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28 June 2003, 01:07 pm
Less Than A Hobart Away
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

It seems only yesterday that KAZ and her sailors with disABILITIES crew left our shores, but the reality is that they been at sea for 34 days today, attempting to conquer their 'Mount Everest', the Around Australia circumnavigation race record.
Just prior to midnight last night AEST, KAZ was 10 nautical miles south south east of Tasman Light, crossing the wide entrance to Storm Bay in Tasmania.

Going by current statistics, KAZ has an ETA at her finish line off South Head in Sydney of early Tuesday morning, now less than a Sydney to Hobart race, with only 585 nautical miles to go.

Should that ETA prove correct, David Pescud and his crew will make history, being the first disabled crew to sail non-stop and unassisted around Australia, beating the current speed record of just under 44 days, set by an able-bodied crew, by seven days.

Today she will find the weather conditions a bit of a challenge, 'Clouds', their weather man last night telling owner/skipper David Pescud and his crew, 'models are not nice for you along the Tasmanian coast. The local forecast seems very optimistic - I hope they come true?'

The best Pescud and crew can hope for at this stage are coastal breezes of 5-15 knots initially from the north, then turning south, but at the same speed. When the wind goes south, it will speed things up a little for KAZ, allowing her to come up the coast under spinnaker.

Sailors with disABILITIES organisers are encouraging boaties to go out on the water and welcome home KAZ and her incredible crew. They are also encouraging the general public to go to the many vantage spots on Sydney Harbour as KAZ enters from the Heads and makes her way up to the Opera House.
Di Pearson
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