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15 June 2003, 10:14 pm
Kaz Still On Track
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

KAZ, attempting to break the Around Australia circumnavigation record, was crossing Shark Bay, 20 miles north east of Cape Inscription on Australia's West coast early this morning, having averaged 8 knots overnight.
She should pass the Cape Inscription Light on Dirk Hartzog Island at dawn.

The east-north-east, which has been blowing at up to 30 knots, appears to be easing gradually, with 15-20 knots expected today, as the 54 foot Lyons sloops turns south-south-easterly towards Cape Leeuwin 560 nautical miles away.

Now 20 days 18 hours into their circumnavigation, the sailors with disABILITIES group, led by David Pescud, have chewed 3720 nautical miles into their record attempt.

Only 2784 nautical miles separating KAZ from the finish line off South Head, at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, and an ETA of June 29th, Pescud and crew are almost nine days ahead of the record set by Jeremy Pearce and Kanga Birtles in 1999.

Pescud is attempting to maintain boatspeed in the 8-9 knot range, his reasoning being the boat will be easier to keep under control, and should help to avoid any major damage to the yacht. This rationale has paid dividends to-date.
Di Pearson
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