The Handicaps for the Melbourne to Hobart and the Melbourne to Devonport are published

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Melbourne Hobart Westcoaster Trophy Presentation For those who are starting to think about New Year’s Eve arrangements, please note that the 2017 West Coaster Trophy presentations are planned for 1700 at DSS on 31 December….  So, no conflict with the Q.L.D. at “shippies” and no excuses for not being at the presentations!  …. except of course lack of wind in which case alternative arrangements will be made.      

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Container for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Doug Prosser has again offered to assist with arrangements for shipping “return delivery gear” to the Hobart.  This a shared cost venture covering shipment from Altona to the DSS in Hobart at an expected cost somewhere between $200 and $300 per boat depending on the uptake and amount being shipped. Can interested skippers please email the office asap as we will be looking for a minimum of 10 boats to keep the cost before we confirm the container booking. Goods may be delivered to Altona any time after participation has been confir [ ... ]

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Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio In accordance with Special Regulation 1.01.3 Australian Sailing has approved the following variations to the Special Regulations:  The ORCV is approved to conduct for the 2017 Melboure ot Hobart Westcoaster under Special Regulations’ Category 2 with the following variations and conditions: Compliance is not required for Special Regulation 3.25.1(a) for HF radio All boats not complying with the HF radio requirements of  [ ... ]

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  The Notice of Race for the 2017 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open. There have been a number of changes this year: Double Handed Entries
The Westcoaster is a qualifying race for the 2018 Osaka Cup which starts in March. With 33 entries, of which 13 are Melbourne based, a strong double handed contingent is expected. The double handed boats will race both as part of the main fleet and as a “race within the race”. ORCV has instigated a new perpetual trophy for the winning Double Handed boat in the most popular measurement category [ ... ]

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Rain, wind and sail changes - a review of day 2 ORCV Ocean races

Well the Melbourne to Devonport race is done and dusted. Day 2 saw rain, lots of it with winds varying from plenty to not a lot. The yachts got to practice their reefing and sail changes many, many times as they crossed Bass Strait. With typically cracked sheets, speeds averaged around 7k which meant a fairly quick but wet race. Boats finished between 5pm and 9pm in steady rainy overcast conditions, not great for photos or the Race Director and his team. Peccadillo was the first boat in and took out line honours with Soiree Blue the first mono hull and Line Honours winner. Competitors loved t [ ... ]

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A fast and furious start – review of day 1 ORCV ocean races to Tasmania

Crash bang coming through! Some of our competitors caused dramas on the start line of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean races, with four yachts caught up in collisions. They mustn’t have got the memo about it being a long race so 15 seconds on the start line probably doesn’t matter. Luckily winds were moderate but it was still enough to cause an early retirement of BKT JAMHU which was taking on water as a result of their collision. No doubt it will be a busy protest room in Hobart after the race, see our Facebook site for video of the start. Experienced competi [ ... ]

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The Handicaps for the Melbourne to Hobart and the Melbourne to Devonport are published

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  3 sleeps until the start of the West Coaster In the pictures below it shows which crew members do not have a photo, can I please ask that you send your photos and bios as soon as possible. What I would like is a short bio of your ocean racing career 60 to 100 words and a head and shoulders picture. The picture of Neville below shows what it will look like on the Tracker website. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakbab8c4efcc7703657646f0372aa3d6ac').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = '  [ ... ]

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  Let's hope the early wind Gods are right Very early indications (not very reliable) indicate that this year's races to Devonport and Hobart could be very fast. In the Predictwind models, it has a Beneteau 40 finishing the Hobart race in just over two days. So just to get your juices flowing here are the models for the Devonport and Hobart races. The Devonport The Hobart  

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Who On Earth Put That Fish Farm There and Other Stories.  It can be an awfully long way from Melbourne to Hobart.  The 2015 (or rather 2015/16) race was a fine example of just how far it can be.  I was either hallucinating, or one week from race start BOM had us prepared to be swinging off grab rails and preparing to ingest Stugeron and Saladas like they were going out of fashion, with the vague possibility of some sliced cheese towards day 3.  However towards race day the Bureau changed it's mind, and some really pale blue bits (scattered with a tad of white) started to s [ ... ]

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