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Walk on the Wild Side's line honours in the 60th Bunbury Race
Garth Curran’s ageing Ingliss designed Walk on the Wild Side took line honours in the 60th Bunbury and return race, crossing the finishing line off Fremantle just after 5:00 am on Monday morning.
The grey hulled 60 footer had rounded the turning mark off Bunbury harbour at 10:50 pm on Sunday night, then popped up her spinnaker for a fast ride home, making the most of a fresh southerly breeze which at times was in the 25 to 30 knot range.
Second home, some two hours behind Curran’s team was Ausmaid, the former Sydney, Hobart winner, now owned by Rockingham’s Trevor Taylor, with Ross Swanson’s Syrenka another hour and a half later.
Steve Ward, of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club’s race committee, said that he thought the handicap results would show it to have been a big boat race, with the forty five to sixty footers using their waterline length to establish a good lead on the beat down the Western Australian coast to the turning mark.
Graham Bishop, whose Crews Control has been having a good season, agreed with this assessment, “it was a hard slog getting to Bunbury, it wasn’t bad, it was just on the nose,” was his assessment of the situation.
His C&C 34 is one of the smallest boats in Division 1, but he enjoyed the ride home, “we had a magnificent sail back,” he said, “it was champagne sailing, you couldn’t wish for anything nicer.”
Indeed it was a hard slog for the smallest boats, with Hamish Maddern’s Olfrygt the last to turn for home, at 9.30 am on Monday, some four and a half hours after Walk on the Wild Side had finished.
1 Walk on the Wild Side Garth Curran South of
2 Ausmaid Trevor Taylor Cruising Y.C of W.A.
3 Syrenka Ross Swanson South of
4. Finistere Robert Thomas
5. Wild One Tony Mitchell South of
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