2017 Rottnest Festival of Sail


Now in its seventh year, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is pleased to announce the 2017 Rottnest Festival of Sail to be held on Saturday 01 and Sunday 02 April                          

Funds raised from the event go to our event partner the Rottnest Foundation, to support their efforts in Conserving the essence of Rottnest’.  In keeping with the theme of supporting the environment, the annual Algal Bloom Race returns to Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for 2017 and the next two years and the Club has chosen to include it in the Rottnest Festival of Sail.

Saturday 01 April - start area off Port Beach, Fremantle. Finsh in Thomson Bay, Rottnest Island. 

  • 1025  Category 6 Transit Race / Algal Bloom Race for Division One
  • 1030  Modified Category 7 (Couta Boats) and Cat 6 Transit Race / Algal Bloom Race for Division Two
  • 1800  Social - non-ticketed function at Hotel Rottnest (includes welcome and presentation of fun prizes).

Sunday 02 April - From Thomson Bay, around the island to starboard. 

  • From 0955  Cruise in Company

Wednesday 05 April - Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

  • 1800  Rottnest Foundation Twilight
  • 1930  Rottnest Foundation Presentation Ceremony

Event entry inlcludes membership of the Rottnest Foundation and a mooring in Thomson Bay for the evening of Saturday 01 April. Goodie bags to be collected from RFBYC from 10am on Thursday 30 March. 




Click here for the Notice of Race 

Click here for Couta Boat safety requirements (extract from NOR)

Click here for the event flyer

Crew lists for Couta Boats due by midday on Wednesday 29 March. Click here for spreadsheet template for crew lists. 

Collection of event packs from Thursday 30 March 10am onwards. Packs include drink tickets for Saturday night function at Hotel Rottnest and mooring allocation in Thomson Bay. 

Rottest Express discount code available for competitors and supporters. Please get in touch with the Offshore Administrator at RFBYC for details. Discount code was emailed to all yachts. 

A late ferry will run on Saturday evening, Rottest Express service at 4:30pm, 5pm and also 5:55pm.



Click here for Sailing Instructions

Mooring Information - Contained in event packs and details will be emailed to competitors on Thursday 30 March. 

Click here for Thomson Bay mooring map and location chart

Click here for Rottnest Island Sanctuary Zone map




Click HERE for Division Splits & Handicaps.



Provisional Results

Click here for the photo album on Facebook

(public page for viewing photos, if you have trouble please get in touch with us). 



Follow the 2017 Rottnest Festival of Sail using social media and the event hashtag #RFOS17

Facebook @RoyalFreshwaterBayYachtClub

Twitter @RFBYC



For more information please email offshore@rfbyc.asn.au or phone the Club on 9286 8200 and ask for Susan Ghent or Debbie Blaauw. 


‘Supporting the Rottnest Foundation in ‘Conserving the essence of Rottnest’.   


The 2017 Rottnest Festival of Sail is proudly supported by: