Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race
The DSS conducts the Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster yacht race and the Melbourne to Hobart East Coaster yacht race in partnership with the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.
Both races depart Portsea Pier on 27 December each year, crossing Bass Strait before heading down the west and east coast of Tasmania respectively. From here the routes become two very different races.
The 480 nautical mile West Coaster is commonly regarded as Australia’s most challenging ocean race. Initially receiving widespread criticism because of the fearsome reputation of Tasmania’s west coast, the race is now in its 43rd year and in fact enjoys an enviable safety record due to the particularly careful planning and sound seamanship of its competitors.
The East Coaster, on the other hand, is a relatively new race, having first been conducted in 2007 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Rudder Cup. Such was its popularity that it was made a race in its own right.
More information about the Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster and the Melbourne to Hobart East Coaster can be found on the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s website (www.orcv.org.au).