For the race enthusiasts out there, brace yourself for some exciting news for you! Ocean Events has recently announced that the ‘Ocean Race Around Australia’ is officially planned for 2014.
Announced on the eve of the 1988 Bi-Centenary Around Australia Race (08/08/1988), the 80-day Ocean Race Around Australia is open to everyone with monohull and multihull boats from Australia and around the world.
Crew changes will be permitted at ten stopover points in this race that circumnavigates the nation, and major prizes and trophies will be awarded in both the mono and multihull divisions. The event will also include an existing east coast race and regattas in the Whitsunday islands.
For those wishing to participate, there is a choice of four start/finish ports for ultimate entry convenience. These ports are:
- 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
Unlike the 1988 race, crews will have the benefits of modern technology such as GPS, mobile phones and the internet on hand. The event will, however, still have the same challenges of wind, waves and weather. So brace yourself for a tough and competitive race!
If you would like more information or would like to enter the Ocean Race Around Australia, contact Bob Williams, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone +61 (0) 413057559.
To watch a video about the race click here.