Slow progress to finish

Sam Crichton updates us on the Sydney Mooloolaba race

Friday April 11th 2003, Author: Sam Crichton, Location: Australasia
With the 20 knot southerly breeze that sent them over the start line lightening to 7 knots Intercall Ausmaid are slowly making their way to the finish line in the FKP Ltd Sydney Mooloolaba Race.

At 9:30am this morning the boat was 1 1/2 miles off the coast of Caloundra with a 1.3 set of current that had built from the 0.3 knot set they had sailed against through the night. "We went out to find the breeze late yesterday and had to stick to the plan over night which ended up costing us," said Alan Quick from the boat earlier today.

By 3:30pm today the boat had sailed just 30 miles with the 7 knot southeast breeze. "We have had Rags, Sting and Quest sail through us but we are keeping them within a mile of us and we have Aspect on the same line and a mile in front," said Alan Quick after discussing the two crew, who shall remain anonymous, who have already devoured the dinner planned for tonight. "This is what you would call a cat and mouse game with everyone trying to play the angles". Intercall Ausmaid is running two miles off the beach with Quest, Ragamuffin and Fitness First Sting inside them.

At the 3pm sked the boat in currently placed 2 nd in IMS Division A and 3 rd in IRC division A with 70 miles to go to get to the finish line and their first drink at approx 12:30am tomorrow morning.

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