The race had attracted entries from Hong Kong in the past, but never from Mainland China and never with a full Chinese crew. Ark323, one of the earliest entries received by the CYCA, changes that. The yacht is owned by Noahs Group, which is led by Wilson Lee and sponsored by E-commerce company, Nuoego.com. Lee, a Chinese businessman, lived in Australia for a time. He says the nature of the prestigious Rolex Sydney Hobart and the challenge it presents made it a ‘must do’ event. It is also one of the ultimate platforms to showcase the Chinese team and the Club’s passion to increase a Chinese presence at international yachting events. It is made up almost exclusively of Chinese sailors from a variety of sailing backgrounds and experience, from windsurfers to dinghies and keelboats, who all bring something different to the team.
Twelve sailors from all over China, and possessing a wide range of skills, will come here fully prepared after sailing from their home base at Serenity Marina in Sanya, to take part in the 673nm Hong Kong Vietnam Race in October. They finished fifth (last) in Division O overall after the propeller fell off the boat at the start, costing them dearly in time. From there, the crew were sailing the yacht to Sydney. The crew are very excited to be the first entry from mainland China to enter the race. The boat, a TP52, is best known under her previous identities of ‘Sled’ and ‘Warpath’ and she will have a second Chinese boat to compete against in Shuguang Hayang.
|Crew||F Chen, J Ren, J Lin, K Sun, K Zhou, M Zhang, X Yi, Z Zou, C Zhao, R Cole, M F Bin Aznan, Y Endt|
|Designer||Botin & Carkeek|