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 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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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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