One of the particular features that makes the Margaret River Region excellent for boating is the different orientations of its coastline. Yes, it can be a windy coast, but no matter what way the wind is blowing there is always a sheltered nook somewhere.
In summertime the predominant winds are from the south. A typical pattern will see easterly winds blowing in the early morning before swinging to the south, and Geographe Bay offers respite from that sea breeze.
From Dunsborough, you can access the Bay from boat ramps at Old Dunsborough and Quindalup. In Busselton you can launch from ramps at Abbey, Broadwater, and Port Geographe.
Good hauls of whiting and squid can be found here in the summer months, with pink snapper occasionally making their way into the Bay in winter.
Geographe Bay also provides excellent anchorage for sailing boats in the warmer months, and the strong southerlies in summer also make for excellent sailing conditions.
The Bay is home to two sailing clubs: the Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club, and the Geographe Bay Yacht Club in Busselton.
Geographe Bay Yacht Club secretary, Barry Brown, says the Bay is home to world class sailing. Since 1987, Barry has raced yachts at most of the local weekend regattas throughout the summer season, and says the conditions lend themselves to both the recreational and racing varieties of sailing.
“Geographe Bay for yacht racing is outstanding,” says Barry.