The Notice of Race for the 2017 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been published and entries are now open.
There have been a number of changes this year:
Double Handed Entries
The Westcoaster is a qualifying race for the 2018 Osaka Cup which starts in March. With 33 entries, of which 13 are Melbourne based, a strong double handed contingent is expected. The double handed boats will race both as part of the main fleet and as a “race within the race”. ORCV has instigated a new perpetual trophy for the winning Double Handed boat in the most popular measurement category.
Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio
Radio communications and navigational aids continue to improve. In this context the ORCV believes that use of Sat phones by boats with suitably configured VHF radios are a viable alternative in this race for boats which are not equipped with HF sets. The club is awaiting the outcome of a request for dispensation from the Cat 2 HF radio requirement of the Special Regulations. The matter is under consideration by Australian Sailing and the final decision on this issue will be posted as soon as possible.
Request for Early Entries
Early entries are being actively encouraged to assist with event and facilities planning. The on line system for this race will accept early applications for entry with payment of race entry fees until “closer to the event” noting, however, that this arrangement does not extend beyond 15 November 2017.
To download the race documents go to the race page: http://orcv.org.au/index.php/hobart-documents