Geraldton Ocean Race Information Evening 1 August 2018


There was standing room only for the 50th Anniversary Geraldton Race Information Evening. Given the appalling weather conditions last Wednesday evening, it was thought that 50 seats would be plenty.  Our F&B staff responded quickly with an additional twenty chairs, but even that was not enough as more sailors arrived.

The response has exceeded the Club’s expectations at this stage.  Six entries are already in and paid up, with a further six having indicated a definite intention to participate in the race but have not yet lodged their paperwork. These include last season’s Siska Trophy winner Giddy Up and the Melbourne-Osaka double hander Kraken, so a quality fleet is guaranteed. In addition, several owners have hinted that they would like to be a part of the celebrations as well.

Much of the information and the subsequent questions revolved around requirements for rally entrants. It is clear that there are several boats whose owners have previously sailed in Geraldton races but who no longer participate in ocean races, who are keen to take their yachts to Geraldton to be part of the Golden Anniversary celebrations.

An expanded Lobster Pot Regatta will see two days of short back-to-back races in the bay sandwiching a longer race around a virtual mark outside.

Off the water, Geraldton Yacht Club has programmed an Anniversary dinner which will be attended by numerous past winners and participants as well as a well balanced social program.

Enquiries about the event as skipper, crew or visitor, can be directed to our Sailing Administrator Scott Nunn, Ocean Racing Captain Chris Hind, Warren Erasmus or Bernie Kaaks.

Email Scott Nunn here.

Rear Commodore Ralph Newton opened the Information Evening which was attended by more than 70 sailors.