Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
Aaron Cole

Apollo Bay Ocean Yacht Race

Ocean Race distance:  52 nautical miles
Safety Category: 3
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  04:00 am
Start Date: 24 May 2025
Race Record: 05h 24m 04s by KAOS skippered by Peter Blake in 1999


This popular event is a short coastal race starting at Queenscliff and leaving Port Phillip Heads before turning right along the coast to Apollo Bay.

This is an ideal race for those new to ocean racing, with its shorter length and proximity to the coast.

The race is often won or lost by navigators and tacticians deciding to sail a seaward course or hug the shoreline in search of a better breeze.

Being the concluding ocean race on the season calendar, the 52 nautical mile dash to Apollo Bay often decides the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Offshore Championship. It forms part of the Coastal Championship series.

The Apollo Bay race first ran on 26 December 1954, with the 2023 race being the 70th Apollo Bay race.

Apollo Bay News

Tactics and determination secures Valiant the win in the 2024 Apollo Bay Race Valiant, an Adams 10.6 skippered by Jason Farnell from the Royal Geelong Yacht...

2024 Apollo Bay Race Updates Watch the fleet on Marine Traffic. Check back here during the race for the latest news and updates.   3 pm Race Update...

2024 Apollo Bay Race – Crew Reminders If you haven’t already found them, please click here for Sailing Instructions, Notice to Competitors, Sked and Leave at...

Apollo Bay race record set by Kaos untouched for almost 25 years In 1999, Frankston local Peter Blake skippered his Inglis 37 yacht, KAOS, to victory in the...

Near record fleet for 2024 Apollo Bay Race and ORCV Coastal Championship decider. As the sailing season draws to a close, offshore sailors are now focusing...

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