Photo credit: Chris Howe, EXTASEA
Melbourne to Devonport Race Updates and Tracker Link
Following the race: https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2023-melbourne-devonport-rudder-cup
Melbourne to Devonport, ‘Rudder Cup,’ Australia's oldest ocean race, is honoured as the ORCV race that runs on the "Melbourne Cup" long weekend. With a start off Queenscliff, the fleet is racing to Devonport to be greeted and kindly hosted by the Mersey Yacht Club.
Current Race Record:
19h 32m 56s by PROWLER in 1998
Race Director Update Saturday, 4 November 10.20pm
- Ginan leading Patriot and Cadibarra on AMS.
- Ginan, leading Patriot and Rush on ORC
- Carrera S leading Ginan and White Spirit on PHS
- Joker X2 leading Spirit of Downunder on Double Handed.
Race Update Saturday, 4 November 2023 at 6:00 pm:
Race Update Saturday, 4 November 2023 at 2:00 pm:
Winds are becoming lighter as the fleet sails closer to Devonport. Tasmania may be in sight, but there is still a lot of sailing to go!
Peccadillo leads line honours in the multihull division and Extasea the monohulls. Both yachts have now sailed into a large patch of light winds yet have Tassie in their sights! With approximately 40 nm to go, Carrera S and Rush follow closely, about 10 nm behind. Most of the fleet is still sailing with a good wind but has light winds ahead...
Leaderboard shows Arcadia leading the AMS division | Kioni leading the PHS division | Ginan leading the ORC division | Joker X2 leading the Double-Handed division.
Race Update Saturday, 4 November 2023 at 7:00 am
Extasea is leading the fleet, followed closely by multihull entrant Peccadillo, flying along at 16.2 knots! Carrera S currently leading the AMS and PHS divisions, and Rush is leading the ORC divisions, close behind.
Most of the fleet has the same tactical plan so far. Steering a starboard tack and heading East of rhumb line. Ginan is taking a more Easterly course; we will see if that pays off.
Race Update Friday, 3 November 2023 at 6:00 pm:
The fleet started in a 15-knot southerly breeze and is now sailing across Bass Strait to Devonport in the 195 nautical miles 2023 Melbourne Devonport 'Rudder Cup'