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RP Maxis Dominate 33rd Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race (384nm)

July 31, 2018 · Posted by kate

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia/Southport Yacht Club, Sydney-Australia, 384nm (July 28th – 31, 2018) – Congratulations to the owners and crews of the Reichel/Pugh designed yachts competing in the 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Offshore Classic.

  • Reichel/Pugh 40’ Chutzpah – Overall Winner
  • Reichel/Pugh 100’ Black Jack – Line Honours
  • Reichel/Pugh 100’ Wild Oats XI – 2nd on Elapsed Time
  • Reichel/Pugh 63’ Voodoo
  • Reichel/Pugh 51’ Primitive Cool
  • Reichel/Pugh Marten 49’ Yarrandi

The two Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy Boats-built 100’ Canting Keel Super Maxi battled for Line Honours in the 33rd Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race with Peter Harburg’s Black Jack beating the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI (a six-time Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race line honours winner) by just under two minutes. Both yachts were able to best the other two maxis Comanche and Infotrack after a tight back and forth race along the 384 nautical mile course

In the competition for corrected time honours, Bruce Taylor’s Reichel/Pugh designed 40’ Chutzpah, built by Hart Marine has been officially crowned the IRC Overall Winner.

“They say I look very fetching in Bridesmaid gear; we’ve looked to be in the money so many times, but being the bride is far better, far more satisfactory,” said Taylor in reference to the numerous times he has finished runner-up in a major offshore event over the near four decades he’s been ocean racing. He’s had seven attempts at the Gold Coast Race and 38 attempts at the pinnacle Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Interview with Bruce Taylor

Robert Oatley’s R/P-designed and McConaghy Boats-built 100’ Canting Keel Super Maxi WILD OATS XI took 2nd Line Honors this year. This race marked the first time that the team was able to match up against their biggest rival Comanche after the tight finish in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race where the race record and Line Honours title was taken from WOXI due to a penalty which occurred shortly after the start.

The current Gold Coast Race course race record still remains with Wild Oats XI, which set the new course record of 22hrs, 3mins, 46sec in 2012 knocking 5hrs 31min from the previous record set by Brindabella in 1999.

Speaking to this year’s race Wild Oats XI’s crewmember Chris Links said, “It was a great race between the three ‘classic’ maxis and everyone had their moment. You can’t break the cord in the Southport race, it’s one of those races you can’t get far enough away from the opposition to be safe. “In that light stuff with their configuration the cards fell Black Jack’s way. Good on them, it was great to see them have a win. We enjoy sailing against them and there’s a lot more to come in the Brisbane to Keppel race and Hamilton Island Race Week.”

Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Website and Fleet Tracker
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About the Race

Visit the builder’s website for the yachts at:
Hart Marine (builder of Chutzpah, Primitive Cool & Voodoo)
McConaghy Boats (builder of Black Jack  & Wild Oats XI)

Photo courtesy of Michael Jennings and Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Media, Source Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race Media and Sail World

R/P Designs Have Taken Solas Big Boat Challenge Line Honors Since 2005

December 13, 2017 · Posted by kate

 

Sydney, Australia (December 12, 2017)Wild Oats XI has all but made this event their own in their final hit out before the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, dominating the Line Honours having been undefeated since 2010. The last yacht to defeat Wild Oats XI in this event, 2009 Winner Alfa Romeo, returns in 2017 as Peter Harburg’s new Black Jack and will be aiming to keep the pressure on Wild Oats XI this close to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Read More …

Reichel/Pugh’s Iconic Design 146 Heads Home for a Major Revamp

April 13, 2017 · Posted by kate

OVER TEN YEARS AFTER LAUNCH R/P DESIGN 146 PREPARES TO TAKE ON THE 2017 ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART
built by McConaghy Boats, Sydney

The R/P team has been commissioned to update the new 100’ Black Jack and is currently conducting a comprehensive CFD study to develop new foils for the 2003 design. Modifications will be completed by McConaghy Boats, Sydney and the boat will compete in Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s July, 384nm Sydney-Southport race in full Black Jack livery as a tune for the December’s showdown to Hobart against Wild Oats X1 and other contesting Maxis’.

Originally commissioned by Neville Crichton, Reichel/Pugh’s first 100’, the canting ballast Alfa Romeo was designed in 2003 and launched for the 2005 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. Alfa Romeo 100 took 2nd place in that Hobart to Bob Oatley’s R/P-designed line honors winner Wild Oats X1. Alfa Romeo then headed to Europe to relentlessly set records before heading back to Australia in 2009, but not before setting a new Transpac Race record along the way. Once back in Australia, Crichton’s impeccably prepared Alfa Romeo again faced a rematch with her near sister-ship Wild Oats X1—this time soundly trouncing the Wild Oats for Hobart line honors in 2009.

These two Reichel/Pugh 100-footers dominated the Maxi scene for over a decade with Wild Oats taking line honors in the Sydney Hobart race a record 8 times, winning twice overall on corrected time and beating the course record twice.

After the 2009 Hobart race Alfa was sold to a European owner, renamed Esimit Europa and continued to dominated big boat racing in Europe for five years.

 

Australian, Peter Harburg has purchased the Esimit Europa to bring her home as his new Black Jack. Reichel/Pugh welcomes Peter back into the family, having owned the 66’ canting ballast pocket maxi Black Jack who took 3rd overall in the 2012 Sydney Hobart race and 1st overall ORCi.

The R/P design team is honored to be updating their design, which has dominated for so long. These designs are further proof of the innovation and longevity that comes with the R/P brand.

Press Release

Photo credits / Guido Trombetta, Carlo Borlenghi, Andrea Francolini, Daniel Forster

Featured above / The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film featuring the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is coming soon. This 25-minute documentary will cover the action, highlights and memorable moments of one of the world’s most respected and revered offshore races. Witness this record-breaking race from behind the scenes, with exclusive footage of the yachts in action and interviews with the key players. Fore more details visit: rolexsydneyhobart.com

A Bittersweet Rolex Sydney Hobart

December 30, 2016 · Posted by kate

Hobart (December 30, 2016) – The Reichel/Pugh Team congratulates all competitors in the 2016 72nd edition of the annual 628 nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The race concluded with several highlights for Reichel/Pugh-designed yachts:

RP66 Alive, a canting keel design launched in 2006 from Westerly Marine as Jim Madden’s Stark Raving Mad, and formerly Peter Harburg’s Black Jack, finished in the top ten for line honours and corrected to 6th in ORCi Div 1.

RP40 Chutzpah, launched in 2007 from Hart Marine and owned by Bruce and Drew Taylor, corrected to 2nd in IRC/ORCi Div 2.

RP51 Primitive Cool,
launched in 2009 as Secret Men’s Business 3.5 from Hart Marine and now owned by John Newbold, corrected to 10th in IRC Div 1. Read More …

2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 20, 2016 · Posted by kate

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has long been known as one of the most challenging ocean races in the world, with owners, crews, and designers all pushing their boats to the limit hoping for victory. This year, the race is in its 72nd edition and features an exciting entry list of nearly 100 boats. The annual 628 mile offshore classic will once again start in Sydney Harbour on Boxing day – Monday, December 26th. The competitors will make their way out of Sydney Harbour and down the southeast coast of Australia, before crossing the Bass Strait in the open Southern Ocean. Once across the Bass Strait, the course passes the iconic Organ Pipes before sailing up the Derwent River to finish in Hobart, Tasmania.

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