Bunbury and Return Ocean Race – since 1948
Saturday 11 February 2023:
The race is part of the Farrawa Cup Series, Ocean Racing WA Blue Water Series and Ocean Racing WA Siska Series.
The Bunbury and Return Ocean Race is not the longest race in Western Australia but it is the oldest and holds a special place on the ocean racing calendar in the State.
It began in 1948 with a bold venture to sail for 100 ocean miles, overnight down a featureless unlit coast.
An idea by Keith Stevenson, owner of the beautiful Sunset Class yacht Maid Marion, spurred on by the enthusiasm of Cyril Sampson (then Commodore) and Roland Smith who were both motivated by the 1945 inauguration of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Club resolved that an ocean race to Bunbury be organised. An open invitation to all Clubs was sent.
FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2023
- 1700 – Race entry closes.
THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2023
- 1830 – Welcome, Race and Weather Briefing.
- To be held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2023
- 0900 – Race start off Port Beach in North Fremantle.
FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2023
- 1800 – 46th Farrawa Cup Series Presentation Evening.
- Includes race presentation for the 75th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race.