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 [ ... ]
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 [ ... ]
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 [ ... ]
King Island Race StartThe current outlook for start of the race to King Island this weekend is looking a little problematic!
The current BOM wind forecast in the Heads is for very, very light winds.
The maximum ebb tide is just after midnight so for a start at 0200hours, there will still be some help from the outgoing tide.
It all could change over the next 36 hours but to give race management a full range of options to make sure that that the fleet safely navigates the Heads, two changes to the Sailing Instructions are being made:
Move the start forward to 0100 to take maximum a [ ... ]
The magic that happens – the race fairies you never really see
I love the King Island race, having done it many times on my own and on friends boats. Gee it’s a lot of work to get the boat to a start line isn’t it ? Provisioning, fuel, safety gear, audits, repairs, compliance paperwork, crew details. How good is it to start a race and better still to finish one. Arriving at King Island you pick up a mooring, get picked up by the inflatable, head to the bar for a drink, grab a steak then stand around the fire chatting till all hours and listen to the band. [ ... ]
King Island - fantastic destination for an ocean yacht race is now open to yachts without HF marine radio. Top things to do when visiting King Island.ONLINE ENTRY
The ORCV is always keen to explore the latest technologies and has been a long campaigner for reducing barriers to ocean racing and sailing. For the 2018 Melbourne to King Island Category 2 ocean race, the ORCV have again received approval from Australian Sailing for yachts to use satellite phone and VHF with DSC in lieu of HF marine radio. Cost savings will be several thousand dollars for any yachts new to saili [ ... ]
King Island Race weather Update
Looking at the overall picture the weather is pretty unusual for this time of the year with warm moist air over Victoria and a large blocking low pressure close to New Zealand. There is a low pressure developing over Adelaide which will wet the sailors late on Saturday.
This is going to mean tricky sailing conditions for the fleet, the four models have the wind from South to East and with lots of wind holes in between. So the fleet will have pleasant condition down the bay this evening and a challenging race. The first boats are expected in King Island by 10oc [ ... ]