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Kraken departure

Todd & Dubbo storm into contention in the Melbourne to Osaka yacht race!

Kraken, a Sunfast 3600 yacht, 36 feet long and with just two people on board, skipper/owner Todd Giraudo and David “Dubbo” White are within days of claiming second place on IRC handicap in the Melbourne to Osaka double handed yacht race.

Eighteen yachts left Melbourne late in March, entering the notorious Bass Strait made famous in the Sydney to Hobart classic, to travel up the east coast dodging islands and cyclone Iris, between New Guinea and the Solomon islands to Osaka, a distance of 5500 nautical miles.

Kraken has 800 nm still to travel and arrival in Osaka is expected on May 3rd. Based on the current position Kraken is second on IRC handicap to Chinese Whisper which has already finished, and ahead of Morning Star in third place.

Taking thirty five days Kraken will have sailed the equivalent of eight back to back Sydney to Hobart races, an enormous achievement for two people sailing such a small boat.

Todd and Dubbo, hailing from local Hillarys Yacht Club are not strangers to double handed ocean racing having sailed Kraken from Fremantle across the Bight to Melbourne before competing in the Melbourne to Hobart race where they were second on IRC handicap.

You can follow the progress of Kraken on race.bluewatertracks.com.

John Bird

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