Originally built as Matador for the world TP52 circuit, the yacht was updated to offshore standards and raced in the US as Denali. Last year the boat suffered hull damage in the race and has been in the shed undertaking repairs. Crew this year includes sailing master, Matt Cassidy, whose Hobarts have all been with Denali’s owner, Damien Parkes. Parkes’ daughter, Annemarie, joins the crew for her first Hobart, replacing her brother Nick, who normally runs and maintains the boat. Father and son achieved a third overall in the Sydney 38 Next in 2009 and Damien, with 33 Hobarts achieved, was watch captain on Vengeance for her 1981 Line Honours win and Gretel for her second overall in 1980.
|Skipper||Damien Parkes (33)|
|Navigator||Darren Castle (2)|
|Crew||Peter Bremner (17), Matthew Cassidy (14), Adrian Dunphy (21), Angus Ekberg (1), Chris Hills (5), Josh Linnegar (5), Craig Malouf, David McClean (13), Geoff Nash (1), Annemarie Parkes, Hagen Peterson, Fiete Quaschner|