RP100 Black Jack is Winner of 2019 Brisbane to Gladstone Line Honors and Four Cities Cup for best performing yacht.
Queensland, Australia (April 20, 2019) – 100’ SuperMaxi Black Jack took line honors in the 71st Brisbane to Gladstone with a time of 16 hours, 56 minutes and 33 seconds—just 2 minutes and 36 seconds outside the 14-year record it broke last year. It was the sixth consecutive Brisbane to Gladstone line-honors victory for last year’s runner-up in the Sydney to Hobart and it marked eight wins for Black Jack’s owner Peter Harburg since 2009.
Harburg explained, “It was a very fast race and coming so very close to our record showed that last year’s time wasn’t a fluke. To set a time like that you need a fast boat and good weather but more importantly you need a great skipper and crew because they are the ones who get us here.’’
The 308 nautical mile Brisbane to Gladstone is one of Australia’s flagship offshore yacht races, held annually starting on Good Friday. The premier blue water classic begins from Shorncliffe in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, and finishes in Gladstone Harbour. Yachts compete for the Courier Mail Cup, one of the oldest perpetual trophies in Australia that has been competed for on a continual basis — this year marks 71 years.
photo courtesy of Andrea Francolini