2016 Melbourne to Devonport Race Report
The Bass Strait Series consists of races: Cock of The Bay, The Rudder Cup Melbourne to Devonport and The Top of the Island. This year we had a larger fleet bolstered by some newcomers based on the dispensation to allow Sat Phones to qualify for Cat 2. This is a great innovation for boats wanting to get into ocean racing as it reduces costs.
Leg one of the Series, the Cock of the Bay saw Devonport boats feature in the Top 20 finishers including Christine, Soiree Bleu, Summer Wind and White Noise on PHS.
The main Rudder Cup race from Melbourne to Devonp [ ... ]
Well the Melbourne to Devonport race is done and dusted. Day 2 saw rain, lots of it with winds varying from plenty to not a lot. The yachts got to practice their reefing and sail changes many, many times as they crossed Bass Strait. With typically cracked sheets, speeds averaged around 7k which meant a fairly quick but wet race.
Boats finished between 5pm and 9pm in steady rainy overcast conditions, not great for photos or the Race Director and his team. Peccadillo was the first boat in and took out line honours with Soiree Blue the first mono hull and Line Honours winner. Competitors loved t [ ... ]
Crash bang coming through! Some of our competitors caused dramas on the start line of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean races, with four yachts caught up in collisions. They mustn’t have got the memo about it being a long race so 15 seconds on the start line probably doesn’t matter. Luckily winds were moderate but it was still enough to cause an early retirement of BKT JAMHU which was taking on water as a result of their collision. No doubt it will be a busy protest room in Hobart after the race, see our Facebook site for video of the start.
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Three nights before the start of the Devonport race
In the pictures below it shows which crew members do not have a photo, can I please ask that you send your photos and bios as soon as possible. What I would like is a short bio of your ocean racing career 60 to 100 words and a head and shoulders picture. The picture of Neville below shows what it will look like on the Tracker website.
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2016 Mersey Yacht Club Flood Relief Raffle!
Our very good friends at the Mersey Yacht Club (MYC) in Devonport are the finish host club for the ORCV's Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht race.
Many will recall this devastating footage in June 2016 that we shared on the ORCV Facebook Page of Mersey Yacht Club marina pontoon berths collapsing in wild weather that lashed Northern Tasmania, causing floods and debris in the Mersey river at levels that have never been seen before. In the carnage, the outer marina was wiped away and pieces of it washed up along the river and various isl [ ... ]
Famous Mersey Yacht Club Hospitality
It’s time again to join in the fun and experience the world famous Mersey Yacht Club hospitality. Commodore Mark Stephenson is supported by a fabulous team. Key players in the team are Vice Commodore Tony Jamieson and his wife Kerily.
Tony does everything from race planning, escort boat driver, odd jobs, taxi driver, entertainment manager and problem solver to cheerleader. Kerily makes sure all the catering is organised, the dining area set up, the helpers are there to cook and serve and a myriad other tasks. Both these wonderful peop [ ... ]
Melbourne to Devonport is happening!!!
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to wash away the Mersey Yacht Club they have survived and will again host this year’s race. After a very tough time losing a significant part of their marina and a great many vessels the club is moving forward. ORCV is committed to supporting the recovery and is looking forward to a large racing fleet supporting the event. Moorings have been arranged and with the Clubhouse and bar facilities intact the party will be as good as ever. MYC will use the race to support their fundraising for their marina redevelopment. [ ... ]
Halcyon takes the Double Handed option to Devonport. 2015 Devonport Race
by Jeremy Walton
Chris Tucker and Jeremy Walton have entered the Bass Strait Series as a double –handed crew aboard Chris’ yacht Halcyon, a Beneteau First 40. With the mantra of experienced sailor and SSSC Instructor, Robin Hewitt, they have put “PAT” to work and are well-underway with their preparations. Robin’s friend PAT= Prepare and Train!
Jeremy forwarded this update.
“Chris and I have put together a solid practice plan including doing the HBYC double handed series. We have already done three long prac [ ... ]
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 e [ ... ]
2015 Devonport Race- Approval granted for use of satellite phones.The ORCV is pleased to announce that Yachting Victoria have granted approval for a variation to the Cat 2 Special Regulations for use of a satellite phone in lieu of HF radio for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport race. This approval comes subject to the following requirements: • This is solely for the 2015 Melbourne to Devonport Race •that any boat carrying a Sat phone in lieu of HF radio demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director phone • That any boats using a sat phone also have a fully set up VHF DS [ ... ]