Fremantle to Geraldton 0925hrs Saturday, 28 Oct 2023 in the vicinity of Hall Bank Beacon
Geraldton to Fremantle 0925hrs Saturday, 4 Nov 2023 in the vicinity of Bluff Point Lead
Safety Category Cat 2
Race Distance 221nm (each way)
Trophies IRC and PHS
Series Siska & Blue Water
Entry Fee $350 (includes entry to the Lobster Pot Regatta)
Entries Close 1700hrs on Monday, 16 Oct 2023
Briefing 1830 hrs on Thursday, 26 Oct at SoPYC.  The skipper and navigator must attend as a minimum.

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.

Additional Information

Crew Lists, including PLB HEX ID/UIN must be submitted to SoPYC before the race (date TBA) by signing on all persons on board in the online entry system for the race. All yachts must carry a tracking device supplied by SoPYC. Primary communications will be by satellite phone incorporating voice and SMS capability.

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Provisional Schedule of Events
Date Time Event
Mon 16th Oct 1700 Registrations Close
Thurs 26th Oct 1830 Pre-Race Briefing
Sat 28th Oct 0925 (FWS) Fremantle to Geraldton
Tues 31st Oct – Thurs 2nd Nov TBC Lobster Pot Series (See program HERE) at GYC
Fri 3rd Nov from 1800 Lobster Pot Presentations
Sat 4th Nov 0730 Geraldton Return Race Briefing
Sat 4th Nov 0925 (FWS) Geraldton Return
Fri 10th Nov 1830 Race presentations