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Ocean Race: 198 nm

Race Start: 1230hrs 27th December 2012 at Portsea 

 Category: 2


Preliminary Advice.

Australia's oldest ocean race (and the world's fifth oldest), the famous Melbourne to Launceston event starts on December 27, 2012. The winner receives (albeit quite briefly) the splendiferous 60 Guinea, Rudder Cup, as pictured below.


First run in 1907 and then a few years of each decade until the 60's, when it became an annual feature, the M2L is just perfect for the busy crew who have to back in Melbourne on or around New Year's Eve. Crews looking to go and stick their nose in it (Bass Strait, that is) for the first time also use the M2L as a thorough grounding in how to cross The Paddock. This race is resplendant with its own three-race series, as well.

Additionally, it places you directly into some of the most stunning scenery in Tasmania and if you're a foodie/wine buff, well the Tamar and areas nearby are just a delight. So grab the gang, the golf clubs and switch off the mobile for a little RnR, Tassie style.





Record numbers for Australia’s oldest yacht race  

A change of start date and the large numbers taking part in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 50th Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race (Westcoaster) has prompted record numbers for the Club’s annual Melbourne to Devonport Race - or ‘Rudder Cup’ as it famously known.

Paul Buchholz at the helm of Extasea Steb Fisher pic Rudder Cup

Paul Buchholz at the helm of Extasea Steb Fisher pic Rudder Cup

Starting on Friday 28 October at 4pm local time, the ORCV made the decision to move the Rudder Cup’s start date to honour its history and let it stand out from the 50th Westcoaster. In doing so, it left the door open for competitors to contest both races and the opportunity has been embraced with open arms.

Greg Clinnick is entered for both races with Another Chapter. He is thrilled with the new start date: “It’s absolutely excellent that the race date has changed. We like to support the Club and all of its races,” he said of the qualifier for the Westcoaster.

The Victorian won the 2018 Rudder Cup on Mersea. His skipper was Neil Sargeant and the pair will race Another Chapter together this year: “I used to race on Mersea and before that, Audacious. From those boats we formed a syndicate and got together for this Beneteau 44.7. We’ve known each other for many years.”

While Clinnick is keeping his fingers crossed for another great result, he admits, “This is the boat’s first serious offshore race. We sanded the keel back so I think it’s faster. We’ll soon see! We’re looking forward to stretching our legs on our shakedown for the Westcoaster. We went out and did a safety drill, did a Man Overboard etc., so we’re ready.”

Due to its increased fleet numbers, Clinnick knows the competition will be tougher than ever: “Wicked (a Beneteau 40), is one of our benchmarks, so is Archie, the Archambault 35. They are boats we always keep an eye on. Alien too. She has a good handicap and Justin (Brenan) has a lot of offshore experience.”

Others earmarked as overall contenders (decided under AMS this year) are Vertigo, Vagabond and Patriot. In the hunt too and joining Wicked in the 40-footer ranks are Protagonist, Soiree Bleu and Arcadia, which are also signed up for the 435nm Westcoaster.

Vertigo took line honours in the 2021 Rudder Cup, but with larger yachts opposing her this year, repeating that feat is unlikely. However, an overall win is not out of the question. Her owner, Tim Olding, remains cautiously optimistic.

“I don’t ever make predictions,” he said. “We just go and do our best. We have a mainly young crew again. As usual, there is a large contingent of female sailors; some doing their first Bass Strait crossing. Clare (Olding’s 22-year-old daughter) is co-skipper and she’s organising the crew. I’m organising the boat. We’ve been training and doing our MOB drill to prepare.”

Like others, Olding is a fan of the race’s change of start date. “It’s great to do this in the lead-up to the longer Melbourne to Hobart. We’re looking forward to light to moderate shifty weather. That’s where we seem to do better. If it’s a straight-line drag race we’ll be further down the board.”

Tevake II is hot to trot Steb Fisher pic Rudder Cup

Tevake II is hot to trot Steb Fisher pic Rudder Cup

However, there is a cast of prior champions and newcomers in the fleet that won’t be taking prisoners. Tevake II, which cleaned up in 2019, springs to mind. She is also a past winner of the Westcoaster and is lining up to contest both races again.

This time it will be different. Her owner, Angus Fletcher, was tragically killed in a car accident in early 2021. Paul Neilson, part of the Tevake II ‘family’ will take the helm. On board will be other stalwarts of Tevake II campaigns, hoping to add a win for their mate Angus.

Among those prepped to chase line honours are Extasea, Hartbreaker, Rush and MRV. Extasea’s owner, Paul Buchholz, who won the 100th anniversary race with his DK46 in 2007, is buoyed up for this year’s race.

“I think the timing of the race is really good because you can do the Rudder Cup and the 50th Westcoaster, which will be iconic. We haven’t seen so many boats forever. It will be spectacular at the start - and in Hobart the atmosphere will be fantastic,” Buchholz said.

Buchholz will again be chasing the race record of 19 hours 32mins 56secs, held by Joe Westerlo’s Prowler since 1998. Now 23 years-old, it is Australia’s longest held offshore race record.

Nick McElwee’s Hick 35, Honey Pot, is the lone Tasmanian entry in the fleet. She arrived in plenty of time from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club. It is hoped others from Tassie join the fleet over the coming years.

On arrival Devonport, competitors from the 40 boats entered will stay and enjoy the hospitality Mersey Yacht Club is renowned for. It is also the venue for the prizegiving.

The Rudder Cup is Australia’s oldest ocean race and the fifth oldest in the world. Inaugurated in 1907, it is a tactical 195 nautical miles from Portsea in Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania and has been won by fully crewed, double-handed and 4 Plus Autohelm yachts. Recognised as being ahead of its time, the race is open to fully crewed, double-handed, Four + Autohelm and multihull boats.

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Female Dominated Crew Take The Rudder Cup 

The smallest boat Vertigo wins the Melbourne to Devonport yacht race 

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria will be cheering for one of their own this morning.  Tim Olding’s Summit 35 Vertigo floated over the finish line in Devonport at 05:08 this morning to take possession of The Rudder Cup.

The smallest boat in the fleet with a crew of six, four of them female, managed through good tactics and excellent light weather sailing skills to beat double handed sailors Brian Pattinson and his son Tristan on Jones 42 yacht Gusto Solo by some five hours.

Vertigo skippered by Tim Olding wins the 2021 Rudder Cup Photo Michael Currie

Vertigo skippered by Tim Olding wins the Rudder Cup Photo Michael Currie.

The two boats had adopted similar tactics at the beginning of the race when they both tacked to the East after exiting Port Phillip Heads.

Olding commented, “We had studied the models closely before we left but when we were off Cape Schanck we were able to update the model.  We ended up not going as far east as originally planned and started heading south.  Gusto went further east and it didn’t really help them.”

Late yesterday afternoon Gusto Solo was a couple of miles ahead as they both tried to just keep moving in the light breezes.  Olding says they dropped their mainsail and just worked the spinnaker until the wind filled in later.  Olding himself originally from Hobart learnt to sail dinghies on the Derwent River, likewise, crew Samantha Bailey learnt her dinghy craft in Tasmania.  Olding commented ‘the dinghy sailing helps with the light wind stuff.’

Evening yesterday as they neared the coast the two yachts were still tied together when a shift came through.  Olding made the decision to jib on the shift Gusto Solo followed the shift and that was when they separated.  They had good sailing until about three miles from the finish when they experienced a 180-degree shift leaving them beating in light fickle breezes to the finish line.  Add to that the harbourmaster's instruction to stand aside for The Spirit of Tasmania to come through. 

Olding said, “we couldn’t have been happier with the way we sailed, with some experienced and some new people on board it was a good team.”

Vertigo will win The Rudder Cup for the handicap win and the Line Honours trophy double.

Gusto Solo sailing double-handed finished across the line at 10:10 am and will receive the double-handed trophy.

Scaramouche finished at 12:54 and will receive the performance handicap and ORC handicap prize.

 Gusto slinks to the finish Photo ORCV

Gusto floats over the finish line.  Photo ORCV Media

ORCV media


Melbourne to Devonport race fleet becalmed in Bass Strait

If you learn to sail in dinghies as a child, you inevitably have some ingrained skills.  One of those is being taught to sail in light breeze.  The skill here is to be so gentle with your movements we talk about being like a cat, slinking like a cat, moving like a cat, light like a cat.  This is exactly what is required by this Devonport fleet now in the middle of Bass Strait., as they wallow with little or no breeze.

Vertigo crew Rain Forbes is learning to sail like a cat Photo Michael Currie

Vertigo crew member Rain Forbes will be reminded today to "slink like a cat"  Photo Michael Currie

Yesterday’s wind forecast models showed multiple options and it was a question of belief as to which you should pick.  Brian Pattinson in his new Don Jones 42 Gusto Solo and Tasmanian Tim Olding in his Summit 35 Vertigo basically turned left when they exited The Heads.  They took an easterly route before making the turn back to the rhumbline in the early evening.

Nigel Cunliffe in his XYacht, Scaramouche took the more direct but slightly westerly route and have suffered for the choice. Basically, they picked the wrong side of the weather ‘hole’ that had been predicted by the weather modelling.

Race director Jeremy Walton said this morning, “The challenge today will be to just keep the boat moving, to not give up. They will be slinking like cats around the boat trying not to disturb anything and waiting for the breeze to fill in this afternoon.’

The breeze is forecasted to increase late this afternoon bringing relief to the crews and fleet expecting a finish between midnight and 2.00 am.

Eddie Mackevicius reported mainsail damage on Merlion his Beneteau 40.7 and has retired from racing.  All on board are well.

Follow the fleet on the tracker here

Merlion crew safely home again Photo Michael Currie

Merlion crew safely home again.  Photo Michael Currie

Onboard White Spirit

Step onboard and be part of the crew of White Spirit and re-live it as they prepare, sail the Cock of the Bay, work out tactics and race across Bass Strait to Devonport to try and win the Rudder Cup. Gear on, radio check done, let's go. White Spirit - over and out.

Thanks Aaron Hudon for your video

RMS Crew

RMS Cole Walker win the Rudder Cup - Read all about it

Congratulations to all those that entered and participated in this year's Rudder Cup.  A big thank you also to all those you volunteered their time to support getting the race up and onto the water so quickly after we came out of lockdown and thank you to Mersey Yacht Club and all their volunteers for hosting us on arrival.

Results can be found here

Congradulations to RMS Cole Walker who won the Rudder Cup (based on 1st on AMS)

AMS 1. RMS Cole Walker, 2. Patriot. 3.Joker on Tourer
IRC 1. RMS Cole Walker  2. Patriot  3. How Bizarre
PHS 1 Summer's Lease 2 RMS Cole Walker. 3 Patriot
4+ Autohelm 1 Summer's Lease 2. Lord Jiminy
Double Handed 1. Joker of Tourer
ORCc 1. RMS Cole Walker

For interest, read The Australian account of the race here

RMS crossing the finish Photo Richard Colbeck

RMS Crossing the Line Photo Senator Richard Colbeck