Roland Smith Ocean Race – relaunched in 2015

Saturday 9 April:

To coincide with Keelboat Closing Day at RFBYC the race will start at 9am on Saturday 9 April.  Beginning in North Cottesloe the fleet will be in view from the beach in the area prior to heading out to Rottnest Island, north to Hillarys and return to finish off Fremantle. 

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. 

For 2020 the race was changed due to increased safety requirements on teams for the course area but the race was not held due to the global pandemic. In 2021 the race began off  North Cottesloe. The fleet raced along the Perth coastline, out to Rottnest Island and north as far as Hillarys, finishing off South Mole in Fremantle.

Roland Smith Ocean Race

Yachts entered

Race entry

Race Results

Event Schedule and Information:


  • 0855 warning signal in the vicinity of Campbell Buoy, North Cottesloe.
  • 43 nautical miles from Cottesloe to Leighton, Hillary’s and Rottnest Island. Finishing at South Mole in Fremantle.
  • 1800 presenatation of pennants at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in conjuction with Keelboat Summer Season Closing Day.



FRIDAY 20 MAY 2022

2022 Race Information:

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Supplementary Sailing Instructions

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Ocean Racing WA Season Handbook

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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.

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