Mercedes III - Cock of the Bay again?

Mercedes III led the Australian team to victory in the 1967 Admiral’s Cup, with a top points performance. She more than fulfilled the expectations of designers Ted Kaufman and Ben Lexcen.

In 1989, under new owner Martin Ryan, Mercedes III won the Cock of the Bay on Channel Handicap, a rating system with a strong age allowance which is no longer in use in Australia.

The new rating systems are AMS and IRC, introduced well after Mercedes III was designed and therefore giving a distinct advantage to modern yachts designed to these systems. Someone forgot to tell Mercedes III. Whilst 2014 is the 25th anniversary of her 1989 win, it’s also the 10th anniversary of her win on AMS in 2004 and 2008 (by 7 seconds) and follows 1st, 1st and 2nd placings on IRC Division 2 over the last 3 years.

 

 

“Our racing calendar is concentrated on Classic yacht racing around Williamstown, Hobsons Bay and St Kilda with 25 other Classic yachts. Once or twice a year we take on the modern boats. We are hoping for typical Cock of the Bay conditions - 25 knots plus from the south. She is a beautifully balanced yacht that thrives in the Port Phillip chop” says owner of 27 years Martin Ryan.

The Cock of the Bay starts off Port Melbourne and finishes at Blairgowrie. The yachts are best viewed from the piers from Port Melbourne to Sandringham, which is their last onshore mark until Blairgowrie.

Results of the Cock of the Bay, conducted by ORCV and a preliminary to the Melbourne – Devonport and Melbourne – Hobart races can be viewed on www.orcv.org.au from about 9pm on Boxing Day.

2016 Cock of the bay - its a wrap

The 2016 Cock of the Bay race is a wrap, with lots of smiles, experiences to share and friends to catch up with at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. Forecasts predicted a spinnaker start, alas by the time the race started the Southerly wind had kicked in. By the middle of the race the wind built to 25k, favouring those closer to shore. It was warm and pleasant sailing, despite a little rain and the odd splash. By mark 19 the wind had lightened off and there were several patches of character building 0k. Towards the end of the race for the mid to back of the fleet, the wind built back to 5-10k all [ ... ]

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2016 Cock of the bay Weather

On the nose and bumpy later which will test the constitution of a few sailor who had too much Christmas Day It looks like the weak change will have moved through Melbourne on boxing day which will leave the fleet in southerly winds that will increase during the day. Some models are predicting an hour or two of northerly so that will give the navigators some interesting options. I have included the Predictwind 8km resolution winds and as you will see the timing between the models are different. Start Time 10:30 14:00 Meteye 14:00 Predictwind summary for a Beneteau first 40   [ ... ]

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2015 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron welcomes ORCV Cock of the Bay Partcipants! Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) is excited to once again host the ORCV Cock of the Bay skippers and crews on Boxing Day. We are looking forward to opening the doors of our brand new clubhouse to you all.  Whether you are returning to Melbourne that night or staying with us overnight we welcome you to enjoy a drink and a meal on the deck with us.  Our chef has put together a special menu offering items such as a range of pizzas, wagyu beef burgers, chicken schnitzel burgers and beer battered fish and chips. H [ ... ]

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ORCV and BYS Petersville Regatta 27-30 December 2015 The Petersville Regatta is proudly returning to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) Sailing Calendar. This family friendly, relaxed regatta will be held from 27 – 30 December 2015 and is set to be reinstated as the club’s flagship annual event (proudly supported by BBQs Plus). Back by popular demand, the Petersville Regatta returns to attract a competitive group of keel and cruising boats from across the Peninsula, Victoria and Australia to the family friendly, social atmosphere of the original regatta held during the 1980’s. ...a  [ ... ]

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2015 Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron - New Visitor Wet Berths Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron are looking forward to welcoming skippers and crews participating in the annual Cock of the Bay race back again this year. BYS will again provide free rafting up inside their marina to all ORCV Cock of the Bay race participants on the 26th December.  This year however their marina extension will have been completed and there are new visitor wet berths available for rent.  BYS would like to extend an offer to boats participating in the Cock of the Bay to rent a new visitor wet berth for the night for [ ... ]

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Are you ready? ORCV Summer Season 2015-16
It is that time of the year when everyone in Melbourne yearns for some warm weather and starts thinking about the spring and summer months ahead.
The ORCV has planning well underway. We will be heading back to   pdf Stanley (861 KB)  for the first race of the offshore season and Smithton Lions club are making preparations to host us in the new Harbour shed with festivities, entertainment, food and bar services. They are excited about the ORCV returning to the home of "The Nut” and are looking forward to laying out the welcom [ ... ]

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