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27 May 2003, 09:24 am
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O3 Project
Round Australia

With their Around Australia record attempt underway, the Sailors With DisABILITIES crew aboard their Lyons 54', KAZ, are revelling in ideal conditions in their attempt to break the current Around Australia record of just under 44 days.
David PESCUD and his six crew members officially left South Head in Sydney at 13.40.19 (1.40.19pm) Sydney time on Sunday May 25 in wild, wet and woolly conditions.

While it is a little early in the peace to start talking records, this morning KAZ was 11 days ahead of the 44 days 19 hours set in 1999 by Jeremy Pearce and Kanga Birtles, both of whom are watching KAZ's efforts with interest.

At 11.00am this morning, KAZ was on the NSW/Queensland border sailing in 15-18 knot south-south-westerly winds with a poled out headsail.

Weatherman, Roger BADHAM'S predicted strong south easterly winds in the 25-35 knot range, are expected to hit KAZ this evening or early tomorrow morning, and should last for at least three days, along with plenty of rain.

Pescud said from the boat this morning, 'we went offshore a bit yesterday because of current and wind direction, also we wanted to try out a few things and I wanted to have a bit of sea-space. We had up to 30 knots late yesterday, and we are just getting into the groove, and settling the crew and boat down, so we've been pretty busy, just getting ready for the tougher conditions ahead.'

The crew on KAZ are working on two rotated watch systems - the daytime has crew on deck for three hours and off for six hours, while at night it is two hours on and four off, always one person from each watch staying an extra hour to allow for a smooth transition, update of information to the new watch and to avoid unnecessary incidents.

Pescud, a severe dyslexic, and his disabled crew aboard KAZ know they must sail non-stop and unassisted to beat the record.
Di Pearson
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