Fremantle Sailing Club is holding Western Australia’s only international yacht race, the Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally, due to start on 4th May, 2013. So far there are 60 entries, with more expected.
The event is not just a blue water sailing race. Most in the fleet will continue on after the race on an organised cruise through the East Indonesian Archipelago, then back to Darwin, where some vessels will join the Sail Indonesia Rally.
Many more in the fleet plan to cruise leisurely back to Perth via the Kimberley Coast, leaving Darwin for the Berkeley River around 8th July. A few of the race and rally skippers have already become members of the KCCYC and hopefully there will be more joining over the following weeks.
No doubt there will be some boats visiting the Darwin Marinas to enjoy the Darwin lifestyle and make use of the marine facilities to carry out repairs and maintenance after what will be a long race and cruise. Please make them welcome if you are in Darwin at the time, particularly if they are wearing a KCCYC shirt, or their yacht has a KCCYC burgee flying, or sticker displayed.
For those of us blessed with being on the water in the Kimberley when they cruise through, let’s go out of our way to make them feel welcome. Keep an eye out for yachts flying the KCCYC burgee and give them a “Sundowners @ 5” call on 16.