How to Qualify For Hobart
The ORCV Race Committee made the difficult decision to cancel this weekend's Melbourne to Devonport race as a matter of safety due to the forecast of gales and 3-5-metre waves in Bass Strait for the race and days following, making returning to Melbourne difficult. We know there’s been a lot of planning and preparation by skippers and crews for this race.
For the boats entered in this year's Melbourne to Hobart race, please see the NTC5 for your options for how to complete your qualifying passage. We invite your boat to join the West Offshore Products Coast Sprint Race 2 starting on December 3rd at 9:45am. After the race your boat will be able to continue sailing to complete a non-stop 24 hour passage as a qualifying passage. Note a detailed log of the passage is to be kept and submitted.
Please have a look at your crew lists for Safety and Sea Certifications. We have a few places available in the Safety & Sea Survival certifications course on November 20 and would prefer the remaining places go to those doing Hobart. Please note for compliance it's an ORCV requirement that 50% of crew, including the skipper for fully crewed boats and 100% when sailing double handed are Safety & Sea Survival certified.
The office will be in contact with skippers regarding refund or crediting of boat entry fee. For those that did order crew shirts, these have will be distributed to your club prior to the weekend.
It’s a big decision to cancel the race but the right decision given the circumstances and as we are all sailors, we know how just much work has been done to get ready.
ORCV Race Committee