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1 July 2003, 09:19 am
30 Miles To Finish
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

At 11.45am this morning AEST, David PESCUD and his sailors with disABILITIES on KAZ had only 30 nautical miles to sail to their finish line off South Head in Sydney.
Averaging their boat speed out over the past two hours, KAZ and her crew should cross t at the finish line around 2.30pm this afternoon.

It may be a little sooner, it may be a little later, with KAZ experiencing 15-20 knot southerlies that ease right off every time the rain hits, making it difficult to determine more closely what time she may finish.

One thing we are sure of though, is that KAZ will smash the existing Around Australia record, which stands at 43days 19hrs 29min 55sec,set by Australians, Jeremy Pearce and Kanga Birtles in October 1999, on a 60' monohull yacht.

David PESCUD, who has severe dyslexia, and his crew comprising Phil THOMPSON, Kim JAGGAR(both left arm amputees), Harald MIRLIEB(deaf), Al GRUNDY(polio), Albert LEE(double leg amputee) and Brett PEARCE(Spina Bifida) will also go into the records books as the first disabled crew to take this record.

At the very least, KAZ, a Lyons 54', will take six and a half days off the record, and waiting at the finishing line to record their time will be John Brooks, representing the World Sailing Speed Record Council in the United Kingdom.

Pescud and his crew set out from Sydney on May 25 2003, crossing their start line at 13.40.19 (1.40.19pm) AEST.
Di Pearson
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