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24 June 2003, 09:20 am
1 July New Finish Time For KAZ
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge

As KAZ continues to sail below her average speed (5.2 knots) for the voyage so far, her theoretical arrival date on the finish line off South Head in Sydney is now Tuesday 1 July.
Weatherman Roger 'Clouds' BADHAM this morning forecast a Southern Ocean day of north easterlies at 15-18 knots, with winds strengthening to 18 to 25 knots tonight for the sailors with disABILITIES crew on KAZ.

Clouds comments, "For KAZ today it's definitely worth trying to preserve latitude as much as possible because for the next 24 hrs, the breeze is slightly more headed at 43-44 south than 41 south. After that, it frees up, but it's slower and also pretty fresh as you have not got E as much as previously hoped."

For the past three days, David PESCUD and his crew have had a frustrating time, caught by a high in the Southern Ocean, which has slowed their progress somewhat.

By this afternoon KAZ and her seven crew will have been at sea for 30 days. Their new ETA would still give them the race record - it would mean they would finish their escapade in 37 days, with the record just under 44 days.

This morning KAZ was 5285 nautical miles from her Sydney start line, still deep in the icy Southern Ocean, sailing towards Maatsuyaker at the southern tip of Tasmania.

For those anticipating greeting KAZ on the water, it is worth remembering that the calculated ETA at the finish line is based on the yacht's speed for the voyage so far, and has nothing to do with the speeds she is likely to achieve from southern Tasmania to Sydney.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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