Port Fairy Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  135 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 2
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  To be confirmed AEST
Start Date: 29th March 2024
Race Record: 14h 26m 20s by QUASIMODO in 1984


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.

Sunday, 09 April 2023 14:21

Double Handed Joker on Tourer wins tough Melbourne to Port Fairy Ocean Race Double-handed Joker on Tourer, Grant Chipperfield’s Elliott 1250 Tourer, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) tough and gruelling 2023 Melbourne to Port Fairy yacht race, while Andrew Neeson’s Jaffa took line honours. Joker on Tourer winner of the tough ORCV Port Fairy Race. Photo Steb Fisher Jaffa crossing the finish in Port Fairy Photo Arnold Brian “We knew from the start it was going to be a tough race” explained Chipperfield. “You need to do these sorts of races every now and then to prepare your...

Friday, 07 April 2023 16:32

2023 Port Fairy Race Updates   Race Update - Jaffa, the first boat finished Congratulations to Jaffa, skippered by Andrew Neeson taking line honours in the 2023 Port Fairy Yacht Race, finishing the race at 2:50:54 on Saturday 8th April.   Race Update 11am – From the Race Directors on the Great Ocean Road. With intermittent sunshine and mist and arriving on the Great Ocean Road around the Bay of Isles, the Race Directors have spotted the leading boats, Jaffa leading and under close chase by handicap leader Joker of Tourer. Since rounding Cape Otway, all...

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 21:30

A Warm Welcome from the Port Fairy Yacht Club Hi Port Fairy race entrants, Firstly a big welcome to all the entrants in the Port Fairy yacht race from myself and all our committee and members of the PFYC. We realize the challenges in racing to Port Fairy and want to make this a rewarding experience for all that arrive in our harbour. The PFYC has hosted and competed in this event for many years, and will reinstate our reputation as a great host club this year and into the future. What we will offer is as follows, We will allocate berths for each yacht and will have tenders and rescue...

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...