NOTICE OF
RACE

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SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

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Coming soon!

LEAVE AT HOME

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SKED SHEETS

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ENTER

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sailor-details

ENTRANTS

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RECORD

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

 

RESULTS

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FORMS

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RACE INFO

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TRACKER

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SPONSOR

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MELBOURNE TO HOBART - WESTCOASTER

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Ocean Race: 440 nm

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

 

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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.

 

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The Notice of Race for the 2017 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open.

Hobart Westcoaster Map

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.

Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio
Radio communications and navigational aids continue to improve. In this context the ORCV believes that use of Sat phones by boats with suitably configured VHF radios are a viable alternative in this race for boats which are not equipped with HF sets. The club is awaiting the outcome of a request for dispensation from the Cat 2 HF radio requirement of the Special Regulations. The matter is under consideration by Australian Sailing and the final decision on this issue will be posted as soon as possible.

Request for Early Entries
Early entries are being actively encouraged to assist with event and facilities planning. The on line system for this race will accept early applications for entry with payment of race entry fees until “closer to the event” noting, however, that this arrangement does not extend beyond 15 November 2017.

To download the race documents go to the race page: http://orcv.org.au/index.php/hobart-documents 

Cadibarra 8 encountered a some difficulties on the way home, boat and crew all OK.

Cadibarra 8 encountered a some difficulties shortly after 22:00 hours last night (Wednesday 04/01/16) on the return voyage from Hobart to Melbourne. The boat and all crew are all OK and currently at Lady Barron on Flinders Island.

On their return to Melbourne after the Melbourne from Hobart yacht race, when approaching Lady Barron on Flinders Island from the Eastern entrance, their keel hit sand banks and waves pushed them further onto the sand. Wind strength at the time was around 14 knots.
Cadibarra 8 has been to Lady Barron via the Eastern entrance several times previously without incident. Sand Banks in that area have a reputation for moving. Several ORCV members have advised transiting the same entrance on the leads and bumping sand, and when moving a little off the leads, were able to get through successfully.

Cadibarra 8 and her crew followed correct Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), when they got into trouble. As they initially received no response on VHF Distress frequencies, they activated their EPIRB, which was detected by AMSA. All crew were wearing their PFDs and were ready to implement further safety SOPs they have learnt in the Safety & Sea Survival course, if required.

Another Melbourne yacht Challenge, an entrant in the 2016 Sydney Hobart race, was at Lady Barron and relaying VHF calls with Tas Maritime Radio and alerted the ORCV Incident Management Team. ORCV Incident Management Team contacted crew onboard and monitored the situation, including updates from Challenge. Challenge provided a chart image with Cadibarra 8's AIS track which indicated the depth of water at Cadibarra 8's location was 10m.

Tasmanian Water Police Boat Protector 4 was despatched and stood by Cadibarra 8 and tried to assist them.

Cadibarra 8 managed to dislodge themselves and made their way to Lady Barron on Flinders Island, arriving around 03:00 hours Thursday 05/01/16. They have dived under the boat to inspect the keel and hull integrity and are satisfied all structures are sound. Cadibarra 8 intend to depart Lady Barron this afternoon, and proceed cautiously to Port Phillip and will maintaining position reporting schedules with Tas Maritime Radio.

Well done to the Cadibarra 8 crew on the way they handled the incident and the safety procedures they implemented after getting into difficulty.

Many thanks to AMSA, Tas Martime Radio, Tasmanian Water Police Boat Protector 4 and crew, and Chris Mrakas on Challenge.

Cadibarra8 2016 M2H Start

 

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

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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 show up on the wind map.  

Conditions were windy-ish at the start.  I was probably supposed to be trimming a sail or something, but anyway here are some pictures of other boats I took on the start line:

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Right, photoshoot over, and back to the race.  The wind continued for the first couple of days.  Precisely from where we were trying to go, obviously.  We also had some rather annoying current.  I'd love to show a picture of the tracker here but despite the fact I am a highly regarded IT professional, I can't work it right now. Race Director to the rescue

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Here's a picture of people doing tacking, and tackling fearsome weather and intense seas instead.

 

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Despite being buoyed by Fred's ongoing insistence that there would definitely be a Westerly ANY MINUTE NOW, all that tacking was sapping a fair bit of energy.  It was obviously going to be a long race and we were worried enough to seriously consider which of the crew to eat (no contest - Paula).  With this in mind we pottered down the Fearsome West Coast with careless disregard of anything like rationing.  The only incident of note was the kidnapping and ransom of the 'A' team mascot Raaaa, which was apparently prompted by Paula's completely unreasonable insistence that she did NOT want to be eaten.  

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 Paula: alleged kidnapper of Raaaa, and evidence of her anti-cannabalism campaign being

taken seriously (she is after all a delicious, grain-fed vegetarian)

 Raaaa rescued and safe*, Paula plotting revenge, and Fred looking oddly

relaxed given he was next on the menu....



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 Dawn

 Dawn at Matzseiker was a particularly special moment

Thus we arrived in practically no time at all at the point at which every West Coast veteran celebrates the fact it's not that far now, aka "that bit down the bottom where you turn left".  On this occasion it turned out to be quite far indeed.  Traditionally, I like to stay up from Matzseiker to the end, but unfortunately I got a bit bored with the ongoing rendition of "it's a long way to Hobaaart:  it's a long way to go" and instead retired for a nice gentle rocking to sleep on uneventful flat seas, thus apparently missing the sunset of the year.  

As I missed the sunset, here is a picture of the moon instead:

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This photo says a lot more about how the boat was not moving very much than my hand-held photography skills (which are mighty, nevertheless). 

I  eventually woke up just past Bruny Island, and turned up on deck on a very black night to discover that we were sailing in between some spooky things that looked quite a lot like big black wheelie bins.  As it turned out, they were not giant spooky wheelie bins at all, but something involving a fish farm which Very Definitely Wasn't There Last Year.  Or any of the past 33 years for that matter.  A bit of brilliant communication from Steve (winner of the loudest voice award) and some great tactical manoeuvring from torch bearer Will ("Bear LE-EFT".  "Where's the bear?  I don't see a bear on the left?") enabled us to successfully navigate our way out with only a minor loss of dignity.  Dignity which will be maintained just as long as no-one else ever finds out about it.  

With all obvious dangers circumnavigated, the only outstanding risk was being shot in the thigh by a firework from Constitution dock.  We negated this by not being there.  I have not experienced watching the fireworks from the Derwent before.  Nor do I wish to again.  1/11th of a bottle of champagne just doesn't cut it, frankly.  Please never speak of this to me again.

Unfortunately that 1/11th of a bottle did not do us any favours.  With some wind up the clacker we put up a kite, got some actual speed up and managed a race record speed of 7.8 ktns as we screamed to the finish line.  Our local, friendly race director Simon made the comment that our hour to the finish was the shortest hour he's ever experienced (about 18 minutes: we had fairly low expectations by that point) but we finally arrived sometime after 3am on the 1st Jan and in a fit of enthusiasm attempted to take the kite down.  

Damn you, 1/11th of a bottle of champagne.  As it turned out we used the wrong halyard to hoist the bloody thing.

25 minutes and 14 made up swear-words later, and with our kite finally neat-ish-ly furled in position and 3rd degree burns to only 2 of our crew members' hands, we finally pulled in, gratefully received our slab, and prepared to tell tall stories of battling turbulent seas and monsters and stuff.

For the 9th time for me, and 34th (and final time?) for Yoko.  I would like to think there will be a number 10, because I just can't think of a better thing to do with a finer bunch of people than this race.

Thank you ORCV, from the bottom of our lion-napping, cannabalistic hearts.

Yoko,  2015/16 season.

*Raaaa has mostly recovered from his traumatic experience of the West Coast despite the unprofessional counselling he received en-route, including advice to "pull yourself together" and "lockers aren't prisons, it's just a louvre door mate".

Wyndham Harbour Sponsors 2015 Cock of the Bay and Melbourne to Hobart Westcoast Yacht Races.

The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is delighted to announce Wyndham Harbour as a new naming rights sponsor for the forthcoming 2015 Wyndham Harbour Cock of the Bay race and the blue water classic Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster ocean race.

Wyndham Harbour is an exciting new development which enhances yachting facilities on Port Phillip Bay for visitor and permanent berths. The $440 million dollar marina development located in Melbourne’s west, is only 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. The Wyndham Harbour estate is a thriving community, with residents now occupying a range of premium waterfront homes, apartments and terrace homes.

In the summer of 2016, the first stage of Wyndham Harbour’s Marina will be operational, emerging as a world-class boating and lifestyle destination. Once all stages are complete, it will feature up to 1000 wet berths and dry boat storage for up to 390 boats – making it the largest marina in Victoria and the second largest in Australia. This will provide access to Port Phillip Bay for residents and the general public, extensive boating facilities including maintenance and servicing facilities and a refuelling dock.

The Wyndham Harbour Cock of the Bay race down Port Phillip, is held each year on Boxing Day and, with a course designed to sail past major bay side locations, it is popular with sailors and spectators alike. Some say there is no better way to work off the excesses of Christmas the day before. The 34 nautical mile classic starts at Port Melbourne at the Northern end of Port Phillip Bay. Spectators can get up close and personal with the fleet from vantage points as yachts round marks close to Brighton and Sandringham, before heading south to Blairgowrie. Competitors are once again looking forward to great hospitality at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in their brand new club house that has just opened.

The Wyndham Harbour Cock of the Bay race event serves as a feeder for the ORCV's blue-water classic Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and Rudder Cup Melbourne to Devonport races which start from Portsea on 27 December, 2015.

Arguably Australia’s most challenging ocean race, the Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster starts from Portsea Pier on 27 December each year. The course takes the competitors out of Port Phillip Bay, across Bass Strait, travelling down the rugged West Coast of Tasmania and rounding the southernmost tip of Australia before heading up the Derwent River to the finish in Hobart.

The 435 nautical mile blue-water classic 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 to earn the right to wear the yellow cap of a Westcoaster racer.

 

The ORCV are looking forward to visiting Wyndham Harbour Marina development and anticipate using the facility as a race destination in 2016.