King Island Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  1700 AEDT
Start Date: FRIDAY 10th March 2023
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 Grassy 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.




Monday, 14 March 2022 13:10

Rozinante II wins slow dance to Grassy in 50th King Island Race Rozinante II has won a protracted King Island Race from Melbourne to Grassy at the southern end of the Island, while John Newbold’s Primitive Cool took line honours in the time of 1 day, 3hrs 13mins 11secs, well outside the record he set in 2014 of 9 hours 50mins 21secs.   Start with Rozinante II centre stage - Steb Fisher pic - King Island Race Competitors will long remember the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 50th race. On the positive side were the crayfish and steak sandwiches at the end of a...

Thursday, 10 March 2022 17:48

Weather Predictions 50th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race The 50th ORCV Melbourne to King Island will get underway tomorrow at around 3pm in a light SW breeze. It's predicted to be light winds for most of the race with some strategy required to avoid the dead patches during Saturday and the top of King Island. Hopefully, most will be in by early evening in time for the band and no doubt they will be ready for that great King Island steak sandwich. You can follow the fleet on the tracker here

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 09:09

50th King Island Race: Forget sheep stations – entrants playing for crayfish   Forty-five entries have so far locked in for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 50th King Island Race, which starts at 1500 hours on 11 March off Queenscliff, with competitors playing for something far more important than sheep stations – crayfish and King Island cheeses. It’s a known fact that King Island produces some of the finest meat and dairy foods and is famous for its cheeses. Tasmania also offers the cleanest air on the planet, breathtaking scenery and the renowned warm welcomes of its...

Monday, 07 March 2022 15:41

Final Reminders – ORCV 50th King Island Race King Island has limited health resources so we ask you all to adhere to our hosts' requests as outlined below.  If you are unwell prior to departure, please STAY AT HOME. IMPORTANT: If any crew are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival, please take a RAT test and stay on the boat.   Masks - Pack them The King Island Boat Club has asked us to wear masks on the tender service and when ordering food or inside the shed. Tender Service The water police are monitoring the event and the boat club have asked that everyone wears a...

Friday, 11 February 2022 14:39

50th King Island Commerative TShirt Click here to order You've done it, been part of it, why not get the TShirt to show it.We will be creating "to order" commerative 50th Melbourne to King Island TShirt / Cap packs for you and your crew.To make it simple, it will be a Shirt / Cap combination as shown. Orders close February 14th 10am.