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17 Mar 2019 13:00
Melbourne to Port Fairy (M2PF)
Off with the Fairies...
The following piece was written John Curnow for The Port Fairy race. At the time, a lot of people commented on how they loved it. Tremendous. If your shore crew are coming this time, then perhaps they might like to read to it. So the dates may all be long gone, but the sentiments are as true as ever....
This is definitely worth going to sea for!
We all like to escape! Being off with the fairies might just be the cure for fiscal meltdowns, searing Summer heat and no bushfire has ever taken to The Paddock known as Bass Strait [ ... ]
Glorious Port Fairy again turned on the picture perfect weather we have begun to expect of this Easter Weekend race.
The small fleet started in moderate winds with fine sailing until near Cape Otway. The wind swung and built to over 20, with some gusts to 30 knots, never extreme and then slowly died away again but still good to keep the fleet moving jauntily to its ultimate destination. It did mean though a somewhat confused sea state which took its toll on White Noise. Skipper, Daniel Edwards, regaled the gathered crews at the presentation with stories of 'spewing'. Spewing on the rail, spew [ ... ]
2018 Melbourne To Port Fairy Race
Simon Dryden, PRO for the Osaka race and backup Race Director for the Port Fairy race, has produced a good summary of the weather situation for us on YouTube at:
As he observes, the models are coming into alignment now, with minor variations. The weather is influenced by the leading edge of an approaching high but it looks like it won't have any major influence on the race area except a general lightening of the wind towards the end of the race. Winds will initially be from the NW, swinging SW around mid-morning. There is a bit [ ... ]
A slow Port Fairy race is on the cards
Looking at the weather at high pressure is crossing Victoria over the weekend. The fleet will have South Westerlies for the start, with the wind moving more south over Friday, once round Cape Otway the wind could come from all points of the compass with it finally settling in from the west, the models are not in agreement so watch this space.
The trip home is looking great with West to South westerlies on Sunday and Monday
Predictwind Map for a Beneteau 40
Melbourne to Port Fairy Ocean Yacht Race
Traditionally held over the Easter holiday, the race to the historic and picturesque western district town of Port Fairy is one of three coastal races conducted by the club.
The 135 mile course is often a race in two parts. The first takes competing yachts south-westwards past the coastal resorts of Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay before rounding rugged Cape Otway. The second part is from Cape Otway to the finish line where it is often possible to ease sheets for a reach or run.
All weather berthing is available in the Moyne River exc [ ... ]