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Black Jacks - modified VO70 on the shipping dolly, and R/P100 supermaxi minus the rudder, but with the rig in. - photo © Mark Bradford

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Back in Nothing wrong with your eyesight, we looked at the Black Jack programme for 2019. Evidently, there is absolutely nothing awry with Roy Disney's vision either, for he has snapped up the former Volvo 70 to become the latest Pyewacket.

As we saw in that piece, she was already keelless, and sitting on her shipping dolly. However, instead of heading off to Europe, Black Jack 70 is now off across the Pacific to the West Coast of the USA. So yes, Disney and his crew will soon get to explore, and quickly learn to love her genuine performance credentials.

Beau Geste flying 2 hulls - photo © Gavin Brady
Beau Geste flying 2 hulls - photo © Gavin Brady

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Speaking with the Skipper of Peter Harburg's famous campaign, Mark Bradford, after they were the first monohull home in the Brisbane to Gladstone race, he said, "We got there pretty quickly. It is rare for us to be beaten by a multihull, so it was good to see Gavin Brady and the crew of Karl Kwok's MOD70 trimaran take off. It is even more impressive to see a genuine racer here in Australia, and not just overseas, so when they flashed by we were thrilled for them."

"As for us, well we think the supermaxi is as fast as we can make her right now. If you take into account that last year the wind during the race averaged 25 knots, and then this year say it was more like 18, and yet we were only two minutes outside the B2G record, then it augurs well for us," said Bradford.

Black Jack buried in the Molle islands race - Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - photo © Andrea Francolini
Black Jack buried in the Molle islands race - Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - photo © Andrea Francolini

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Right now that would make Harburg's Black Jack the most successful campaigner in that race, with eight wins. For sure that is with three different craft, and Apollo did seven in just the one, but it does show genuine commitment to the development of sailboats from the Harburg's squad that includes Bradford of course, but also Alex Nolan, Liam Wolffe, John Flannery, and Bruce Clarke.

Campaigning around the globe has brought the Black Jack team many a result, and accolade. Yet it has not stopped there, for once sold, the vessels themselves have more than endured; they have flourished! The R/P66 took out last year's Hobart, and you can bet the modified VO70 will do the same. Even many of Bradford's former Etchells have gone on to do very well, and all of it is a point not lost on the great Tom King.

As for Bradford, he finished by saying, "...with the 70 gone, the focus now is on the 100, and this year's Hobart." Perhaps some of North Sails' latest downhill wardrobe will be on board, based on Scallywag's demonstrative performance in the Caribbean over the last little while. Cannot see anyone offering you more than 1:1 for that for some new rags to appear, but if they did, take it. Absolute shoe in, me thinks.

Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2019 - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite
Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2019 - photo © Mitchell Pearson / SurfSailKite

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One outfit that did not fare so well in the very same race was Matt Allen's Ichi Ban. A former overall winner of the Hobart, the Botin 52 dropped her rig early on in the race, and thankfully no-one was injured when it gave way. A philosophical Allen commented, "We have not had to retire since about 2000, so I guess it was our turn once more. We are not totally sure what happened, but I can say that it all occurred very, very quickly!"

"It was blowing about 15 to 20 knots at the time, whilst we were reaching away on Moreton Bay in the flat water. We have two rigs, so the other one will now go in, and I guess we'll talk with Southern Spars about a new one. For now we'll use the offshore rig, so that our sailing programme stays intact." Look out Northern Queensland, but I think the CYCA's Blue Water Point Score, as well as the impending Sydney to Hobart will remain the team's primary focus.

ICHI BAN, Bow: 001, Sail n: AUS001, Owner: Matt Allen, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Botin 52 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
ICHI BAN, Bow: 001, Sail n: AUS001, Owner: Matt Allen, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Botin 52 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

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"No-one was injured, and there was no other damage, so that is good. We did lose a main and jib in the process, however. Having a broken carbon tube with a jagged edge bouncing around is not sound, so we cut it away. We do have lots of skilled sailors on board to deal with it all, which is also great news."

"Last time this happened to me was in 1985 during the Admiral's Cup. We were on the Solent with wind against tide, with two slabs in, and the number four up. We asked the bowman to go and tighten the leech line on the headsail, and then the rig gave way. He yelled out immediately that it must have been too much. We motored off to Southampton where we had another rig and continued on in the cup," said Allen, as he took it all in his stride...

2019 505 Euro Cup at Yacht Club de Cannes - Day 2 - photo © Christophe Favreau /
2019 505 Euro Cup at Yacht Club de Cannes - Day 2 - photo © Christophe Favreau /

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Sailed at Yacht Club de Cannes, the final day of the Euro Cup Cannes was cancelled due to too much breeze, but the participants enjoyed some really tight competition throughout the regatta.

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Notice of Race issued for Transpac Tahiti Race 2020
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Gold for Gilmour brothers at Genoa World Cup Series
West Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour have won the 49er gold medal on Day 6 of the Hempel World Cup Series – Round 3, Genoa, after finishing fourth in the double points Medal Race.

2019 Australian O'pen Skiff Championships at Whitsunday Sailing Club - Day 1
Whitsunday Sailing Club are hosting the 2019 AUS O'pen Skiff Championships at Airlie Beach, QLD. Racing got under way today in champagne sailing conditions with a steady 12 knots funneling through the hills onto the race area.

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Hempel World Cup Series Genoa - Day 6: First medals go to Australia, The Netherlands and Spain
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MOD Beau Geste Racing sets new Brisbane to Gladstone Race record
The 70 foot MOD70 Beau Geste has set a new race record of 15h, 26m, 52s, beating the record set in 2012 by Sean Langman on the ORMA 60 Team Australia of 16h 28m 21s.

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Gallery of images from Brisbane to Gladstone Race 2019 by Mitch Pearson - @SurfSailKite

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skipper: Mark Burkes
With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, we are bringing you a closer introduction into their background and personalities, and what they might be like to race under on board.

Third time not so lucky in Brisbane to Gladstone Race
Around half an hour into the 2019 Brisbane to Gladstone Race, Mat Allen's Botin 52 lost her rig. This has put paid to there hopes of securing a hat trick of overall wins in the event.

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Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skipper: Seumas Kellock
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The Ocean Race: 'This is a special race' - Tony Rae
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West Australian women sign up for the National Sailing League Final
West Australia has joined the multi-state line-up for the National Sailing League Final, fielding a women's team of high-level sailors formed specially for the event's debut in Sydney next week, April 25 -28, 2019.

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Sir Robin: 50 Year Golden Globe Anniversary plans
A personal quest, inspired by Sir Francis Chichester's single-stop circumnavigation in 1967, Robin faced many challenges along his journey.

2019 RS:X Windsurfing European & Youth European Championships - Mallorca, Spain
The 2019 RS:X Windsurfing European and Youth European Championships & Open Trophy closed with four scintillating medal races held in near perfect conditions in Mallorca, Spain.

Skipper line-up announced for WMRT World Championship final
The 2018-2019 WMRT Championship Final will conclude the extended 2018 WMRT season as announced last month. The winner of the event will be crowned 2018-2019 Match Racing World Champion as sanctioned by World Sailing

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Gladwell's Line: Laser's Olympic future..Cup build date looms
In a piece of lousy timing, the Laser class is split after the predominant builder in the class LaserPerformance had their building licence cancelled, just after World Sailing had conducting an Evaluation Trial for the Laser's two Olympic Events.

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skipper: Chris Brooks
Clipper 2019-20 Race Skipper Chris Brooks' experience, enthusiasm and impressive track record for podium success is certainly testament to his above life motto.

Star Sailors League Gold Cup: Like the football World Cup in sailing
This will see each nation's top sailing athletes team together into a single crew and then race against one another aboard high performance 47 foot long one design monohulls to establish 'the world's best sailing nation'.

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SailGP: Looking ahead to San Francisco
As Sydney shrinks in the rear view mirror and teams look ahead, it is clear that the next venue, San Francisco, will be a very different prospect.

International Dragon Tasmanian Championship: Another Dragon title to Karabos IX
Hobart yachtsman Nick Rogers has added another championship title to his unprecedented record in the International Dragon class, winning the 2019 Tasmanian Championship on the River Derwent with Karabos IX.

History to be made in 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Entries are now open for the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the just-launched Notice of Race (NOR) encouraging sailors from around the world to join the historic 75th running of the 'Everest' of ocean racing.

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Herrmann looks to take on fully crewed challenge
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2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final at St. Francis Yacht Club - Overall
Pauline Courtois (FRA) and Maxime Mesnil (FRA) took top honors respectively in the Women's and Open Divisions at World Sailing's Nations Cup Grand Final, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA.

Olympic 2024: Seaworthiness of Olympic classes questioned
Michele Tognazzi of FareVela was in Palma for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Due to fresh winds (18-25kts) and an awkward but not unsailable sea state, three classes stayed ashore. Tognazzi raises the issue of seaworthiness of several Olympic classes

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The need for innovation
You know when a club can get like 70 boats out for a mid-week twilight jaunt, and then just half a dozen for Saturday windward/leewards that something is going on. It is not that sailing isn't something people want to do.

44Cup Porto Montenegro navigator's race
With the navigator's race taking the boats through the narrow channel between the Bay of Tivat and the Bay of Kotur, the RC44s were set off on an America's Cup-style reaching start.

Winners and wipeouts on the final day of Sail Port Stephens
The best breeze of Sail Port Stephens' second half closed out the pointscore for a record number of entries, triggered wipeouts and decided a brand new Australian Sports Boat champion and state champions in the VX One class, plus three IRC divisions.

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44Cup Porto Montenegro at Porto Montenegro Yacht Club - Overall
The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset.

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skippers: Nick Leggatt
With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, it's time to find out more about them as individuals.

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