Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally to set sail on May 4

Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally to set sail on May 4

Parade of Sails in Fremantle Harbour at 10 am with race start at noon

Western Australia’s only international yacht race, the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali will set sail on a date that has additional significance for the City of Fremantle with May 4 also the date of the official opening of the Inner Harbour at the Port of Fremantle, marked by the entry of the SS Sultan, a 2063-ton steamer on the Fremantle to Batavia and Singapore run.  


0900  Speeches and VIPs inspection of yachts, led by FDC Pipes and Drums band

1000-1400  'Meet  Indonesia Bazaar ‘ a festival of food, dance and culture, Sun Deck area at Fremantle Sailing Club

1000  Indonesian VIP signals departure of entrants from FSC Harbour

1030  Parade of sail Fremantle Harbour

1100 Pre-start marshalling of yachts

1200 Race yachts start, gun fired

1205  Rally yachts start, gun fired.


As yachts leave FSC: Bathers Beach and Challenge Harbour Groyne

Parade of Sails: North and South Mole and Victoria Quay (A, B & C Sheds)

The start: North Mole or from beaches Port Beach up to Cottesloe Beach


While May 4 1897 was the beginning of a new era in the history of shipping in Western Australia, May 4, 2013  will mark the first inclusion of a  Super Maxi yacht in Western Australia’s only international yacht race and will herald a new era in the history of the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally established in 1981.

A program of activities that will include a  Parade of Sails in the Fremantle Inner Harbour at 10.30 am followed by the race and rally starts at 12.00 noon and 12.05 respectively, a ‘ Meet Indonesia’ food and cultural bazaar at Fremantle Sailing Club from 10 am to 2pm and an inspection of yachts  by West Australian and Indonesian officials prior to the Parade of Sails will mark the day’s celebrations on Saturday May 4 2013.

Terry Baker, Event Chairman and Vice Commodore of Fremantle Sailing Club said he would love to see the whole community joining into the celebrations, at the harbour for the Parade of Sails, visiting the club to get a taste of Indonesia,  and farewelling the fleet from the many vantage points around Fremantle or from a boat on the water.

“The best vantage points for the race and rally start will be from North Mole and beaches from Port Beach to Cottesloe.  We are also anticipating a large fleet of on-water supporters for the start of the race and rally with the community invited to get a taste of Bali and Indonesia with the Meet Indonesia Bazaar at Fremantle Sailing Club. The  race start will offer  a stunning spectacle as thirty three boats set sail for Bali,  also known as the Island of the Gods,”  he said.

Mr Baker said that watching the start of the race would be electrifying with this year’s  race enhanced by the first-time inclusion of the sleek 27.4Om canting keel Super Maxi yacht, Super Sled, previously known as Nicorette, a boat capable of extraordinary speeds and thrilling to see in action.

With an overall height of 43 m the boat is no shrinking violet.   Top to mast heel Super Sled is about as tall as 15 floors of a residential building and screams excitement and speed.   The boat which is a seasoned international campaigner and record holder is the first Super Maxi to participate in the Fremantle to Bali, adding glamour and high level performance to the event.

Mr Baker said that Super Sled would be joined by eleven other beautiful racing boats sailed by some of the state’s top skippers and crews, along with twenty two rally boats in a spectacular start which was destined to  make your blood tingle.

The stunning group of yachts comprises many of the top names in sailing including renowned yachting circumnavigation hero, Jon Sanders who this year, following the death of Rolly Tasker, renamed his boat the Rolly Tasker Perie Banou in honour of his long association with Rolly Tasker, a connection that reaches back to Jon’s early days of sailing including sailing on Siska in the inaugural 1981 Fremantle to Bali Race when she set a 30 year record for line honours and a long term partnership that saw all of the sails and rigging for Jon’s circumnavigations made by Rolly Tasker Sails.

Also amongst the fleet and  keen for the win will be the 11.3 metre full-carbon fibre red yacht, General Lee, owned by Paul Eldrid and Scott Disley, a boat to watch when the breeze is piping, along with many other high profile boats from around the state.

The inclusion of a Super Maxi is an exciting first for the race which Mr Baker said would offer a stunning sailing experience for those sailing on her and for those watching the race start. 

The boat has been chartered by West Australian businessman and yachting identity Tony Mitchell who has successfully campaigned numerous yachts offshore.  Mr Mitchell said that one of his goals is to take home the inaugural Rolly Tasker Trophy for Line Honours presented by the Western Australian government and, weather permitting, to set a new record from the record set by the yacht Limit in 2011 which ended Siska’s 30 year record. 

Another of Mr Mitchell’s goals is to give young sailors the opportunity to gain high level international yachting experience with the crew of Super Sled to include the best of WA’s young yachtsmen sailing alongside a mix of the regular Sled team. Mr Mitchell said that in some races the Super Maxi was crewed with as many as twenty two but would race with sixteen crew made up of top young West Australian sailors who would not usually have the opportunity to race on a boat of this calibre without heading overseas or interstate.

This year’s race and rally will also include Indonesian yachtsmen who will sail on Western Australian boats underscoring the event’s theme of Fair Breezes. Warm Friendships.

The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race & Rally 2013 is an event that will add to WA’s sailing reputation and to Fremantle’s standing as a world class sailing capital and the community is invited to get involved in farewelling the boats.  Once the boats leave Fremantle their progress can be tracked on the event’s website via the Yellow Brick Tracker. Go to and follow the links.

The guns will be fired for the race and the rally at 12 noon and 12.05 pm respectively, surrounded by a celebratory programme which includes a launch event at Fremantle Sailing Club with VIPs from Indonesia and Australia led by the FDC Pipes and Drums band, a spectacular Parade of Sail in Fremantle Harbour and a Meet Indonesia Bazaar, a festival of Indonesian food and dance, that will provide a taste of things to come for those sailing the race, rally and ‘Beyond Bali’ cruise.


Once the boats leave Fremantle watch their progress on the website via the Yellow Brick Tracker and follow the links.


Super Sled by Sir Michael Culme-Seymour

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