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Alive Smashes 1,850nm Melbourne to Vanuatu Race Record

July 10, 2014

Port Vila, Vanuatu (Jul 6, 2014) – On Sunday July 6th Tasmanian yacht Alive smashed the record for the 1885 nautical mile ocean race across the South Pacific from Melbourne to Port Vila, the port capital of the tropical islands of Vanuatu.

Alive formerly known as Black Jack, was acquired by Tasmanian businessman Phillip Turner from Peter Harburg early in 2014. Her narrow, light and canting keel combined with a powerful new Southern Spar rig makes her a technically advanced and challenging boat.



Philip Turner and his crew have enjoyed consistent success with a first place ORCi and IRC overall in the April 18th, 2014 Brisbane to Gladstone 308 n.m. race, first IRC overall in Sail Paradise Regatta, second overall IRC Division 1 at Hamilton Island Race Week and most notably, the 1,850 nautical mile MYC Melbourne to Vanuatu in which she won Line Honours and IRC as well as cementing a new race record of 5days, 23 hours, 52 minutes and 45 seconds. Black Jack took 3rd overall in fleet in IRC to Wild Oats X1 and Loki in 2012 Sydney – Hobart race and first overall in ORCi.

Alive was originally launched in the US in 2006 as Stark Raving Mad.

Click to check out on-board footage from the
Melbourne to Vanuatu Race

Photos courtesy of Duncan Hine

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