This is the yacht we know as Ark323, which in 2015 became Mainland China’s first every entry in the Sydney Hobart. Among the earliest entries, it comes with a name change to reflect Chinese bedding company, Derucci. The dream of finishing the race in 2015 was shattered when the boat’s transom was badly damaged by Ragamuffin 52 soon after the start. Last year she placed 65th overall, despite suffering mainsail damage at sea. The crew carried on under reduced sail and still beat boats to the finish. They are hoping this year will be a case of third time lucky. Best known under her previous identities of ‘Sled’ and ‘Warpath’, Derucci and her keen crew arrived in town early and contested November’s 180nm Cabbage Tree Island Race, finishing 21st overall.
|Skipper||Qing Dong (2)|
|Sailing Master||Xiaobin Yi (2)|
|Navigator||Zhongqiu Cao (1)|
|Crew||X Xu (1), S Yuan (1), B Zhu (1), S Lin (1), L Yang (1), M Zhang (2), F Chen (2), F Shao, X Zhu, H Zheng (1), S Liu, P Li, S Shen|
|Designer||Botin & Carkeek|