King Island Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  1500 AEDT
Start Date: FRIDAY 11th March 2022
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.

Enter the Race, Click here

Race Documents, Click here

Yachts Entered, Click here

Results,  Coming soon 



Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:07

ORCV Entry Compliance Declarations Completion of the following ORCV documentation is required to satisfy the conditions of entry as outlined in ORCV Notices of Race.The completion of these declarations is in addition to any documentation required by the current Australian Sailing Special Rules and Regulations. Please visit ORCV’s Skipper Support page for additional race documentation requirements and further information. Skipper's Race Entry Compliance Declaration Due to the matters covered, and unlike most of the other boat documentation, a Skipper’s Race Entry Compliance Declaration is...

Monday, 27 September 2021 16:33

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course Participant Information The ORCV SSSC Refresher Course is provided in two parts. Part 1 – Theory : Online Self-Paced Learning Soon after booking your course with us, you will receive an email with a link to Part 1 – Theory online so you can commence your course. Your online learning is self-paced, however you must have completed and passed the exam before attending Part 2 – Practical. An assessment paper must be passed to an 80% threshold and competencies demonstrated before the theoretical component of the course is considered...

Monday, 27 September 2021 16:00

Wesley College Information Wesley College and Classroom Location Wesley College, 577 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. Middle School, Menzies Wing. Click here for Google Maps location pin.  Enter via the pedestrian gate situated on Moubray Street (near Gate 1 and the Bus Stop). Upon entry you will be directed to the registration area on the ground floor. Once registered, take the nearest set of stairs up to Level 1 of the Menzies Wing Classrooms are M1.01, M1.02 and possibly M1.03 on level 1. The pool is located at the Senior School. The flare shoot is conducted on the...

Thursday, 09 September 2021 11:48

Safety & Sea Survival Refresher Course The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria is Australia’s most popular and well regarded Safety & Sea Survival Certificate and Refresher Course provider. Our instructors are a vastly experienced group of committed ocean-going sailors. Collectively their experience is second to none. Our course content is provided in line with Australian Sailing’s Accredited Course Provider standards, and has been honed and developed over many years to provide the best practical and theoretical examples possible to ensure a sound knowledge of Safety & Sea...

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:16

Study the Tactics used via the Tracker Revisiting the tracker on a recent race is a great way to learn what decisions you and others made during a race and how those decisions impacted the race outcome. Using the 2021 King Island race, Simon gives us a short review of the race and how to use the tracker effectively. You can review the King Island Race here.  Click on the boat you are interested in and move to the far RHS icon to change the colour of your boat and tracks, making it easier to stand out from the fleet.  Have you ever tried this technique?