Wind comes in for glorious start for Cock of the Bay

Ocean Racing Club Race Directors took the hard decision yesterday, in light of the weather forecast to both delay the start by one hour and to move the start line to Sandringham. Thus shortening the course by about four nautical miles. 

It was a great call and by 11:30 this morning the breeze had filled in to about 10 knots albeit from the South. Having set a nice wide line to accommodate the 77 entries it was surprising to see so many of the entrants crowd the start boat end of the line. Three boats in fact made contact with the start boat and several were forced over the line early and had to return to restart.

Line honours favourite Ambition, sensibly headed to the pin end and got a terrific start in clear breeze, they were closely followed by the Tasmanian Oskana and were crossing tacks in the early minutes of the race. Paul Commins’, Carpe Diem did jump too early but was able to just dip the line for its restart and powered up quickly, with these three fifty footers setting the early pace for the journey to Blairgowrie.

Clean away also were Mike and Mark Walsh on the slick, Wicked, a previous overall handicap winner in this race and certainly one to watch as the afternoon progresses.

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Cock of the Bay Race Line Honours goes to Ambition

Cock of the Bay Race Line Honours goes to Ambition.

A delighted Chris Dare and his youthful crew on the TP 52 Ambition has taken Line Honours in a light wind Cock of the Bay yacht race followed closely by Tasmania boat Oskana. Dare said, “I wanted a boat that provided a youthful new platform. Something that is fast and Fun.” Despite the light wind conditions, Ambition crossed the line at 16:00:21 for an elapsed time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 21 seconds. Just three minutes behind was the Cookson 50 Oskana, skippered by Mike Pritchard. Pritchard and most of his team have had a long day. Th [ ... ]

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Wind comes in for glorious start for Cock of the Bay

Wind comes in for glorious start for Cock of the Bay Ocean Racing Club Race Directors took the hard decision yesterday, in light of the weather forecast to both delay the start by one hour and to move the start line to Sandringham. Thus shortening the course by about four nautical miles.  It was a great call and by 11:30 this morning the breeze had filled in to about 10 knots albeit from the South. Having set a nice wide line to accommodate the 77 entries it was surprising to see so many of the entrants crowd the start boat end of the line. Three boats in fact made contact with the star [ ... ]

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 2018 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race Start - Channel 7 News 26-Dec-18   Channel 7 News bulletin on 2018 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race start. Thanks Tom Chadwick and his camerman Ollie. Great to have you guys on the ORCV Media boat and to have coverage from Channel 7 Chopper.

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2018 ORCV Cock of the Bay Yacht Race preview One of Melbourne's largest fleets sets sail on Boxing Day at 10.30am as the 77 strong Cock of The Bay departs Station Pier. Sometimes described as the 'peoples race' it's an all encompassing event that welcomes many levels of sailors – from the ocean hardened racers to the weekend warriors who just want to have a go. 2017 Cock of the Bay Start Drone by Lee Smallman Chirping Bird Wines The 34-nautical-mile course hugs the coastline from Port Melbourne to St Kilda and Sandringham before the fleet heads further out into Port Phillip Bay. The cou [ ... ]

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