23:17 GMT on Sunday 18 April marked the end of their 53rd day at sea for the Cap gemini and Schneider Electric crew, but the start of Day 53 for the stopwatch.
At this time, Geronimo's position was 293 nautical miles from the Equator at 30°W, compared with 734 nautical miles at the same time 24 hours earlier. We should perhaps add that the trimaran, then at 30°50'W longitude, was no more than 289 nautical miles from the Equator at this longitude - the shortest possible route.
On their Day 53 in 2002, Orange and Bruno Peyron were 68 nautical miles south of the imaginary line between the hemispheres, which they crossed much further east than the reference point of 0°, 30°W targeted by Geronimo.
Having suffered from a severe lack of wind for far too long, the grey trimaran was 221 nautical miles behind the Jules Verne Trophy holder on the basis of crossing the Equator by the shortest possible route from the positions occupied by the two boats on Day 53. This gap should change rapidly given the very different options taken by these two French crews two years apart.
On the other hand, on her Day 53, the round-the-world speed record holder Cheyenne was on the same latitude as Guadeloupe and 1,285 nautical miles ahead of Geronimo, compared with 1,263 on Day 52.