The Fremantle to Geraldton and Return Ocean Classic is amongst the oldest and longest of the traditional annual Blue Water races held in Western Australia. Now in its 50th year, the race is a traditional pre-qualifying race for WA based yachts aiming to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Both the northern and southern legs are Category 2 safety rated races and present one of the most challenging races in the annual calendar. This race is traditionally a downwind flyer where the biggest and fastest yachts in the region campaign to get their names into the coveted fastest record book and the entire fleet aims to hang out the spinnakers and surf all the way the Geraldton. The race has been won by a variety of Western Australian sailing legends over the decades and has also seen a variety of national and international race entrants compete, such as Elle Racing and more recently Limit. The race was dominated for many years by Rolly Tasker in various versions of Siska. The Geraldton and Return Race is differentiated from other Bluewater races in that it incorporates the Lobster Pot Regatta associated with the yachts layover in Geraldton for the week between the two races. The Geraldton to Fremantle return race marks the end of the Geraldton Ocean Classic Race Week where the traditional socialising and casual yacht racing have forged lasting memories for the competitors over the decades. The race back to Fremantle is traditionally a hard into the wind slog that tests the endurance and strength of the boats and their crew. The upwind and downwind races rarely feature the same winners and the overall race results are combined to find out who has handled the variety of conditions the best.