Notice To Competitors

2014 Melbourne to Apollo Bay Yacht Race

Appendix D - Courses of the Sailing Instructions is amended to now read;

Apollo Bay Course

For the ocean race to Apollo Bay, from the starting line, leaving a virtual buoy at latitude 38 deg 17 min S, longitude 144 deg 38.9 min E to port (intersection of the South Channel and Great Ship Channel), remaining west of the western boundary of the Great Ship Channel until well clear of the Heads and then to the finishing line at Apollo Bay

Ray Shaw


ORCV Sailing Committee


Mini Frontpage Apollo Bay

Melbourne to Apollo Bay Race 2017 – Summary. For all of the talk we here about Global Warming and it’s continuing negative effect on the climate and our general day to day weather, it seems that there might also be some positive effects, like mild (dare we say even pleasant!) conditions for sailing in the Bass Strait in late May! With all 21 yachts and crew now either making their way home having spent the night in Apollo Bay Harbour, or home safe and sound with their families, having returned overnight, all of them will feel very pleased that they chose to participate in this year’s [ ... ]


2017 ORCV Apollo Bay Race The current forecast for the Apollo Bay race shows winds of 10-15 knots from the north east gradually moving more northerly during the morning, with slightly stronger winds further off-shore. A temperature of 19C and the possibility of some rain will make for a not too unpleasant trip to Apollo Bay. It looks like the spinnaker trimmers will get a good workout! The PredictWind models are largely in agreement and reflect the stronger breezes out to sea. Race times of about 7 hours make for a quick race though not quite record-breaking. Of course, this is the  [ ... ]

Apollo bay race review

Apollo Bay Race review What a fantastic race we had in the 2016 Apollo Bay ocean race.  With a stiff north westerly breeze the fleet made short work of the exit from the heads, bearing off into a fast broad reach.  With boat speeds noted on the AIS up to 20K.  Lord Jiminy had a great debut, chasing down Peccadillo who had the advantage of an extra hull.  It was exciting to watch as they battled the gusty reaching into the finish.  Well done to all, a special mention to Blaise Pascal and Norma Jeane who ocean raced with us for the first time, we hope you enjoyed the r [ ... ]

Apollo Bay harbour advice from the harbour master

Advice from the Harbour Master   Advice from the Apollo Bay harbour master, note cross swell running, keep to the centre or western side, not eastern side which has sand buildup. Aim for the boat ramp coming in.

2016Apollo Bay weather update Friday

Apollo Bay Weather Update What a great time the sailors in this year’s Apollo Bay race are going to have. A cloudy start to the day with a sunny afternoon and a maximum of 21 degrees. The weather looks perfect for those who would like to stop in Apollo bay and enjoy the hospitality. The Synoptic Situation A high pressure system is moving across Australia centered to the north of Sydney. This will give us Northwesterly wind across the race course, moving more Westerly on Sunday. The Race The fleet will start in 10 to  15 knot Northerlies which will shift more Northwesterly as the da [ ... ]


2016 Apollo Bay Weather Outlook Well it looks like the weather God’s are looking after us this weekend. The fleet of 29 yachts are looking at an easy race in warm conditions and if the weather holds there is a chance that Kaos’s 1999 race record of 5 hours and 24 minutes could be broken. The fleet will enjoy a very comfortable run down the bay on Friday night in warm northerlies Looking at the race forecast we can see from the weather maps that there is a fairly stable weather outlook for the weekend. The Meteye shows a bit of a different outlook to Predictwind as it takes the topography [ ... ]


At the 2100 Schedule in the Apollo Bay Race Three boat have finished Simply Fun, Hartbreaker  and Spirit of Downunder two boats are on approach to the finish line White Noise and Mille Sabords Yoko, Turbulence, Addiction and Halcyon still have a way to go. Yoko and Turbulence both gave the same positions so they are both at no 4


The fleet is reduced to 10 in the Apollo Bay Race The retirement since the last schedule are Magazan53, Wildside, Alien, Allegro, Bandit, Blue Chip,, the remaining 9 boats are pushing on and the leading bunch of Hartbreaker, Simply Fun and Mille Sabords follow by the Spirit of Downunder and White Noise. Yoko, Halcyon, Addiction and Turbulence. The leaders have thirteen miles to go and the rear of the fleet have 20 miles to go so hopefully we should have all the fleet in by midnight.


The 15:05 schedule has been completed and the boats still have 25  to 40 miles to go.  We hope the wind will hold as the sun sets and we should see the first boat by 8pm. The boats that have retired so far Algy Rose, Blaise Pascal, Cartouche, Christine, Hush, Remedy and Smooth Operator.     

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