Vertigo wins ORCV’s Bass Strait race

Tim Olding’s Summit 35 Vertigo won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) 55 nm West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Race on a perfect sailing day.

View from vertigo cockpit behind tiller of crew sailing on kite run.
Vertigo crew in hot pursuit. Pic – Vertigo

Sailing under beautiful sunshine with 10 knots of SE breeze, 11 yachts competed in the Bass Strait race that started off Queenscliff just before dawn on Saturday April 23.

John Chipp’s Dehler 46, Hot Chipps took line honours in 7 hours 37 minutes and 17 seconds crossing the line ahead of Vertigo and Peter Davison’s, Archambault 40 R C Arcadia.

Vertigo is placed second behind Jeff Sloan’s Archambault A35 Archie in the ORCV Coastal Championship leading into the final race of the series, the popular 52 nm Apollo Bay race on  May 14.

Olding commented, “We had a really good upwind leg, having taken a gamble to head left and inshore to maintain boat speed. We led the fleet at the bottom mark but couldn’t hold Hot Chipps on the second downwind leg, with an extra 11 feet of water line, they just took off.”

Olding went on to say, “I share the helm now with my daughter Clare. We really like the coastal sprint format as it’s great for building crew confidence and identifying sea sickness and how crew operate before embarking on a longer ocean race. In preparing for the upcoming 50th Melbourne to Hobart ‘Westcoaster’, these coastal races in Bass Strait are great training for us. Racing in Bass Strait is sometimes challenging, but always a lot of fun.”

Sailor smiling on leeward side of the boat.
Perfect sailing conditions on Bass Strait. Pic – Vertigo

There was also good news for the growing Victorian ocean sailing fleet with Garry McCarten’s Jeanneau 44 DS Skullduggery joining the race. With a couple of new crew members on board, McCarten commented, “These races really do extend the fun, and provide a great experience for our cruising type boat outside the bay. We used the Code Zero in the first leg and were really happy with how that worked making good ground on the leading yachts.”

McCarten added with a smile on his face, “We’re not always competitive against the pure racing boats, but we really do enjoy the experience of ocean sailing.”

AMS 1st Vertigo, 2nd Archie, 3rd Alien

ORC 1st Archie, 2nd Maverick 3rd Alien

PHS 1st Vertigo, 2nd Archie, 3rd Maverick

DH Maverick

Line honours Hot Chipps

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About ORCV Coastal Sprint Races

An initiative by ORCV in response to skippers wanting more Category 3 races. The races have been designed as short distance ocean races to provide a crew development pathway for longer ocean races and as a stand-alone coastal racing program. Each race is approximately 55 nm and aims to have skippers and crew home Saturday evening.

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