The Sailors with disABILITIES group on their yacht KAZ were this morning maintaining their steady approach to the southernmost tip of Tasmania, Maatsuyker Island, the last major turning mark on their 6,500 Australian circumnavigation.
At 7:22am AEST this morning, the 54 foot Lyons sloop carrying her seven crew was 202 nautical miles west of southern tip of Tasmania. The desolate Maatsuyker Island will be their first landfall since passing Cape Leeuwin 1700 miles back.
KAZ has been sailing steadily, maintaining 7-8 knots of boatspeed in building 20-30 knot northerlies. During the day, winds will increase to 35 knots as next front approaches.
David PESCUD and his crew now 850 nautical miles to their finish line off South Head in Sydney, with a current ETA of Monday or Tuesday of next week, putting them in contention to grab the Magna Data race record of just under 44 days set in 1999.
This morning, 'Clouds' advised PESCUD, 'Tasmanian local forecast looks the same. The Aussie model shows north north west at 30-35, while US model has more north at same speed. Peak seems to be 144E and down to north-northwest at10-15 knots at Bruny Island. The East Tasmanian coast is still well headed, but looks to be easier with the north northwest going northwest.'
A huge welcome home is expected for KAZ and her crew, the best landbased vantage points being South Head, Camp Cove, Nielsen Park, Bradley's Shark Island and Lady Macquarie's Chair near the Opera House.