2015 Tassie Trio: Cock of the Bay, Devonport or the Westcoast!
The races to Devonport and Hobart via the West coast are a challenge in their own right and provide an opportunity for a short dash across Bass Strait or for those with a longer leave pass, destination Hobart!
At the recent ORCV committee meeting there was discussion around the viability of running three 2015 Xmas ocean races. This was consistent with a request to review the viability from a significant number of ORCV members in the recent member survey. " We looked at competitor entries, and based on there being no entries in the East Coaster six weeks out, decided to consolidate the Melbourne to Hobart races, adopting just the West Coaster this year. This was a unanimous committee vote. We wish to seek feedback from members as to which Melbourne to Hobart races we should run in 2016. We are happy to discuss while in Hobart or before hand so if you have comments or concerns please discuss with one of the flag officers (Neville, Ray, or Martin) or the office directly. Regards the ORCV Committee.”
Earlybird entry closes on 19/11/2015 so don’t delay.
Turbulence and Ocean Skins were early entries for the duel down the Westcoast and other have followed.Escapade, Extasea, One for the Raod, Spirit of Downunder and Yoko. Halcyon, Bacardi, Biddy Hu 11,Chritine and Tevake II are off to Devonport. Who else will join them?
ORCV recently approached Yachting Victoria to request a variation in the Special Regulations to permit Satellite phone use in lieu of HF radio.
This request has been granted subject to the following requirements;
- This is solely for the 2015 Devonport race
- Any boats carrying a satphone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV race director’s phone
- That any boats using a satphone also have afully set-up VHF DSC radio (MMSI number, GPS enabled etc.)
- That the ORCV ensure a boat using a satphone be able to receive appropriate weather warnings
The ORCV welcome this initiative as they are aware of the major cost barrier of HF radio installation to boat owners who are new to ocean sailing.