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Cock of the Bay Yacht Race

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Bay Race distance:  TBA
Safety Category: 5
Start Location: Port Melbourne
Start Time:  10.30
Start Date: 26 December 2023
Race Record - Multihulls 03h 35m 23s by BACK in BLACK in 2019
Race Record - Blairgowrie course: 04h 40m 16s by GUSTO in 2010
Race Record - Old Rye course: 04h 42m 22s by STRATCORP 97 in 2002
Race Record - Mornington Course 04h 02m 09s by Extasea in 2020


This hugely popular race on Port Phillip Bay is held each year on Boxing Day (26th December).

The traditional course of approx 21nm starts near Station Pier in Port Melbourne and is designed to sail past major bayside locations for sailors and spectators alike to view. Some say there is no better way to work off the excesses of Christmas the day before.  

Besides being a great classic race in its own right, the event serves as a feeder for the blue water classic Melbourne to Hobart ocean yacht races. 

The record fleet size is over 100 yachts.  There are great vantage points for spectators at Port Melbourne, St Kilda pier, Brighton Pier, Sandringham and Hampton foreshore.