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7 April 2004, 01:51 pm
Geronimo Bearing In On Cape Horn
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round The World

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran at the end of yesterday was at the entrance to the Drake Strait at 59°S, where a wind of around 20 knots is gradually changing direction from East to South.
This rotation should continue through the rest of today and tonight and eventually result in the overdue release of the 11-man crew from their icy nightmare.

As we have already seen, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran continued her approach to the Horn on Day 41, ending the day 250 nautical miles southwest of the cape. She had covered only 304.05 nautical miles in the previous 24 hours, at an average point-to-point speed of 12.7 knots.

On the equivalent day in 2002 (12 April), Orange's position was 57°42S, 85°01W, with Bruno Peyron's catamaran having covered 403 nautical miles at an average of 16.79 knots. Compared with Geronimo's position last night, this puts her 320 nautical miles ahead of the Jules Verne Trophy record holder.

On her Day 41 (05:10 GMT on 19 March), Cheyenne's position was 51°05S, 55°11W. Steve Fossett and his crew had covered 418.51 nautical miles at an average of 17.44 knots.

As Geronimo waits for better conditions, the giant catamaran is now 820 nautical miles ahead of the grey trimaran.

Geronimo's latest position is available on her website at the address below.
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