Sydney Hobart super maxi faces short preparation

Black Jack captain Mark Bradford concedes a lack of recent racing could put his line honours contending boat at a disadvantage against the other two supermaxis heading into this month’s Sydney to Hobart.

The boat didn’t line up alongside supermaxi rivals SHK Scallywag 100 and LawConnect in the four-race Australian maxi championship held during the last week.

A positive COVID-19 test for one of the Black Jack crew over a week ago led to change of plan for the boat, which is representing the Yacht Club de Monaco in the iconic race starting on Boxing Day.

“Everyone went home to regroup,” Bradford told AAP.

“In a couple of weeks we’ll come back together and do a little training block before the race.”

By Adrian Warren

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