Apollo Bay Ocean Yacht Race

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Ocean Race distance:  52 nautical miles
Safety Category: 3
Start Location: Queenscliff
Start Time:  0810
Start Date: 22 May 21
Race Record: 05h 24m 04s by KAOS skippered by Peter Blake in 1999

 

A short coastal race starting off Queenscliff, going out of Port Phillip Heads before turning right to follow the coast to Apollo Bay.

As the concluding race on the summer racing calendar, the 52 mile dash to Apollo Bay often decides the Ocean Racing Championship and Coastal Championship Series.

It is also an ideal race for those new to ocean racing with its shorter length and proximity to the coast.

The race is often won or lost by navigators and tacticians in their decisions to sail a seaward course or hug the shoreline in search of better breeze.

The Apollo Bay race first ran on the 26th December 1954 with the 2021 being the 68th Apollo Bay race.

Berthing in Apollo Bay for 2021

We plan to publish current soundings for Apollo Bay harbour closer to the Race but conditions are looking excellent. The entrance is currently accommodating 2.5m draft at low water and the tides of the week end of 22 -23 May are very favourable. Highwater on 22 May is 1.78m at 1842 hrs and, importantly low water on Sunday is not at all low - 1.08m at 1300hrs! Assuming normal sea state, it is looking as though draft will not be an issue.




Friday, 28 May 2021 15:21

Weight to leeward on the Great Ocean Road Sail Another ORCV Apollo Bay race has been run and won, with Alien (R880) claiming victory as overall race winner. The fleet of 41 enjoyed a cool but sunny day on their run to Apollo Bay, with a breeze that turned fickle in the closing stages of the race. Whilst many yachts enjoyed a smooth run to Cape Patton, only a few managed to escape the wind shadow of the Otways, and make it to Apollo Bay before dark.   Fleet start heading to Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road Sail. Photo Aaron Cole Skipper of the winning boat, Justin Brenan, stated...