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2018 George Law Foundation Offshore Race

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Race History
The Foundation race goes back to 1978. In those days the offshore season had some 37 races on their books. The foundation race was a rather short race of around 30NM. It was named after the Foundation Day Public Holiday. In 1981 it was moved to the 1st event to become the Opening Day race for the Offshore Season, which by then had dropped to only 30 races!

Between 1997 and 1999 it was replaced as Opening Day Race, but was reinstated in that role in 2000 and is still the season Opening Race to this day. In 2004 the race was sponsored by Isabel Law, the widow of the late George Law, owner of the well-known Peterson 45‘Battlestar’, and the race was named the George Law Foundation Race as it is today.

George Law joined Fremantle Sailing Club in 1987 after building his yacht ‘Angel’, and was a very active member. After buying ‘Battlestar’ in 1992, George participated in many inshore and offshore races, winning the Fremantle to Geraldton Return Races, Bunbury, and Mandurah races, the inaugural Port Geographe race and the very competitive Fremantle Harbour Classic. George Law was always identified with his yacht, “Battlestar” which is a Peterson 45 launched 1977 for the Admiral’s Cup, when she was skippered by John Bertrand. “Battlestar” completed five Sydney to Hobart Races and in 1999 took the first ever ‘all female crew’ to compete in the Fremantle to Geraldton and Return Races. Isabel Law and the crew of “Battlestar” have provided the last bell cast by Law Foundries as a perpetual trophy for The Foundation Race to commemorate George’s keen interest in sailing, his joy of life and his ability to encourage people to reach their own goal.

Please be advised that you will not be able to register your boat for the 2018 George Law if you are not a current member of Ocean Racing WA. Please register to ORWA before continuing with George Law Registration.

The 2018/19 Yellow Book is in its final stages and is set to be released on Tuesday 14th August. The Yellow Book can be found on the new ORWA website which is available through this link

The 2018 George Law Foundation Race is a Category 3 events and requires all boats to have a current National Equipment Audit Form signed off by an accredited Equipment Auditor. Please contact your club for a list of current Auditors


Organising Authority: Fremantle Sailing Club
Date: Saturday 15th September 2018
Warning Signal: Double Handed – 0925
Division 2 – 0940
Division 1 – 0955
Safety: Category 3
Trophies: IRC & YAH
Series: FSC Success Cup
Captain Stirling Trophy
Offshore Series
Entry Fee: $100
Entry Close 1700 Monday 10th September 2018
Start: Boat Start, Area Fremantle
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Saturday, 15 September 2018

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