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Cock of the Bay Yacht Race

Bay Race distance:  34 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 6
Start Location: Port Melbourne
Start Time:  10:30 am AEDT
Start Date: Thursday 26 December, 2019
Race Record - Multihulls 04h 10m 01s by BARE ESSENTIALS in 2016
Race Record - Blairgowrie course: 04h 40m 16s by GUSTO in 2010
Race Record - Old Rye course: 04h 42m 22s by STRATCORP 97 in 2002

 

This hugely popular race on Port Phillip Bay is held each year on Boxing Day (26th December).

The 34nm course starts near Station Pier in Port Melbourne and is designed to sail past major bayside locations for sailors and spectators alike to view. Some say there is no better way to work off the excesses of Christmas the day before.  

Besides being a great classic race in its own right, the event serves as a feeder for the blue water classic Melbourne to Devonport and Melbourne to Hobart "Westcoaster" ocean yacht races. It also is the first race in the Bass Strait Series and the Sovereign Series.

Berthing is provided at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) at the conclusion of the race where meals and refreshments are also available.

The record fleet size is over 100 yachts.  There are great vantage points for spectators at Port Melbourne, St Kilda pier, Brighton Pier, Sandringham and Hampton foreshore. 

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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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