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Melbourne to Devonport Race 2020 - Start: 27 December at 1115AEDT/0015UTC


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Sailonline is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, for the running of the Melbourne to Devonport “Rudder Cup” Race 2020 which starts in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, December 27 at 11:15AEDT (00:15UTC).

The Rudder Cup is Australia's oldest ocean race and the 5th oldest organised ocean yacht race in the world, pre-dating the Fastnet by nearly 20 years and the Sydney to Hobart race by nearly 40 years.

It was in 1907 when Thomas Fleming Day, editor of the American magazine "Rudder," first wrote to his friend, the Commodore of the Geelong Yacht Club, T. A. Dickson, suggesting a race across Bass Strait to Tasmania in order to promote the sport of yachting. Day struck a trophy worth 60 guineas, a fortune at the time, as a prize for the winner. It is a tribute to all sailors that 113 years later, yachts are still racing the 195nm across Bass Strait for the honour of winning the Rudder Cup.

The Sailonline virtual race will open for practice on 24 December at 00:15UTC, to enable everyone to learn the ropes in time to be competitive.

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