King Island Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  0145 AEDT
Start Date: 6 Mar 2021
Race Record: 09h 50m 21s by PRIMITIVE COOL in 2014

The ORCV ocean yacht race to Grassy, King Island is conducted on the Labour day weekend in March every year.

This is a Category 2 race which starts off Queenscliff, Victoria, inside Port Phillip Bay, proceeds across Bass Strait to the finish off Grassy Harbour, King Island, Tasmania.

While the race to King Island is one of the shorter ocean races at a mere 114 miles, it presents some unique navigational challenges. Far from being a pushover, this race is one of the hardest to get right given the currents around King Island.

The race is often won or lost in the concluding stages depending on where yachts make their landfall. Big gains and losses can occur due to wind and tidal influences on the approach to Grassy Harbour.

The harbour offers a safe anchorage in all weather and the legendary hospitality of the King Island Boat Club. The steak sandwiches alone are worth the trip.

This race is part of the Offshore Championship.

Enter the Race, Click Here

Race Documents, Click here

Yachts Entered, Click Here

Results,  Click Here




Monday, 15 February 2021 20:56

Update on King Island For the 34 boats and crews entered to the King Island Race or Rally, things are now looking promising again. If you haven't seen the latest travel alert from the Tasmania Government, here it is. So we keep on making plans and should we need to tack at last minute, we have a backup plan to swap King Island and Port Fairy. As we keep getting ready to sail to King Island (via Race or Rally) we remind you that entry is still open for you to join us. If you or your fellow crew member needs a Safety and Sea Survival certification, this weekend's full 2 day course is on...

Thursday, 05 March 2020 15:41

Final Reminders – ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race Before you head off, just some final reminders, please.  Cash – please take cash so you can purchase your food and drinks on arrival. There isn’t a credit card at the event or teller machines easily accessible. Trackers - can you please turn your trackers on at 1900 on Friday 6th March 2020.  For instructions on how to do this click here  Crew Photos.  Please take a crew shot before you leave Melbourne or on the way to the start.  You can share it via or via WhatsApp...