Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster) Yacht Race

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Saturday, 01 January 2022 09:17

Sydney 38 ‘Faster Forward’ takes handicap win in ORCV Melbourne to Hobart  One of the smallest yachts in the fleet, a Sydney 38, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Melbourne to Hobart ‘West Coaster’ Race on handicap. Matt Fahey and his crew of six sailed Faster Forward across the Derwent River finish line in Hobart at two minutes past three this morning, after more than three days at sea. For a race traditionally won by bigger boats, Faster Forward’s victory is a dream come true for Fahey and proof that experienced crew, very good light wind sailing and making the right course...

Saturday, 01 January 2022 09:15

Lord Jiminy Takes Line Honours for the Second Time At one o’clock yesterday afternoon skipper of Lord Jiminy, Guillaume Leroux, set his Class 40 to round Bruny Island. As he set course for Hobart’s finish line, he had sealed the fate of the rest of the fleet. Good timing, great sailing and a dedicated crew of just four had achieved a dream with a second Line Honours win in the tough Westocoaster having won in 2019, (cancelled in 2020). This 485 nautical mile race has been one of the slowest in its 49-year history. The race record set by Shortwave in 2008 was never under threat. It was...

Friday, 31 December 2021 01:44

Melbourne to Hobart Line Honours goes to Lord Jiminy  Guillaume Leroux’s Class 40 Lord Jiminy has claimed line honours in a challenging Melbourne to Hobart yacht race that was beset by range of strong and light winds, before ending with a perfect afternoon sea breeze in Hobart’s Derwent River. Lord Jiminy is Class 40 design and 13m in length and held a comfortable lead throughout the later stages of the race. Lord Jiminy has claimed back to back line honours wins. Lord Jiminy crew after the race Lord Jiminy crossed the line shortly after 6:20 pm in a time of three days, 3 hours,...

Thursday, 30 December 2021 15:05

Line Honours Lord Jiminy approaching the Derwent River Melbourne to Hobart fleet close in on the finish  Legends of the Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” race talk about it being a race in four parts.  What they don’t talk about, as often, is the sometimes ‘Run Run Stop’ nature, of the race.  It is, in part, what makes the race so challenging. This year the fleet got away well; then had some fluky overnight winds near King Island.  Followed by a good run to above Strahan before hitting another weather hole.  Last night the wind filled in nicely driving the fleet...

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 13:49

All’s quiet on the Western Coast of Tasmania  As the Melbourne to Hobart fleet suffer with fickle light winds.  Seven of the Melbourne to Hobart fleet made the unusual choice to round King Island to the west, most of them have now made it back to the rhumbline.  Only after the results come in will we know whether east versus west was the correct decision.  For at least one yacht, Audere, sticking to the traditional route does seem to have worked well. Skipper Josh Thring’s Beneteau First 45 Audere is currently leading from some of its larger and faster rivals. ...