Return of the round Australia race

Details of next year's event announced

Wednesday August 7th 2013, Author: Di Pearson, Location: Australia

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Bi-Centenary Around Australia Race, Ocean Events is pleased to announce that the inaugural ‘Ocean Race Around Australia’ will go ahead in 2014.

Ocean Events invites mono and multihull boats from Australia and abroad to join the inaugural ‘Ocean Race Around Australia’.

The unique format for this ISAF Category 1 event includes four start/finish ports, making it easier for competitors entering what is expected to be the largest open-entry, fully crewed coastal ocean race in the world.

Competitors have the choice of the following start ports and times:

Fremantle, Western Australia - start early July, finish early October
Port Lincoln, South Australia - start mid-July, finish mid-October
Melbourne, Victoria - start, third week of July, finish late October
Sydney, NSW - start end of July, finish early November

The race, which will permit crew changes at its 10 stopover ports and is expected to take approximately 90 days, will also incorporate an existing east coast race and regattas in the Whitsunday Islands. And major prizes and trophies will be awarded in both monohull and multihull divisions.

The late Sir Peter Blake, won the challenging 90 day race in 1988 aboard his Steinlager 1 trimaran.

With new technology and the advent of social media, not available in 1988, this race will have GPS, yacht tracking, mobile phones, the web, on-board cameras, all of which will help with media coverage and make the event a very attractive proposition for sponsors.

However, some things won’t change; the wind, waves, whale sightings – and the challenge.

One stopover port on the Western Australia coastline, Dampier, will turn on an Australian-outback-experience for the sailors, friends, sponsors and attending media. This area of Australia is the home to Australia’s major mining and natural gas export facilities and some of the most ancient aboriginal rock-art in the world spread across the Dampier Archipelago.

To enter, and for further information on the Ocean Race Around Australia , please contact Bob Williams, email:, or telephone +61 (0) 413057559.

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