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6 March 2003, 01:38 pm
Kingfisher2 Approaching Australia
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Day 36 and just under 400 miles for Kingfisher2 to reach Freemantle although predicting the estimated time of arrival is proving slightly more difficult.

Shore based weather router, Meeno Schrader said "The guys should, hopefully, reach Cape Leeuwin by midday Friday but the final 120 miles to Freemantle will be a bit more tricky as a stronger than expected sea breeze (local breeze) may cancel out the south-easterly gradient propelling Kingfisher2 towards the coast of Australia, leading to variable wind speed and the possibility of really light winds during daylight hours but refreshing from the east at night. I am hoping, though, that there will be a good enough easterly breeze under the shore for the last 100 or so miles to get them to Freemantle in the early hours (GMT) of Saturday morning."

Having ensured their jury rig is as efficient as possible, the Kingfisher2 crew have busied themselves constructing various games, such as, chess, backgammon and cards. "We have kept ourselves busy but nonetheless times goes slowly and everyone is keen to reach Freemantle to be able to get on with their lives," said Ellen.

Position at 09.00 GMT

38º14S 113º26E

Distance to Freemantle, SW Australia: approx 388nm

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