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Melbourne to Hobart Race Information

Distance 435nm                         
Safety Category 2
Start Location Portsea Pier
Start Time 1200 noon AEDT
Start Date 27 Dec 22
Race Record

1d 17h 28m 59s  Shortwave 2008

Ave Speed over course 10.49kn

Known also as: Westcoaster

Melbourne to Hobart Race Map


About the Race

The  ORCV “Westcoaster” is a legendary yacht race where tactics and sailing well can crown you as the race champion, no matter the size of boat. 

Across the 435nm passage, yachts contend first with Bass Strait before taking on the wilderness and ruggness of the West Coast of Tasmania and the long ocean swell of the Southern Ocean before turning towards the finish line and the shifting winds of the Derwent.

For 50 years, the Westcoaster has provided sailors a unique race full of tactical challenges.


"35 times but never been the same race"  Robin Hewitt

 "It's a mind race, as much as it's a physical race" Rod Smallman 

"It's the K2 of ocean races, tactical and challenging"  Ian Lyall 



Outside Port Phillip Bay Competitors

The ORCV has arranged with two partner clubs (RMYS and RBYC) one week's complimentary berthing prior to the start of the 50th Westcoaster.  In addition, an experienced yachts person will be your "boat buddy" for assistance and guidance on where to source all things yachty related.  We will also run a "how to" online session on safely entering and exiting Port Phillip Heads in early part of December.

Both partner clubs offer additional berthing at their casual rate less 25% and are well located to public transport and shopping.


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Thank you to the following Race Partners

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:39

Preparations in full swing for 50th Melbourne to Hobart Preparations are in full swing for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 50th Melbourne to Hobart, as entrants make their final preparations for the ‘Westcoaster’ as it is colloquially known, which starts on 27 December at 12pm from Portsea Pier on the Mornington Peninsula. The ORCV is proud of the numbers their anniversary race has attracted. There are 60 boats, covering fully crewed, Four Plus Autohelm and double-handed, which will make a breathtaking sight for spectators ashore and on the water. Entrants cover the full gamut...

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 09:37

Women skippers get behind 50th ‘Westcoaster’ Seasoned and respected women sailors are among those so far signed up to compete in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 50th Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race - or ‘The Westcoaster’, as it is simply known to most - which starts at midday on 27 December, 2022. Clare Olding turns 22 this month and is currently the youngest skipper in the race. As in other races, she will share helming responsibilities with her dad Tim, owner of the Summit 35, Vertigo. Olding, from Victoria, has also skippered the yacht twice in the Australian Women’s Keelboat...

Monday, 15 August 2022 14:52

FAQ's - 50th MELBOURNE to HOBART Berthing In Hobart  Berthing in Hobart will either be on Elizabeth Street, Kings Pier North or in Constitution Dock. Those boats that have a deep draft or are wide, will be allocated to Elizabeth Street or Kings Pier North. All allocations will be made closer to the date of the race or upon arrival. Berthing is made available until 6pm on 2nd January. After 2nd January   Boating is alive in Tasmania with many marinas in the Southern part enjoying a flourish of bookings. If you wish to stay longer, it is strongly recommended you book...

Thursday, 04 August 2022 15:58

Double-handers targeting 50th Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race glory   Amid the double-handed entries already received for the 2022 Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, there are some serious contenders for the Heemskerk Trophy, awarded to the overall winner of the race each year. Being the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 50th anniversary race, everyone wants to win it and Ryujin’s owner, Alex Toomey and his co-skipper, Andrew Hibbert, are no different. Alex Toomey (RHS) and Andrew Hibbert of Ryujin Photo Alex Toomey Like their double-handed opponents, they know it’s...

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 15:21

South Aussies add weight to 50th Melbourne to Hobart Twelve years ago, John Willoughby scored a clean sweep of wins in the testing Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race with his striking red yacht ‘Enchantress’ - and the memory of that race - and its outcome, lingers, bringing the South Australian back for what is likely his last hurrah. Willoughby can vividly recall the 435 nautical mile race (commonly known as the ‘Westcoaster’) and subsequently being awarded the Heemskerk Trophy. It is presented to the overall winner each year, by an Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) representative. And why...