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15 April 2003, 10:00 am
Maverick II Finishes in Osaka
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Maverick II Finishing

Tasaki Osaka Cup

The Elliott 14 metre racer, Maverick crossed the finish line in Osaka Bay at 5:57:15 JST (2157 GMT). Her elapsed time for the 4941 mile passage was 29 days 16hs 57m 59s.
Brian Petersen and Jon Bankart found last night one of the toughest of the entire race, with the high marine traffic volumes in Osaka Bay.

At 8am Peter and Simon Blake aboard Kontrol were 164 miles south east of Muroto Saki and is expected to finish tomorrow morning.

Jon Sayer and Joel Berg are now only 100 miles behind Kontrol, sailing Team FGI hard into third place and is looking good for a strong Racer C division win.

Shortly following their finish, the two crew were interviewed aboard the boat.

What was on your mind at the finishing moment?
Brian Petersen: I was very happy to have arrived Osaka, and to have been the first .
John Bankart: It was first time to compete in this race, and I was relieved to have finished safely.

What was the worst thing during the race?
BP: Well, which one do you want to know about? (laugh) There were 3 bad things. 1 was that we haven't been washed properly all through the race. 2nd was that I couldn't see my family during the race. 3rd was that my sister passed away during the race.
JB: Brian's sister passed away and it was so hard to see Brian in sorrow. And, we've been having too much dog food, soup and pasta during the 30 days of sailing, so I'm looking forward to having some nice food in Osaka.

What was the best thing during the race?
BP: Arriving in Osaka.
JP: Sailing itself was wonderful, and I enjoyed the scenery and climate on the way too. I wished we weren't racing then. Also, I'm very happy to see so many people gathering here to see us in Osaka.

What was the most difficult part on the course?
BP The last 2 days when we were so close to Japan and couldn't get closer.
JB: We had some 35kt wind at times during the last 2 days, but the wind was coming from where we are heading, and I think there were times we actually went backwards. It was really frustrating.

Did this race meant a lot for your next project?
BP: It was my 3rd Osaka Cup, and in the first race, I finished 3rd, 2nd in the second race, and this time we were 1st. If we are doing this race again, I would like to do it with John again in an Open 60 Class and break the record. The interesting part of this race is that you don't just push for speed but you also need to work hard on tactics and a lot of other aspects.
JB: I would love to challenge the Osaka Cup again. Next time I hope to go in a 16m boat which is the largest size allowed by the rules, and break the record. As my personal goal, I am hoping to challenge the Vendee Globe 2004, and Around Alone 2006 single-handed races.

What food would you like to have in Osaka?
BP I think everything we eat in Osaka will be better than what we had on the boat. (laugh)
JB: Vegetables, fruits, sashimi, anything fresh!
Rob Kothe/Ken Toyosaki
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