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7 April 2003, 11:25 am
Leaders Near Guam
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Tasaki Osaka Cup

Brian Petersen and John Bankart aboard Maverick II, the 14 metre Elliott racer is sailing in steady trade winds 155 miles south south east of Guam, with 1500 miles to go to Osaka, her ETA is now 14 April.
Peter and Simon Blake aboard Kontrol has failed to make an impression on the leader in the passage through the Doldrums and is now 212 miles back, in the Caroline Island group. They closed up as close as 31 miles, south of the Equator and had hoped to make a move north of the Equator. However the weather did not provide the opportunities they needed.

Jon Sayer's sports boat on steroids Team FGI is a clear third ahead of Club Marine Wizard, Lulu, X-Dream and Planatronics Duo Pro.

The following group is catching Matrix, now 80 miles ahead of Beyond Outrageous. Funnel Web is moving forward at last. She is now in ninth place.

TQM Marine is 70 miles to the east, abeam of Beyond Outrageous, while Louise is 221 miles NNE of Lihir Island.

Boots has just rounded the cliffs of New Ireland and the crew can see the Hans Meyer ranges, towering taller than Australia's Mount Kosciusko to the west.

Salaku is another 40 miles to the east. Naniwa is 160 miles north north east of Laughlan Island closing on the Bougainville shore, while Fine Tolerance is north west of the Trobiand Group making slow progress towards Finschhafen on the New Guinea coast.

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