Following the outstanding success of the 2021 event, which was also recognised by Yachting WA and Australian Sailing for the most outstanding Sports Promotion Award in 2021, we are now embarking on the next event planned for May 6, 2023.

Run over a distance comparable to that of the Sydney to Hobart Race, the 700-nautical mile Fremantle to Exmouth Race & Rally will take competing sailors from the first chilly winds of our southern winter to the balmy warmth of Australia’s Coral Coast. 

Key to the success of any great event is having an awesome team of people and support of the many sponsors who understand and appreciate the significance and work that goes into making a great even sensational. Fremantle Sailing Club is now opening sponsorship opportunities to suit both large and small budgets, in cash, service or product to help promote this very popular event and ensure a fantastic experience for all competitors not only for the race and rally, but the time they spend in Exmouth. Please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator for more information.

For more information about the 2023 Fremantle to Exmouth Race & Rally, please contact the FSC Sailing Manager call 08 9435 8817.

Highlights from the 2021 Race & Rally

Thirty-eight yachts participated in the challenging 700 nautical mile Fremantle to Exmouth Race & Rally on Saturday the 8th of May 2021. With near-perfect weather conditions, it did not take too long for race contender, ‘Indian’ a Carkeek 47, skippered by Craig Carter to be the first to cross the finish line in just under three days arriving in Exmouth at 10.15 am on the 11th of May. 

“It was a difficult race,” skipper Craig Carter reported after the race, “but we had a team of four talented young helmsmen on board, so we rotated the helm regularly. At times we had more than 30 knots of wind, and we were travelling at well over 20 knots, which made it a bit wet on board. We also had to battle our way past Coral Bay, where the wind died out completely for a while, so we had a bit of everything.”

Indian also broke the fastest time record by more than one and a half days previously set thirty years ago at the last Fremantle to Exmouth Race by Ross Swanson’s ‘Syrenka’.

There were some nerves with race officials from Fremantle Sailing Club anxiously watching satellite trackers when the smallest yacht in the fleet, Dave Kenny’s, ‘The Edge’, got caught in a southerly current and windless conditions near reefs off North West Cape. The use of their boat’s engine would have meant instant disqualification, but Kenny used all his sailing skills to pilot the yacht out of the danger zone and to safety around two virtual marks further north.

The event proved to be a resounding success for the Rally entries, who made up nearly half of the total fleet. A few of the Rally yachts started early to ensure they would arrive in Exmouth on time for the festivities. The vast majority reported having the sail of a lifetime in idyllic conditions. 

Fremantle Sailing Club would like to thank our major sponsors, MG Kailis Seafood, Exmouth Wild Prawns and Exmouth Shire Council, as well as our event sponsors and supporters for their continued support across this historic event.

2021 Rally Results | 2021 Race Results

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!