MELBOURNE TO HOBART - WESTCOASTER
Ocean Race: 440 nm
Race Start: 1230hrs @ Portsea Pier, 27th December 2012
Arguably Australia’s most challenging ocean race, the 41st Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster will start from yhe Portsea Pier on Thursday 27th December 2012
The course takes the competitors out of Port Phillip Heads, across Bass Strait then down the rugged West coast of Tasmania, around the Southernmost tip of Australia, past Maatsuyker Island, before heading up the Derwent River to the finish in Hobart.
This is a race run for yachties by yachties. It presents an amazing challenge to the participants and is run with a level of spirit and camaraderie not often seen. There are no fat wallet boats here, just great sailors working hard.
The presentations for the East and West Hobart races were held in great spirit on New Years Eve. The event was kicked of by a highly entertaining presentation by the Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Underwood.
I would like to apologise to those competititors that failed to be acknowledged for their success in the west and east coast events.
Due to some errors in the haste of the event, the following boats were not awarded prizes at the DSS on Monday 31st.
Congratulations to them all and apologies to Kate/Peter, Laurie and Paul.
For those that missed our corrections at Hobart, your prizes will be shipped back to Melbourne and can be collected there or awarded at another ceremony as you wish.
All results were published correctly on the website.
As the Derwent River quietens for the evening the Geelong based DK46, extasea, is close to the finish line.
As the breeze in the Derwent died for the night the DK46 from Geelong, eXtasea, skippered by Paul Buchholz crossed the finish line to take Line Honours in the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart race for 2012.
FURTHER UPDATE: AFRAYED KNOT reached Stanley just after 2030 hours on Friday 28/12/12.
UPDATE: AFRAYED KNOT advised they motoring to Devonport. They contacted ORCV via HF marine radio using their emergency antenna.
AFRAYED KNOT has run into trouble off the northwest of Hunter Island and retired from the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster.
The Northshore 38 was dismasted at 1220 today, and the crew has cut away their rig to prevent any further danger. There is no other damage to the boat and no one onboard has sustained any injuries.
The boat is now under motor and has turned east on its way to Stanley, roughly 40 nautical miles from its current position, and is being monitored bythe ORCV incident management team.
YOKO and TURBULENCE diverted their course to assist but have now returned to the race.