Cheyenne Has Another Blast
WSSRC Round The World Record
Round the World
At the end of Day 25 of their Round The World record bid, another immensely strong day - 584 miles avg 24.33 kts for their best yet day's run on this trip - has left Steve FOSSETT and crew aboard Cheyenne over 3 days ahead of the record.
At their present pace of 24-25 kts every hour, they will cross the longitude of Cape Leeuwin (W Australia) lighthouse (115 8.0E) later today, and expect to break Geronimo's 2003 Ouessant - Cape Leeuwin record (26 days, 5 hrs) by half a day. Innovation Explorer's 2001 Cape of Good-Hope to Cape Leeuwin mark of 7 days 14 hrs also remains just within their sights - if conditions hold throughout Wednesday. Wind speed was still at 32 kts at 0510z today and predicted to remain strong, though slackening a bit later in the day
Watch captain Brian Thompson wrote last night:
"We are blasting along tonight at up to 34 knots, racing ahead of a cold front that is approaching us from behind, the faster we can move, and the longer we can stay in the prefrontal conditions of flatter seas and reaching winds at 120 TWA. We are looking at our best day's run so far for today. We have 2 reefs and the staysail up and 25 to 30 knots of breeze."
A full position report and Brian's full report from the boat is available on the Fossett Challenges website at the address below.