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2 April 2003, 11:56 am
Maverick Approaching Equator
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Tasaki Osaka Cup
Melbourne - Osaka

Race leader Maverick II is again blasting away from the fleet. She is now 152 miles north of Lihir Island. Currently 39 miles south of the Equator and now tracking towards Osaka.
Skipper Brian Petersen reported by satellite phone today, "we are on the move again! The last few days have been very much stop-go affairs. We should cross the Equator tonight, fifth time for me and fourth for my crew John, so no ceremony planned, except to add to the beer order when we arrive in Osaka."

Overnight Kontrol, Team FGI, Club marine Wizard, Lulu, Planatronics Duo Pro and X-Dream will reach the half way point in this longitudinal passage and they should all cross the Equator tomorrow weather permitting.

Matrix is closing on the New Ireland coast, while Beyond Outrageous, TMQ Marine, Louise and Funnel Web are sliding north along the Bougainville coast.

Boots is abeam Laughlan Island with Salaku close behind.

Fine Tolerance is striking northwest behind Rossell Island heading for the New Guinea shoreline.

Naniwa at the back of the fleet is now 200 miles south east of Rossell Island.
Al Constable, Sail-World.com
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