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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
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Sailors with disABILITIES Celebrate Brett Pearce's birthday - watch beautiful sunrise and close in on half way mark
In a euphoric phone call just after 7.00am this morning, David PESCUD, the owner skipper of Around Australia combatant, KAZ, reported that the on-watch crew had just witnessed a bright pink sunrise that turned burnt orange and golden.

"It's going to be a beautiful day, you should see the sun rising, it's golden out here, and there are sequins and pearls all over the deck - it was Brett's (communication whiz) 27 birthday and we really celebrated last night."

We had a party - g-strings, pearls, a cake, presents and wine, it was like a Roman orgy, I can't talk about it publicly,"
Pescud quipped.

"Bear (Phil Thompson), has over catered on the cooking gas by about 250% - so we'll be selling some as our trip goes on. We haven't seen land since Cape York, and we haven't even spotted another boat for a while, so I think we're in the Twilight Zone," he added.

On a more serious note, KAZ has been sailing in a light 12-15 knot south-easterly breeze for the past 24 hours, which is what Pescud expects will continue today.

"Tonight or tomorrow we expect the wind to go to north east and freshen to 25-30 knots, which will be better for us. We have been doing some maintenance to the boat, we had a bit of a problem with the boom, which we have fixed and we will do some more general maintenance today."

And euphoric Pescud should be, with KAZ now only 318 nautical miles from her half way mark between Cape Leveque and North West Cape, with an ETA of around 6am Friday morning.

This morning she was abeam of Cape Leveque, sailing 60 miles out to sea, off the Kimberley Plateau Region of Western Australia, having sailed some 2940 nautical miles since leaving Sydney 17 days ago on May 25, with the Around Australia record still well within her sights.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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