At 0510 UTC this morning, Cheyenne, despite having a near disastrous equipment failure a couple of days ago, is almost a day ahead of the World record set by Orange. Now past the Cape of Good Hope, things are looking good.
Still heading SE towards an even faster (and shorter) lane farther to the South, Steve FOSSETT and the crew pushed on through Tuesday and passed Cape of Good Hope, the first of the 'Big Three' capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin, Horn) defining the route on their Round The World Sailing Record attempt early today.
Cheyenne crossed the longitude of the Cape (18 27.40 S) at 0439.07 GMT this morning, or 17 days, 23 hrs 29 minutes after crossing the official RTW startline at Ouessant on February 7th, having averaged just over 15 kts (as measured along the minimum course distance) from the start.
Over the past 24 hours Steve and the team have covered 521.7 miles at an average speed of 21.74 kts, keeping them about 430 nm (about 20 hours) ahead of the 2002 RTW record track of Bruno Peyron and Orange.
Cheyenne's full position reports are available on the Fossett Challenges Website at the address below.