Race Director Updates for the 2021 King Island
4pm Race Director Update
With the fleet now only hours away, our Race Directors Ryan and Matt give us a quick update with the King Island Boat Club as their backdrop.
The first boats are on the leeward side of King island and should arrive around 7pm. It's going to be busy then between midnight and 2am when it's expected the bulk of the fleet will arrive in time for the famous King Island steak sandwich.
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8am Race Director Update
The 49th Melbourne to King Island Race got underway at 1.45am today into 14knot southerly. Shortly after starting, Maverick with gear failure returned and Archie with steering issues retired and have returned to Sandringham with all well and safe onboard.
As predicted, the winds are starting to ease and we find Extasea leading Hartbreaker and Carrera S. We then see Lord Jiminy, Cadibarra 8, Bandit and White Noise following in the next group.
The Rally fleet, took a decision to delay their start by 6 hours allowing the southerly to lighten, starting just after the racing fleet at 1.50am. We have seen one retirement from the rally fleet from Solitaire who is returning to home.
Matt Fahey, one of the Race Director provides a quick 8am update below.