King Island Boat Club

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The Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race event enjoyed its inaugural competition in the seventies and has been going strongly ever since, it has become an important fixture on the Australian Ocean Racing Calendar.
This exciting race weekend is organised by The Ocean Racing Yacht Club of Victoria (ORCV) working in tandem with the King Island Boat Club.
The last Queenscliff to Grassy Yacht Race event was held on the Labour Day long weekend in the month of January 2014.
It makes for a great day as the yachts finish at the Grassy Harbour on King Island where the local club members put on a convivial turn displaying the renowned warm island welcome to all and sundry, locals included. The drinks bar is open along with food and refreshments, and that includes their world famous awesome steak sandwiches.
It’s a good place to get up close and personal with the ocean going crews and gives the crews a chance to socialise with their island counterparts.
Bass Strait is renowned for its treacherous waters and has claimed hundreds of ships and over a thousand lives over the last couple of hundred years since it was first chartered in 1978 by George Bass and Matthew Flinders.
Although they will be sailing from Queenscliff which means there is only a small portion of the Bass Strait to navigate.
The course is 114 nautical miles and creates some unique experiences- the gusty and changeable winds, tides and currents can make all the difference to your race.

The 85th Stonehaven Cup in 2014 was won by George Walch and his crew of Pedro Azpura and Scott Clemens aboard Jock Sturrock.

The 86th Stonehaven Cup is scheduled to be hosted by the King Island Boat Club in January 2015.

A great day can be had at grassy Harbour so come down and enjoy the day.

Contact John Brewster 0427 875 832 or John Hiscock 0419 381 249 for further information.


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John Sullivan says:

July 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Good evening Ki boat club
My name is John Sullivan, I’m an Ex King Islander, 1958 – 75. I’m retired and a member of the St Helens Marine rescue. I enjoyed immensely your posting as many of the vessels we deal with are yachts, particularly the Sydney/Hobart competitors. We also provide radio and on water support for all seafarers in the north east of Tasmania including major fishing competitions. this weekend we provided radio support for the ne tuna fishing event. It is great to see your involvement and the work you do in supporting mariners.
thanks for the opportunity to contact you.
John Sullivan (Secretary of st helens marine rescue)

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