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Fremantle to Bali yacht race

Fremantle to Bali yacht race
 

The ‘Visit Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race’ will see some of Australia’s fastest race boats compete in a 1440 nautical mile event 2.5 times the length of the iconic Sydney to Hobart race.

Overview

The Visit Indonesia Fremantle – Bali 2011 Yacht Race and Rally will commence on 23 April 2011. It comprises a Rally, Race and Visit Indonesia Festival, hosted by the Fremantle Sailing Club. The event is run by the Club and is back after a 14 year hiatus.

Dates

Ocean Rally – 23 April 2011
Official Yacht Race – 26 April 2011
Meet Indonesia Bazaar – Saturday 23 April

The Race comprises an ocean rally commencing 23 April, an official yacht race from 26 April, and the two-day Visit Indonesia Festival on 25 and 26 April 2011. Depending on the weather, the fleet is expected to start crossing the finishing line at the Royal Bali Yacht Club from 29 April 2011.

2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the first Fremantle-Bali race. The event has not been held since 1997 and the Fremantle Sailing Club looks forward to bringing highly competitive international ‘big boat’ racing back to Perth.Event Patron and Australian yachting legend Rolly Tasker competed in the first Fremantle to Bali race in 1981 and still holds the record time of six days, 15 hours and 39 minutes in his yacht Siska.

 

Fremantle Sailing Club Vice Commodore Kaye Riseley announced Visit Indonesia as the major event sponsor, through a five-event partnership with the Indonesian Government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, starting in 2011.

“After months of planning, Fremantle Sailing Club is thrilled to be officially announcing the return of international ocean racing to Western Australia – after a gap of 14 years.
“In partnership with the Indonesian Government Ministry of Culture and Tourism we look forward to the Race becoming the premier offshore sailing event on the Western Australian sailing calendar and possibly even being known as the Sydney to Hobart of the West.”
“At 1440 nautical miles, the event is more than two-and-a-half times the distance of the Sydney to Hobart, so it will be a real challenge for competitors,” Vice Commodore Riseley said.
Representing the Indonesian Government, Consul General of the WA Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia Syarief Syamsuri expressed their enthusiasm and support for the event.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Fremantle Yacht Club for the Fremantle to Bali 2011 Race and look forward to the opportunity of promoting our beautiful country to sailing enthusiasts and welcoming competitors to Bali.
“We believe the event will assist in promoting positive relationships between Australia and Indonesia through sporting links, and also through an event that truly symbolises a connection between our two nations,” he said.

For More Information

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–  28th November – Fremantle to Bali race

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