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King Island Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  1500 AEDT
Start Date: FRIDAY 11th March 2022
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 Grassy 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.




Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:07

ORCV Entry Compliance Declarations Completion of the following ORCV documentation is required to satisfy the conditions of entry as outlined in ORCV Notices of Race.The completion of these declarations is in addition to any documentation required by the current Australian Sailing Special Rules and Regulations. Please visit ORCV’s Skipper Support page for additional race documentation requirements and further information. Skipper's Race Entry Compliance Declaration Due to the matters covered, and unlike most of the other boat documentation, a Skipper’s Race Entry Compliance Declaration is...

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:16

Study the Tactics used via the Tracker Revisiting the tracker on a recent race is a great way to learn what decisions you and others made during a race and how those decisions impacted the race outcome. Using the 2021 King Island race, Simon gives us a short review of the race and how to use the tracker effectively. You can review the King Island Race here.  Click on the boat you are interested in and move to the far RHS icon to change the colour of your boat and tracks, making it easier to stand out from the fleet.  Have you ever tried this technique?

Monday, 08 March 2021 15:23

White Noise blitzes opposition in ORCV’s 49th King Island Race Daniel Edwards’ White Noise has blitzed the field in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 49th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out AMS, IRC, PHS and ORCi categories, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours after settling into the race when the southerly eased in Bass Strait, giving all a nice ride to the finish. End destination beautiful Grassy Harbour - ORCV media pic - King Island Race Buchholz’s Cookson 50 made the finish line first, while four yachts shared the spoils across the IRC, AMS and PHS...

Saturday, 06 March 2021 08:43

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. Follow the trackers for update to date positions Racing...

Friday, 05 March 2021 11:05

Weather for the 49th King Island Race   What will your tactician do for 49th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race? With a southerly start and the winds soon lightening and going east during the race, it's going to be tricky to pick your route. The race starts at 1.45 am Saturday (Rally 1.50 am Saturday start) and you can follow them via Blue Water Tracks here Race Fleet https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2021-orcv-melbourne-to... Rally Fleet https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2021-rally-to-king-island