Line Honours to Hartbreaker
It's tough out there with the lack of wind although Hartbreaker have just crossed the line at 15.29.00. The very light and almost non existent winds has caused a number of boats to retire, these being Blue Water Tracks, Bundaberg, Foggy Dew, Foxy Lady, Hot Chipps, Lady J, Lord Jiminy, Shimmer, Summer's Lease, True Colours, Vagabond, Vertigo, White Spirit and Wingara. All onboard OK.
1.00 pm Race Director Update
With a shortened course, it seems that the leading group of boats including Wicked, Shimmer, Arcadia and Audere are getting closer to the turn although the winds are light. The light winds have cause Marie Grace to retire with all onboard OK.
8.00 am Start Update
After a short delay, all 27 boats have started at 7.45 am in very light winds, so light that some say they can even enjoy a latte and ham and cheese croissant and what a beautiful day as spinnakers start to fill. WIth Faster Forward first out through the heads and RMS Cole Walker close behind the boats are still enjoying 6 - 7 knots of breeze from the SE as they head toward Cape Schanck.
Faster Forward leads out of the heads. Photo Matt Fahey
7.30am - Delayed Start of 15 mins.
27 boats and some 130 crew are ready at Queenscliff, for the start of the ORCV first race, the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint. On all accounts, there's a light breeze from the East and a stunning day on it's way. To allow for the deep draft outbound ship (YM Success), the fleet has been given a 15min delay on starting.
We welcome the new comers of RMS - Cole Walker, Marie Grace, Hot Chipps, Foxy Lady, Foggy Dew, Pegasus, True Colours and Josh the new owner of Audere, who are either on their first ocean race or first ocean race in a long time.
Today the crews will sail a short 55nm coastal course which could be shortened if winds drop off as predicted.
With this new found freedom, many crews are competing short handed, either double handed or 4+auto helm as any boat is a contender today to take home the major prize.
Photo: A gentle start for the first race. photo Elke Kellis