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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.






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