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.