Club member Tony Mitchell’s chartered 27.4 metre, canting keel super maxi, Super Sled has taken over 5 hours off the course record for the Fremantle to Bali Race. Finishing in a time of 5 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds, Super Sled sailed through the finishing line just of Benoa just before midday today, Friday 10 May 2013.
Tony has been a regular campaigner in offshore races for many years, sailing a variety of yachts and winning the coveted Siska Trophy in 2010/11 in the Farr designed 47 footer Sled.
“It’s been tremendously exciting to have such a fantastic racing yacht sailing in the Fremantle to Bali Race under the colours of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club” commented Commodore Richard Timms upon hearing the news, “We’re very proud of our achievements in Offshore Sailing here at Freshie and this just goes to show how far the Club has come in developing Offshore Sailing in WA.”
Now, as well as getting some well-earned rest, the crew of Super Sled must play the waiting game for the rest of the fleet to finish, to determine their overall result under IRC. Current leader on IRC is also from the Club, the comparatively tiny General Lee, but with over 300 miles still to go the weather gods will have some say in how these results pan out.
Congratulations to Tony and the crew of Super Sled on the course record. No doubt they’ll be celebrating in style tonight.