Melbourne to Hobart (Westcoaster) Yacht Race


Race Organising Authority

The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Inc is the Organising Authority for the race as well as the Cock of the bay yacht race, the first race in the ORCV Soverign Series.

Race Finishing Club

Derwent Sailing Squadron (DSS) is the host club in Hobart, Tasmania, the destination of the race.  DSS is also the Organising Authority for the King of the Derwent yacht race, the third race in the ORCV Soverign Series.

Major Sponsor


Prize Sponsor

Chirping Bird wine provide bottles of their award winning wines as prizes for Line Honours and Division podium place winners at results presentation in Devonport. 

Yacht Trackers

As part of the ORCV's ongoing continuing improvements, Satellite Yacht Trackers are being used for all major events. The Trackers obtain a position using the GPS satellites and are set to transmit position updates at an interval that makes sense for the duration of the race. Yacht positions are then plotted on the race Yacht Tracker map. The Yacht Tracker map will automatically update whenever a new position report is received.

The new ORCV inReach Satellite Trackers from Delorme and the web interface Yacht Tracker map, developed by ORCV Member Grant Dunoon from, was first tested during the 2015 Melbourne to Stanley yacht race. Further development and improvements to the Yacht Tracker have been made for each event since and are continuing.

Marine Radio

Weather Forecasting

Start and Course laying boats

Berthing in Hobart

TasPorts provide dockside facilities in Hobart

Refreshments provided to yachts as they dock in Hobart

Host Club Before the Start

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron host the yachts overnight after the completion of the Cock of the Bay race and host the pre-race Weather Briefing

Host Club for Pre-Race Briefing

Royal Brighton Yacht Club host the pre-race Briefing

Photographers and Media

Yachting Associations