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21 April 2004, 03:23 pm
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round The World

Olivier de KERSAUSON'S router Pierre LASNIER describes the conditions now surrounding the crew of the trimaran, who have succeeded in extracting themselves from the intertropical convergence zone, otherwise known as the Doldrums.
"Olivier has chosen to head north on the most direct route possible, which gives him an angle of 60° to the wind, and to follow the variations in the wind to get as far north as possible in the hope of finding a depression that will carry us home, but get us past the Azores at the very least. So - that's the outlook for the next three days".

"Geronimo is now in the permanent trade winds, so she is getting between 17 and 22 knots of wind from between 55° and 60°. At 60° to the wind, Geronimo is averaging 17 to 18 knots".

"The trade winds should veer a little when we get past 11°N, which means we'll have to adjust our route slightly, and we'll leave the permanent trade winds behind after 20°N".

"We'll then enter a rather variable area that is still influenced by the trade winds because of the state of the Azores High, and we hope to get a good transition into the disturbed current".

"We already know that there will be no subtropical depression to scoop us up at 25°N and carry us home with 25-knot southerlies. What we find ourselves in is the normal North Atlantic situation, rather than the exceptional one enjoyed by others".

Geronimo's latest position is available on her website at the address below.
Geronimo (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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