Purchased this year by Seng Huang Lee, Scallywag is Syd Fischer’s ex Ragamuffin 100. Contested her first Sydney Hobart in 2014, finishing third on line, then second on line in 2015, after a thrilling match race from Tasman Light with Rambler. In the lead-up, was second on line to Wild Oats XI in the Transpac Race, took line honours in the Hong Kong Vietnam Race, breaking the record Fischer set with Ragamuffin 90 in 2013. The hull of this yacht was designed by Andy Dovell, but her modified deck came from Investec Loyal which Fischer purchased and raced to Hobart in 2012 and 2013.
New to racing, Lee kept the boat’s skipper, David Witt, and other Ragamuffin crew. Mods were undertaken, but the keel ram exploded in 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race while she was looking good. Scallywag broke the Groupama around New Caledonia Race monohull record in September for second overall to Beau Geste. Smashed Beau Geste’s (the TP52) Hong Kong to Hainan record in early November. Owner of the Hayman Island resort, 41 year-old Malaysian born Lee spent his formative years in Sydney. From his verandah in Elizabeth Bay, he watched the boats leave the CYCA each Boxing Day and got hooked. Meeting Witt in Hong Kong, the idea of buying Ragamuffin 100 was hatched.