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16 June 2003, 09:46 am
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australis

Severe dyslexic sufferer and owner/skipper of KAZ, David PESCUD, reported from the yacht on Sunday that he and his six fellow crew members had had, a fantastic day's run on Friday, average 9.4 but now we are in a big parking station in the Indian Ocean.
"We took this no wind opportunity to try out the sails we will probably use in the Southern Ocean. We also re-set our mast chocks and did general maintenance so we will be in good shape when we get there, which I reckon is two days away.

"We are getting 15 knot south-easterly and north easterly winds and expect a 200 nautical mile run today, all thing being equal. The crew are in good shape and in good spirits, but we have been having problems with our communication system that we are hoping to remedy quickly,"
Pescud said.

Pescud is more than aware what dangers the Southern Ocean can hold. Apart from the ice-cold atmosphere, the Southern Ocean does produce some of the worst conditions in the world and can be unpredictable - it is not for the faint-hearted.

The sailors with disABILITIES crew are now over half way through their epic Around Australia voyage, in which they hope to break the current record of just under 44 days.

KAZ pushed southwards towards Cape Leeuwin overnight, after yesterday reaching the most westerly point of her circumnavigation, Cape Inscription. Since then, she has averaged more than 9 knots. Current offshore winds are 22/33 knots from the east.

KAZ's skipper David Pescud has the 54 foot sloop reefed down as she two-sail reaches towards the southern tip of Western Australian

At 5am AEST, KAZ was 185 nautical miles south of the Cape, 200 miles north of Perth in Western Australia, having sailed 3923 miles with 2581 miles to go. Her latest ETA at the finish line off Sydney Heads, is now in the early hours of 29 June.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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