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Fremantle – Bali yacht race

28 Nov Posted by in Asia, Latest News, Yachting | 1 comment
Fremantle – Bali yacht race

The Fremantle to Bali yacht race is back after a 14-year break, thanks to a six-figure sponsorship deal with the Indonesian Government.

A more stable political climate and better facilities at the Royal Bali Yacht Club, near Sanur, will ensure the race is held for the next five years from April.

And the blue water classic was set to become WA’s version of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Fremantle Sailing Club vice-commodore Kaye Riseley said.

“We will build this into a major iconic race attracting yachts from around Australia and the world,” Ms Riseley said. To be called the Visit Indonesia Fremantle-Bali 2011, the race will start in two waves – from April 23 for the cruising fleet and three days later for the racing yachts.

John Moore, a veteran sailor of 10 years, believes he’s in with a chance of line honours with Charlotte, a carbon-fibre Marten 49 launched just two years ago.

But the real race for the crew of 12 is for the handicap title.

“We rate really well but it could all depend on the weather,” Moore said.

Fremantle Sailing Club hopes to attract up to 50 entries with some of WA’s top yachts, including General Lee and Wild One, confirmed starters. “We know where the start line is and we are all attracted by the destination,” Moore said of the growing local interest.

First raced in 1981, the record for the 1440 nautical mile race is held by Siska and legendary WA sailor Rolly Tasker, who is the patron of the re-launched event.

The race has been held six times but nobody has got close to Tasker’s winning time of six days, 15 hours and 39 minutes in the inaugural race.

A two-day public festival celebrating Indonesian arts, culture and food will be held on the lawns of the Fremantle yacht club before the race.