The Fremantle to Exmouth Race and Rally began at midday on Saturday 8 May, surrounded by a big fleet of spectator vessels. It was Indian and Enterprise NG who stretched away in the light winds as the race fleet headed north to a turning marker off Cottesloe Beach.

Many members of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club were racing as crew amongst the fleet as well as the two yachts Indian and Cannonball. Craig Carter’s Indian is a Carkeek 47 with an experienced ocean racing team onboard and so is Dan Cannon’s Cannonball, a Farr 1104.

It was Indian first at the turning mark off Cottesloe with Enterprise NG hot on her tail. Anthony Kirke (RFBYC member) and Andrew Nuttman’s Enterprise NG is new to the WA scene, the modern Bottin Carkeek GP 42 kept the pressure on Indian for a long way up the coast.

The Indian’s managed to sneak away and on day three of the race had a 30 mile lead before getting becalmed off Coral Bay. It would have been a nervous wait for the team watching the boats behind on the tracker still moving at a steady pace.  They crossed the line in Exmouth at 10:13 on Tuesday morning completing the race in 2 days, 22 hours 13 minutes and shattering the previous race record which was held by Syrenka.

Owner Craig Carter commented after the race to Bernie Kaaks from the event media team “It was a difficult race but we had a team of four talented young helmsmen on board so we rotated the helm regularly. At times we had more than 30 knots of wind and we were travelling at well over 20 knots, which made it a bit wet on board. We also had to battle our way passed Coral Bay, where the wind died out completely for a while, so we had a bit of everything”.

With the last boat in the race due across the line later today, the Indian’s are celebrating a clean sweep in the overall results!

Well done to Indian, not just line honours but 1st IRC Overall, 1st in IRC Division One, 1st ORCi and 1st PHS. Provisional results, the race has not yet finished.

Cannonball finished the race in Exmouth this morning at 05:09 and placed 15 across the line and is sitting in 4th in IRC Division Two.

We look forward to hearing more news from our teams after they have recovered from this exciting long haul Blue Water event.