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Supermaxi owner Christian Beck says size matters and hopes a new larger bowsprit on his boat will help deliver his first honorary victory in Sydney to the Hobart yacht race. The newly installed bowsprit and nearly a full wardrobe of new sails have his renamed 100-foot LawConnect, formerly InfoTrack, well placed to enhance its fourth and second line honors finish in 2018 and 2019. With other supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche, respectively, not competing this year, LawConnect will compete with two other boats of maximum length – Black Jack and SHK Scallywag – for line honors. “The boat is getting better and better, but of course we still have very strong competition,” Beck said of LawConnect, the winner of line awards in 2016 as Perpetual LOYAL under former owner Anthony Bell. “When it comes to bowsprit means size.” It allows us to increase the sail area by about 15 percent. “I think it will improve performance under most conditions.” As Tasmania reopens its borders on December 15, organizers are confident the race will continue this year after being canceled in 2020. “We had been wondering how we would get out of the pandemic, and it is not a milestone year either. as the 75th in 2019), “said Commodore Noel Cornish of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Tuesday.” I’m glad we have 106 yachts, six states represented and three international and a very, very competitive fleet. “The fleet contains nine boats that have won either line or handicap honors.Among the favorites for the overall honors are the 2017 and 2019 winner Ichi Ban, who will once again strive to become the first boat to win successive races on handicap since Freya in 1964. “I feel like everyone has put the emphasis on us to go back to back. “, joked Ichi Ban owner and skipper Matt Allen. He said COVID had influenced his preparations in two ways.” For about eight months we were not out sailing, so I think the whole crew is relatively rusty, when we get into the races we’ve been racing the last two weeks, “Allen said.” But probably every boat has a similar problem – not enough time on the water. “We have a couple of crews that are intergovernmental and are only just able to get out of South Australia and Queensland.” But over the last eight months, it has given us some time to improve on a number of minor system issues. , we have had with the boat and just tried to get the little extra performance out. “Almost 20 percent of the fleet will compete in the new two-handed division, which is scheduled to make its debut last year. The boats are manned by only two people, usually at least four fewer than most boats that have previously participated in the race. “Probably our biggest rival is not each other, it’s fatigue and how we cope the three and a half to four days,” said Jules Hall, owner and skipper by Disko Trooper_Contender Sailcloth.Australian Associated Press


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