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25 April 2004, 05:09 pm
From Fear To Hope
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round The World

Two intermediate position fixes taken from Geronimo's chart table two hours apart show quite clearly that the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric crew are heading due north for the time being.
At 05:17 GMT (07:17 French time) today, Sunday 25 April, the trimaran's position was 32°57N, 39°48W, at which time the on-board GPS showed a true heading of 359, just 1° west of due north.

Two hours later, at 07:17 GMT (09:17 French time), the true heading held by the helmsman was shown by the GPS as 001, 1° east of due north.

At this time, the boat was making a true 17.1 knots, with an easterly wind of less than 14 knots.

In both instances, the ability to hold a heading to within one degree in a sea described yesterday by Olivier de Kersauson as "lumpy", speaks volumes about Geronimo's stability and the extraordinary concentration of which this crew is capable.

After almost two months at sea, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric crew know that, just as in the rest of this round-the-world voyage, every successful decision brings them closer to home and that every imprecision delays that homecoming to Brest for which they all long so much.
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