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12 January 2004, 09:33 am
Cheyenne Returns To Code Red
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Jules Verne Trophy

After consulting with his meteorological team, Steve Fossett advised his crew on Sunday morning that there would be no RTW departure this week:
"The weather for a potential start about 15 January has failed. This is disappointing because that start date looked good on all the long term forecasts for the past week. But now a low is forming southwest of Ireland. This will push the center of the High Pressure into the coast of Portugal, resulting in virtually no wind.

We had completed all preparations - even to the point of loading the food onto the boat. Now we will unpack and resume training, with a combination of day-sailing and physical conditioning on shore.

The next departure date being considered is 26 January. However, on such a long range forecast, we will be prepared for the possibility for a favorable weather change in the week preceding 26 January."
Fossett Challenges (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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