Ocean Racing

On Water Sailing Ocean Racing

OFFSHORE UPDATE – Getting your boat ready

Blue Water Championship

The Blue Water Championship is true offshore racing at its challenging best.  Boats compete over a 7 race series comprised of WA’s premier offshore races.  The overall winner is awarded the Siska Trophy and crowned WA’s Blue Water Champion.

The Blue Water Fleet requires boats to comply with YA Catagory 2 & 3 Offshore regulations.  Typically, the boats are large and capable of sailing races in excess of 200 nautical miles.Â

SoPYC’s Blue Water Championship event in the Series is the Cat 2 Fremantle to Geraldton Ocean Classic conducted annually in October.

Offshore Championship

The Offshore Championship brings the thrill of racing along the WA coast combined with some great overnight stopovers at fun ports.  Boats compete over an 11 race series in races that are generally closer to shore and run in daylight.

The overall winner, with eight races to count from the 11 race series, is awarded the Offshore Trophy.Â

The Offshore Championship requires boats t comply with YA Category 3 & 4 Offshore Regulations.

Boats from SoPYC find the Offshore Championship particularly attractive as with races mostly in daylight hours, there is ample time to commute from SoPYC to the start line off Rous Head.

SoPYC’s Offshore event in the Series is the Cat 4 Around the Sound Race, conducted in November.

Coastal Cup Series

The Coastal Cup Series is designed to encourage new sailors to coastal racing.  It comprises 11 short, fun, coastal races in daylight hours, including weekend stopover races.  the races are held in close proximity to ports and the sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound.  The Coastal Cup Series requires boats to comply with YA Category 4 Offshore Regulations.

Raced under the YAH Handicap, Coastal Cup Competitors have an affordable fun way to compete in our beautiful coastal waters.

SoPYC’s Coast Cup event in the Series is the Cat 4 Around the Sound Race, conducted in February in 2015.

Double Handed Championship

Two Handed Racing is becoming popular due to its simplicity.  The Perie Banou Trophy, named after WA’s famous single handed circumnavigator Jon Sanders and his yacht Perie Banou, will be awarded to the winner.  Most races are short and are sailed in daylight, including port stopover races like the Rockingham and Mandurah weekends.

The Double Handed Championship requires boats to comply with YA Cateogry 3 Offshore Regulations.

The races are sailed under both YAH handicapping system and IRC, with separate results for each system.  YAH makes it affordable and simple for any boat to be certified.  IRC now allows a boat to hold a second, short-handed certificate along with its normal certificate.

SoPYC’s Double Handed Championship event in the Series is the Cat 4 Around the Sound Race conducted in November.

For more information on SoPYC’s events and other races in any of the above Series, download a PDF version of the   YWA Offshore Handbook 2014-15.