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Melbourne Osaka Day 9: Tsunami threat ended – COCORIN in lead
Roger Badham, meteorologist for the 5,500 nautical mile Melbourne Osaka double-handed yacht race informed race officials: “Based on sea level gauge data and other reports there is no longer expected to be a Tsunami threat to the Australian mainland or islands.
“The situation will continue to be monitored. However, no further bulletins will be issued for this event unless the threat level changes.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) in
A short time ago, David James and Rosie Colahan reported from their race entry Ingenue, positioned near Caloundra on the
This news is sure to put family and friends minds at ease. In
In the latest news, RYU-JIN – fgi and Alex are at this stage making for
All aboard the three entries are well.
Esoterica’s Campbell Reynolds/David Best (Qld) look likely pull into
Conditions are reportedly 30-35 knots with squalls and at the latest sked, the Japanese entry COCORIN interland, a double-masted Elliott16m co-skippered by Itaru Matsunaga/John Bankart, had taken the race lead, sailing 4 nautical miles to the east of second placed Victorian entry Gusto (Patrick Giudice/Brian Pattinson). Both are sailing off the famous ‘Great Barrier Reef’ closing in on Mackay in
Tamagomalu (Makoto Hisamatsu/Jimmi Doherty, JPN), Dekadence (Phil Coombs/Peter Walsh, Vic) and Hullabaloo (Jim and Joe O’Keeffe, NSW) are the next best placed boats in third, fourth and fifth place on line.
The three are almost side-by-side in a line from north to east, Tamagomalu the most northerly and Dekadence, the mostly easterly, sailing virtually same track as COCORIN, but some 200nm behind. Next comes Assadori and Ingenue, sailing in close company with Wild Boar and Pippin approximately 100nm behind.
From his DK46 Dekadence today, Phil Coombs gave a good picture of what was happening in the race: “We are in and have been in the strongest South Easterly air stream I have ever seen and have been in it for three days. It will last another seven - absolutely incredible with 20 to 30 knots every day and gusting to 35 in squalls at night ... you're right, not a lot of fun at times.
“We are going well - being conservative within reason – it’s dangerous at night, lots of opportunity for damage, with rain and wind squalls often. Seaway is confused with large swells at times that catch you out in the dark.
“Crews will be very tired by now; no let up for over eight days with wind and swell. A tough gig - certainly wasn't in the brochure.
“We are heading north at good speed, with over 400 miles done over last 24 hours - that's an average over 48 hours of between 9 and 10 knots, which is amazing.
“The wind doesn't let up and is not going to until we get near Solomons in a few days time. Looking forward to a break from the wind. Fancy a sailor saying that!
“We are now almost adjacent to
Assadori has well and truly left behind their ‘last on line’ tag and skipper Shinsuke Nishi reported, "The weather is now back to summer with summer clouds and scenery. We are dressed in summer uniform: short pants and T-shirts!!"
While Jun Kanda, co-skipper of Wild Boar explains their decision to sail a more easterly course: “We are headed offshore because we want to catch up the boats ahead.”
Southern Light and her shipwright crew of Tom Crabb/Trent Justice from South Australia, have a bit of catching up to do following a stop at Ulladulla to repair their damaged rudder. They are currently sailing an easterly course abeam of Kiama on the
About The Race:
Staged every four years, the Organising Authority for the Melbourne-Osaka Yacht Race is made up of City of
The event was first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the
COCORIN interland (Itaru Matsunaga/John Bankart), Gusto (Patrick Giudice/Brian Pattinson), Tamagomalu (Makoto Hisamatsu/Jimmi Doherty), Dekadence (Phil Coombs/Peter Walsh), Hullabaloo (Jim and son Joe O’Keeffe), Asadori (Shinsuke Nishi/Kyojun Fujita), Ingenue (David James and wife Rosie Colahan), Esoterica (Campbell Reynolds/David Best, heading to port with sail damage), Wild Boar (Shozi Yuneda/Jun Kanda), Pippin (Roger Sayers/Anthony Brown) Southern Light (Tom Crabb/Trent Justice – back racing), RYU-JIN (Murray Bucknall/Jon Sayer – heading Gladstone to assess rudder damage), Alex (Jock and son Hamish MacAdie, heading Gladstone to assess boom damage), Runaway (