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21 March 2003, 09:58 am
Wind Frees for Fleet Leaders
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Tasaki Osaka Cup
Melbourne - Osaka

Peter Blake's Kontrol, the stretched Cadibarra 7, a noted down wind flyer now leads the 2003 Melbourne to Osaka race, as the fleet enjoys its first spinnaker run.
Jon Sayer's Team FGI is second with last night's leader Maverick II wider and just as well placed.

Brian Petersen from Maverick II was very happy this afternoon

'After much too many days of slogging to weather we are finally heading in the right direction with a gennaker up! Yehaa!

After leaving the shelter of Gabo Island we had expected the breeze to back around to the southwest, which it did for a few hours.

Then it filled in again from the north/northwest meaning once again hard on the wind in up to 30 knots. At about ten last night we made the decision to head offshore and are now nearly thru the strongest part of the East Australian current. Southeast trades, here we come.

Life on board is not too bad, smelly bodies, boring food(now that most of the fresh stuff has gone), just your usual offshore racing!'

Inside the East Australian current, Lulu, Mad Max, Louise, Plantronics Duo, X-Dream approaching Kiama.

Club Marine Wizard has now left Eden. Peter Tardew explained that their D3 rigging terminal had unwound itself while the boat was at anchor south of Gabo Island. His wife along with David Tait's wife drove up from Melbourne last night with replacement wire rigging and terminals and they were able to make everything good and motor back to their start point from yesterday and sail on from there.

Ausign has repaired its broken runner and rejoined the race. Saluka is trying to fix the water coolant problem which has been plaguing the boat, Beyond Outrageous is repairing its mainsail with a sewing machine brought up from Melbourne and No Fearr will return to the ocean with repaired ballast and fuel tanks soon.
Rob Kothe/ISAF News Editor
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