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!

The Notice of Race is available here.

Dinghy racer Johnson now ocean racing convert By Tracey Johnstone
13 March 2019   YOUTH dinghy sailor tuned keelboat racer Sarah Johnson has had her first taste of ocean racing and she is hooked. The Mooloolaba Yacht Club member competed in last weekend’s Bass Strait dash from Melbourne to King Island on the Melbourne yacht Faster Forward. “It was amazing," Johnson, 19, said. "I'm addicted. I would love to do more. I want to do the Sydney to Hobart this year, or next." Beside her was fellow club member and regular Faster Forward crew member Karen Young. “Sarah’s fresh-faced  [ ... ]

Arcadia safe and sound

Arcadia safe and sound At approximately 1.45pm on the 10th March 2019 while on the return trip from the King Island race Arcadia with 8 POB hit the Chancellor reef. One crew member was injured on impact but fortunately his injuries weren’t serious. The boat was taking on a small amount of water as a result of the impact so the skipper made the prudent decision to return to Grassy, the nearest safe harbour where medical assistance could be sought and the damage assessed. The ORCV Race Director activated the incident management team (even after the race was over) and started communications [ ... ]


2019 King Island race - Less is More - Results The premier measurement handicap division, being the most populous, is AMS and first place has gone to UNDER CAPRICORN followed by VERTIGO and MAVERICK.  It’s interesting to note that UNDER CAPRICORN was sailing in the new 4+ autohelm category and MAVERICK was a double handed entry which goes to show sometimes less can be more.  A special mention to Tim Olding picking up a second on VERTIGO’S first ocean racing venture, he’ll have to keep coming back now.   In the IRC division MAVERICK has picked up first place followed [ ... ]

2019 King Island Race Update - Race within a Race

2019 King Island Race Update - Race within a Race Shortly after our morning race update Huey did the right thing and bent the wind back to the East meaning that by 9:30 everyone was back on course for Grassy harbour.  Those watching the tracker will have noticed a mysterious green line appear on their screens…that’s the race within the race with the major (and only) prize being a slab of beer for the first boat to cross the latitude of Cape Wickham on their corrected PHD handicap.  Of the six boats to have crossed the imaginary finish line Cartouche is comfortably in the lead al [ ... ]

2019 King Island race got off to a clean start

2019 King Island race got off to a clean start The 2019 Melbourne to King Island race got off to a clean start at 11pm last night although Escapade was a little late to the action and didn’t clear the line until approximately 2310.  With the wind coming from the east the fleet headed straight down the rhumb line in good reaching conditions.  By 3:00am those yachts who had veered to the west of the rhumb line began making their way to the east in anticipation of the south easterly breeze forecast for Saturday morning which is expected to reach up to 20 knots in Northern Bass Strait [ ... ]


2019 King Island Race Update Listen to the ORCV Commodore Martin Vaughan update on the years Race   Weather Update

King Island Race - Divisions and the Cape Wickham Slab

King Island Race - Divisions, Fun and the Commodore's Cape Wickham Slab  Even though we have a number of late withdrawals, the fleet is still 22 yachts and ranges from Micel Calhane's North Shore 38 to Hugh Ellis's Reichel Pugh's 63 ....... a 65% rating difference.  To keep handicap ranges within reasonable levels, we have introduced additional divisions in Unrestricted Monohull event. There will still be a Combined Division Result which will be used for the major trophies and for scoring the Offshore Championship. In order to keep the competition as tight as possible the divisio [ ... ]


YACHT RACING OUTSIDE THE BAY - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED First of all I am a newcomer to ocean racing and I would like to share my experience having completed our first ORCV race - Melb to Devonport. Having sailed all my life I only progressed to owning my first “real” boat;  a Hanse 445 (B455 Mersea) about 3 years ago. The learning curve was rather steep in the first year or two. As expected I know I will never stop growing in experience and with it the confidence of being able to handle the boat in varying conditions. After buying the boat I immediately enrolled on the ORCV Beyond the  [ ... ]

Entries open for 2019 King Island yacht race

Entries open for 2019 King Island yacht race Entries are open for the 2019 Melbourne to King Island Yacht race.  Starting 11pm on Friday 8th March 2019 it is a great way to spend the Labour day long weekend sailing with friends against a competitve fleet of yachts.  Hosted by the King Island Boat Club in Grassy Harbour, the race is famous for it's late night hospitality with cold drinks and hot steak sandwiches made from local beef. We are hoping for live entertainment depending on the arrival time of competitors, so anchoring for a while and coming in to say hello is a must.  [ ... ]

King Island....beautiful one day and simply perfect the next

2018 King Island  Well it's been exciting from the very begining, starting earlier in the week when the Race Director Simon Dryden made the call to move the start time from 2.30am to 1.00am.  Unfortunately with such light conditions in the few hours leading up to the start, a further review of the race start was required, as light winds and current were presenting challenging conditions to get outside of the heads.  In a first ever move, the race startline was moved to off Ocean Grove.   The start was problematic for the rear of the fleet, missing the winds which wer [ ... ]

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