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Wally Pickford Memorial Marathon Race

Every year Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club holds the Wally Pickford Memorial Marathon named after Past Commodore Wally Pickford. Wally was born and bred on the Goldfields and had rarely seen a river before a job opportunity brought him to the big smoke. Wally quickly grew fond of the water and before he knew it, he was sailing on the Swan at every opportunity. It wasn't long before Wally was a respected Member of the Club Committee and in 1995 Wally was elected as Commodore. He went on to serve as Commodore for 3 years.

The Marathon covers most of the river and is one of the Club's most important races attracting yachts from most other Clubs. Wally Pickford has sailed Seafarer, Rhumb Runner and in the later years his beloved Shibumi, in every possible race. Shibumi although not a fast boat could hold her own in strong winds. Such a day occured in 2002. Wally had been undergoing a long period of treatment for a debilitating cancer. Despite being ill, he was determined to at least start the race. Not only did he start, but he won the race which now bears his name. Sadly, Wally passed away a few weeks later. The battler from the bush more than made his mark as the Squadron's number one flag bearer and his legacy will live on forever.

To commemorate Wally Pickford our annual Memorial Marathon will be held on Sunday, 26 March 2023 commencing at 11am


This year our sponsor Hemsley Paterson Valuers & Property Advisors has contributed $750 for our winning sailors, which will be divided over Division 1 & 2, and Division 3 & 4.
Also up for grabs is $150 for PFSYC first place in each division sponsored by Perth City Prestige.

Prizes and Presentations will be held after the Marathon in the Mele Bilo Ballroom.

To register your participation in this event please call Reception on (08) 9386 6437 or complete the entry form below and return it to the PFSYC office by emailing

Entry forms can also be located in our Members restaurant or from the office.


PLEASE NOTE - Entry forms must be returned to the office by 5pm on Wednesday 22 March 2023.

To guarantee a table for Presentations please email

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