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Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 Double Handed Yacht Race

After two years of 'practice', Sailonline.org is pleased to team up with the organisers of the Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 Double Handed Yacht Race to bring the virtual version of the race to armchair navigators around the world. Time to race against the real fleet.

The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race is a 5,500 nautical mile 2 handed yacht race - one of the longest two handed yacht races in the world and the only one running from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. It encounters multiple weather systems and seasons as it crosses the Pacific ocean. The course takes the competitors into Bass Strait, up the east coast of Australia into the southeast tradewinds then through the doldrums on the equator. It then heads into the northeast tradewinds to the finish in the port of Osaka.

The race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, is held approx. every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka sister city relationship. The 2018 event coincides with the 40th anniversary of this relationship and is a collaborative effort of three yacht clubs:

Sandringham Yacht Club - the Melbourne Host
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria - administering the on-water activities, &
Osaka Hokko Yacht Club - the Osaka Host

For the virtual Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018, Sailonline will be using the polar of a Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 yacht. There are three Sunfast 3600s entered in the main fleet starting on Sunday, March 25th including 'Kraken', 'Mister Lucky' and 'Maverick' sailed by Sailonline regular Rod 'Roddo' Smallman.

Sunfast 3600 Maverick

The Sailonline race is now open for pre-race practice to enable everyone, especially newcomers, to learn the ropes in time to be competitive.

Gill Australia has, once again, generously donated prizes for the placegetters in the Sailonline.org Virtual Melbourne to Osaka 2018. Prizes will be from the Gill Official Event Merchandise. Details to follow.


Sailonline thanks Blue Water Tracks for their help.

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Scilly Lundy Caldey Sprint 2018 - RESULTS

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MAITH AN FEAR bonknhoot!!!

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A long course in a good breeze in ocean greyhounds, what’s not to like! Well… the weather outside was frightful, but making racing online more delightful. And with no place else to go, we shrugged: “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Almost as well supported as our previous sprint off Sydney, this one counted 104 on the line at St Mary’s and 80 finishers back in the Scillies after 18 hours or a little more visiting the coasts of North Devon and South Wales.

It was a tricky call how best to exit the Scilly lagoon; eased or pinched on starboard tack, or due West on port, and the leaders approaching Devon’s Lundy came from all sides, and some took the risk of rounding across the causeway between the main island and the harbour peninsulet for the slenderest bit of advantage.

Caldey presented different problems. How to bear off and gybe within the space of a few minutes doing 20 knots in the middle of the night and not hit rocks or lose up to 15% of performance. Perhaps this is where bonknhoot got a jump on the rest of the fleet, or perhaps not, but on the line two minutes separation to the duelling Sadlersailing and Zoe gave bonk top spot. Another close one!

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2018 40' Series Championship Race 3 – Florida Rum Run _ Results

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CONGRATULATIONS longreacher!!!


"The Untouchables", The Farr 400's, remains untouchable, and you better get used to it!
BUT it's not just a matter of choosing The Farr 400 for a race, but WHEN to do it!
longreacher makes some good points in his Race Report, so don't cheat yourself by not reading it.
Apart from that, racing in the Florida Atlantic waters is always a challenge, so no matter which boat you're racing with here, it's fun and challenging.

Nevertheless, it seems that these 40' Series races has 4 races in 1, each boattype competing internally, an that's not bad at all…
So, GOGOGO all of you. There's still 9 races to improve yourselves.

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Welcome to Melbourne for the Sundance Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 Double Handed Yacht Race - a 5,500 nautical mile 2 handed yacht race and the only one running from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere.
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As in leg 3 – Cape Town to Melbourne, the keyword is "The Westerly Stormtrack" and to catch that, the weather will take us deep down south through the "Roaring Forties" and beyond, and then blow us towards Cape Horn.
This time we will not have to care about the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone as the southern race boundary is set to 70°S to give us a clear run.
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Race starts: Mar 18th 01:00 Registration Open!

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