Phil Turner and crew won the race last year. In July, they finished second on line in the Transpac Race for second overall in Division 1. The former Stark Raving Mad/Black Jack was bought by Turner in 2014, and renamed Alive, finished 72nd in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, then 17th overall in 2016. The RP66 broke the 2014 Melbourne Vanuatu record, won IRC Division 0 in the 2015 Hong Kong Vietnam Race and took line honours and broke the 16-year-old Rolex China Sea Race record to finish second overall.
Alive also won the 2016 Brisbane Keppel race, placing third over the line to super maxis Wild Oats XI and Black Jack. Finished second on line and third overall in the 2017 Brisbane Gladstone Race and third on line in the subsequent Brisbane to Keppel race. In 2012, as Black Jack, the canting keeled yacht recorded the second fastest time in the Sydney Gold Coast race, behind Wild Oats XI. The Reichel Pugh’s are famously very narrow boats, well suited to running, or light conditions.
|Skipper||Duncan Hine (5)|
|Navigator||Phillip Turner (4)|
|Crew||M Carpinello (6), W Tiller (2), S Dodson, J Salthouse, S Gaddes (6), R McGarvie (11), L Watkins (1), W Mackenzie (3), B Farrand|
|Type||Reichel Pugh 66|