The multihulls involved in our double comparison reported the following distances from the Equator at 30°W on Day 47 of their round-the-world voyages via the three capes.
At 23:17 GMT on 12 April 2004, Geronimo was 2,096 nautical miles from the point where the line separating the hemispheres meets 30°W. On the equivalent day in 2002 (18 April), Bruno PEYRON and his crew on board Orange were 2,272 nautical miles away from the same point.
The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran was therefore 176 miles ahead of the Jules Verne Trophy holder on Day 47; 50 miles more than the day before.
On their Day 47, Steve FOSSETT and his crew had brought Cheyenne to within 1,331 miles of the Equator at 30°W. This longitude is generally considered by mariners to be the easiest point at which to cross the Doldrums.
Geronimo was therefore 765 miles behind the latest round-the-world record, compared with 767 the previous day. Olivier de Kersauson and his crew were therefore able to contain the advance of the giant catamaran Cheyenne, despite conditions that kept them tacking all day.
"We've been tacking every 20-25 minutes for the last 10 hours",
said the skipper yesterday. And we all know how much strain these manoeuvres put on the crew, the sails and the boat.