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12 February 2004, 09:53 am
Geronimo Races Against The Weather
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D. Olivré/Cap Gemini

Jules Verne Trophy

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran crew is now hard at work to make its second weather rendezvous on this first leg south to the Equator… and it's a decidedly complex and tortuous one.
The two anticyclones - one centred over northern France and the other that has just crossed the Atlantic at the speed of a depression - are now merging to become one just north of Geronimo's current position and she is already feeling the "black hole" effect of their coming together.

Yesterday morning, Geronimo was making between 12 and 13 knots off Casablanca after a second day in which she travelled 392 nautical miles (averaging 16.35 knots).

Day two was therefore rather laboured, with continual changes of speed and heading in response to wind shifts and short-term forecasts.

Position Day 2
Lat Long Distance covered in 24 hours Average speed
Geronimo 37°01N 16°33W 392 miles 16.35 knots
Orange 35°23N 16°13W 472 miles 19.67 knots
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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