King Island Ocean Yacht RaceKing Island Map

Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  0710 AEDT
Start Date: 6 Mar 2021
Race Record: 09h 50m 21s by PRIMITIVE COOL in 2014

The ORCV ocean yacht race to Grassy, King Island is conducted on the Labour day weekend in March every year.

This is a Category 2 race which starts off Queenscliff, Victoria, inside Port Phillip Bay, proceeds across Bass Strait to the finish off Grassy Harbour, King Island, Tasmania.

While the race to King Island is one of the shorter ocean races at a mere 114 miles, it presents some unique navigational challenges. Far from being a pushover, this race is one of the hardest to get right given the currents around King Island.

The race is often won or lost in the concluding stages depending on where yachts make their landfall. Big gains and losses can occur due to wind and tidal influences on the approach to Grassy Harbour.

The harbour offers a safe anchorage in all weather and the legendary hospitality of the King Island Boat Club. The steak sandwiches alone are worth the trip.

This race is part of the Offshore Championship.

Enter the Race, Click Here

Race Documents, Click here

Yachts Entered, Click Here

Results,  Click Here




Friday, 03 July 2020 15:49

Go Coastal Training Program for Skippers The Go Coastal Training Program is designed to provide support for established bay racing skippers who wish to join the ORCV Coastal Sprints fleet but have not previously raced outside the Heads. The program includes assistance with boat preparation, plus practical and theoretical training focussed on safe exit and re-entry through Port Phillip Heads. It also includes entry to the Coastal Sprint Race 2 on 21 November 2020. Skippers may choose to include their navigator in the Rip navigation training sessions also. Program Content Core modules of...

Saturday, 07 March 2020 13:07

  2020 Melbourne to King Island Race Updates 5pm Update - Within the hour or is the tide against them? The Race Directors Noel and Ryan are ready, who will come in first and will it be within the hour as they all battle now against the tide. Keep and eye on this channel, the tracker of ORCV website It's been a close and interesting race.  For the Race Director video - click here 3pm Update - It could be anyone's race The party in King Island is gearing up with the first boats now around 2 - 3 hours away. The tactics of those that went east of the...

Saturday, 07 March 2020 11:43

Race Director Update 11am 7th March for the 48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race 2020 With 1nm between the 3 lead boats on Line Honours and the fleet spanning 6 mins on handicap, the race could have an exciting finish with Race Director predictions having the first boats arriving by sunset and the last boats in by midnight. Keep an eye on the tracker or orcv website for updates.  

Friday, 06 March 2020 22:54

Race Director Update 6th March for the 48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race Race Directors Noel May and Ryan Blackstock set the scene for the 48th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race set to start at midnight 6th March 2020.   As crew are preparing and due to arrive at the start in Queenscliff, Ryan predicts we may see the first boats sunset and then they balance in by late evening or early hours on Sunday.  The King Island Boat Club fire has been tested and yes it's warm and awaits the arrival of the crew, the fridge is stocked with all that wonderful local food...

Thursday, 05 March 2020 15:41

Final Reminders – ORCV Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race Before you head off, just some final reminders, please.  Cash – please take cash so you can purchase your food and drinks on arrival. There isn’t a credit card at the event or teller machines easily accessible. Trackers - can you please turn your trackers on at 1900 on Friday 6th March 2020.  For instructions on how to do this click here  Crew Photos.  Please take a crew shot before you leave Melbourne or on the way to the start.  You can share it via or via WhatsApp...