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17 April 2004, 09:58 am
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round the World

In the 24 hours of their 51st day at sea on this Jules Verne Trophy attempt, the crew of the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran covered 269.26 nautical miles, at an average speed of 11.22 knots.
These figures once again reflect another day of slack breezes, at the end of which (23:17 GMT on Friday 16 April), Geronimo's position was 16°57S, 36°29W, very close to the latitude of Brasilia, Brazil's federal capital deep in the rain forest.

There was certainly the hint of a trade wind, but only the faintest hint, forcing Olivier De KERSAUSON and his crew to crawl northwards through this tropical section of the ocean in a fashion that is increasingly reminiscent of last year's experience.

On Day 51 of her 2002 voyage (22 April), the current Jules Verne Trophy holder Orange was positioned at 18°16S, 18°50W. Bruno PEYRON and his crew had covered 521 nautical miles in the previous 24 hours, at an average of 21.70 knots.

On her Day 51 (05:10 GMT on 21 March this year), the catamaran Cheyenne had reached 03°48N and 28°59W, Steve FOSSETT and his crew having crossed the Equator and covered 269.02 nautical miles in the previous 24 hours, at an average speed of 11.21 knots.

At 01:17 GMT today, Saturday 17 April, with Geronimo's position reported as 16°35S, 36°19W, they picked up a 16.4-knot southeasterly wind which brought her true speed up to 19.4 knots; a rate of progress not experienced on board the grey trimaran for several days now.

Let's just hope that these conditions persist, because they provide an ideal opportunity for Geronimo to exploit her exceptional ability to travel faster than the wind at certain angles (between beam and reach in this instance).

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