The Geraldton Ocean Classic


The Race

The Geraldton Ocean Classic and the Return Race are amongst the oldest and longest of the traditional annual Blue Water races held in Western Australia. Now in its 51st year the race is a traditional pre-qualifying race for WA based yachts aiming to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as well as the Fremantle to Bali Race. Both the northern and southern legs are Category 2 safety rated races and present one of the most challenging races in the annual calendar. This race is traditionally a downwind flyer where the biggest and fastest yachts in the region campaign to get their names into the coveted fastest record book and the entire fleet aims to hang out the spinnakers and surf all the way the Geraldton. The race has been won by a variety of Western Australian sailing legends over the decades and has also seen a variety of national and international race entrants compete, such as Elle Racing and more recently Limit. The race was dominated for many years by Rolly Tasker in various versions of Siska. The Geraldton and Return Race is differentiated from other Bluewater races in that it incorporates the Lobster Pot Regatta associated with the yachts layover in Geraldton for the week between the two races. The Geraldton to Fremantle Return Race marks the end of the Geraldton Ocean Classic Race Week where the traditional socialising and casual yacht racing have forged lasting memories for the competitors over the decades. The race back to Fremantle is traditionally a hard into the wind slog that tests the endurance and strength of the boats and their crew. The upwind and downwind races rarely feature the same winners and the overall race results are combined to find out who has handled the variety of conditions the best.

Start:    TBA 2020

Safety Category:    2

Race Distance to Geraldton:    221 nm

Fremantle to Geraldton Race Record:   17h 11m 22s by INDIAN in 2015
Geraldton to Fremantle Race Record:   19h 59m 33s by OPTIMUS PRIME in 2008


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Race Report 22 October 2019

Event Contact

South of Perth Yacht Club

On Water Group

Phone: (08) 9364 5844


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Geraldton Ocean Classic Program

1700Tue01 OctEntries close, Geraldton Ocean Classic Race & Rally
1830Fri11 OctPre-Race BriefingSoPYC
0900Sat12 OctRally startFremantle
0930Sat12 OctRace start, Geraldton Ocean ClassicFremantle
1030Tue15 OctLobster Pot Regatta - Day 1Geraldton
1030Wed16 OctLobster Pot Regatta - Day 2Geraldton
1030Thu17 OctLobster Pot Regatta - Day 3Geraldton
1800Thu17 OctPresentationsGYC
0700Sat19 OctPre-Race BriefingGYC
0930Sat19 OctRace start, Geraldton Return RaceGeraldton
1830Fri08 NovPresentationsSoPYC

Race Documents:

Notice of Race: Click here

Supplementary Sailing Instructions: Click here

ORWA Handbook: Click here 

Lobster Pot Notice of Race: Click here

Lobster Pot Sailing Instructions: Click here

Geraldton Return Race NoR/Sailing Instructions: Click here

Amendments: NTC #1; NTC #2

Rally Documents:

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Rally Instructions: Click here

Rally Disclaimer Form: Click here

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Past Tracks:  2019  I  2018  I  2017  I  2016  I  2015 I  2014  I  2013


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Boat Pen Applications:

Boats requiring a pen in Geraldton, please download the DoT Vessel Accommodation Form and email to:

Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton.


Phone: (08) 9956 0113 Ext 4

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