Geronimo, Olivier de KERSAUSON and the rest of the crew have had an agonising few days in the Southern Ocean as 40-knot breezes and enormous seas have forced them to throttle back and take an uncomfortable pounding from the sea.
De Kersauson gave a radio interview to his shore team early today from the boat, whose position is currently 51 degrees south and 151 degrees west, in which he described the enormity of the situation they are currently in. The full interview is available on Geronimo's website at the address below.
Very happy with the way his boat and crew have performed, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric skipper takes stock of the "grievances" of the 11-man crew, now on their 35 day at sea in pursuit of the Jules Verne Trophy:
"We have the right wind to go quickly, but that's impossible with this sea state. We're making 20 knots, but it should be 28! I'm definitely going to complain about this weather!"
"Send us a flat sea, an even sea and good winds and we'll be the happiest people in the world. Don't forget the parasol though… that's the most important thing for nautical elegance!"
Geronimo's full position is available on her website at the address below.