Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
Aaron Cole

70th Anniversary Race Updates

12 noon Update

The first boats have now finished the 70th anniversary Melbourne Apollo Bay race.

Congratulations to MRV skipper by Damien King who has taken Line Honours (Monohull) at 11:57:35 which is 33 minutes 31 seconds behind the current race record set by Skipper Peter Blake on Kaos back in 1999.  A great race and still an excellent result for MRV as they sail home as they enjoy the glorious sunshine and fantastic race with this being also Damien 50th birthday.

Congratulation to Peccadillo, skipper by Charles Meredith the multihull in this year's race who may have set a new record for multihulls finishing at 10:59:54.

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8 am Race Update

As daylight has come, we receive photos from onboard various yachts as they sail in what can be described as a "drag race" to the finish as they close out what has been a fantastic ocean season with this historic 70th-anniversary race to Apollo Bay.
The Race Directors expect the first boat MRV to finish somewhere around midday and possibly just outside the 24-year-old race record of 5hr, 24 min and 4 sec set in 1999 by skipper Peter Blake on Kaos.
It is expected that the weather will hold all day with 13 - 15knots from the NW giving all a great race right to the end.
Enjoy a few photos from the race with big smiles on Anton Tibbits, local and enthusiast sailor from Apollo Bay and first time on the ocean from sailor Mark Swinn.
from Pegasus after the start Photo Christian KenfieldJust point at the finish and sail.  Photo Christian Kenfield

    Anton Tibbits Apollo Bay Sailor on White Spirit Photo Photo Cyrus Allen

Anton Tibbits Apollo Bay Sailor has watched this race arrive for the past 10 years,
now he's part of it.  Photo Cyrus Allen



7 am On-water update from Blue Water Tracks



6am Update 27th May.

The 70th-anniversary race to Apollo Bay started on time at 6am in 15 knots of wind from the NW. It was MRV that lead the fleet from the start and who were first through the heads. Ginan, Arcadia, Hot Chipps, How Bizarre, Cadibarra, Jaffa and Shimmer are all closely following. The winds are predicted to hold all day making for a fast race and quick race.

From a strong fleet of 43 entrants, we sadly are missing starts from Extasea (engine problems), JokerX2, Siesta, French Bred (sail damaged) and Faster Forward.
You can follow the fleet via Marine Traffic or check back in here.
Race Start

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