Roland Smith Ocean Race – relaunched in 2015

Coastal passage race off the northern beaches in Perth and out to Rottnest Island. 

The race is part of the Farrawa Cup Series, Ocean Racing WA Short Haul Series and Ocean Racing WA Siska Series.

In 2015, the Roland Smith Ocean Race returned to the offshore racing calendar with a 80 nautical mile passage race from Perth to Mandurah and return. The race was named in honour of Roland Smith who was Commodore in the 1930’s and 40’s. He was part of the group of Club members who began long haul ocean racing in WA with the Bunbury in 1948 and he chartered much of Rottnest Island with his launch Pollyanna, allowing safe passage for mariners to this day. There is a memorial dedicated to him at Narrow Neck. 

The 2021 race is scheduled for Saturday 17 April to start off Cottesloe, racing along the Perth coastline and out to Rottnest Island.

Roland Smith Ocean Race

Saturday 17 April 2021

Yachts entered

Enter the race

Race Results

Event Schedule:

SATURDAY 17 APRIL

  • 0855 warning signal in the vicinity of Campbell Buoy, North Cottesloe.

2021 Race Information:

SSIs

Supplementary Sailing Instructions

Click to view the race paperwork
SSIs
ORWA

Ocean Racing WA Season Handbook

Click to view the 2020-2021 edition
ORWA

Race History

The Roland Smith Race was initially a 29 nautical mile event raced in Cockburn Sound. Combined with the Gordon Craig Race it was part of what is now the Rockingham Race Regatta. When the short course racing off Leighton Beach (Dolphin and John Russell Races) wound up in 2013 the Dolphin Race took over its place in the Rockingham weekend. In 2015 the race re-launched as a shorter blue water return race and rounded Rottnest Island. From 2020 the course was shortened to a coastal day race and brought inside Rottnest Island to reduce the safety requirements on the fleet.