Sunday, April 8, 2012

Black Jack A Class Act - Brisbane To Gladstone Race Overall Winner

Peter Harburg’s Black Jack ocean racing crew left nothing on the water to eventually pave the way to win 64th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Race by a comfortable margin over the Easter weekend. 
Black Jack Photo: Mike Kenyon/Kenyon Sports Photos
Peter Harburg’s Black Jack ocean racing crew left nothing on the water to eventually pave the way to win 64th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Race by a comfortable margin over the Easter weekend.

Black Jack skippered by Mark Bradford entered a challenge to win the tactically testing 308 n/ml classic four years ago.They won line honours in 2009 and 2010 and were outpaced by Peter Millard’s Lahana in 2011 however they fell short of the achieving owner Peter Harburg’s ambition to win the race on corrected handicap.
Lahana leads Black Jack Photo: Mike Kenyon/Kenyon Sports Photos
Peter Harburg's passion for motor sport led to naming his yacht Black Jack after his good friend and World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. He has continued to provide his Black Jack racing team with the inspiration and budget to now be recognised as Queensland’s best in the sport.

Black Jack skilfully sailed for almost 23 hours in a neck and neck tactical tussle against the larger maxi’s including Grant Wharington's Wild Thing and Lahana. officially declared the overall winner in Gladstone yesterday.
Lahana Photo: Mike Kenyon/Kenyon Sports Photos
The Black Jack crew now understand that there are rewards for doing the hard yards which involved many sail changes, gybes and sets during their line honours arm wrestle against their maxi rivals. Bradford had the belief that if it came down to a ‘slug fest’ that his crew of good mates would come out on top.
Wild Thing Photo: Mike Kenyon/Kenyon Sports Photos
“We are made up of a team of good mates who are dedicated to making our program succeed and this result represents a well deserved reward,” he said.
Shogun V Photo: Mike Kenyon/Kenyon Sports Photos
Their collective professional attitude was applied for almost 23 hours of highly intensive offshore sailing which saw Black Jack produce a runaway 2 hour 43 minute 50 second corrected time win over Lahana  while Rob Hanna’s IRC 52 Shogun V took third another 1 hour 33 minute 7 seconds astern.

Ian Grant

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