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:  TBC
Start Date: 25 May 2024
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

Quadruple treat for Damien King in 70th Anniversary Race to Apollo Bay A quadruple treat for Damien King on Margaret Rintoul V (MRV), who took line...

70th Anniversary Race Updates 12 noon Update The first boats have now finished the 70th anniversary Melbourne Apollo Bay...

Local Join the 70th Race to Apollo Bay Our destination races foster connections and the opportunity to share our passion for ocean racing with partner clubs...

Final reminders - 70th Apollo Bay Race   It's been a big season and what a way to close it out as we celebrate the 70th anniversary race to Apollo...

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