Reichel/Pugh 30 Custom - 'Black Jack'

BLACK JACK 100 was originally constructed as ALFA ROMEO in 2005. Designed by Reichel/Pugh – to the brief of being as close to the 30m maximum LOA set at the time for the Sydney – Hobart and Fastnet races.  She was constructed by McConaghy and was one of the most technologically advanced yachts to be built, using pre-preg and high modulus carbon laminates, a blend of nomex and corecell core and high-level engineering for the canting keel mechanism.

The yacht stormed through the record books, setting line honors records in most of the world’s most prestigious yacht races. She sold to Europe in 2009 and was renamed ESMIT EUROPA and continued to dominate big boat racing for the next 5 years. She was purchased and taken to Australia by the current owner, who has committed to a continuous and comprehensive optimization program to keep the yacht contemporary and the fastest and most competitive line honors yacht on the planet.

In her current tenure, the yacht has received continual optimization with an overriding emphasis on losing weight. From the wiring to the new entire rig, considerable investment has been made to ensure she is at the top of her game and including a line honors win in the last Sydney Hobart race.

Since 2017, when she had a large refit, the forward canard became retractable, for lower drag when sailing downwind, this is also steerable for ultimate upwind performance. In fact, she is one of, if not the first CBTF yachts built. Certainly, at this size.

Most recently, she has had the rig moved back in the yacht by adding 1m in the bow section. This increased J by 1 meter and gives her more volume in the front of the yacht enabling her to be pushed harder when power reaching but not losing her USP of light air and VMG sailing against her peers. A fixed and extended bowsprit that is incorporated into the design saves weight in the structure which complies well with the overall philosophy and helps lift the bow when reaching and downwind.

At the same time, the stern sections were modified and reduced by 1m to run full beam all the way aft. This has multiple benefits from moving crew weight further outboard, opening sheeting angles for the reaching sails and moving water ballast further outboard. These are large gains in the narrow canting keel yachts.

BLACK JACK 100 is one of the most iconic racing yachts in the world today. She is hugely powerful and has the advantage of being very slippery in the light, against her much wider peers.

5 Reasons to buy this boat

  • Designed by Reichel/Pugh
  • Constucted by McConaghy Yachts
  • Line honors winner in the last Rolex Sydney to Hobart race
  • Last large refit completed in 2017
  • BLACK JACK 100 is one of the most iconic racing yachts in the world today

Boat Specs

Type: Reichel/Pugh 30 Custom
Designer: Reichel/Pugh
Builder: McConaghy Boats
Year: 2005
LOA: 99’11”/30.46m
Length WL: 97’3” / 29.63m
Beam: 17’3” / 5.26m
Draft: 17’11” / 5.47m
Displacement: 27,984kg / 61,693lb
Ballast: 10,690kg / 23,567lb
Location:Sydney, Australia

Boat Inventory

Reference Number
30 Custom
Hull Material
Fully carbon pre-preg laminate with honeycomb core
Sydney, Australia
Sydney NSW, Australia
Vessel Name
Launch Year
17’3” / 5.26m
17’11” / 5.47m
27,984kg / 61,693lb
Deck Material
Fully carbon pre-preg laminate with honeycomb core
Keel / balast
Current keel is designed by R-P, engineered by HDS and constructed by Karawau Engineering. Existing tungsten keel bulb
McConaghy Boats
Engine Make
2018 New Yanmar 270hp

Engine & Gearboxes:
2018 New Yanmar 270hp engine fitted with 2 x hydraulic pumps, new injectors 2021
Propulsion & Steering:
Hydraulic lifting prop arrangement with hydraulic drive unit, full service 2022.
Other Mechanical Equipment:
Compressed air system for control of water ballast and forward hatch sealing.

No of Engines
Fuel Capacity
2 x 350 litres (total capacity 700L)
Fuel Type
Hydraulic lifting prop arrangement with hydraulic drive unit, full service 2022
Fully carbon pre-preg laminate with honeycomb core
New bow extension, bowsprit, forestay BHD and stern modification in 2019
New central water ballast tanks in 2021.
All Harken winches, all hydraulic driven
Primary 2 x 1130ST
Runner 2 x 1130ST
Mainsheet 1 x 1130ST
Pit 2 x 1111ST (New 2018) 2 x 990ST
Traveller 2 x 990ST
Safety Gear
Safety Equipment:
2 x 12 man Ocean Safety life rafts light weight racing
Safety gear to category 1 for 19 persons (with some exceptions, not including personal equipment)
Jon Buoy on aft rail
21 x Spinlock Vito life jackets with quick release
21 x Spinlock tethers (new 2022)
19 x Crew Bum Bags with AISPLB, PLB, Strobe, Laser, etc
Swimmer of watch kit including oxygen tank
2 x Grab bags with radios, flares, GPS, torches etc
Navigation Equipment:

B&G WTP3 with H5 displays
1. 4 x 3030’s 2x Garmin GNX130’s on mast bracket (New 2020)
2. 12 x B&G H5000 MFD’s (New 2017)
3. 2 x Garmin GNX21 displays
4. Paddle wheel in bulb and alternate in hull
5. 2 x Vertical MHUs
6. 2 x GPS (Garmin and B&G)
7. KVH gyrocompass and B&G alternate
8. Actisense NGT-1 for output to Garmin displays

PLC system replaced in 2017 and constantly upgraded/improved
1. Jib control panels at primary winch
2. Mainsail and rig control panels at mainsheet island
3. Bow rudder control at traveller winch
4. Keel control panel at helm
5. Engine control panel at mainsheet island

C-Zone system running most house systems controlled via 2 B&G plotters, B&G Zues and Vulcan plotters for instrument and switching, loadcells on all forestays, tack points, runners and bobstay, string pots on rudders and hydraulic cylinders.
VHF and HF (Icom) radios including 2 x handhelds
Fleet One sat phone
Fixed Asus NUC computer, deckman, expedition etc. Spare Laptop
Insensus Rig strain monitoring with separate PC
Sail Inventory
Headsails re-configured 2017, forestay moved forwards, furling J2 in original headstay position. J4, J6 and IRS tack points down foredeck.

1. OMN-2 – 10/2019 – 3Di 3 Reef offshore main
1. J1-1 – 06/2017 – Hanked headsail, 3Di, battened
2. J1-2 – 11/2018 – Hanked headsail, 3Di, battened
3. J2-2 – 12/2019 – Furling headsail, 3Di, furling battens
4. J4-2 – 10/2020 – Furling headsail, 3Di, furling battens.
5. J6-2 – 11/2021 – Furling heavy weather headsail, 3Di, furling battens
6. SJ – Storm Jib, paneled
7. IRS-1 – 11/2018 – Reaching staysail, 3Di, furling battens
8. Solent B&C – 3Di delivery jibs ex-Esimit Europa
1. FR0J0-1 – 11/2021 – FR Furling headsail, 3Di, furling battens
2. FR0-1 – 05/2018 – Furling A5 3Di internal cable
3. J0-2 – 10/2019 – MH Furling headsail, 3Di, furling battens
4. MH0-2 – 09/2019 – Furling 3Di
5. A3-2 – 10/2019 – Furling 3Di, internal cable
6. A2-1 – 12/2017 – Cuben panelled, top down furling A2
1. Delivery Main – North 3DI – Trysail set off boom
2. Race Trysail
3. Spare bags, covers etc
4. Spare battens
Mast Rigging
Rig: New mast 2021 Southern Spars high modulus mast with titanium pins, EC6 standing rigging and backstays new 2021, Single backstay configuration with triple deflectors, all halyards on locks, all with sensors. This mast is a significant improvement on the previous rig, lighter and stiffer. 2 x Inline M/H, Main, Fractional, J1/2, J4 and J6 Halyards, new Boom 2017, Southern Spars, 3 x Reefs all with locks and sensors, rotating, lazy jacks and soft vang, 1 x Southern Spars reaching strut 2017. 1 x short reaching struts. All furling cables Future Fibres, varying age. All major blocks Harken TTR2 including wide blocks for spinnaker sheeting. Spinnaker blocks new 2017, runner and mainsheet new 2022. Harken CRX mainsheet track, all padeyes Wichard Titanium Folding or custom inbuilt carbon. 3:1 Runner system, Winmar fly blocks, KZ furlers and Swivels 5 x Furlers (4 x 15t, 1 x 20t) 7 x Swivels (6 x 15t, 1 x 20t) Underdeck furling bungy system. Hydraulics: Central Coast Hydraulics winch system powering: 1. Mainsheet – 1 x CCHE high efficiency (HE) motor 2. Runners – 2 x CCHE HE motor 3. Primaries – 2 x CCHE HE motor 4. 4 x Pit winches – 2 x CCHE HE Motor, 2x Standard motor 5. Traveller – 2 x Standard motor Hydraulic functions: 1. Upper deflector – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 2. Mid deflector – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 3. Lower deflector – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 4. Vang – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 5. Cunningham – Navtec aluminium 6. Outhaul – Navtec aluminium 7. J2 – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 8. J4 – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 9. J6 – Cariboni titanium/aluminium 10. IRS – Harken aluminium 11. Spinnaker tacklines – 2 x Cariboni titanium/aluminium 12. Jib Up/Down – Harken alloy 13. Jib in/out – Navtec Alloy
General Remarks
Winch and deck hardware spares
Some electrical and systems spares
Assorted rigging and ropes
Sail making spares
Delivery cooking equipment
Sleeping bags
1 x Lifting sling and shackle
Keel cradle for jacking keel bulb and support when stored2 x Mast trolleys and 1 x butt trolley
1 x 40ft workshop container with tools and equipment
1 x 40ft storage container – air-conditioned
1 x 40ft side opening sail storage container – air conditioned
1 x Custom shipping/storage cradle
1 x Mast butt bar
4 x Bottle jacks for keel cradle
Tie downs, straps etc
Mast lifting sling

Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
Internal and external deck covers
Winch and assorted covers

Mast jacks including electric pump
Assorted lashing equipment for shipping
Assorted trolleys including for rudders when out of boat

Disclaimer: Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided, details are intended as a general guide to the vessel and its contents. Details are supplied by sellers and the accuracy of those details cannot be guaranteed by Vicsail.

To find out more about this boat, please complete the following details.

    We find your boat,
    you live your dreams

    Get in touch