Apollo Bay Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  52 nautical miles
Safety Category: 3
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  0600 AEST
Start Date: 27 May 2023
Race Record: 05h 24m 04s by KAOS skippered by Peter Blake in 1999


This popular event is a short coastal race starting off Queenscliff and going out of 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 in their decisions to sail a seaward course or hug the shoreline in search of 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 and 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.

Final reminders of the 70th Apollo Bay Race

Berthing in Apollo Bay for 2023

Berthing is available in the Apollo Bay Boat Harbour and there are excellent facilities in the town for meals and post-race refreshment.

Latest sounding of the  pdf harbour as of 24th May 2023 here. (474 KB)  Please note, the leads to the harbour were changed about five years ago and they run strait through the middle of the entrance not near the rock wall.  The lead line is shown on the soundings too.