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10 April 2004, 08:00 pm
Tracking the Coast of South America
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round The World

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran covered 370 nautical miles yesterday, at an average point-to-point speed of 15.42 knots.
In fact, it was the second half of the day that proved to be fairly slow, as a result of Geronimo arriving a little too early in the vicinity of a high pressure region.

This anticyclone had been forecast to move progressively eastwards, pushed by the enormous depression now centred over the Pacific coast of South America. For information, a weather system is generating over 95 knots of wind and raising truly horrendous seas in the waters Geronimo was negotiating just a few days ago.

But this is a long way from the Andes. There was very little wind last night and just the beginnings of a timid north-westerly during the morning. The decision was made to attack this high pressure region from the West on a fairly direct track, which although costing hours of upwind sailing, was the shortest route. The easterly route would have been more satisfactory in terms of miles per day, but presented two major drawbacks: a 25% longer route and the risk of becoming caught up in the anticyclone if, as all the weather models predict, it decides to visit St. Helena. Well, if you're going to sail around the world against the wind, you might as well go the whole hog...

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