Tsunami Can't Quake Melbourne Osaka Racers

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An undersea earthquake that triggered a tsunami near the Solomon Islands has had little effect on the sailors competing in the 2007 Melbourne Osaka Cup. Nine days into the 5,500-nautical mile doublehanded race from Melbourne, Australia, to Osaka, Japan, Itaru Matsunaga and John Bankart aboard COCORIN interland lead the 14-boat fleet.Prior to the start, Bankart had never met Matsunaga, but the pair's success has made for an auspicious start to the friendship. "[I] am getting on quite well with John," said Matsunaga on Tuesday.Elsewhere in the fleet, Shinsuke Nishi and Kyojun Fujita on Asadori keeping a slower, but no less enjoyable, pace."We don't have fishing equipment, but when flying fish jump in the cockpit, we dry them and eat nicely," said Nishi.For more about the race, including up-to-the-minute tracking, click here.