Qingdao skipper Chris Kobusch returns for a second Sydney Hobart, after navigating Clipper Ventures 5 in 2015. Qingdao earned the first points of the Clipper 2017-18 Race after crossing the inaugural Scoring Gate in first place, and crossed the line fourth for fifth overall in the opening race to Punta del Este. On crew for the Rolex Sydney Hobart is Amancio Maciá, who raced to Hobart on Visit Seattle in 2015. Huan Xu and Shan Tu are aboard as ambassadors for Qingdao, China’s Sailing City. Qingdao was named Derry-Londonderry-Doire in the 2015 Hobart race, and finished 51st overall, 16th in Division 2, and eighth in the Clipper Division. As Old Pulteney in 2013, she placed 60th and ninth in Division 1.
|Sailing Master||Amancio Maci|
|Crew||G Schey, C Grant, B Weigell, R Todd, A Salsman, A Krapf, C Fedida, H Xu, C Walsh, R Rhind, A Jay, C Chatzikomis, T Winkler, S Tu, G Van Der Merwe, M Berry|