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Rampaging Wild Bull in Freo Harbour  E-mail
Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013

 With her owner Dom Papaluca at home recovering from a chemotherapy session, crewman Ryan Binedell took the helm of the Bull 9000 Wild Bull in the 2014 Club Marine Fremantle Harbour Classic.

Wild Bull - Winner

The pursuit race saw 29 yachts ranging from Ross Swanson’s 62 footer Syrenka down to a little Thompson 7 sportsboat sailed by Mandurah yachtsman Greg Reynolds doing battle within the confines of Fremantle Harbour.

Normally the 30 minute start sequence allows for four short laps of the harbour and a race time of 1 ½ to 2 hours, but instead of a fresh sea breeze, yachts had to contend with a breeze that barely rose above 5 knots and varied between north easterly and north westerly.  Race Officer Trevor Milton had no hesitation in shortening the course to two laps.

Crowded mark roundings made for some interesting moments, resulting in big gains for the skippers who thought out their tactics. Emerging from the log jam at the eastern end of the course for the final time were three yachts, Wild Bull, Panthera and Problem Child, enjoying a break from the rest of the field as they slugged it out over the long leg to a mark near the harbour entrance. 

Black Betty - Fastest

Binedell kept his cool in the agonisingly fluky airs, keeping Wild Bull between the wind and the two yachts chasing him, to round the top mark for the final time, hoist a spinnaker for the 500 metre dash for the finish line in front of the Maritime Museum, and win the race by a margin of almost a minute, ahead of Panthera (Scott Glaskin), Problem Child (Jonathan Clough), Turnham Green (Guy Skinner) and Black Betty (Gary McNally), who did a remarkable job after starting at the back of the fleet and almost mowed down Turnham Green right on the line.

Thanks to Bernie & Angie Kaaks for the story & photos.



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