LawConnect has scary plan B in SydHob
A scary plan B involving the Triangle of Death is among the strategies being contemplated by LawConnect navigator Bradshaw Kellett in this year’s Sydney Hobart.
The Christian Beck-owned boat is expected to be the frontrunner in the early stages of the race starting on Boxing Day, as it appears the yacht most likely to prosper in the forecast southerlies.
The proven supermaxi took line honours as Perpetual LOYAL under previous owner Anthony Bell in 2016, was fourth in 2018 and second the following year.
Three of the key crew members from that 2016 triumph are aboard again in Kellett, boat captain Ty Oxley and sailing master Tony Mutter.
Kellett was 100 per cent confident of getting line honours this year.
“One hundred per cent confident, we’ve never been able to say that at this point. I’ve never been able to talk about ‘righto, we’re going to be in that winner’s box boys’ and that’s a comment that’s going around the team.
“The knowledge that we now have, this new bowsprit that we’ve tested, we’ve got the new sails.
“We’ve got some data back saying that everything that we’ve done to the boat this year has improved it in all of the conditions that we’re aiming to.
“We’ve even changed our upwind sailing mode this year just by trying things.
“The numbers came through saying our upwind technique had to change, so we’ve changed it and we have improved in that lighter air that we really needed to.”
Although LawConnect is expected to perform well in heavy winds, Kellett knows experience accumulated over 28 Hobart races will be crucial in plotting the right course if lighter breezes forecast for late Monday and Tuesday eventuate.
“There’s a little area, I call it the Triangle of Death, off the Tasmanian north coast, that I very rarely go there,” Kellett said.
“But I’ve got this thing called scary plan B which involves the Tasmanian north coast, when do we opt to take that and how do you opt to take that?
“But plan A is usually never going near that area and it’s a case of trying to use the offshore breeze away from the land in Tasmania.”