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. 

Watch the race start in the harbour, view from B Shed to the WA Maritime Museum or along the North or South Moles.

Follow the race online using the YB Races app (Bunbury and Return 2018) or use this link http://yb.tl/bunret2018

Watch the start live online on our Facebook page @RoyalFreshwaterBayYachtClub live stream from 5pm on Friday. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE RACE START - SOUVENIR PROGRAMME

 

RESULTS

Click here to view the overall race results.

Protest Hearing Outcome - Race Committee request for Redress - Updated 09/03/2018

COMPETITORS

 

 

THE RACE:

  • Warning signal at 5:25pm.
  • Start area inside Fremantle Harbour, Race Committee stationed between B Shed and A Shed on the southern wharf. 
     

RACE PAPERWORK:

Please click the links below to download the race paperwork.

PLEASE NOTE LATE CHANGE TO RADIO ROOM CONTACT.  

THE NUMBER IS 0422 654 833.

DIVISIONS AND HANDICAPS:

 

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. 

SPECTATORS

THE YACHTS:

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF YACHTS

 

RACE TRACKING WITH YB TRACKING:

Follow the race for free.

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

http://yb.tl/bunret2018

Or search for 'Bunbury and Return 2018' using the YB Races app, it's free!

 

VIEW THE START SPECTACLE:

  • Start area between B Shed and A Shed inside Fremantle Harbour. 
  • Best viewing from B Shed to WA Maritime Museum and along South Mole in Fremantle. 
  • Classic boat sail past at 5:00pm.
  • Tiger Moth flyover at 5:20pm and 5:31pm.
  • Official radio vessel - Samson.
  • VIP Spectator vessels - Hiawatha, Pollyanna, Norlen.
  • Race start for the 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race at 5:30pm.

SPECTATOR VESSELS PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR AREA INFORMATION

 

EVENT INFORMATION

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). 

 

COCKTAIL PARTY:

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations for the 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race were held on Saturday 17 February at RFBYC. History display on the main wharf and in the Clubhouse. Formalities included presentation of the race backstay flags to skippers who have entered the 70th race. 

Miss the party? Click here to view the Souvenir Programme

The on-water display included classic power and sail:
Avonita, Nokomis and Winnilya from the Classic Power fleet.
Bronzewing Kate (Kareelah), Black Betty, Eun Na Mara, Gelasma, Huckleberry, Panamuna all past race entrants and four fastest time winners included. 

 

 

COMPETITOR BRIEFING:

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

 

RACE START:

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

                                                                       

 

RACE ENTRY

Entry has closed, please get in touch with the Offshore Administrator at RFBYC. 

Teams who entered by the early bird date are in the draw to WIN a personal AIS unit, valued at $399.  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.)

PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

Race History Articles:

     

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. 

Owners of spectator vessels, please CLICK HERE to register with us.
Limited numbers of special event flags will be available to spectator craft that have registered. 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook - @RoyalFreshwaterBayYachtClub

Instagram - @rfbyc

Twitter - @RFBYC

Use our hashtags to share news! 

#70BROR     #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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