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18 June 2003, 09:54 am
Sailors With disABILITIES Spotted in Southern Ocean
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

Albany Western Australia local, Mark MCRAE, reported at 15:35 AEST this afternoon, <I>"we have just come back from flying over KAZ and what an awesome site it was. They had their spinnaker flying and I guess they may have been making about 8-9 knots.
We passed by about eight times with the windows down in the plane. Our TV cameraman feels he has some excellent footage, and as well we got some stills with digital cameras. They (the crew), were waving frantically and we were so close you almost see tears in their eyes, for I feel it was not only for us, but for them as well, an overwhelming experience.

The ocean was quite flat and not a cloud in sight. A truly beautiful day and one that all of us on board the plane will never forget.'

KAZ and her sailors with disABILITIES crew, headed by a determined David PESCUD, this
afternoon were offshore, 136 nautical miles south-east of Cape Leeuwin. They now have 4,442 nautical miles under their belts, only 2,082 miles to go, their families, supporters and members starting to grow excited about the crews' return.

Still on record-breaking pace, after covering over 200 miles since this time yesterday, Pescud and his six fellow crew members must be contemplating their return home, and a few drinks at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, as they huddle in thermal gear headed for their next waypoint, Maatsuyker, at the southern tip of Tasmania.

ETA at the finish line off Sydney Heads is June 28, giving them an eight-day leeway up their sleeves in relation to the Magna Data Record.

Meanwhile, John Reed, Secretary to the World Sailing Speed Council advised today that two new WSSRC Performance Certificates were announced:

Hong Kong to New York - 'Great American II' - Rich WILSON (USA) and Rich du MOULIN (USA). In 72days 21hrs 11mins 37 secs and the Jamaica (Montego Bay) to the Lizard - 'Scarlet Sails' Tony BULLIMORE (GBR) and Fedor (KONYUKHOV) plus nine crew in 16days 22hrs 7mins 8secs.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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