Port Fairy Ocean Yacht Race

Ocean Race distance:  135 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2+
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  Friday 7th April
Start Date: 14.30
Race Record: 14h 26m 20s by QUASIMODO in 1984


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Traditionally held over the Easter holiday, the race to the historic and picturesque western district town of Port Fairy is one of three coastal races conducted by the club.

The 135 mile course is often a race in two parts. The first takes competing yachts south-westwards past the coastal resorts of Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay before rounding rugged Cape Otway. The second part is from Cape Otway to the finish line where it is often possible to ease sheets for a reach or run.

All weather berthing is available in the Moyne River except for deep draft yachts which can anchor in the sheltered Bay. Excellent hospitality and meals are provided by the Port Fairy Yacht Club at the completion of the race.

This race is part of the Offshore Championship.

Saturday, 03 April 2021 14:26

Light Conditions make for a very challenging race Carrera S (AUS49005) a Marten 49, skippered by Gerry Cantwell takes 1st on AMS and PHS plus line honours in the 2021 ORCV Port Fairy race in what Gerry sums it up “as a very challenging race. It wasn’t a physical race and I must say and I don’t think I’ve ever had a race where the deck stay dried and was so comfortable. For the first few hours after the start, we found ourselves in a pack with Tevake II and Alien and it was frustrating trying to get away and find what breeze there was in the very light conditions.” As the boats come to...

Thursday, 01 April 2021 19:35

Tevake II crew honour Angus and Holly in the 2021 Port Fairy Yacht Race Tevake II crew at Queenscliff and ready to race tomorrow. It’s great to see TEVAKE II back in an ocean race, sailed by TEVAKE II family in honour of owner/skipper Angus Fletcher.   The crew of Tevake II are seasoned sailors although this race to Port Fairy has mixed feelings for them all, the first race since the passing of Angus. “We had planned the HBYC Sea Pilots race to be the celebratory race for Angus but that was cancelled with the recent Covid – 19 lockdown. Both Angus and Holly...

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:33

2021 Port Fairy Weather Prediction Our 7 competitors look to be in for a lovely weekend weather forecast as they head to Port Fairy and that weekend away. It's light winds at the start and a northerly building late Friday and then as they go around Cape Otway, they should enjoy one tack to the finish.  The expectation is that Tevake II and Carerra S will lead the fleet and tussle for line honours but it could be anyone's race based on handicap. We wish the fleet of Carrera S, Blue Water Tracks, Maverick, Foggy Dew, Foxy Lady and Alien wish them well. You can follow the fleet on...

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 10:32

Port Fairy Race & Rally plus West Offshore Product Coastal Sprint 3 Open for Entries With International and Interstate travel very tricky at the moment, we've heard you in that you just wish to get away and just sail more.   The ORCV has released two more sailing options for your enjoyment and invite you to join us. Port Fairy - Race or Rally Join the race to Port Fairy or come try ocean sailing and be part of the rally.  For those that race, it's a 135nm, Category 2 race which starts on April 2nd (Good Friday) at 5.30am.   It's often a race of two parts,...

Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Melbourne to Port Fairy (M2PF) Off with the Fairies...   The following piece was written John Curnow for The Port Fairy race. At the time, a lot of people commented on how they loved it. Tremendous. If your shore crew are coming this time, then perhaps they might like to read to it. So the dates may all be long gone, but the sentiments are as true as ever.... This is definitely worth going to sea for! We all like to escape! Being off with the fairies might just be the cure for fiscal meltdowns, searing Summer heat and no bushfire has ever taken to The Paddock known as Bass...