Black Sheep placed 19th overall, second in Division 3 and second in ORCi Division 3 in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart and carried on to finish fifth overall in the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race and third overall in October’s Newcastle Bass Island Race, which she won last year. Kept up good results with fifth in the Cabbage Tree Island Race to be second by two points in the BWPS. The Beneteau 45 was 15th overall and third in Division 3 in the 2015 Hobart, after her 40th overall the previous year, not reflective of the good results Derek and Martin Sheppard otherwise enjoy. Had success in the 2016 Blue Water Pointscore, including second in the Cabbage Tree Island Race. The Sheppards bought the former Honeysuckle specifically for ocean racing.
|Owner||Derek & Martin Sheppard|
|Skipper||Derek Sheppard (8)|
|Sailing Master||David Morris (16)|
|Navigator||Yvette Heritage (1)|
|Crew||T Curry, M Ivaneza (5), L Noye, K Bennett (1), S Garrie, J White (6), D Morris (16), M Bakewell (1), E Noye, A Scott (12), M Sheppard (8), M Jones (2)|