Melbourne to Hobart - Westcoaster
|Start Location||Portsea Pier|
|Start Time||13:00 (1pm) (Australian Standard Eastern Daylight Time)|
|Start Date||27 Dec 23|
|Race Record monohull||1d 17h, 28m 59s Shortwave in 2008, skipper Matthew Short|
|Race Record Multihull||3d 03h 35m 32s Bagatelle in 1988, skipper Lindsay Cuming|
|Known also as:||Westcoaster|
About the Race
The ORCV “Westcoaster” is a legendary yacht race where tactics and sailing well can crown you as the race champion, regardless of boat size.
Across the 435nm passage, yachts contend first with Bass Strait before taking on the wilderness and ruggedness of the West Coast of Tasmania and the long ocean swell of the Southern Ocean before turning towards the finish line and the shifting winds of the Derwent.
For 50 years, the Westcoaster has provided sailors with a unique race full of tactical challenges.
"35 times but never been the same race," Robin Hewitt
"It's a mind race, as much as it's a physical race," Rod Smallman
"It's the K2 of ocean races, tactical and challenging," Ian Lyall
Thank you to the following Race Partners
Pre-Race - Royal Brighton Yacht Club / Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
Pre-Race - Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
Post Race - Derwent Sailing Squadron
Race Start - Sorrento Sailing Club