Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster) Yacht Race

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Oskana in box seat for Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race line honours   When the gun fires off Portsea Pier to start the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, at 1200 hours on Thursday 27 December, all eyes will be on a Tasmanian boat and crew with line honours, overall win and perhaps a new race record on their minds. Hobart orthopaedic surgeon, Michael Pritchard, bought the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner (then Victoire) last year and has been sailing up a storm with the renamed Oskana in Hobart since, as well as entering her in major interstate rac [ ... ]

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Shorthanded racing is here

Shorthanded Racing is here– 4 crew plus Autohelm The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season. This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiatives will be released in a future article but the decision on short handed racing reflects two key findings. First, in an open question on “matters considered when deciding whether to participate in  [ ... ]

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Short-handed female crew to line up for Melbourne to Hobart Race

Short-handed female crew to line up for Melbourne to Hobart Race The 5500 nautical mile Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race and return journey left Annette Hesselmans still champing at the bit, so she solved the problem by forming a short-handed female crew to take part in the Melbourne to Hobart (the Westcoaster) in the new Four + Autohelm division. Both races are run by the progressive Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, which continues to come up with inventive ways to keep backsides on boats in our increasingly busy lives. It means an autohelm and a maximum of four crew [ ... ]

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Notice of Race for the 2018 Westcoaster

The Notice of Race for the 2018 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open. The race continues to evolve and this year the NOR  provides expanded support for short handed racing within the unrestricted monohull division. Double handed racing is in many ways the ultimate ocean racing challenge and has had active support for a number of years. Double handed yachts will continue to be actively supported by ORCV,  racing in their own Division and also against the main fleet. Its worth noting that in 2017 second place in both IRC and AM [ ... ]

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