The Yachts




Asylum, a Sydney 38 is Adelaide owner Derek Morrison's first keelboat, purchased in October 2010 from Tasmania. Morrison decided he needed an offshore boat with One Design class status to establish and rate his skippering skills; and a boat big enough to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. The Sydney 38 fulfilled both needs and Morrison sent professional yacht manager Brett Young to review three boats he had selected on the East coast and Tasmania - and nominating Asylumas pick of the crop.

Morrison and some mates from the CYCSA then sailed the yacht home from Hobart, arriving early hours on a Saturday morning ahead of a wild storm - and later that day contested his first club race with a quickly gathered crew and finished on the podium.
As an engineering surveyor, Derek also enjoys tactical navigation as well as helming. Morrison has committed totally to bringing the boat up to high standards of performance, engaging local experts and club members (such as Brett Young and Richard Fidock) to work with a group of friendly crew to hone their skills and to refine the operating procedures of the boat.




Competitor Details

Yacht Name Asylum
Sail Number YC10
Owner Derek Morrison
Skipper Derek Morrison (1)
Crew S Nogare, T White, D Schwert, T Abbott (1), B Caffin, P Hicks, H Cooper, P Chisholm, J P Clarke (5)
State SA
Type Sydney 38
Designer Murray Burns Dovell
Builder Sydney Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 11.8
Beam 3.7
Draft 2.7