Roland Smith Ocean Race – relaunched in 2015

Save the date for the next event:

Saturday 9 April 2022. The race will begin in North Cottesloe and feature 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

Event information – available closer to the 2022 date

Yachts entered

Race entry

Race Results

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.

Race results and tracking history
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