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5 March 2004, 10:23 am
Geronimo In The South
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round The World

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran crossed the Equator at 21:41:04 GMT on 4 March, 7 days, 22 hours and 13 mins after crossing the Jules Verne Trophy start line between the Créac'h lighthouse on Ushant and the Lizard Point in Cornwall.
The time taken for the grey trimaran to reach the Equator is certainly not the best-ever performance for this section of the course, which remains the time set last year by Olivier de KERSAUSON and his crew.

On her valiant 2003 attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy, it took Geronimo just 6 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes and 21 seconds from the time the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) timers released their stopwatches to the time she left the northern hemisphere.

The time recorded last night by Geronimo is close to that set in 2002 by the current Trophy holder, the catamaran Orange, Bruno PEYRON and his crew crossed the Equator after 7 days, 22 hours. It is also comparable to that set by the late Sir Peter BLAKE, the New Zealand sailor who, with his yacht Enza, held this intermediate record for many years with a time of 7 days, 4 hours and 24 seconds.

Geronimo's intermediate time is also rather faster than the 8 hours, 4 minutes, 36 seconds set on 15 February by Steve FOSSETT and his crew on board the catamaran Cheyenne. Their attempt on the round-the-world record for crewed yachts is not subject to the Jules Verne Rules.

The crew of Geronimo, who crossed the Equator at 28°13' West, now hope to make maximum use of the mini-weather systems that should help them leave these complex areas at the entrance to the southern hemisphere behind as quickly as possible.

Geronimo's full position is available on her website at the address below.
Geronimo Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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