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16 April 2004, 09:16 am
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round the World

On Day 50 of her Jules Verne Trophy attempt, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran covered 252.33 nautical miles point-to-point, at an average speed of 10.51 knots.
At 23:17 GMT on Thursday 15 April, Geronimo's GPS reported a position of 20°47S, 38°57 W off Vitoria in Brazil and on the same latitude as Trinidad. At the time of this position fix, the trimaran was making a true speed of 9.9 knots on a northerly heading with an east-northeasterly wind of 13 knots.

On day 50 of her 2002 circumnavigation, the current Jules Verne Trophy holder Orange had reached 26°27S, 15°42W and was preparing to cross the Tropic of Capricorn the following day (Geronimo crossed this latitude today). Bruno PEYRON and his crew had covered 254 nautical miles at an average of 10.58 knots in the previous 24 hours.

On Day 50 of her record-setting voyage (05:10 GMT on 28 March this year), the catamaran Cheyenne's position was 00°41S, 29°56W, very close to crossing the Equator. Steve FOSSETT and his crew had covered 542.92 nautical miles at an average speed of 22.62 knots during the day.

"In these waters, Cheyenne had the advantage of a fortunate subtropical depression between 40°S and 30°S which gave her a real slingshot along her direct route. The transition between 27°S and 23°S was neither good nor bad, but after that, things were good or better than good for the remainder of their voyage", commented Geronimo's router Pierre LASNIER when asked about the difference between the conditions available to the trimaran and her recent twin-hulled rival in this section of the round-the-world course.
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