2016 King Island Race
Join us for our first ORCV Ocean Race in 2016 - the famous Melbourne to King Island Race.
To be conducted over the Labour Day long weekend in March (March 11-12), this Category 2 race will see the fleet head off from Queenscliff, out through the heads and across Bass Strait to the finish at Grassy Harbour, King Island, Tasmania.
While the 114 nautical mile hit out across the Paddock is one of the shorter ORCV ocean races, it’s not without challenges, with wind and tidal influences keeping everyone on their toes until the very end. After a record breaking win by Primitive Cool in 2014, in just 9 hours, 50 minutes & 21 seconds, the pace has well and truly been set.
The ORCV has got dispensation from Yachting Victoria to allow yachts to compete in the King Island race, substituting HF with a satellite phone. So all you sailors out there without a HF let us know if you are interested in competing as we have many volunteers who will help you get to Category 2. We should be able to arrange that you can hire or borrow some of the more expensive items that you need to reach Cat 2. So get in touch with us via email, Facebook or call the office and we will get all sorted.
For all the boats and crews that completed the very successful ORCV Beyond the Bay programs in 2014 and 2015, the King Island race presents a fantastic opportunity to put those new found ocean skills into practice. As for the more seasoned ocean going boats and crews who know this race well, the ORCV looks forward to welcoming you all back for the legendary hospitality of the King Island Boat Club. This race has it all - socialising, having fun, competition and great sailing. And, don’t even kid yourself that you’ll stop at one steak sandwich, oh, and did we mention the take home cheese bags from the King Island dairy and the famous King Island beef packs? You know you want to..
Don't forget King Island sailors - King Island no has two world famous golf courses, so you might want to stay after the race for a game!
Melbourne to King Island Notice of Race has now been published. Entries will be open soon - watch this space!