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Ocean Race: 198 nm

Race Start: 1230hrs 27th December 2012 at Portsea 

 Category: 2


Preliminary Advice.

Australia's oldest ocean race (and the world's fifth oldest), the famous Melbourne to Launceston event starts on December 27, 2012. The winner receives (albeit quite briefly) the splendiferous 60 Guinea, Rudder Cup, as pictured below.


First run in 1907 and then a few years of each decade until the 60's, when it became an annual feature, the M2L is just perfect for the busy crew who have to back in Melbourne on or around New Year's Eve. Crews looking to go and stick their nose in it (Bass Strait, that is) for the first time also use the M2L as a thorough grounding in how to cross The Paddock. This race is resplendant with its own three-race series, as well.

Additionally, it places you directly into some of the most stunning scenery in Tasmania and if you're a foodie/wine buff, well the Tamar and areas nearby are just a delight. So grab the gang, the golf clubs and switch off the mobile for a little RnR, Tassie style.





Calm before the storm?  The fleets had good winds at the start of the race yesterday before experiencing some light stuff overnight.  The breeze has picked up now and is coming from the north east creating some exciting opportunities to make ground before the forecast cold front comes through.

In the Melbourne to Hobart West Coast race, Paul Buchholz has made good progress and has taken the lead for Line Honours on eXtasea.  This DK46 is a well-rounded performer taking advantage of most weather conditions; the skipper and crew are familiar with the West Coast and have previously held aloft the silverware.  They are not having it all their own way though with the downwind flyer Spirit of Downunder currently revelling in the north easterlies, this is as close to ideal as it comes for Laurie Ford and he is taking advantage currently enjoying more boat speed than eXtasea.  Tevake II and Whistler are also bearing down on the leaders having taken a route that is a little further from the rhumbline but closer to King Island. 

Across in the East Coast fleet, Ray Shaw on XLR8 has shown a clean stern to the rest of the fleet.  They are not enjoying as much breeze as the West Coast fleet which is reflected in their boat speed.  Shaw is followed by Samskara and Cartouche with Escapade looking strong for Handicap Honours.  The whole fleet is tracking close to the rhumbline and with 350 nautical miles still to cover the handicap crowns may change places several times.

The Launceston race is playing out as a very competitive one.  Brian Pattinson on his Open 66, Gusto has previously had it all his own way to Line Honours in this race.  This year he has chosen to take the big blue boat down just double handed, the effect of this is that you simply can’t be as agile around tactics and sail changes.  Add to this some new boats on the scene and a battle is ensuing.  Phil Coombs showed his new boat, Simply Fun is not to be taken lightly in the Boxing Day Dash race where he crossed the line ahead of Gusto.  He led yesterday’s fleet from the start to the first turning mark and has stayed ahead of Gusto and Shamrock overnight.  They are all enjoying favourable winds with the north easterly pointing them directly at the finish line at the mouth of the Tamar.  With an estimated finish time for early afternoon the question is when will the forecast wind change hit? 

So all three fleets are making the best of these favourable conditions before the forecast Gale Force winds come through with the change.  Particularly the West Coast fleet has been warned to expect squalls up to 45 knots with the south westerly change and swells to 4 metres.  This West Coast fleet will bear the brunt of the weather but they are well prepared and nothing that is forecast is unmanageable.  Yesterday after the weather forecast was discussed two boats changed races from the Hobart races to Launceston.  These sensible decisions were based on crew experience, numbers and competency for these particular weather conditions.

Still at the moment all three fleets will be enjoying the conditions, this is what they go sailing for to watch the sunrise in Bass Strait with the wind at your back and your destination on track.

Jennifer McGuigan


2013 Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Race Update - Saturday morning 28/12/13 update

The Launceston fleet had good breeze at the start and were making reasonable speeds ranging between 5-9 knots.  Lighter breeze yesterday afternoon and overnight had boats speeds down below 5 knots so progress was a little slow overnight.

With stronger North Easterlies now, boat speeds are back up and range from to 7 to 12 knots.  As the breeze is aft of abeam, the fleet is enjoying very pleasant conditions and able to point directly at the finish line.

Jeremy Walton onbaord STREETCAR advised that they had South Easterlies around 10 to 12 knots for most of the night.  The breeze did drop to 5 knots for around 20 minutes last night.  They are currently scooting along at 8 knots of boat speed.

The battle for Line Honours is well and truly on between SIMPLY FUN, SHAMROCK and GUSTO, with ADVENTURE SAFETY JEM snapping at their heels.

In the middle of the field, another battle is developing between BANDIT and JAKE, with HUSH and STREETCAR chasing closely behind them.  ARIAL II is bringing up the rear and now making good speed with a respectable 7 knots at the moment.

The forecast for later this evening is for winds to swing around to the South West and build.  Race Management and all yachts will be continuing to monitor weather forecasts closely.  If we're lucky most of the fleet will be in before the change.

Current estimated finish time for the leaders is around 1430 this afternoon, but it is very early days and a lot can happen in the next 80+  nautical miles to go.

Checkout the new Leaderboard link for more details including current Line Honours, AMS and IRC Division placing calculations.

SimplyFun1 Start-Steb Fisher

SIMPLY FUN leaving Port Phillip Bay yesterday afternoon.


Neville Rose

ORCV Race Management - Launceston

Dash and Splash Melbourne to Launceston

The Rudder Cup race from Melbourne to Launceston crosses one of the most notorious pieces of water in the world, Bass Strait. Nicknamed ‘The Paddock’ by sailors it was formed eons ago and is shallow. Anyone who has seen footage of a Tsunami knows that it is as the wave hits the shallows that it builds in size to sometimes mountainous proportions, this is precisely what happens in Bass Strait. This stretch of water is well known to Melbourne Ocean going vessels as you leave the shelter of Port Phillip Bay directly into The Strait.

First task of the day, safely navigate The Rip, also known as The Heads. This narrow piece of water can play havoc with tankers let alone a fragile boat under sail. It is for this reason that the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) always start their races for ‘slack’ tide at The Heads. Safety trumps all other considerations.

Bass Strait is unpredictable, whilst it can serve up mountainous waves and freezing 50 – 60 knot winds it can also serve up a mill pond calm. A classic piece of yachtie video footage from one Melbourne to Grassy race shows the yacht in question being passed by a floating seagull.

The start of the Tassie Trio on the 27th of December is too far out to reliably predict weather conditions for the race this year. A strong northerly is on many a yachties Christmas list.

Brian Pattinson is once again taking his Open 66, Gusto out for the journey only this time he is doing it with just one other crew. He is no stranger to double handed sailing having competed several times in the Melbourne to Osaka race which is specifically designed for double handed racing. Whether fully crewed or not we can expect Gusto as the largest boat in the fleet to once again take the line honours in this race. Pattinson has famously commented previously that the ones who are having the most fun are the real winners and he does revel in his time on the water.

Ashley Trebilcock from Sandringham Yacht Club could well be one of those winners. His brilliantly campaigned Beneteau First 40, Bandit is a hot prospect for handicap honours. In fact so well sailed is this particular boat we will be watching for them in all three handicap divisions. Who will give them a run for their money? I would be looking at Stuart Lyon on his J111, Jake, a fast machine and a slick crew. Streetcar the smallest boat in the fleet is also sailing double handed and is a bit of an unknown quantity. It is always wise to keep a weather eye on the back end of the fleet as with the right weather conditions they can upset the earlier arrivals.

Either way the splash and dash always provides an interesting result whilst the other two fleets are still slogging down to Hobart.

Jennifer McGuigan