Click HERE for the 2012 Sovereign Series NOR .


Click HERE for the 2012 Westcoaster SIs. V1.00.

Coming soon!


Click HERE for the Leave at Home document


Click HERE for the 2012 M2HW Sked Sheets


Go HERE to complete
your entry.



Click HERE to see who 
else is going.


Shortwave in 2008 @ 1:17:28:59.



Get the results HERE.


Go HERE for the Race Documents


Read a little more HERE


When the race is on, watch them on the tracker, HERE.


A very big thanks to our major sponsors, the global miner, Heemskirk Consolidated.














Ocean Race: 440 nm

Race Start: 1230hrs @ Portsea Pier, 27th December 2012






Arguably Australia’s most challenging ocean race, the 41st Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster will start from yhe Portsea Pier on Thursday 27th December 2012

The course takes the competitors out of Port Phillip Heads, across Bass Strait then down the rugged West coast of Tasmania, around the Southernmost tip of Australia, past Maatsuyker Island, before heading up the Derwent River to the finish in Hobart.

This is a race run for yachties by yachties. It presents an amazing challenge to the participants and is run with a level of spirit and camaraderie not often seen. There are no fat wallet boats here, just great sailors working hard.







Weather Briefing on the 27th December 2017

Boats who are unable to attend the Weather briefing at 8am on the 27th December 2017 are required to connect to the link below and watch the briefing via an internet capable device. If you are using a PDA its better to download the app at home via the Apple store or the Google play store. The name of the program we use is Citrix Goto Meeting. If you are connecting remotely we recommend that you join the meeting 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

Google Play store

Apple iTunes

To comply with the Sailing Instructions, send an SMS to the Race Director's phone naming your boat and that the Skipper and Navigator have watched the Weather Briefing.


Link to Jion the Meeting


Weather  Outlook update for this years races

 For the Cock of the Bay at this early stage, looking like a light ENE maybe 5 kts and as the day advances winds will turn further W at 15 and finishing more S Easterly at the bottom of the bay making for a slow start and great finish. We expect plenty of colour especially at the top end of the bay. Select your mooring carefully as by Wednesdays Ocean race start it is expected NNE at 16 kts or so with just a slight chance of a shower.

For those going to Devonport expect a good, fast run with a finish in S SE fine reaching. Probably sick of changing kites anyway. Could be record breaking material for the right boat.

If westcoaster boats keep at it they might find some fresher wind at times but with a lot of E sector  wind the swells are not forecast to grow much. Maybe by the time getting to the west Tas coast late Thursday it might pay to watch wind shadow and the topography although there may be enough wind to not matter. Well offshore to 25 kts but 16 closer. Friday late and Saturday shows lightening off a way out from the South coast but wind persisting coastwise. The finish is still looking as an east SE direction.

Watching the low well south of Perth but not expected to interfere with the race-still early days. The heat troughs around Australia could also change things yet but the general thrust is slowly settling. 


Have hand drawn a probable front on this map.




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.




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 confirmed until close of business Wednesday 20 December. Most goods other than flammables and pressurised containers are acceptable (including outboards providing fuel is drained) and billing will be to your ORCV account.

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