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Cock of the Bay Yacht Race

Bay Race distance:  34 nautical miles 
Safety Category: 5
Start Location: Port Melbourne
Start Time:  10.30
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.  Traditional hospitality at BYS will be different as the BYS clubhouse is not available to non members.  We will update you as we get closer to what is possible.

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




Thursday, 26 December 2019 20:44

Back in Black smashes ORCV Cock of the Bay record A massive fleet of 70 boats, carrying more than 425 crew, set off from the Port of Melbourne into strong headwinds on Boxing Day in the annual ORCV Cock of the Bay Race to Blairgowrie. Despite conditions that were unfavourable to a multihull, the Extreme 40 Back in Black smashed the race record, completing the 34 nautical miles in 3 hours 36 minutes. The previous multihull record had stood at 4 hours 10 minutes, set by Bare Essentials in 2016.   ORCV Cock of Bay record holder Back in Black   Skipper Michael Van Der Zwaard...

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 13:35

Updated 24th DecemberBerthing and Final Reminders 2019 ORCV Cock of Bay Reminder 1 - Pre Order Dinner 26th December  It's a large fleet heading to Blairgowrie BYS and so that all crews can enjoy a meal after the race, it's important you pre-book your Dinner on 26th December before 21st December via this link https://www.trybooking.com/BHDSQ Reminder 2 - Vacating the Marina Complimentary berthing is for one night unless you are competing in the Petersville Regatta or have had made arrangements directly with BYS.  All boats must vacate by 11am on 27th so that boats in...

Monday, 23 December 2019 22:25

Cock of the Bay fleet likely to stay close to the shoreline after a mass start on Boxing Day Upwind sailing is on the menu for the 70 strong ORCV Cock of the Bay fleet on Boxing Day. Meteorologists are forecasting 12 to 15 knot south-south-westerlies under slightly cloudy skies, which means spectators lining the foreshore of Port Phillip will see many of the yachts close inshore as they tack south after the start off Station Pier in Port Melbourne. The course takes the fleet 34 nautical miles down the bay to Blairgowrie, where the leading boats will cross the finish line around five hours...

Monday, 23 December 2019 21:04

2019 ORCV Cock of the Bay Weather prediction 74 Boats are going to enjoy a 10 -15 knots consistently on the nose as they battle out for who will be crowned the 2019 ORCV Cock of the Bay race.  Martin Vaughan, 2019 ORCV Cock of the Bay race director provides an insight into the race.   

Monday, 23 December 2019 08:35

  For Cock of the Bay Competitors - Notice to Competitors #2 has been published on the ORCV web site, providing details of an exclusion zone for the Mount Martha Aquaculture Fisheries Reserve. Co-ordinates have been provided in the NTC, please keep well clear. See https://www.orcv.org.au/race-documents-cob for details.