MRV SETS NEW RACE RECORD IN THE COCK OF THE BAY YACHT RACE AND FIRMS AS FAVOURITE FOR THE 50TH MELBOURNE TO HOBART  

The city of Melbourne is a sports mecca in summer and fans were treated to a sporting spectacle today with a 100-boat fleet competing in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s Cock of the Bay Yacht Race. 

s MRV on the way to victory and a race record in the 2022 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race Image Michael Currie

MRV on the way to victory and a race_record_in_the_2022_Cock_of_the_Bay_Yacht_Race_Image_Michael_Currie

The stunning summer sunshine provided a picturesque backdrop for the race which started in a 5 to 10 knot building breeze on Port Phillip in Victoria.  

Alex Toomey and Andrew Hibbert’s Sayer 12, Ryujin, sailing in the double-handed division, had a brilliant start, showing the class of the proven performers from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. 

s Ryujin set a cracking pace in the 2022 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race on Port Philip Bay today Image Michael Currie

Ryujin set a cracking pace in the 2022 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race on Port Philip Bay today Image Michael Currie

Chris Jackson’s Sydney 38, Shining Sea and Damian Thomas’s Cape 31 OD, PP1 sportsboat gave the bigger boats a run for their money off the start line, taking advantage of the light conditions on the Bay.  

But as predicted, the day belonged to Damien King, with his Frers 61 MRV, setting a new record finishing the race in under three hours, shaving 1 hour and 13 mins off the race record. Seasoned sailor, King and his internationally renowned crew, picked the conditions from the start, taking the pin end, and led the fleet for most of the race. 

Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49, Carrera S, finished in second place across the line, followed by Rob Date’s Carkeek 43, Scarlet Runner. 

S Rob Dates Scarlet Runner looks deadly on the race track in the 2022 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race Image Michael Currie 1

Rob Dates Scarlet Runner looks deadly on the race track in the 2022 Cock of the Bay Yacht Race Image Michael Currie

The Cock of the Bay Yacht Race serves as a lead-in for the 50th anniversary Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race which starts on Tuesday 27 December at 12 noon from Portsea Pier.  

After today’s result, MRV is shaping up as the firm favourite to take line honours in the anniversary race, despite strong competition from a quality fleet. 

The updated forecast for the 50th anniversary Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race is for light northerly winds for the start building for a fast spinnaker run to King Island, before a strong westerly comes in.  

The fleet will hunker down for the run down the West Coast of Tasmania before encountering light airs rounding Maatsuyker Island and then into a head wind for the finish. 

Close to 50 boats are expected on the start line of the anniversary race to Hobart tomorrow.

Top 3 Results being:

AMS Division 1 - 1st MRV (Syd 5), 2nd Niche (SM4000) 3rd Shining Sea (6338)
AMS Division 2 - 1st Esprit (SM477), 2nd Xpresso (SM6737) 3rd Alibi (SM178)
AMS Divison 3 - 1st Maximum Limit, 2nd Young Bears, 3rd Windsong of Mton

ORC Division 1 - 1st Niche, 2nd MRV, 3rd Bandit
ORC Division 2 - 1st Esprit, 2nd Xpresso, 3rd Alibi
ORC Division 3 - 1st Young Bears (SM441),

PHS Division 1 - 1st Trigger (6038), 2nd MRV, 3rd Oobleck (B40)
PHS Division 2 - 1st Xpresso, 2nd Esprit, 3rd Vixen I
PHS Division 3 - 1st Young Bears, 2nd Maximum Limit, 3rd Windsong of Mton

Line honours and new race record MRV
 

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