• Login into the URL https://portal.bluewatertracks.com/signin
  • Use the same email address that is in you TopYacht account
  • Click on forgot password. DO NOT CLICK ON CREATE AN ACCOUNTBlueWaterForgotpassword
  • The system will then send you a link to change your password
  • Follow the prompts and then login
  • As a skipper you could be logged in as a crew member or as a boat owner
  • The three little dots on the top right will enable you to change from a crew member to a boat owner
  • On the Boats home page you can         
    • Edit your boats Bio
    • Add crew to your crew pool
    • Add crew to a race
    • Review your handicaps
  • So first step is to have a look who is in your crew pool
  • Use the + to add new crew
  • Once you have added the new crew you need to add them to the race
    • Click on Races
    • Tick the box next to the race you are competing in
    • Click the edit pencil on the top right
    • Use the plus button to add crew
    • You cannot add crew to a race if the are not in your crew pool
    • If you need to delete a crew member tick the box next to their name and click on the Trash bin

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King Island....beautiful one day and simply perfect the next

2018 King Island  Well it's been exciting from the very begining, starting earlier in the week when the Race Director Simon Dryden made the call to move the start time from 2.30am to 1.00am.  Unfortunately with such light conditions in the few hours leading up to the start, a further review of the race start was required, as light winds and current were presenting challenging conditions to get outside of the heads.  In a first ever move, the race startline was moved to off Ocean Grove.   The start was problematic for the rear of the fleet, missing the winds which wer [ ... ]

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King Island Race Start The current outlook for start of the race to King Island this weekend is looking a little problematic! The current BOM wind forecast in the Heads is for very, very light winds. The maximum ebb tide is just after midnight so for a start at 0200hours, there will still be some help from the outgoing tide. It all could change over the next 36 hours but to give race management a full range of options to make sure that that the fleet safely navigates the Heads, two changes to the Sailing Instructions are being made: Move the start forward to 0100 to take maximum a [ ... ]

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The magic that happens – the race fairies you never really see

The magic that happens – the race fairies you never really see I love the King Island race, having done it many times on my own and on friends boats.  Gee it’s a lot of work to get the boat to a start line isn’t it ?  Provisioning, fuel, safety gear, audits, repairs, compliance paperwork, crew details.  How good is it to start a race and better still to finish one.  Arriving at King Island you pick up a mooring, get picked up by the inflatable, head to the bar for a drink, grab a steak then stand around the fire chatting till all hours and listen to the band.  [ ... ]

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How to update you boat and Crew details on the Tracker

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King Island - fantastic destination for a yacht race is now open to yachts without HF marine radio.  Top things to do when visiting King Island

King Island - fantastic destination for an ocean yacht race is now open to yachts without HF marine radio.  Top things to do when visiting King Island. ONLINE ENTRY The ORCV is always keen to explore the latest technologies and has been a long campaigner for reducing barriers to ocean racing and sailing.  For the 2018 Melbourne to King Island Category 2 ocean race, the ORCV have again received approval from Australian Sailing for yachts to use satellite phone and VHF with DSC in lieu of HF marine radio.  Cost savings will be several thousand dollars for any yachts new to saili [ ... ]

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King Island Race weather Update Looking at the overall picture the weather is pretty unusual for this time of the year with warm moist air over Victoria and a large blocking low pressure close to New Zealand. There is a low pressure developing over Adelaide which will wet the sailors late on Saturday. This is going to mean tricky sailing conditions for the fleet, the four models have the wind from South to East and with lots of wind holes in between. So the fleet will have pleasant condition down the bay this evening and a challenging race. The first boats are expected in King Island by 10oc [ ... ]

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The Tracker for this weekend’s race to King Island has been set up. Before Christmas, we have made a number of improvements the tracker website and this is where I need your help. • If go to the ORCV web page and if you look on the top left-hand side you will see a blue button that says King Island Tracker, if you click that button the tracker website will open.
• If you click on the Crews tab and then select your boat from the drop down box you will see the boat and all the crew
• What I need you to do is email me a picture(Head shot) of you and a short bio of your yachting experience
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The Melbourne to King Island Race Weather update The PredictWind models are in broad agreement but the Australian model is not agreeing so we will have to wait later in the week for a more accurate forecast. The Predictwind models are forecasting winds from the South starting at 10knots and increasing to 25 knots as the yachts approach King Island. As there will be some tacking involved, your location east or west of the rhumb line will be all important. The Predictwind models have a Beneteau first 40 finishing at 7 pm on Saturday night. The Australian Access model has the wind from the east [ ... ]

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KING ISLAND RACE PROTEST Soon after the start of the recent King Island race, two boats did not comply with the Sailing Instructions to keep west of the defined Bay Exit course designed to ensure that we do not interfere with any large ships traversing the Heads. AIS data, visible to race management, and also the Port of Melbourne, clearly showed the two boats east of the required course. Race management protested the boats involved and while all parties agreed on the facts found, the protest committee dismissed the protest due to a procedural technicality. Looking forward, all entrants in t [ ... ]

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What will the Weather bring to this year’s King Island Race? I am not sure why the Sydney-siders have been lending us their weather for the last few weeks but it makes it harder to predict what is going to happen. The reason we are having Sydney weather is that the center of the high pressure belt has moved well south of Tasmania, which is unusual for this time of the year. In looking at the weather maps you can see from the 08:00 weather map to the 11:00 weather map the system is moving quickly so it should bring wind. All models are now in agreement that southerlies will prevail on  [ ... ]

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