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


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your entry.



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else is going.


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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.



4 hands

Shorthanded Racing is here– 4 crew plus Autohelm

The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season.

This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiatives will be released in a future article but the decision on short handed racing reflects two key findings.

First, in an open question on “matters considered when deciding whether to participate in an ocean race”, time and cost rate a mention but the two overwhelming considerations were:-

  • The availability of suitably experienced crew and
  • The suitability of the yacht for the event, with emphasis on competitiveness against the expected fleet.

Skippers were also asked if they would be interested in, or support, short handed crews racing with Autohelm under normal handicaps in the main fleet:-

  • 76% of the respondents expressed an interest in “4 crew plus autohelm racing”, including some who would continue to race “fully crewed” but saw the concept as being a positive for fleet size.
  • 25% were not interested in the idea but only one skipper was negative.

The underlying philosophy behind the decision is that four suitably experienced crew in an autohelm equipped yacht can maintain effective watches and are, for the majority of the fleet, competitive against fully crewed boats.

Double handed racing will continue to be supported by ORCV. In some ways an extreme test of seamanship, two handed racing is an altogether more challenging venture for the crew and is one where careful attention to boat preparation and set up may be a precondition for competitive success.

On a technical note, the use of autohelms is regulated via NOR conditions regarding use of stored power. Neither rating amendments nor declarations are required under the IRC and AMS rating rules…. all you need is an autohelm and they are getting better all the time!  

The Notice of Race for the 2018 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open.

Hobart Westcoaster Map

The race continues to evolve and this year the NOR  provides expanded support for short handed racing within the unrestricted monohull division.

Double handed racing is in many ways the ultimate ocean racing challenge and has had active support for a number of years. Double handed yachts will continue to be actively supported by ORCV,  racing in their own Division and also against the main fleet. Its worth noting that in 2017 second place in both IRC and AMS were taken out by two handed crews.

Autohelm plus 4 crew  - The competitive envelope has now been expanded by including provision in the NOR to allow yachts to race "autohelm plus max 4 crew" as part of the unrestricted monohull fleet. There is no separate Division for "Autohelm plus 4". This decision reflects strong support for the concept in ORCV's 2018 research program. 

Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio

The dispensation for use of Sat Phones by yachts which are not equiped with HF radio remains in place. Details of the dispensation in terms of Cat 2 Safety compliance and ORCV's communications requirements are given in the NOR.

Request for Early Entries

Early entries are requested as part of out fleet building program and to assist with facilities planning. The on line system for this race will accept early applications for entry with payment deferred to 14 November 2018 when early bird race entry fees expire.