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19 February 2004, 09:53 am
Geronimo off Cape Finisterre
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Jules Verne Trophy

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran is now approaching the north-western point of Spain and should be doing battle with the Bay of Biscay tomorrow on her return to Brest for a swift restart.
Having covered over 530 sea miles yesterday, the trimaran plans to be back on the start line as quickly as humanly possible. She expects to arrive home in Brest late tomorrow or on Friday.

The easterly wind now favouring the Orange II attempt on the record is having the opposite effect on Geronimo by slowing her progress towards the Brittany coast. With over 35 knots of wind blowing straight in their teeth, they have no choice but to tack all the way back to Brest.

As soon as Geronimo is moored alongside, the gennakers will be taken straight to the sail makers to be modified. The sail loft now has everything ready to make sure that these vital sails can be repaired in the shortest possible time. In the meantime, provisions on board will be topped-up to replace the 10 days' worth already consumed. The trimaran will then be ready to get back into the chase. Ever since her U-turn for home, the skipper and his weather team have been focused on identifying the best weather window for the restart.

The men of Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric were delighted to welcome Orange II to the Jules Verne Trophy when she set off this morning in a wide and promising weather window. "A serious contender", reliable and experienced, with a large hi-tech catamaran of extraordinary power. Even Geronimo feels small in comparison with this new pacemaker, but you can be sure that it does nothing to blunt her appetite for the chase.
Geronimo Media (Amended by ISAF)
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