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MMelbourne to Osaka Yacht Race 2018


Sailonline.org is pleased to team with the organising authority of the
Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race 2018
to introduce a 2016 'Prelude' of the real race. With Sailonline's almost real time weather downloads from NOAA, this is intended to give prospective entrants in the real race a great opportunity to test their weather navigation skills. The 'Prelude' is timed to run at the same time of the year as the real race so weather patterns may be similar.

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, and

Osaka Hokko Yacht Club - the Osaka host.

For the virtual M2O Prelude Sailonline will be using the polar of a Class 40 yacht which is similar to 'Wasabi', a Sayer 41 and line honours winner of the 2013 event.

The Sailonline race opened for practice on Friday, 25 March at 0500utc (1600AEDT) to enable everyone, especially newcomers, to learn the ropes in time to be competitive.

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--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2016-04-03 09:02:21 ---
Fleet split at start:



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We're sailing Class 40's in this race, Here are some pics of this great compact ocean racer in Newport a couple of years ago... Class 40's

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