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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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Look closely, and you'll notice it is two Black Jacks, not one superimposed over the other. The upper one with the rig still in is the world famous, and ever-conquering Reichel/Pugh 100 supermaxi with the heavy bulb, and the other is the modified VO70. It's the chine down aft that gives it away...

Now the late Sir Jack Brabham would have been proud of these two. He may not have created them, like he did with his own F1 cars, but he would have admired the way they have been campaigned, that's for sure. It is also kind of cool that the nickname given to him by the late Charlie Cooper, still lives on.

Now the shipping dolly under the VO70 also adds a bit of interest to it all. It's how they move them inside RO/RO vessels, and prevents them having go as deck cargo. So then, the next question is just where is she going? Well, here's your answer...

  • June 9-11 at the Rolex Giraglia Regatta
  • June 12 at the Rolex Giraglia Distance Race
  • September 27 at the Maxi Worlds, and then to cap off the year,
  • October 26 will see her take part in the Rolex Middle Sea.
The Bowman on Black Jack gets set for the rounding and the hoisting of the reaching kite - photo © Beth Morley /
The Bowman on Black Jack gets set for the rounding and the hoisting of the reaching kite - photo © Beth Morley /

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So that brings us to the R/P pencil that had the forestay moved out to the stem, and a super-long prodder added as part of her birthday when she returned to Australia. Now unless you were asleep during last year's Hobart, you would know that it was remarkable how close all four supermaxis were at the end of a 628nm haul. All had spent the preceding year attending to their shortcomings as best they could.

Brand new North Sails were ordered for some of them, sails were cut, weight was saved, new paint, booms, winches, and a plethora of other mods were attended to as they all sort to account for being of significantly heavier displacement, narrower, wider, more wetted surface area, stern heavy in the super light stuff, as a result of the massive increase in for'ard buoyancy a whole new bow section had created, and so it goes on... Unfortunately, Scallywag did not make the whole distance, and we will have to wait and see what happens from inside that particular programme as time moves forward.

Race start Black Jack - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
Race start Black Jack - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

Now Black Jack the supermaxi may or may not be getting new toys for the year, but it is clear that time on the water is certainly going to be a cornerstone of their programme for both boats. I reckon you could say unfinished business, and a fervent desire to win Line Honours in the Hobart could be the motivating factor. Why not? After all it is the race that captivates a nation...

So in addition to all the rest of their sailing, Peter Harburg and his crew skippered by Mark Bradford will take the big boat on these soirées...

  • The annual start of the Northern trek with the Sydney to Gold Coast race commencing on July 27,
  • The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's new race from Brisbane to Hamilton Island, which is from August 2,
  • Then there's Cabbage Tree Island, and Bird Island races Nov 9 and Dec 1 respectively
  • Things a re serious by the time the Big Boat Challenge is on December 11, and finally we are here again...
  • Sydney to Hobart on December 26, 2019.

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with the winners of the YJA Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year Awards 2018, Tracy Edwards, Nikki Henderson and Emily Mueller - photo © Yachting Journalists' Association
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with the winners of the YJA Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year Awards 2018, Tracy Edwards, Nikki Henderson and Emily Mueller - photo © Yachting Journalists' Association

Tacking now, and on Friday we had International Women's Day. Earlier on, at the Yachting Journalists' Association awards, all the winners were female. How cool is that. Our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, is on the Committee, and he commented that the in terms of Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson, the voting continued to go down to wire, even after all the usual ways of achieving a result (apart perhaps from white smoke out the chimney), so they just said we'll give it to both, and they did!

In and of itself, this is kind of even cooler, given they are both significantly accomplished Round The World sailors.

Now apart from celebrating his 80th birthday, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, was on hand to present the awards. Right. So not the result of tie, as per above, 15-year-old Emily Mueller collecting the award for winning the Volvo Gill Optimist British National Championship, and she is just the third girl ever to do so. Amongst it all, Emily said, "...I just did it for fun at first, but now I love the competitive element." I reckon that may have to go in as the start for every chapter of the coaching 101 manual. I also know that it is something people like Adrian Finglas completely operate by, because it works! Q.E.D.

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Sic Em Rex skippered by Oliver Manton and crewed by Jack Lloyd from Royal Geelong Yacht Club on the way to the finish of race 3 - Etchells and 9er Championship, Day 1 - photo © Alex McKinnon Photography
Sic Em Rex skippered by Oliver Manton and crewed by Jack Lloyd from Royal Geelong Yacht Club on the way to the finish of race 3 - Etchells and 9er Championship, Day 1 - photo © Alex McKinnon Photography

Right oh here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the Clipper, 18s, Etchells, 9ers, intel from North Sails, SailGP, AC36, IMOCA, 52 Super Series, Golden Globe, kitesurfing, magical craft at the RYA Dinghy Show, Hobie 16s in Western Australia, WASZPs, Sail Port Stephens, and certainly there is much, much more.

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Victorian Etchells and 9er Championship at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Day 2
The second day of racing at the Etchells 2019 Victorian Championship, and the 2019 Victorian ‘9er Championship (comprising the 29er, 49erFX and 49ers), turned out to be much more than was expected.

Outlaw's clinical Farr 40 National Championship victory
Outlaw's clinical win on Sunday March 10, 2019 is their first Farr 40 win but second national championship victory in as many weekends for the Sydney crew.

Champions crowned after challenging winds at 2019 South Australian Youth Championships
After moderate sea breeze conditions on the first day and even lighter northerly winds on the final day, the SA Youth Champs are now in the books with the champions crowned across the five classes.

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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 9
New Zealand's Honda Marine 18ft Skiff team of David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins became the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan champions today, when they successfully defended the title they won last year on Sydney Harbour.

Clipper 2019-20 Race: Zhuhai, The City of Islands
Eyes will be turning to the Chinese city of Zhuhai in the spring of 2020, when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes its debut visit.

America's Cup: Sailing Illustrated - CupDate for March 8
On "Friday with TFE" Tom Ehman talks with Sail-World's NZ Editor Richard Gladwell looking at the current issues of the America's Cup - who's the leading Challenger, the Entry Fee settlement and a look at base construction in Auckland - plus images.

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Victorian Etchells and 9er Championship at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Day 1
It is all happening at Geelong this Labour Day long weekend. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is host to the International Etchells 2018 – 2019 Victorian Championship and the 2019 Victorian '9er Championship including the 29er, 49erFX and 49er.

International Women's Day: In the loft and on the water
Flavia Tomiselli is a grand prix sail designer based in Palma, and now she's breaking into something even bigger as part of the North Sails Superyacht Hub.

First boat branding revealed for Clipper 2019-20 Race
It's hard to hide away a 70ft ocean racing yacht but the team at Clipper Race HQ has been hard at work in a secret location.

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Farr 40 Australian Open Series National Championship at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - Day 2
Points and places are starting to spread out at the Farr 40 Australian National Championship: John-Calvert Jones Trophy after three more races on a gloomy day two offshore.

SailGP celebrates role of women in new championship on International Women's Day
SailGP today joins the celebration of International Women's Day by recognizing and saluting the many women who are integral to the new global championship, highlighted by two-time Olympian and member of the France SailGP Team, Marie Riou.

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 8
The New Zealand champion ASCC team of Josh Porebski, Jack Simpson, Dave Hazard, produced a brilliant performance to win Race 8 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour.

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The RYA Dinghy Show: The Greatest Boat Show (with the smallest, most exciting boats)
The RYA Dinghy Show... is there anything else like it? Andy Rice and Mark Jardine don't think so. If you sail small boats in the UK, chances are you've been to this incredible geekfest a few times.

Flying Fifteens still developing the product
After over 70 years the Flying Fifteen class continues to develop with some interesting refinements. Bill Chard loaned his very shiny new boat (sail number 4069) to be exhibited at the RYA Dinghy Show.

2019 Cygnet Regatta Weekend in Tasmania at Port Cygnet Sailing Club - Day 1
Southern Tasmania has a unique heritage in yachting that can be traced back to the 1830s: the annual sailing regattas that start at Hobart and on the Huon River in the spring and end up down at Dover on Port Esperance

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America's Cup base development picks up pace
Confirmation of final team numbers along with some redesign of features and facilities have moved the project to the point where it is expected to meet its budgeted costs and delivery deadlines.

America's Cup: Ides of March significant for Late Challengers
The America's Cup is never dull - even though we are still four months away from seeing the first AC75's launched.

America's Cup: Terry Hutchinson on American Magic - Part 2
“She goes very well. More than 40kts. We are seeing that speed in surprisingly low windspeeds,” is the only insight given in the Mule's performance numbers.

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No plan B for Thomas Ruyant: "I will be there at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe"
Winner of major events in Class40 (2010 Route du Rhum), in Figaro racing (2018 Transat AG2R with Adrien Hardy) and in Mini 6.50 races (2009 Mini Transat), Thomas is also very experienced in the IMOCA class and is developing a very strong project.

Farr 40 Australian Open Series National Championship at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - Day 1
Day one of the Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy presented by Hacer Group went to Tom and Alan Quick's Outlaw, the Sydney team's ambitions crystal clear on a breezy Sydney Harbour.

America's Cup heroes arrive in Geelong for Etchells State Championship
Geelong's Corio Bay will play host to two America's Cup winning skippers this long weekend.

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Latest news on the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
Thirty boats have started their entry and we know of another dozen who are intending to so it looks like a strong fleet.

Race Yachts Premium Brokerage
The Reichel-Pugh (RP) designed Voodoo is a no-compromise 63' racing machine. Voodoo was built in 2008 by Hart Marine out of Pre-preg carbon and Nomex cores.

Tom Dodson returns to North Sails
Following a long career in sailing spanning two Olympic Games, numerous America's Cup cycles and everything in between, native Kiwi Tom Dodson has rejoined North Sails as a Sales Expert with a particular focus on the vibrant superyacht segment.

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Eight TP52s line up for pre-52 Super Series training in Valencia
Reflecting the ever increasing level of competition among the 52 Super Series fleet of TP52s, eight international teams are training over the coming days on the waters off Valencia all trying to ensure that they are in the best competitive shape.

Golden Globe Race, Day 249: Revised ETA for Uku Randmaa
Third placed Estonian Uku Randmaa has survived his last storm – 50knot winds and vicious 5m high seas – on Tuesday. The winds have now receded but the leftover Atlantic swell remains as his Rustler 36 One and All heads into the Bay of Biscay today.

Update from INEOS TEAM UK skipper Ben Ainslie
Update from INEOS TEAM UK skipper Ben Ainslie as we mark 2 years until the start of the 36th America's Cup.

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And now for something completely different - The International Moth story
Over the last year or so, there have been a couple of key themes that have kept reoccurring in the articles that I have written for your reading. One is on the fascinating topic of innovation and how it has driven – and been driven by dinghy development.

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Races 6 & 7
The New Zealand 18ft Skiff teams ASCC and Honda Marine shared the honours with comfortable wins in Races 6 and 7 on Day 5 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Peter Blake's Lion New Zealand has 18mth long restoration
Sir Peter Blake's Lion New Zealand will return to the Auckland Viaduct Harbour on Monday 11th March at 4pm following an extensive 18 month restoration at Yachting Developments, Hobsonville.

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Youngest ever Clipper Race skipper scoops prestigious Yachting Award
Clipper 2017-18 Race Skipper Nikki Henderson has been awarded the prestigious YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award after making history when, at 24, she became the youngest ever skipper to compete in the biggest round the world yacht race.

All-female winners recognised in YJA Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year Awards
Two firsts marked the 2018 Yachting Journalists' Association Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year Awards: all-female winners and a tie for the YJA Yachtsman of the Year trophy.

America's Cup: Two Years, 24 months, 104 weeks, 730 sleeps
It seems like a long time, but this is the America's Cup and time is the biggest issue - you never have enough of it. Every day is important. Is two years long enough?

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Atomik Lithium Moth on the Marlow Ropes stand at the RYA Dinghy Show
Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of and, speaks with Phil Oligario of Atomic UK and David Mossman of Marlow Ropes about the new design and the challenges of building and rigging the boat.

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Race 5
With a lack of wind at the scheduled race start time, and the prediction of more wind due later in the afternoon, race officials decided to hold the teams on shore until a firm decision could be made about the day's racing on Sydney Harbour.

2019 SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week entries open with a bang
In times of adversity you find out who your real friends are, and so it is with Townsville Yacht Club's SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, with fervent supporter Andrew Pearson not only entering a crew, but encouraging others from his hometown Sydney

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Cold water, hypothermia and the realities of sailboat racing
I was trying to properly image the confusing situation when someone from our cockpit yelled words that I've feared for all of my 42 years. "Man Overboard!"

18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship - Races 3 & 4
Australia's Smeg team of Michael Coxon, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey starred on Day 3 of the Winning Group 2019 JJ Giltinan Championship with a win and third placing in the two races today, to move into clear second placing after four races.

Special Olympics Australian Sailing Team to compete in World Games
On March 7th, the Special Olympics Australia Sailing team will leave Australia with all the other team Australia members to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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Hollywood comes to Airlie Beach Race Week 2019
Entries have opened for Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing 2019, and Ray 'Hollywood' Roberts was the first to take advantage, putting his name to paper for the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) hosted Festival of Sailing to be held from 8-15 August.

Southern Spars: An integrated NTG rig package is the top choice
Following the dismasting of Proteus while training for the RORC Caribbean 600 earlier this month, Southern Spars are now working hard to bring forward the delivery of a replacement mast

Mediterranean tempest hits Malta - Images by Kurt Arrigo
A storm gusting to 70kts hit Malta on February 24, 2019 with massive waves pummeling the Ricasoli Breakwater Lighthouse in Valletta. Top international photographer Kurt Arrigo was on hand to capture the power of the tempest.

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America's Cup: Most issues with Late Challenges resolved
Most of the issues which had been placed before the Arbitration Panel for the America's Cup have been resolved ahead of the formal Hearing which was scheduled for next week.

Plenty of colour and action at the Hobie 16 State Championships in Western Australia
Sailed in teams of two, the sixty-four sailors ranged from age 12 to 72. There are many couples and families sailing together in this one design class as well as friends who enjoy the competition and camaraderie.

2019 Victorian WASZP State Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
At total of 23 WASZP's raced in the 2019 Victorian WASZP State Championships hosted by the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. The racing was amazingly close with nothing between the first 10-15 boats at the top mark each time.

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Sports boats, VX Ones back for more Port Stephens action
By popular demand, the Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) is returning to Sail Port Stephens for an unprecedented third consecutive year to stage its 2019 national titles. And joining them for the first time is the VX One class

America's Cup: "You’re inspiring women to go chase their own dreams"
Carolijn Brouwer plans to become the first woman to drive an America's Cup Challenger in the 168-year history of the race. She tells Suzanne McFadden why helming the first Dutch entry, and coming back to Auckland in 2021, means so much to her.

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