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27 June 2003, 10:14 am
KAZ to Round Maatsuyker Island This Morning
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

At 5:40am this morning AEST, KAZ was 47 nautical miles west north west of Maatsuyker Island at the southern tip of Tasmania, only 693 miles within her goal - Sydney Harbour.
Since starting their Around Australia circumnavigation attempt on May 25, the sailors with disABILITIES group have travelled 5810 miles over a 33 day period- well inside the record of 43 day 19hrs 29min 55sec set by Australians, Jeremy Pearce and Kanga Birtles in October 1999, on their 60' monohull yacht Magna Data, now known as Grundig.

On reaching the finish line KAZ will have circumnavigated Australia non-stop and unassisted in an anti-clockwise direction and will hopefully have broken the race record.

Waiting for KAZ on the finish line off South head in Sydney will be a representative from the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), to take a finish time, which at this stage looks like being the evening of Monday June 30.

Last night at 9pm, KAZ was 106 miles west of the southern tip of Tasmania, sailing in strong northerly winds at 30-40 knots, which has helped speed up her progress.

Once they are around Maatsuyker, the rest of David Pescud and his crew's voyage will be akin to sailing the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, only in reverse. A certain excitement and contemplation will pervade the KAZ crew once they start sailing up the coast towards Sydney - all but Spina Bifida sufferer, Brett Pearce, have participated in a Sydney-Hobart race.

Last night, weatherman, 'Clouds' said, the local forecast Tasman Island to South East Cape shows a Strong Wind Warning, north 15 to 25 knots, but 30 knots offshore, moderating to 10 to 20 knots
Today, then turning northwesterly in the evening. Winds lighter inshore. Seas 2 to 3 metres.

For South East Cape to Low Rocky Point it's a Gale Warning, north 25 to 35 knots easing to 10 to 20 knots later on Friday afternoon and turning north-west. Winds lighter inshore about the south coast, with seas at 3 to 4 metres.'

This forecast gives KAZ enough breeze to help the KAZ crew succeed in their quest to be the first disabled crew to hold the Around Australia speed record.
Di Pearson
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