Black Jack has two Rolex Sydney Hobarts in the pocket, and finished fifth on line last year. She was just 13 minutes behind Ragamuffin 100 (third on line), and two minutes behind fourth placed RIO 100, while stablemate, Giacomo (the ex VOR winner, Groupama) was dismasted off the Tasmanian coast late in the race. A quick yacht off the wind, the former Telefonica was fourth on line in the 2013 Hobart, defeating Giacomo by two places and just 2mins 17secs on line. She went on to claim line honours in the 2014 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Earlier in the year, Peter Harburg’s yacht underwent modifications to improve her light weather performance. She was tested in the light to moderate wind Gold Coast Race and was second home to Perpetual Loyal and third overall. Straight after, Harburg’s boat trailed his former RP66 Black Jack (now called Alive) in the shifty and light Brisbane Keppel race by nearly five hours to finish second on line. Boat and crew are sure to enjoy competing against the other, but four year older V70, Maserati, and her skipper, the famed Giovani Soldini.
|Skipper||Mark Bradford (9)|
|Navigator||Peter Elkington (8)|
|Crew||A Nolan (5), C Anderson (5), P Harburg (4), G Van Luteren (4), B Clarke (24), B Hilliar (5), S Jackson (9), V Prentice (8), A Nossiter (15), D Hutchison (9)|