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25 June 2003, 09:29 am
KAZ Nears Maatsuyker
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The Sailors with disABILITIES group on their yacht KAZ were 356 nautical miles west of Maatsuyker on Tasmania's southern most tip today at 12.00pm AEST.
Having now sailed 5501 nautical miles since beginning their journey from Sydney on May 25, the group are currently travelling at 7.2 knots and have 1003 miles to sail to their finish line off South Head, with a latest ETA of late on 1 July.

Weatherman Roger BADHAM said today, "there will be no change short term, but once around the corner, well things are still not certain with the low dropping south along the NSW coast. Models vary and probably UK looks best and not too bad for you. More west then southwest - south on the run up the coast, and fresh enough to get you home OK. Biggest problem is the Tasmanian east coast where the wind will still have lots of north to start with."

Down at latitude 43 degrees in the Southern Ocean, the crew on KAZ are looking forward to turning the corner at Tasmania's southernmost point, Maatsuyker Island, and heading up the coast for home and into warmer environs.

Maatsuyker light is unique as it is Australia's most southerly lighthouse. On Maatsuyker Island, 10 kilometres off the southern most coast of Tasmania, it is lashed by the unobstructed force of the Roaring Forties coming across the Southern Ocean from as far away as Africa.

The Lighthouse is situated on the southern tip of island for best visibility and all round view. Alternate sites that were considered were the Mewstone and South West Cape.

Maatsuyker was selected in 1888 by Hobart Engineer, Meech. Completed in 1891, at a cost of 8,500 pounds, the tower is also unusual in that it was built with a with red brick cavity wall. The tower was rendered and painted white.

The original light assembly (prism, clockwork, astragal and copper dome) were bought from Chance Brothers of Birmingham for 3,672 pounds.
Di Pearson
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