Sydney, Australia: 19th December 2016.

The CQS Racing team are making steady progress in their preparations for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, implementing improvements as a result of their training and tuning sessions last week.

On Monday they changed from a traditional forestay and headsail to a furling headsail.

“We learnt so much during our days of training last week,” said Ludde, “and with input from the whole team, but particularly Chris Dickson, Rodney Keenan and Chris Main, we decided to change from a hanked on headsail to a furling headsail.”

Ludde says they have been able to stick to a well organised schedule of training followed by maintenance in their preparations for the race, “this is the way we run our programmes, alternating training and tuning with maintenance and improvements”.

Some of the race crew have gone home to New Zealand during the maintenance period, and will fly back to Sydney for further training on Wednesday.