Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster) Yacht Race

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ORCV launches new series aimed at transitioning crews into ocean racing
In the midst of launching its new Category 3 event, the Coastal Sprint Series, aimed specifically at helping crews make the move into ocean racing, the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is pleased to announce online entry is open and the Notice of Race available for the Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race. Victoria’s premier blue water event, the Melbourne to Hobart, or ‘Westcoaster’, as it is familiarly known, starts off Portsea on 27 December each year. The challenging 435 nautical mile course takes the fleet out of Port Phillip, across Bass Strait and down the rugged west coast of Tasmania before rounding the southernmost tip of Australia and heading up the Derwent River to the Hobart finish line.

Fleet Start credit Bruno Cocozza
Jeff Sloan, the co-owner of an Archambault A35 ‘Archie’ with Simon Bell, is a regular on the podium at ORCV Bay races. His crew, a mixture of dinghy and (Port Phillip) Bay [ ... ]

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2018 Melbourne to Hobart and Devonport yacht races - TV News bulletins Pre-Start and Start 27-Dec-18 In case you missed the TV News coverage on the day: Pre-Start and Start of 2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster and Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup ycaht races - TV News bulletins by Channel 7 and Channel Nine.   Channel 7 News   Channel 7 News bulletin on 2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster and Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup Yacht Race Pre-Race and Starts. Great to have Channel 7 News Crew onboard the ORCV Media boat and to have coverage from Channel 7 Chopper. Drone footage by Steb Fisher also used in News bulletin. Thanks Estelle Griepink from Channel 7.   Channel 9 Online News article   Channel Nine News Online News article on 2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster and Melbourne to Devonport Rudder Cup Yacht Race Pre-Race and Starts. Great to have Channel Nine News Crew onboard the ORCV Media boat. Photos Dave Hewis [ ... ]

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2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster Race: Two onboard videos from OSKANA
Onboard footage from 2018 Melbourne to Hobart ocean yacht race Line Honours Winner OSKANA.
Screeming between South West Cape and South East Cape of Tasmania.
Thanks Michael Pritchard for providing us with the footage    



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2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster Race: Post-Race Crew interviews   Michael Pritchard OSKANA Line Honours winner   ABC TV News Hobart speak to Michael Pritchard, skipper of OSKANA who won Line Honour David Aplin and Joanna Breen WHISTLER   ABC TV News Hobart speak to speaks to David Aplin, Skipper and Jo Breen, Navigator WHISTLER, clean sweep winner of all Handicap Divisions AMS, IRC and PHS.  

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2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster and Melbourne to Devonport Races: Drone footage of Start Drone Pilot Steb Fisher. Combined Start for 2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster and Melbourne to Devenport Rudder Cup Races. Fleet hoists spinnakers shortly after the start. Many thanks to Steb Fisher and Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad for hosting us on their boat.

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2018 Melbourne to Hobart WestCoaster Race: Pre-Race Crew interviews   Annette Hesselmans RED JACKET   Media Officer Jennifer McGuigan speaks to Annette Hesselmans skipper of RED JACKET just prior to leaving Blargowrie for the start of the race Richard McGarvie ADDICTION   Media Officer Jennifer McGuigan speaks to Richard McGarvie skipper of ADDICTION, in his 13th WestCoaster, just prior to leaving Blargowrie for the start of the race  

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Oskana in box seat for Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race line honours   When the gun fires off Portsea Pier to start the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, at 1200 hours on Thursday 27 December, all eyes will be on a Tasmanian boat and crew with line honours, overall win and perhaps a new race record on their minds. Hobart orthopaedic surgeon, Michael Pritchard, bought the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner (then Victoire) last year and has been sailing up a storm with the renamed Oskana in Hobart since, as well as entering her in major interstate races. The canting Cookson 50 has a fine pedigree under various names, taking line and overall honours in the 2007 Sydney Gold Coast Race. She also finished second in the 2010 Sydney Hobart and fourth in 2011 and 2012. Pritchard has since driven her to line honours in the 2017 Maria Island Race among other triumphs.  Her Melbourne to Hobart rivals should be on guard, because Oskana will no [ ... ]

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Shorthanded racing is here

Shorthanded Racing is here – 4 crew plus Autohelm The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season 'Four + Autohelm'. This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiatives will be released in a future article but the decision on short handed racing reflects two key findings. First, in an open question on “matters considered when deciding whether to participate in an ocean race”, time and cost rate a mention but the two overwhelming considerations were:- The availability of suitably experienced crew and The suitability of the yacht for the event, with emphasis on competitiveness against the expected fleet. Skippers were also asked if they would be interested in, or support, short handed crews racing with Autohelm under normal han [ ... ]

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