The Yachts

Black Sheep

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Acquired after last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by brothers-in-law Rob Gourlay and Matt Pilkington, Black Sheep now flies the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s burgee. In keeping with the vessel’s name, Gourlay and Pilkington have assembled a “rag tag crew of social misfits”, many of whom are living on past glories achieved both on and off the water. Getting these guys pulling in the same direction will be a “massive challenge” for the co-skippers, but hopefully the homing instincts will take over and keep Black Sheep heading south.


Competitor Details

Name Black Sheep
Sail Number 33345
Owner Matthew Pilkington and Rob Gourlay
Skipper Matthew Pilkington
Crew Richard Hewson (3), Frazer Read (7), Mathew Cubit (5), Richard Parker (5), Timothy Gourlay (3), Nick Darlow, Tim Cubit (1), Matthew Johnston (2), George Peacock (8), Justin Wells (6)
State TAS
Type Beneteau First 45
Designer Phillippe Briand
Builder Beneteau Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 13.7
Beam 4.2
Draft 2.7