of the Mollymawk broke during training earlier this month.
A statement from race organisers said: "For two of the boats (the other being Jacques Dewez of France in Blue Shadow) the race has come to an end with early retirements from one of the favourites, Ross Hobson, whose trimaran Mollymawk suffered a broken daggerboard
Navigator Jeff Cuzon checked the depth and said we must tack but these boats take a long time to turn so we damaged the daggerboard
before the race started.
When we were discussing it, we knew straight away that we needed a forward daggerboard
(to further reduce leeway) and we had to revise how we sailed the boat when the breeze dropped.
modifications worked well--she's fully ready for Hobart--the race was a good test for the boat and crew," he said.
Richards said they were very happy with the modifications made to the boat, "The new daggerboard
worked well," he said.
First, it has a central daggerboard
under the mast (which should aid tacking) as well as two dagger boards (curved for lift) in each ama (outer hull).
Appendages: Maximum of two rudders and two daggerboards
84 -metre daggerboards
, which look more inboard than Comanche and angled, to create lift as well as reduce leeway.
The twin daggerboards
ensure good pointing to windward and the sail plan comes with Genoa, staysail and is set up for a cruising chute too.
The hulls are resin infused, carbon/e-glass hybrid construction with foam core and are held together with carbon crossbeams, and for upwind performance daggerboards
The innovation adds to Wild Oats XI's blade armoury of rudder, canting keel, two retractable daggerboards
and a retractable forward foil, which it uses in light, upwind work with the daggerboards