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Honda Motor Co., Ltd., announced the exhibition of a new 4-stroke 20 horsepower marine outboard motor prototype, the BF20, at the 41st Tokyo International Boat Show (held at the Tokyo Big Sight from February 8th to 11th sponsored by the Japan Boating Industry Association.)

The BF20 produces output of 20 horsepower while realizing practically the same weight and size (dry weight without propeller of less than 49kg) of a conventional 15 horsepower outboard motor. This is the first 20PS outboard motor to be sold in Japan.

In addition to superior fuel efficiency, the advantage of a 4-stroke outboard motor, BF20 offers superb environmentally friendly performance and has cleared the world's strictest emissions regulations established for 2008 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the first in the class to do so. BF20 has been developed as an outboard suitable for a wide variety of boats from pleasure boats such as aluminum bus boats or inflatable boats to business boats such as compact Japanese boats.

Since 1964, Honda has been dedicated to the production and sale of 4-stroke outboard motors. The cumulative number of units produced to the end of 2001was about 790,000, which means that Honda is the world's top manufacturer of 4-stroke outboard motors. A lineup of a total of sixteen models is available delivering power output ranging from 2PS to 225PS. These models are ideal for a wide range of river, lake, and ocean boating activities, from cruising to sport fishing and many others.

The BF20 will be exhibited also at the "2002 International Sport fishing Exhibition" (held at Makuhari Messe from February 8th to 10th) and "Osaka International Boat Show" (held at Intex Osaka from March 1st to 3rd.)

January 7, 2002 -- A close encounter with the mother of all waves -- an estimated 25- metre high - Just another big night in the Southern Ocean as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet stormed towards the tip of South America

Cape Horn and the relative tranquillity of the South Atlantic Ocean can't come soon enough for the men on board Amer Sports One. Now just 1100 miles away, after a night when the yacht sailed 126 miles in a six-hour period.

Amer Sports One was not alone. In that same six-hour period, Tyco sailed 124 miles and Illbruck 120.

"That's phenomenal. I don't think I have ever heard of a monohull sailing that far in six hours. At that rate a 24-hour run would be 504 miles.." (The record 24 hour run for a vo 60 is 460.4 miles, an average of 129.2 knots, set by Team SEB on leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race.)

However, none of the 24-hour runs look like breaking the record, Dalton said. The low pressure areas south of the fleet are travelling too fast and the yachts can't hold on to them. Which is OK with Grant Dalton: "I don't think I would want to be on one of these things doing 21 knots for 24 hours."

The level of crew concentration to keep the yacht sailing safely was intense. "We were launching off the waves. Airborne for seconds at a time. The noise as we smacked into the waves ahead was deafening.

"We launched off the mother of all waves and on the GPS we were doing 32.8 knots before we hit the bottom. We were out of control, totally. One wrong move at that speed and we could have done ourselves a lot of damage."

Grant described the conditions as holding on and hoping and working the boat at the same time. "It was pitch dark, very cold and there was a lot of ice around. "The bow buries itself into the wave ahead, perhaps 1.5 metres and a wall of water crashes along the deck. The only the thing to do is bend in half like you're going into a rugby scrum and hang on.

"In conditions like this one guy stands behind the helmsman, bracing him so that he's not washed off the helm." Three of the Amer Sports One crew share the helm in these conditions - Chris Nicholson, Bouwe Bekking and Paul Cayard.

They drive for two hours at a time, and finish their stint exhausted. It's a further indication, Dalton says, of the level this race is being sailed at. "We have to do it. If we don't we're as good as throwing in the towel."

Below decks has been turned into a sail loft as Phil Airey (with a lot of help) works to patch the two important spinnakers blown out in the preceding 24 hours.

Conditions have started to moderate and the crew is working to get the boat back to normal and trying to dry some of their gear. Average speeds were a more sedate 13.9 knots and the yachts are on their way out of the ice zone.

IN the past few days, Amer Sports One has seen 50 ice bergs.

Amer Sports Too was having communication problems today. Skipper Lisa McDonald managed to get through briefly on the Mini M satellite phone but it was impossible to talk with her.

In the latest position report, Amer Sports One had retaken second place, pulling back 10 miles in the six hours and was 52 miles astern of race leader Illbruck. Tyco was third at 67 miles, Assa Abloy 132 miles, Djuice 148, News Corp 166, Team SEB 260 and Amer Sports Too 469.