King Island Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  114 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  0145 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




Saturday, 06 March 2021 08:43

Race Director Updates for the 2021 King Island 4pm Race Director Update With the fleet now only hours away, our Race Directors Ryan and Matt give us a quick update with the King Island Boat Club as their backdrop.   The first boats are on the leeward side of King island and should arrive around 7pm. It's going to be busy then between midnight and 2am when it's expected the bulk of the fleet will arrive in time for the famous King Island steak sandwich. Follow the trackers for update to date positions Racing...

Friday, 05 March 2021 11:05

Weather for the 49th King Island Race   What will your tactician do for 49th ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race? With a southerly start and the winds soon lightening and going east during the race, it's going to be tricky to pick your route. The race starts at 1.45 am Saturday (Rally 1.50 am Saturday start) and you can follow them via Blue Water Tracks here Race Fleet Rally Fleet    

Tuesday, 02 March 2021 15:41

Final Reminders – ORCV 49th Melbourne to King Island  King Island has been Covid free and as such we ask you all to adhere to our hosts' requests with masks etc as below. If you are unwell prior to departure, please STAY AT HOME. Travel Permits – Apply Now All crew on the race and rally will need to apply for a travel permit prior to leaving in order to enter Tasmania.  In addition permits to re enter Victoria must be applied for.  Follow the procedures before disembarking at King Island as outlined in the Notice to Competitor 3 here  Important Steps after Arriving...

Monday, 15 February 2021 20:56

Update on King Island For the 34 boats and crews entered to the King Island Race or Rally, things are now looking promising again. If you haven't seen the latest travel alert from the Tasmania Government, here it is. So we keep on making plans and should we need to tack at last minute, we have a backup plan to swap King Island and Port Fairy. As we keep getting ready to sail to King Island (via Race or Rally) we remind you that entry is still open for you to join us. If you or your fellow crew member needs a Safety and Sea Survival certification, this weekend's full 2 day course is on...