In a thriller, Black Jack crossed the line second after a race-long battle with the other supers in 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart – the four arriving in the Derwent River with only four miles between them and took line honours in the 2018 and 2019 Brisbane Gladstone races. This time, Black Jack will sail under the Yacht Club de Monaco burgee; a first for the race. This boat is the former Alfa Romeo/Esimit Europa, which took line honours from Wild Oats XI in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Peter Harburg bought and renamed her Black Jack in mid-2017 and finished 3mins 31secs behind Wild Oats XI in the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race – the closest finish in 15 years. In the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, she placed third on line, inside Perpetual Loyal’s 2016 record. In 2018, Black Jack took line honours from WOXI, Comanche and InfoTrack in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race in the moderate conditions she was built for.
Under her former names, the RP100 claimed 150 plus line honours wins around the world and broke the 2009 Transpac Race record. Before buying this boat, Harburg enjoyed success with other Black Jacks; including with the boat that won the Sydney Hobart last year for Tasmania, renamed Alive, and a modified VOR70 previously known as Telefonica.
|Yacht Name||Black Jack|
|Skipper||Mark Bradford (12)|
|Navigator||Tom Addis (14)|
|Crew||P Harburg (8), B Butterworth (2), V pentice (11), D Hutchison (12), B Clark (27), A Nossiter (18), S Dunne (2), A Nolan (8), J Flannery (16), S Daubney (6), D Phipps (2), C Anderson (8), L Woulfe (5), S Beavis (10), W McCarthy (14), J Signorini (1)|
|Club||Yacht Club de Monaco|