A short coastal race starting off Queenscliff in company with the Melbourne to Port Fairy fleet and turn left along the base of the Mornington Peninsula toward Cape Schanck and into Westernport for a finish at Cowes on the northern side of Phillip Island. Its a great opportunity to take your boat around to Westernport for a bit of Easter cruising or maybe an extended cruise.
Where: Starting at Queenscliff and finishing at Cowes in Westernport Bay.
When: Friday, 14 April 2017 – Sunday, 16 April 2017
A short coastal race starting off Queenscliff in company with the Melbourne to Port Fairy fleet. Then out Port Phillip heads, wave goodbye to the Port Fairy fleet and turn left along the base of the Mornington Peninsular toward Cape Schanck. Around Cape Schanck and into Westernport on the flood tide for a finish at Cowes on the northern side of Phillip Island. This is an ideal race for those new to ocean racing or just new to sailing outside Port Phillip with its short length, proximity to the coast and favourable tides. It is a Category 3 race with no liferaft requirement. Hopefully, you will have participated in our Latitude Ocean race so this is not your first passage through Port Phillip heads – mentoring assistance is available upon request and don’t forget the ORCV Rip tour is a great way to get the confidence that comes from knowing your way around. The race can be won and lost by navigators and tacticians depending on their use of the available wind and tidal streams. It’s also a great way to take your boat around to Westernport for a bit of Easter cruising or maybe an extended cruise. There is always the option to leave the boat in a marina during the week and return the following weekend for the sail back to Port Phillip. The locals at Cowes, Rhyll and Newhaven yacht clubs will be more than happy to give you some tips on places to visit, anchor and tie up. And if that’s not enough, here are a few more reasons why you might think about doing the Westernport race:
• This race is part of the Coastal Championship.
• The sailing instructions will contain a provision for a delayed start and/or an alternative route if the weather is not particularly favourable for a trip to Westernport.