The Yachts




Alive formerly known as Black Jack, was acquired by Tasmanian businessman Phillip Turner from Peter Harburg early in 2014. Her narrow, light and canting keel combined with a powerful new Southern Spar rig makes her a technically advanced and challenging boat. The new owner and crew have enjoyed consistent success with a first place ORCi and IRC overall in the Brisbane to Gladstone, first IRC overall in Sail Paradise, third over the line in the Brisbane to Keppel, second overall IRC Division 1 at Hamilton Island Race Week and most notably, the 1,850 nautical mile MYC Melbourne to Vanuatu in which she won line honours and IRC as well as cementing a new race record.

The boat was sixth across the line in the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart. In 2012 she recorded the second fastest time ever in the Sydney Gold Coast Race, breaking Brindabella’s (a conventionally ballasted yacht) 13-year race record, claiming the second fastest time for the Open record after finishing in 26hrs 24 mins and 2 secs. The boat was originally launched in the US in 2006 as Stark Raving Mad.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Alive
Sail Number 52566
Owner Philip Turner
Skipper Duncan Hine (1)
Sailing Master Wade Morgan
Navigator David Turton (5)
Crew A Gough (1), B Morrison-Jack (9), B Donovan (1), J Torpy (2), M Matthews (1), M Chew, A Turton, B Lamb, F OLeary, R Brown, S Mason, P Turner
State TAS
Club DSS
Type Reichel Pugh 66
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder Westerly Marine
Construction Carbon
LOA 22.0
Beam 4.3
Draft 4.6