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23 January 2004, 10:09 am
Cheyenne Could Leave Today
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Jules Verne Trophy

Cheyenne could leave Plymouth dock as early as noon today (23 Jan) on her Round The World record bid for the Jules Verne Trophy, the weather is still imperfect, but tolerable.
Skipper Steve FOSSETT advised earlier yesterday that the present weather pattern for the start of the Round The World sailing record bid by the maxi-catamaran 'Cheyenne', although imperfect, was still a potential 'Code Green' for a departure from Plymouth base Friday midday. He is en-route to Plymouth from the USA, arriving Friday morning to join his 12 man crew on the 125' maxi-catamaran.

Steve Fossett:

"We've been on weather standby since mid-December - and the current weather pattern is the best we've seen so far. We would, of course, prefer a rapid trip south - but we might have to accept 9 days to the equator. We'll make a final decision on Friday morning. Otherwise the next opportunity is into February."

Navigator Stan HONEY:

"It looks like a tolerable system for departure and across the Bay of Biscay - but this window has a potential major problem with light air at the Canaries. The decision whether to go 'Green' on Friday morning will depend on how that forecast develops."
Fossett Challenges (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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