"Never say Never, Never Give Up" - David Witt
In 2018 whilst volunteering for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Hong Kong, the charity founder Murray had the absolute privilege of meeting David Witt or known to others as "Witty". Witty is the skipper of Sung Hai Kai Scallywag and the team had just won the leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong which is their home city! Murray presented Witty with one of our famous AOTW wristbands which he then took with him around the rest of the world. See below this beautiful video of Witty mentioning his AOTW wristband and the story behind his reasoning of supporting our charity!
Since then, Witty and the rest of team Scallywag have been huge ambassadors of Autism on the Water by supporting the charity in any way they can. Murray has also been invited onboard the team's 100 foot Maxi racing in Antigua Sailing Week.
The Scallywag motto of "Never Give Up" sits very well with Autism on the Water as we strive to further create awareness and do our best to help autistic people access sailing, we also never give up and we endeavour to finish each yacht race right until the very end.
We are extremely honoured and proud to display both the Scallywag colours and also Professional Yacht Services Hong Kong onboard our Hunter 707 and even prouder to display the prestigious "Forever Fish" logo on our boat in memory of Witty's best friend John Fisher who was tragically lost in the Southern Ocean during the last Volvo Ocean Race. We are committed to displaying this special logo for a special man for as long as Autism on the Water continues to operate.
In September 2019, Witty and some of the Scallywag crew travelled to Scotland to race onboard our Hunter 707 in the Port Edgar Watersports Sprints Slam. Skipper Murray learnt so much from this fantastic team and we were delighted to walk away with 4th overall out of 20 boats which included four 1st places! See our News page for a full report!