The Yachts




In the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Phillip Turner’s Alive was looking good to win the race for a second consecutive time, having claimed overall victory in 2018, but ultimately finished fourth overall to win Division 0. She took Line Honours in the 2020 TasPorts Launceston to Hobart Race and chopped just over an hour and a half off the race record in the hands of Turner’s regular skipper, Duncan Hine. Before the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Alive, an RP66, finished second on line in the Transpac Race for second overall in Division 1.

Turner bought the former Stark Raving Mad/Black Jack in 2014 and finished 72nd in the 2014 Hobart, then 17th in 2016. He broke the 2014 Melbourne Vanuatu record, won IRC Division 0 in the 2015 Hong Kong Vietnam Race, and took line honours, broke the 16 year-old China Sea Race record and placed second overall. As Black Jack, the canting keeled yacht recorded the second fastest time in the 2012 Sydney Gold Coast race, behind Wild Oats XI. Always a good boat, Alive has lost none of her oomph. A well-honed crew includes Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, who always brings something good to a boat with his offshore and one-design international expertise, including world championship wins. Sam Gilmour is also aboard and brings his first class experience in match racing and one-design classes.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Alive
Sail Number 52566
Owner Philip Turner
Skipper Duncan Hine (4)
Sailing Master Luke Watkins (2)
Navigator Lachie Paramor (3)
Crew William Mackenzie (3), Ben Robinson, Shane Gaddes (7), Luke Watkins (2), Jake Erson, Alan Smith, Darren Jones (16), Sam Tiedemann (2), Sam Gilmour (1), Tom Spithill (4)
State TAS
Club Derwent Sailing Squadron
Type Reichel Pugh 66
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder Westerly Marine
Construction Carbon
LOA 22.0
Beam 4.3
Draft 4.6