69th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race

The 170 nautical mile race starts off Port Beach in Fremantle and takes the fleet south to Koombana Bay . They complete a short lap of the bay along the Bunbury foreshore before turning north for the finish off South Mole in Fremantle. All yachts carry tracking devices which allows anyone to watch the race online or on their mobile device. In partnership with Koombana Bay Sailing Club, the race aims to connect with the local community in Bunbury to showcase the sport of sailing and make it accessible to the public. 


Race Record - Fastest Times

Race Record - 17h 42m 09s - Indian, Craig Carter, 29 January 2016


The 69th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race is scheduled for Friday 20 January 2017, 6:30pm start. 


 Results - 69th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race - Revised, penalty removed in Division One 

 Video of the race start


 Race promotional flyer



Entry closes on Friday 13 January at 5pm.

Crew lists including PLB numbers for each person on board must be submitted by 9am on Wednesday 18 January. Click here to download the ORWA crew list template.

Tracker collection - from midday on Wednesday 18 January until 7pm on Thursday 19 January.

Welcome, race and weather briefing - Thursday 19 January 6pm at RFBYC (compulsory attendance by at least one crew member from each yacht). 

Race start - Fremantle start area at 6:30pm on Friday 20 January 2017.

40th Farrawa Cup Series Presentation Evening - Thursday 23 February 6:30pm at RFBYC. 


Race Notice

ORWA Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions

Supplementary Sailing Instructions

Divisions and Handicaps


Entry closed.


Click here to see who has entered 

Follow the race for free:

On you mobile device using the YB Races app - Race name is 'Bunbury and Return 2017'

Or follow this link to view in your browser - http://yb.tl/bunret2017



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Proud to be part of the Rottnest Express Blue Water Championship for the Siska Trophy 2016-2017



2016 RACE 

The 68th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race began on Friday 29 January  at 6pm and was contested by 26 yachts. RFBYC would like to thank race partners, Koombana Bay Sailing Club in Bunbury for their assistance with the race again and the communications team at Southern Race Control.

"A short leg towards the shore and then the fleet set spinnakers and turned west, towards the gorgeous sunset, it had to be one of the most beautiful offshore starts ever. With a cyclone in the north of the state, the weather was unusual for the middle of summer. It set the stage for a likely race record, playing out perfectly for the front runners over the 170nm course to Bunbury and back again."

Click here for the 2016 event page