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19 February 2004, 09:36 am
Cheyenne Approaches Tropic Of Capricorn
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The latest news from Cheyenne's non-stop circumnavigation from yesterday evening showed a good 24 hour run of 400 nautical miles, as they approach the Tropic Of Capricorn.
Steve FOSSETT and Cheyenne's crew of 12 continued to post strong averages during Wednesday as they progressed south an average of nearly 17 kts for the past 24 hours They should cross the Tropic of Capricorn later tonight.

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Remnants of an old cold front pushing up from Brazil have created some local variability in wind speeds and conditions during the day today, seeing Cheyenne's southerly course punctuated by the dodging of clouds and associated wind shifts, with the breeze backing more into NE throughout the day as well.

Ken CAMPBELL, Director of Marine Services at Commanders Weather commented tonight that Cheyenne's prognosis for the next 24 hours looks positive, but challenges lie ahead:

"Friday and Saturday will become tricky as they attempt to avoid having the wind shift take them towards the High. They'll need to manage their 'longitude leverage' - maintaining good speed South but staying to the West as the wind backs towards the North. They'll need to cherish their westing like a balloonist hangs on to ballast, ditching it at the last possible moment."
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