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Watch the Live Webinar with North Sails expert Mark Bradford + Black Jack’s Navigators

Rewatch this live webinar with North Sails expert Mark Bradford debriefing the 2021 Sydney to Hobart Race with Black Jack navigators Alex Nolan and Kevin Costin.

More on the 76th Edition of the Sydney Hobart Race Line Honors Winner Black Jack

When Black Jack’s mast fell over the side during a record-setting run last April, the team quickly decided to turn their devastating loss into a performance upgrade. That decision paid off when Peter Harburg’s team claimed line honors in the 76th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

The RP100 had always struggled upwind against Christin Beck’s wider LawConnect, a Juan-K design. So we wanted to understand how an experienced team of sailors and North Sails design engineers overcame this boat’s known weak point. The answer? A new aero package that took advantage of Helix’s load-sharing technology.

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Mark Bradford

Managing Director, One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia Mark's One Design background is in 125's, 420's, 470's, Etchells, Star Class and Farr 40. This interest has seen him compete in 19 World Championships. He also has experience in the America's Cup working with BMW Oracle from...

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