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Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally
A part of Fremantle Sailing Club's
Summer of Sail

2013 Race record set by Super Sled
5 days 23 hours 30 minutes 24 seconds

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2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally
Race Results

IRC Results - Finish Position on H’cap

Position H'cap Yacht Name
Skipper Sail No
1 Indian Craig Carter AUS47
2 Walk on the Wildside Garth Curran F1995
3 Prime Factor Max Palleschi F20
4 Sue Sea Brian Todd F310
DNF Teelia Bell Stuart Thompson KB5
DNF Endorfin Michael Giles F107
DNF Wasabi Paul Arns F410
DNF Plus 16 John Holder 5269
DNF Audeamus Joakim Ramen F35

YAH Results - Finish Position on H’cap

Position H’cap Yacht Name Skipper Sail No
1 Walk on the Wildside Garth Curran F1995
2 Indian Craig Carter AUS47
3 Prime Factor Max Palleschi F20
4 Sue Sea Brian Todd F310
DNF Teelia Bell Stuart Thompson KB5
DNF Endorfin Michael Giles F107
DNF Wasabi Paul Arns F410
DNF Plus 16 John Holder 5269
DNF Audeamus Joakim Ramen F35

To view a complete PDF list of IRC and YAH results including finish and elapsed times, handicaps, corrected times and minutes off click here

Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally

Day 10 - 28 May 2015

FREMANTLE TO BALI: Toroa, Albatross and Odyssey of Fremantle sail into Bali

 Toroa-2-250px.jpgFriday heralded the arrival of rally boats Paul Schapper’s Toroa, Robert Bryce’s Albatross and Joanna Pearson’s Odyssey of Fremantle into Bali Marina. It has been a busy week for Principal Race Officer Trevor Milton and Race Director Rob Thomas having been out on the water almost constantly for the whole week.

All three rally boats finished with a couple of hours of each other after a 10-day journey over 1440 nautical miles.

Skipper and owner of Odyssey of Fremantle Joanna Pearson and her three crew consisting of Gary Brabham, Raymond Watson and Vivian Preston had smooth sailing. “We had a great time on board, we were becalmed at times but it was worth it all to get to Bali”, she said.

Toroa is Maori for albatraos and in an unlikely set of events Toroa IV had an ongoing battle with Albatross V for the entire sail to Bali with Toroa IV coming out on top by 2 hours after the 11 days of sailing. 

As Albatross V pulled into her berth at Bali marina you could see the grins light up their faces when they spotted Toroa IV berthed directly opposite them. Toroa IV crew member Peter Connor said, “It just made the event, we had to beat Albatross, even though it was a rally.”

The wind has picked up today and is expected to deliver Max Palleschi’s Prime factor and Andrew Dawson’s Knot Dreaming in the dark of night, with Eric Paerels’ Katmai and John Holder’s Plus 16 arriving early Saturday morning. The arrival of the last to yachts on Saturday morning will mean that all boats remaining in the event will be in Bali and able to attend the presentation dinner at Prama Sanur beach Hotel Saturday evening 30th of May at 6pm.

2015 Race and Rally Day 6 Report


by Jayllee Carter

Indian_image_Crosbie_Lorimer__Small.jpgFirst over the line in the 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally at 4 am today was Craig Carter’s INDIAN, a Carkeek 47, which convincingly won line honours completing the 1440 nautical mile race in 6 days 18 hours.

The previous line honours record was set in 2013 by Super Sled, a 94 foot maxi yacht which completed the race in 5 days 23 hours 30 minutes 24 seconds.

Indian’s owner and skipper Craig Carter said the final 60 nautical miles were the hardest of the entire race as you can’t wave a magic wand and control the tides. “At one stage we were drifting backwards and there was nothing we could do about it”, said Craig smiling at the memory.

Indian was stranded just short of the finish line for six hours but eventually the adverse wind and tide conditions relented and she was signaled finished at 4am Monday 25th May 2015 by PRO Trevor Milton and Race Director Rob Thomas who had been on standby for many hours waiting for the moment.

Craig said Indian had an ideal start with great wind conditions for the first two days of the race but unfortunately the wind dropped off and the resulting light conditions reduced their ability to break the race record of 5 days 23 hours 30 minutes 24 seconds set Indian-Crew-Celebrate-350px.jpgby set by the late Tony Mitchell’s Super Sled in 2013.

A total of 1607 nautical miles in conditions testing all aspects of seamanship and boat preparation were sailed by Indian and Craig said the crew, consisting of co-helmsman Paul Eldrid, Darren Palmer, David Ward, John Suriano, Preben Nielsen, Rees Howell, Stephen Locke and Timothy Barton had delivered an excellent and rewarding result for the race.

On arrival in Bali Indian’s co-helmsman Paul Eldrid said there were many challenging times but the crew performed exceedingly well and were all happy to be on the boat.

Throughout the six days the race of sailing Garth Curran’s Walk on the Wild Side was constantly on the heels of Indian.  Choosing to sail a course that kept her closer to the West Australian coast and then sailing a rhumb line course to Bali.

Race control anticipates Walk on the Wild Side will be the next boat to finish expecting her to cross the finish line late this afternoon (Monday 25).  Veteran skipper Garth Curran currently has Wild Side approximately 88 nautical miles from the finish.

Report by
Jayllee Carter

Image Walk on the Wild Side by Bernie Kaaks

Follow the progress of the yachts on the Yellow Brick Tracker

Previous race reports can be viewed in the News section of this website.

The adventure begins
Race and Rally start:     Delayed to 1000hrs Monday 18 May 2015
Race and Rally elapsed time from Fremantle start

The official start date for the twenty boats participating in 2015 Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali is now 10:00am Perth time Monday May 18 for the racing fleet and ten minutes later for the rally fleet. 

This follows a 48 hour delay from the original start time of 1000hrs on May 16 due to serious weather conditions including gale force winds and the club’s commitment to safety.

With safety of paramount importance in the 1440 nm blue water race the postponement of the race and rally was taken following close consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and event weather advisors. 

We invite you to continue to visit the website and follow the progress of the yachts via the Yellow Brick Trackers carried on all of the boats which plots each yacht's position at 20 minute intervals throughout the event. Being able to view the progress of the yachts along the course is almost as good as being on board but with a little more comfort for the viewer.

The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali event takes race and rally yachts north up the coast of Western Australia to North West Cape where they set off across the Indian Ocean to their finish line at Benoa Harbour, Bali.  After the welcome celebrations on arrival and the gala prize night dinner on the beach at Sanur some of the yachts will return home to Australia while others will set off on a cruise through the beautiful Indonesian eastern archipelago taking in islands such as Komodo Island, Lembongan Island, Labuan Bajo and many of the other islands that make this area north of Australia such a favoured cruising ground for yachts and sailors from around the world.

This year as in past years the Beyond Bali yachts will carry gifts of footballs (the round type!), clothing, hats and pens, pencils and stationery for the children and families who enthusiastically welcome the visiting boats to their islands.  Many of the cruising yachts will return to Australia via the magnificent Kimberly coastline of Western Australia.

Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Terry Baker, who has previously participated in the premium Western Australian event and the Beyond Bali cruise said of the event "The sailing adventure tests skills of seamanship and provides an unparalleled welcome in warm and exotic Bali that will be long remembered by all those who participate."

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