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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
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
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
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 [ ... ]
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 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. [ ... ]
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 [ ... ]