Cock of the Bay Map

Cock of the Bay Yacht Race

Bay Race distance:  34 nautical miles Port Melbourne to Blairgowrie
Safety Category: 5
Start Location: Port Melbourne
Start Time:  10.30
Start Date: 26 December 21
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 traditional course of 34nm 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 Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht races. 

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. 

Enter the Race, click here 

Race Documents, click here 

Yachts Entered, click here

Results,  Click Here




Sunday, 26 December 2021 21:52

Line honours pending after closest race for years   Under grey skies and light rain falling, 84 yachts with more than 600 crew onboard, set sail from Port Melbourne in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Cock of the Bay race to Blairgowrie. New arrival to the Victorian racing fleet, Leigh Dorrington’s Reichel Pugh Ccr 50 Original Sin has taken provisional line honours, ahead of John Paterson's Farr 45 Rush, which led the fleet across the start line off Port Melbourne at 10.30am. Original Sin crossed the finishing line at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron...

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 16:04

2021 ORCV Cock of the Bay Weather Prediction  Looks like the prediction is for a Southerly 15 - 20 knots for this Sunday's ORCV Cock of the Bay and it will be a tactical race for which way you choose to go. This video also includes a short forecast for the Offshore races which start at 2.30 on Monday from Portsea Pier.  

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 14:58

2021 Cock of the Bay, Berthing, Meals and How to Add Crew Berthing at Blairgowrie (BYS) marina for competing boats in 2021 ORCV Cock of the Bay has been kindly made available at no charge for the night by BYS.  We ask, where possible you try and use the clubhouse for food and drinks and acknowledge BYS members, volunteers and staff, for the amazing effort they go to host us so we can enjoy the beautiful clubhouse and Mornington Peninsula. It is a condition of entry that boats must berth in accordance with the directions of the BYS Marina Master and into the pens allocated below. ...

Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:31

Xpresso takes Cock of the Bay hat-trick on a perfect Boxing Day in Melbourne Under clear blue skies and with Melbourne’s Port Phillip bathed in sunshine, a record fleet of 112 yachts, carrying 618 crew, set sail on Boxing Day in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Cock of the Bay race. Paul Buchholz’s Cookson 50 Extasea took line honours, ahead of Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49 Carrera S, which led the fleet across the start line off Port Melbourne at 10.30am. Extasea took the gun at the Mornington Yacht Club on Mornington Peninsula four hours and two minutes later. In the handicap...

Saturday, 26 December 2020 20:44

Extasea is Cock of the Bay line honours winner on a perfect Boxing Day in Melbourne Under clear blue skies and with Melbourne’s Port Phillip bathed in sunshine, a record fleet of 112 yachts, carrying 618 crew, set sail on Boxing Day in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Cock of the Bay race. Paul Buchholz’s Cookson 50 Extasea took line honours, ahead of Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49 Carrera S, which led the fleet across the start line off Port Melbourne at 10.30am. Extasea took the gun at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on Mornington Peninulsa four hours and two minutes later. Michael...