The Yachts




Wicked is one of the new generation Beneteau First 40s in Australia and this will be the boat’s inaugural Rolex Sydney Hobart.  Mike Welsh and his son Mark will lead a team of experienced sailors from Sandringham Yacht Club testing the offshore capabilities of their new boat.

The team has had considerable success in their last boat Alien, including winning IRC Division 3 Skandia Geelong Week 2008 and IRC division of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Melbourne-Vanuatu series in 2006.  Alien also placed second in PHS Division B in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 1999.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Wicked
Sail Number SM4
Owner Mike Welsh
Skipper Mark Welsh
Crew Mike Welsh (3), A Dawson (2), A Ghattas (1), C Zonca (1), L Steers, G Smith (2), G Morris
State VIC
Club Sandringham
Type Beneteau First 40
Designer Farr
Builder Beneteau
Construction Fibreglass
LOA 12.24
Beam 3.89
Draft 2.48