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20 June 2003, 11:03 am
When Will KAZ Finish?
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
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At 3am AEST, KAZ was 455 nautical miles south east of Cape Leeuwin off Western Australia, 1100 miles from Maatsukyer Island at the Southern tip of Tasmania, leaving 1747 miles to her finish of Sydney's South Head.
Since 9am yesterday, KAZ has averaged more than 9 knots, well above the 6.2-knot average needed to stay ahead of record pace.

KAZ and her sailors with disABILITIES crew are now 896 miles west-south-west of Adelaide, South Australia, exactly on latitude of Flinders Island, 1252 miles to the east.

Depending on the weather systems, KAZ could be as little as seven and a half days, and as much as 13 days from Sydney Harbour, and it will all come down to the high which owner/skipper David Pescud is doing his best to keep ahead of.

Roger BADHAM, sailors with disABILITIES weatherman, said last night, '"the plan is still the same, with 42/125 (latitude and longitude), and 43/130 the rough waypoints. However, if possible then 43.5 and even 44 might be better. Once passed 130E, the breeze will head to 160 or more, and a little more leverage in latitude would be very good then.

One other thing - it is possible that a close encounter with South Tasmania (Bruny Island), may be costly - breeze should be back to west-south-west, but possibly much softer in close, and a wider rounding could be best. Still, this is a fair way out.

'Just keep her pointing well today - you should enjoy more breeze today - 20 knots and perhaps 25 knots. Expect south-west today and south-south-west tonight, with south to south-south-east tomorrow all with 15 knots of breeze, so make sure you keep eating some latitude today and tonight as it'll get much harder tomorrow,"
was Badham's advice to KAZ skipper David PESCUD.

This sends the crew further south into the Southern Ocean, and Pescud reported this morning, 'the crew are wearing just about every piece of clothing they could find, the conditions are freezing.'

Tomorrow should be the tell-all as to whether KAZ and her crew can keep moving and break the record set in 1999 by Jeremy Pearce and Kanga Birtles aboard Magna Data.
Di Pearson
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