Final Reminders – 2023 King Island Race
King Island has limited health resources so we ask you all to adhere to our hosts' requests as outlined below. If you are unwell prior to departure, please stay at home. If you are unwell upon arrival, as per the SI’s we ask that all the crew stay on the boat.
The water police are monitoring the event and the boat club have asked that everyone wears a life jacket on the tender transfer service to avoid a fine. Consider bringing a waterproof bag for your crew jackets to go into.
After you finish, please follow exactly the instructions given by the tender driver and berth where they ask you. We are using the fisherman’s moorings so please follow these instructions to preserve the mooring in good order. We ask that you follow the instructions of the tender drivers for mooring and familiarise yourself with the updated mooring instructions as outlined in the Sailing Instructions taking special note of D4.3, 4.4 and 4.5.
Best Photo Competition
Send us your photo prior to Monday 3pm to go into the draw for some new ORCV Neck warmers or some ORCV Merchandise to the value of $70. Your photos help us as volunteers, promote the race, speak about the wonderful time, hospitality and location let alone how great it is that we have these great places to race to. All photos must be taken by yourself and don’t forget to include your boat and your name with your submission. Submit via email to
There is an EFTPOS machine at the King Island Boat Club but it's not reliable so they recommend bringing cash. We will have some raffles/auctions of the delicious King Island food which will require cash.
At King Island
The King Island Boat Club hospitality is what makes this race so special. For this small club, our race is their major fundraiser so please make sure you support them by staying for at least a short while and show your appreciation to Gary (Acting Commodore), Matthew (tender driver), Tanya, Niki and Linda (hospitality) plus many other volunteers who work throughout the weekend to accommodate you. We ask that you follow the instructions of the tender drivers for mooring and familiarise yourself with the updated mooring instructions as outlined in the Sailing Instructions taking special note of D4.3, 4.4 and 4.5.
The fisherman of Grassy loaned us their moorings and one was damaged a couple of years back. So please be careful and use the moorings correctly as outlined in the sailing instructions to allow us to be invited back again.
The race presentations will be held at 10 am on Sunday unless otherwise notified by the Race Directors via SMS. The Race Directors work incredibly long hours, prior to and during the race and are still on watch until you get home. So please make sure you also thank them by staying and being part of the presentations.
Keep King Island and our Oceans Clean.
This year 2 boats (Blue Water Tracks and White Spirit) will be conducting water sampling as we test how the club can continue to support Clean Oceans and how we can roll this out on future races.
King Island has natural beauty and does not have recycling we have on the mainland, so please take your rubbish home and consider taking your own coffee cup to the island also.
Remember, reduce the use single use plastics onboard by – reusing, refilling and recycling,
Entry to Grassy Harbour
Entering Grassy Harbour for the first time can be a daunting task. Preparation is key to navigating your way through safely. I would urge all competitors to set up a route in their plotters setting out a route to follow. From the finish line, you need to move to a position that is far enough offshore so that you stay in deep water. Once you reach your first waypoint, you will turn to starboard onto the leads (298° Magnetic). Once you reach your second waypoint you will turn to starboard on the second set of leads (41° Magnetic) until you are through the entrance of the harbour. There is plenty of room inside the Harbour where you will wait for the tender to direct you to your mooring.
As with all Tasmanian locations, all fresh fruit and veggies cannot be brought onto King Island and can be disposed of into the Bio Security Bags at the KIBC and then tied and placed into the bio security bins..
Don''t forget to pick up your trackers. Trackers have been dropped to your club or in the case of Geelong and Safety Beach direction, delivered as per the ORCV Office communication. The trackers are setup ready for you to just turn them on.
Please return the trackers to the same location and let your club contact know you have returned them.
- SYC – Reception (Club contact Sally Williams)
- RBYC – boating office (Club contact Grant Dunoon)
- RMYS – Reception (Club contact Andrew McConchie)
- HBYC / RVYC – Reception (club contact Justin Brenan)
- Safety Beach – Contact Simon Dryden
Trackers are to be turned on Thursday afternoon. Please check that you can see them on Blue Water Tracks here https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2023-king-island-race Any issues, please call the starting race director. How to mount them can be found here Tracker can be found here
Please be careful with your trip home, be mindful to avoid possible areas that you could run aground such as Elephant Shoal etc and many other points as you head safely home.
Lastly, sked sheet and leave at home documents are on the website here. (check link)
Have fun and be safe at sea.