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Melbourne to Hobart Race Information

Distance 435nm                         
Safety Category 2
Start Location Portsea Pier
Start Time 1200 noon AEDT
Start Date 27 Dec 22
Race Record

1d 17h 28m 59s  Shortwave 2008

Ave Speed over course 10.49kn

Known also as: Westcoaster

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About the Race

The  ORCV “Westcoaster” is a legendary yacht race where tactics and sailing well can crown you as the race champion, no matter the size of boat. 

Across the 435nm passage, yachts contend first with Bass Strait before taking on the wilderness and ruggness of the West Coast of Tasmania and the long ocean swell of the Southern Ocean before turning towards the finish line and the shifting winds of the Derwent.

For 50 years, the Westcoaster has provided sailors a unique race full of tactical challenges.


"35 times but never been the same race"  Robin Hewitt

 "It's a mind race, as much as it's a physical race" Rod Smallman 

"It's the K2 of ocean races, tactical and challenging"  Ian Lyall 



Outside Port Phillip Bay Competitors

The ORCV has arranged with two partner clubs (RMYS and RBYC) one week's complimentary berthing prior to the start of the 50th Westcoaster.  In addition, an experienced yachts person will be your "boat buddy" for assistance and guidance on where to source all things yachty related.  We will also run a "how to" online session on safely entering and exiting Port Phillip Heads in early part of December.

Both partner clubs offer additional berthing at their casual rate less 25% and are well located to public transport and shopping.


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Thank you to the following Race Partners
Pre Race - Royal Brighton Yacht Club / Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
Pre Race - Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
Post Race - Derwent Sailing Squadron
Race Start - Sorrento Sailing Club

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