The Geraldton Ocean Classic is amongst the oldest and longest of the traditional annual Blue Water race held in Western Australia. Now in its 53rd 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. The race to Geraldton is a Category 2 safety rated race and presents 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 Race incorporates the Lobster Pot Regatta associated with the yachts staying in Geraldton for the week before venturing back to Fremantle. The Geraldton Ocean Classic Race Week encompasses the traditional socialising and casual yacht racing forging lasting memories for the competitors.