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12 April 2003, 12:29 pm
News From Maverick II
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Tasaki Osaka Cup
Melbourne - Osaka

Maverick II crew John Bankart reports with around 30 hours to go in the 5,000 miles Melbourne to Osaka race.
"As I type this I'm eating what I hope to be is one of my very last 3 minute noodles, with 300 miles to the Japan coast and an average speed of 12 knots, we should make land fall late tomorrow afternoon, thats assuming the weather allows us!

After a very frustrating 24 hours two days ago, we have popped ourselves into a weaher system that has been blowing up to 30 knots from the SSE, this has given is some fantastic sailing, fast and furious, though through the dark nights it's very much on the edge.

This system should hold for the next two days giving us a wet speedy arrival!

Brian and I are looking forward to stretching our legs, getting out of our continous damp clothing, eating fresh food and sleeping for more than an hour at a time, these are to mention but a few things we look foreward to.

But before we get too carried away, lets not forget we have Kontrol nipping at our heels and not letting up, remember there is still 300 miles to go just to get to the coast, and plenty can happen in that short time. Kontrol over the last two days have pulled back around 30 miles, this shows they haven't given up and still sailing to the max, both Peter and Simon are not letting up!

The rest of the fleet are still sailing hard, plenty of close sailing out there, all very exciting and competitive.

Maverick 11 is still sailing perfectly, right now we have 25 to 30 knots of breeze out of the SSE. We have the full main up and 3 jib top and sailing with the wind at 150 apparent on the port side. The seas are realatively flat, though building slowly, overcast and drizzle accompaning us.

Our next hurdle is the Japan current, this current can flow at up to 4 knots from the west, so we are trying to get to the west of Osaka as to not find unfavourable currents. The wave hight fax shows seas to 4 meters, now that will prove to be interesting!

Okay, had my noodles (hopefully my last for many years to come), time for an hour sleep before I back up top."
John Bankart
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