David Witt prepares Hong Kong’s first Volvo Ocean Race entry
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017
Skipper David Witt will helm the first-ever entry with the super-maxi Scallywag in the Volvo Ocean Race from Hong Kong in Victoria Harbour. It’s also the first time for Hong Kong to host a leg of the 44-year-old race.
(Photo: Volvo Ocean Race - Scallywag)
Back and in charge of his own crew, Witt will draw on the experience of veteran Hong Kong sailor Tiger Mok for when the new edition begins off Alicante, Spain, as well a mix of veterans, including Dutch Olympic medallist, Annemieke Bes.
Joining Witt, Mok and Bes will be Australians Luke Parkinson and Steve Hayles, who was a winner as a rookie last season on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, and the race’s youngest ever navigator, respectively. Rounding out the team SHK Scallywag will be New Zealand’s Mark Fullerton.
Backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co – the Hong Kong-based owners of Scallywag – Witt was drawn to the challenge when he learnt of the team sponsors’ commitment to promoting competitive sailing across Asia. "To skipper Hong Kong’s first boat and to represent Mr Lee and his corporation, I think it’s really important we do a good job.”
The veteran Aussie had with him multiple Sydney Hobart crossings experiences, as well as his first taste of the Volvo Ocean Race 20 years ago. He is ready to be a ‘trencher’ in the Hong Kong Race.
“My biggest fear is failing, you know. Not doing a good job, and letting people down. We have a massive opportunity here for the entire sailing community in Hong Kong, amateur and professional, and we just want to make sure that we do the best job we can for them,” said Witt.