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.
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.
As the Derwent River quietens for the evening the Geelong based DK46, extasea, is close to the finish line.
Photo Finish in Seaboot Marathon
Leading Austrian yachting magazine, Yachtrevue, has recently published the results of their grueling seaboot test and two brands appear to nudge the rest. Led by ‘the master shoemaker of Vienna’, Mirko, Snajdr, eight models from five different manufacturers were tested according to nine categories, from waterproofness to wearer comfort, in varying environments and conditions. Whilst each model had its strengths and weaknesses, overall the models from Henri Lloyd and Agile were found to produce the best results (see article here.). Namely, both the Shadow and Extreme Waterproof boots from Henri Lloyd rated high in waterproofness grip resistance, wearer comfort and foot climate, winning both models the ultimate five star rating in terms of price versus performance. Read the complete article here. http://blog.adventuresafety.com.au/photo-finish-in-seaboot-marathon
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.
2013 Osaka entrant Samurai Jack arrived in Melbourne last week to compete in the Melbourne to Hobart to Westcoast Race. Michael Lazzarini –Skipper and Ryan Donaldson- crew, came through the oil fields in Bass Strait in some feisty weather and said the fun was had coming through Port Phillip Heads at half tide doing 24 knots with the southerly up their transom!
Michael has had a passion to compete in the Osaka race since his Father sailed in the very first Brisbane to Osaka race. He has worked with John Sayer and is familiar with past Osaka entrants Runaway and Wasabi.
They are looking forward to the ride down the Westcaost at Christmas.
For all Osaka news click HERE.
|Samurai Jack -looking forward to the trip down the Westcoast|
|Michael and Ryan at SYC|