Cock of the Bay Yacht Race
|Bay Race distance:||34 nautical miles|
|Start Location:||Port Melbourne|
|Start Date:||26 December 20|
|Race Record - Multihulls||03h 35m 23s by BACK in BLACK in 2019|
|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.