Variation approved for Sat Phone in lieu of HF Radio for 2017 Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster

Satellite Phones for Yachts not equipped with HF radio

In accordance with Special Regulation 1.01.3 Australian Sailing has approved the following variations to the Special Regulations: 

The ORCV is approved to conduct for the 2017 Melboure ot Hobart Westcoaster under Special Regulations’ Category 2 with the following variations and conditions:

  • Compliance is not required for Special Regulation 3.25.1(a) for HF radio
  • All boats not complying with the HF radio requirements of SR 3.25.1(a) to shall carry a satellite phone that can:
    a. Demonstrate speed dialling to AMSA and the ORCV Race Director
    b. Can receive appropriate weather warnings
    c. Be recharged during racing or are permanently connected to the boat’s power supply
    d. If portable are attached to the boat at all times
  • All permanently installed VHF radios to be DSC capable, programmed with a MMSI and connected to a GPS receiver

Amendments to Race Documentation will be made regarding the above soon.


Berthing Arrangements

The race committee is pleased to announce that Tassal have generously agreed to donate pontoons for use by competitors on arrival at Hobart.

The DSS are assisting ORCV with refurbishment and positioning of the pontoons along Elizabeth Street Pier providing accessible berths for this year’s expanded fleet. A joint DSS – ORCV “race village” will be established at the entrance to the pier.

The ORCV committee would like to express its thanks to the DSS for assistance in resolving this long standing berthing issue.

The NoR for the 2017 Melbourne to Hobart “Westcoaster” Race has been posted 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.


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. See the NOR.