World News – AU – Yachts from Melbourne to Devonport at record speed

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Favorable conditions could mean that the course record for the yacht race from Melbourne to Devonport is broken after hours rather than minutes. Strong winds are driving the field of the race to Tasmania.

With the Sydney to Hobart race canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sydney, attention turned to the Melbourne to Devonport race for Sunday’s Rudder Cup. The fleet of 19 yachts left Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria at 11 a.m..

The Melbourne to Devonport yacht race started in Portsea on Sunday. 19 yachts drove through the Heads into Bass Street under wild conditions. Photo credit: Steb Fisher

Race favorite Extasea, who won the Cock of the Bay yacht race on Boxing Day, led the field from Sunday evening and is expected to receive the line award in the race. The Melbourne to Devonport race is the oldest ocean race in Australia.

The field was forced to endure fierce conditions through the infamous portion of the Port Phillip Heads race. Ryujin and Carrera chose not to start and instead stay in Portsea.

Cartouche turned around shortly after passing the heads because one of her crew members had injured his rib under troubled conditions with wind speeds of 25 to 35 knots.

Extasea took the lead only 1,600 meters in the race, with a cold front coming through earlier than expected in the afternoon with no wind at all.

Extasea, Paul Buchholz’s skipper, on course for victory in the Cock of the Bay race on Boxing Day. Photo credit: Michael Currie

The Rudder Cup will be presented to the handicap winner of the race, with RMS leading in front of Patriot and Arcadia on Sunday afternoon.

The yacht Blue Water Tracks spoke to race management shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday and announced that they were in a westerly wind of 25 knots.

Both Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart have been canceled due to coronavirus. The outbreak in Sydney resulted in the cancellation of the former as most of the crews were on the northern beaches.

Melbourne, Devonport, yacht races, Line Honors

World news – AU – Yachts from Melbourne to Devonport at record speed
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Ref: https://www.theage.com.au

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