70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race

              

 

Race Start - Friday evening 23 February 2018

The 170 nautical mile race starts 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.

 

2018 RACE INFORMATION

Race Record - Fastest Times

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

 

The 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race is scheduled for Friday 23 February 2018, evening start. 

To celebrate the 70th race in 2018, Platinum Jubilee Celebrations will be held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 17 February. Beginning in the afternoon, a display of race history will be on show around the Clubhouse and on the main wharf followed by a cocktail party at 7pm. 

 

 

EVENT INFORMATION

 

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations for the 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race - Saturday 17 February at RFBYC. 

Welcome Race and Weather Briefing - Thursday 22 February, 7pm at RFBYC. 

Race Start - Friday 23 February, evening inside Fremantle Harbour.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO RACE INFORMATION
(encourage crew and team supportes to sign up, anyone is welcome to subscribe to event news and your contact information will be deleted after the 70th race is finished). 

                                                                       

 

RACE ENTRY

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Early entry closes at 6pm on Friday 9 February 2018.

Be in the draw to WIN a personal AIS unit, valued at $399.

Lucky draw for competitors in the early entry pool includes a personal AIS unit. All crew names go in to the draw. 

  • Enter your yacht by the early entry deadline. 
  • Submit your crew list by the deadline. 
  • All crew names go in the lucky draw, crew must sail in the race to be eligible to win.
  • Prizes drawn at the 41st Farrawa Cup Series Presentation Evening. 

(In line with ORWA supporting the use of personal AIS recovery units, a Kannard Marine Safelink R10 is being offered as an early bird lucky prize. The unit is designed to be fitted to a lifejacket. It is a personal AIS search and rescue locating device, it enables those on board a vessel with an AIS chart plotter to quickly and efficiently locate and retrieve a missing crew member.)

COMPETITOR INFORMATION

ENTRY DEADLINES:

  • Early entry closes at 6pm on Friday 9 February 2018.
  • Final entries close at 5pm on Monday 19 February 2018. Yachts entering after the early closing may miss out on 70th race memorabilia.  

SAFETY:

  • Category 3 plus PLB's for every crew member which must be registered with AMSA and the OA. 
  • Crew lists including PLB numbers for each person on board must be submitted by 9am on Wednesday 21 February. Click here to download the ORWA crew list template.
  • Check your beacon registration or register a beacon using the AMSA website here - https://www.beacons.amsa.gov.au/ It is appreciated that you will confirm your own beacon is registered. Please note that all PLB's will be checked prior to the race and registered for a special event alert with AMSA. 

OTHER USEFUL INFO:

  • Tracker collection - from midday on Wednesday 21 February until 7pm on Thursday 22 February.
  • Welcome, race and weather briefing - Thursday 22 February 7pm at RFBYC (compulsory attendance for skipper and navigator from each yacht). 
  • 41st Farrawa Cup Series Presentation Evening - Thursday 15 March 6:30pm at RFBYC. 

2018 EVENT PAPERWORK

Please click here for the ORWA Handbook (current version marked 31 October)

Supplementary Sailing Instructions - available on 16 February

Divisions and Handicaps - availble after entries have closed. 

THE YACHTS

Click here to see who has entered 
RACE TRACKING

Follow the race for free:

On you mobile device using the YB Races app and online. Information coming soon. 

PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

Race History Articles:

Calling all yachts and sailors with a significant connection to the race or participation in earlier events. We are looking for race history and vessels to be on display from Saturday 17 February, please get in touch with Susan Ghent at RFBYC to get involved. 

     

RACE START SPECTACLE

Race start for yachts, inside Fremantle Harbour on the evening of Friday 23 February.

  • Spectators welcome.
  • Spectator vessels will be asked to register to receive event information. 
  • Classic power display with VIP guests. 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook - @RoyalFreshwaterBayYachtClub

Instagram - @rfbyc

Twitter - @RFBYC

Use our hashtags to share news! 

#BRORWA     #70BunburyRace

 

The 2018 race is proudly supported by:    

    

 

Proud to be part of the Ocean Racing WA Blue Water Championship for the Siska Trophy 2017-2018

 

2017 RACE 

The 69th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race began on Friday 20 January at 6pm and was contested by 20 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.

Click here for the 2017 event page. 

 

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