The Geraldton Ocean Classic is amongst the oldest and longest of the traditional annual Blue Water race held in Western Australia. Now in its 52nd 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.

  • Race Starts:    0925 hrs Saturday 7 May 2021 in the vicinity of Hall Bank Beacon
  • Safety Category:    2  |  Race Distance to Geraldton:    221 nm
  • Trophies:  IRC and PHS
  • Series:  Results from this race contribute towards the ORWA Siska Series and Blue Water Series
  • Event Entry Fee:  $300 (includes entry to the Lobster Pot Regatta)
  • Entries Close:  17:00 hrs on Friday, 8 April 2022
  • Briefing:  18:30 hrs on Thursday, 5 May at SoPYC.  The skipper and navigator must attend as a minimum.
  • Additional Information: Crew Lists, including PLB HEX ID/UIN must be submitted to SoPYC by Midday on Wednesday 4 May 2022 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.

Competitor Information

Official Race Programme – includes the Fremantle to Geraldton Race Supplementary Sailing Instructions and the Lobster Pot Series Sailing Instructions.

Official Race Programme (Inc. SSIs)
ORWA Sailing Instructions

Supplementary Sailing instruction Amendments

No. 1  – Courses – issued 19:15 on 5 May 2022

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Phone: (08) 9956 0113 Ext 4

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2022 PHF Race Results
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Amended Version 2 issued 29 April 2022.  Summary of amendments listed on page 2.

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Provisional Schedule 2022

Date Time Event
Thu 05 May 1830 Pre-Race Briefing
Sat 07 May 0900 Rally Start
0930 Race Start
Tue 10 May 0930 Lobster Pot Regatta Day 1
Wed 11 May 0930 Lobster Pot Regatta Day 2
Thu 12 May 0930 Lobster Pot Regatta Day 3
1800 Presentation of Results at Geraldton Yacht Club