The successful completion of the Fremantle to Bali 2011 Yacht Race and Rally was celebrated on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Aerowisata Sanur Beach Hotel with a gala closing party.
Crews spent the night exchanging stories collected during the 1,440 nautical mile sail to Bali while trophies were awarded in a night marked by fireworks, good food and Balinese cultural entertainment.
Alan Brierty's 19.4 meter Reichel-Pugh-designed
took line honors, smashing the record held for 30 years by West Australian sailing legend Rolly Tasker on his yacht Siska. Limit
was also the first place winner in the IRC handicap
and first on the PHB handicap.
Second in the IRC
standings was Audeamus.
skippered by Kim Ramen, closely followed by Dr Jon Wardill's Australian Maid.
Remaining places went to Phoenix (4th), Sue Sea (5th), Libertine (6th), Walk on the Wildside (6th)
and Bird of the Morning (7th).
Rally yachts were awarded on a points-based-system with points awarded for a number of different achievements ranging from the number of fish caught, to arrival speed, points visited along the Western Australian coast and, most importantly, the quality of the on- board cooking! First place was awarded to Andrew Dawson's Knot Dreaming,
second went to Rob Taylor's Glasshopper,
and third to Sandale,
owned and skippered by Geoff Chambers.
The Navigator's Prize went to Martin Chambers from Sandale.
Fremantle Sailing Club
Vice-Commodore Kaye Riseley said the club was thrilled with the race outcome, support and camaraderie of the owners, skippers and crew, and the enthusiasm of the principal sponsor, the Indonesian Government's Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Riseley added: "This marathon event has tested the experience and endurance of our sailors and they have absolutely shone. There has been all the expected drama and excitement of an open ocean race, and it has been so wonderful to see it culminate with great festivities. The celebrations have proven the decision by the Fremantle Sailing Club to bring back the race was right. Its success has reached out even further by bringing together Australia and Indonesia under the common interest of sport, which transcends ethnic, cultural, religious and language divisions and forms a basis of friendship and understanding."
Looking ahead, Riseley said, "We look forward to growing these close relationships formed as we move forward to planning the next event."
Sapta Nirwandar, director general of tourism marketing for the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said he was pleased to see the race return and he hoped it would assist in stimulating both economic and tourism growth to the region. "Indonesia's rich maritime history has been celebrated with this race which we hope will become a flagship on the annual sporting calendar for both Australia and Indonesia. The Visit Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race will also help to showcase Indonesia as a desirable destination for recreational sailing visitation," he said.
Alan Brierty, in his acceptance speech as the overall winner paid tribute to his crewmember Mike Hughes, who handled the care of an injured crewman before being delivered to Geraldton. Briety also laid praise on fellow competitors and the race control team. Two members of the race control team could not attend the awards dinner as they were on radio monitoring duties as yacht Bird of the Morning
was still at sea being monitored 24/7 until they arrived in Bali the following day.
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