, commented ‘It was a very scenic trip around Flinders Island.  It was a great course.  The only thing is that crossing Bass Strait there is a few things on the rhumbline, like Deal Island and Devil's tower.  Also you have to keep clear of the shipping lanes.'

Shamrock, the Mornington based Reichel Pugh, stamped their authority on this race from the very beginning. At each sked they seemed to gain a little more ground on their competitors.  Helsal II, Ocean Skins, eXtasea and Icefire all worked hard to peg back the lead but the final straw was when Shamrock rounded Flinders Island.

The boats on the coast had fallen into a hole, with eXtasea reporting just four knots of breeze.  Shamrock came home to finish at 6.30pm on the 29th, so emphatic was their Line Honours victory second place getters, eXtasea, did not finish until 3.55am the next morning.

eXtasea and Helsal II certainly had a battle to the finish with just a five minute difference  in the finish time.  Ocean Skins followed some half an hour later and Icefire an hour after that.

Whichever race the yacht comes from and whatever time they arrive the welcome at Elizabeth Pier is warm.


Since about 10am this morning we have been in the doldrums. Last night  in general conditions were changeable but ok. The light weather allowed a bit of much needed housekeeping. Hard to describe the scene and particularly the smells on a 46 foot yacht on day three of an ocean race. Without going into too many details for our friends at home...we are not real fresh right now.

 Still, the boat was sponged out, wet clothes dried, sails put on deck to dry and dirty underwear and socks put back in their rightful place - ie: not on bunks! Things look better for sure on extasea today. About 6pm the weak westerley finally arrived and we are underway again. We have heard Shamrock have finished, very well done to them for getting through everything so quick. We are just a little jealous that they will be drinking tonight and we won't. Looks like the line honours and IRC double for them. 

Some of the rest of the fleet converged during the day including us. We have also seen some of the Sydney Hobart fleet around us, a couple of Sydney 38's including Geelong's Cinquante and another couple of unidentified boats. Got to hand it to the 38's! Tasman Island has seemed a million miles away all day but as soon as the breeze came up they went off match racing again. Tacking the whole way down. We just want to round the mark and get on with it! Impressive to see close racing on day 4 of their race.

 StormBay and the Derwent? Well, who knows.  We will be there sometime in the night or morning we hope. Just as the parking lot opens! We are expecting it to be light there but you never know. Dinner tonight was a stew prepared by our illustrious skipper Paul Buchholz and cooked to perfection by JD. Consensus is best off shoremeal of all time!

 Off watch now. Ocean racing is mostly sailing eating and some sleeping. 3 of our favorite things.