Last year, Ark 323 became Mainland China’s first every entry in the Sydney Hobart. The dream of her Chinese crew did not come to fruition, as she came a cropper with Ragamuffin 52 soon after the start, forcing Ark323 out with hull damage to the transom. Ragamuffin 52 was penalised, but it was of little help to the Chinese. This after their bowman was lost at sea en route from Vietnam after competing in the Hong Vietnam Race. Best known under her previous identities of ‘Sled’ and ‘Warpath’, Ark323’s crew will benefit from the early weeks of training they had in Sydney ahead of the race. Skipper, Dong Qing, skippered Shuguang Haiyang in last year’s race and returns with mainly a new crew, but three crew from Ark323 remain.
|Crew||M Zhang, W Fan, X Zhao, X Xu, B Zhu, S Yuan, F Chen, X Yi, X Wang, H Zheng, S Lin, Z Cao, L Yang|
|Designer||Botin & Carkeek|