This year's King Island race is almost upon us, with less than a week until crews head out from near Queenscliff.
Race director, Ray Shaw, has predicted that the race record set by Cadibarra in 2002 could fall if weather conditions stay favourable.
Scarlett Runner, one of the largest boats in the fleet, is expected to be one of those to pose a serious threat to the record and among the frontrunners arriving into Grassy Harbour.
The 21 confirmed entrants will begin their journey at 11.30 on Friday night.
Despite this being one of ORCV's shorter races, at 114 nautical miles, it is definitely one of the more difficult.
As usual Bass Strait can be relied on to throw up any number of challenges, but it is the currents around King Island, particularly on entry into Grassy harbour, that can see the race won or lost by savvy navigators.
Tevake II, Bacardi and Chikara Outlaw are some of the boats expected to be at the head of the field, with a special mention for Chikara as this will be the honeymoon race for Bill Trueman and his "sailing partner" Joanne Norbury who married recently. Bill has is also notching up his 21st year of ocean racing this year.
|Tevake II is looking good to be at the head of the fleet on the way to King Island|
Competition is expected to be fierce among the 40 footers between Halcyon, Wicked, Primitive Cool and Jazz Player.
This year's total fleet comprises more than 150 individual crew members, many of whom have experienced the hospitality of the King Island Boat Club in previous years.
Ray Shaw says the King Island welcome is again being eagerly anticipated.
"The fabulous steak sandwiches are a favourite for the yachties after the 114 nautical mile journey across Bass Strait," he said.
The boat club kitchen and bar will be open from the afternoon on Saturday, giving King Islanders a chance to meet competitors as they get post-race refreshments.
There will also be a breakfast held on Sunday morning to coincide with presentations.
King Island –Here we come!
Streetcar takes the honours for the first entry into the 2013 King Island Race and no doubt the skipper has his eyes on some honours at the finish line!
Aidan Geysen has successfully campaigned his Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 in recent ORCV events. He was 3rd in the 2012 HH Winter Cruising series, has had “back to back” wins in the Latitude Offshore race and competed in the 2012 Apollo Bay Race.
Aidan ventured into ocean racing with ORCV member and mentor, Jeremy Walton. Perhaps an Osaka Cup is on his bucket list as he and Jeremy have entered the Double Handed division.
To join them, click HERE to enter.
For the link to the Notice of Race click the link at the top of the page
MELBOURNE TO HOBART - EASTCOASTER
Ocean Race: 460 nm
Race Start: 1230hrs@ Portsea Pier, 27th December 2012
It may be young in yacht race terms, but it sure is popular!
In 2007, to honour the 100th anniversary of the first sailing of the Rudder Cup (see Melbourne to Launceston Race), the ORCV broke with tradition and redirected the course of the famous Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster to follow the Melbourne to Launceston fleet to their finish line at Low Head near the mouth of the Tamar River and thence on to Hobart via the East coast of Tasmania.
This proved to be a great race in its own right, with many unique navigational challenges. Unlike other races, the course took competitors close in around the coastline, which made for a spectacular and interesting race. So much so, that many competitors called for the race to be repeated and thus the Eastcoaster was born.
Whilst this race doesn’t exactly follow the original course now, it does still follow the coast and provide for those very interesting navigational challenges that the first Eastcoaster was so famous for.
In the end, it also sets up a magnificent battle to see who will be first in from either coast, with the Eastcoaster fleet having to travel a further 20nm than their Westcoaster cousins.
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Don Jones' Cadibarra (VIII) driven by Nigel Jones on the day, from 2002
Results available after the event from HERE.
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Click HERE for the 2013 M2KI Sked Sheets
Click HERE for information re berthing and mooring at Grassy Harbour.
Read a little more about the race to King Island, HERE.
You could view the tracker HERE, during the race.
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Ocean Race: 114 nm
Race Start: Queenscliff
Friday, 8th March 2013
Start Time; 23:30 AEDT
Safety Category: 2
Whilst the race to King Island is one of our shorter ocean races, at a mere 114 miles, it does present some unique navigational challenges. Far from being a pushover, this race is one of the hardest to get right, given the currents around King Island.
Thanks again to ORCV for the organisation of another great event.
The hospitality of the King Island yacht club certainly lived up to all the testimonials. To see the helpers on hand around the clock, cooking up the legendary steak sandwiches, continually ferrying crews in and out with only smiles on their faces was a big credit, and I imagine a big part of the reason people keep coming back. I would say Gusto crew were best placed to comment as well as we were 4th in and last out, and among us we had more than the lion’s share of steak sandwiches, bacon and egg sandwiches, rissoles and of course the odd refreshment.
Thanks Aidan - we appreciate the feedback.
Photo courtsey of John Curnow