Main photo: Apollo Bay this way 52nm as the fleet set sail. Photo Aaron Cole

Another Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (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. While 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.

Skipper of the winning boat, Justin Brenan, stated that the key to the race was being on the right part of the course, and working the sail configuration tirelessly. “A lot of boats followed the rhumb line and ended up in a dead patch, and several other boats went too far offshore and ended up paying a distance penalty. We aimed for the middle, and peeled between the asymmetric kite, code 0 and jib constantly, to keep the boat going at its best.” 

Goggo managed to claim line honours at 5:40pm, just beating Extasea and Cadibarra 8; with the following few hours seeing yachts jostling to make it around Mark AB and across the finishing line. With the fleet being split by those who followed the wind predictions and opted for the rhumb line drag race, and those who ventured further out and turned for Apollo Bay much later; the race was decided in the final 10 miles, when it all came down to who could find the breeze.

Congratulations to all competitors who took part in this year’s race.

A spinnaker start with Alien in yellow up there with them. Photo Pavel Cherepanov
A spinnaker start with Alien in yellow up there with them. Photo Pavel Cherepanov


  1. Alien R880
  2. How Bizarre S13
  3. Arcadia S17


  1. Patriot SM133
  2. Vagabond S477
  3. RMS Cole Walker SM2024


  1. How Bizarre S13
  2. Arcadia S17
  3. Patriot SM133

Double Handed

  1. Saltair R410
  2. Maverick SM3600
  3. RMS Cole – Walker SM2024


  1. Goggo G7007
  2. Alien R880
  3. Vagabond S477

Line Honours

Goggo G7007

Full entry list here 

Full results here