And the Winner Is …Walk on the Wild Side

by Captain Su -

And the Winner is … sv Walk on the Wild Side

“I am very proud of what the team achieved knowing how much hard work went into this race….makes it all worth it when you cross that finish line…some boats don’t even get to finish sometimes.” – Kitty Cutloose – local pirate

 

If you read the previous  upload , “Light Winds at the Start of the Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic”,  you would have been left in no doubt who was going to win the Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic. In that news story our resident pirate Kitty Cutloose said, “Given reasonable sailing conditions, Walk on the Wild Side will get line honours, no doubt.”  On hearing the news that Captain Garth and crew had pulled off a stunning victory Kitty was beside herself and broke out the rum. “They did it !!!! …. Line honours plus 1st YAH AND 1st IRC … so happy for the whole crew of wildside fantastic effort especially my brother … wish I was up there to hear all the stories…. been nothing on the internet “ she said. After she calmed down or the rum started to take effect she waxed lyrical and almost got philosophical which is unusual for a pirate, “Well what can I say except, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together so nicely. Thart race would have to rate up there as expectations actually meeting results and there will be plenty of salty sea stories to recall in the years ahead while sitting around the bar…not often do the speed machines take out the handicap honours as well ….I am very proud of what the team achieved knowing how much hard work went into this race….makes it all worth it when you cross that finish line…some boats don’t even get to finish sometimes.”

Official Results

The racing results of the Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic 2017 are:

First              Walk on the Wild Side –Garth Curran – 208hrs 52 mins

Second         Kraken – Todd Giraudo – 218hrs 45mins

Third            Endorfin – Mike Giles – 219hrs 18mins

The official IRC and YHA race results are available at this link:

https://www.fsc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Results-F2B-RACE-2017.pdf

The Rally results are as follows;

First           Toroa IV – Paul Schapper

Second      Kondili – Josh Hearse

Third         Napea – Craig & Janette Hansen

 

Trophy Night at Sanur

According to Bernie Kaaks the Principle Race Officer it was a great night with fun had by all. “The Presentation Party was great! Open air, stand up style, finger foods, traditional Balinese dancing, and good humour all round. Congratulations to Wild Side, with their line honours, first IRC and first YAH, the night belonged to them. Garth rang the biggest bell in Bali, which shook the ground and split the ear drums. What a superb way to finish the event. Rob Thomas announced the next event in 2020 was set in stone and it is possible that sponsorship support from the Indonesian Department of Tourism may return for that event,” said Bernie.

The issue of funding and sponsorship needs to be reviewed in a serious way. Despite the massive amount of volunteer labour there is no doubt the event this time was stripped back and very low key compared to previous events.  Those involved need to figure out if they want to keep it that way or let it challenge the preeminence of the Sydney to Hobart race. There is no reason why it can’t do that given a serious heave ho and just relying on funding from Indonesia isn’t going to cut it.

 

Happy sailing!!

 

Further Info:

Race Facebook Page        https://www.facebook.com/groups/267818130275654/

Fremantle Sailing Club    https://www.fsc.com.au/

Written by: Captain Su