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10 October 2001, 10:32 am
Playstation Smashes Record
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Atlantic Record Attempt

Monster cat PlayStation maintained amazing speeds of between 25-28 knots to smash the Transatlantic record, crossing the finish line at The Lizard, off Cornwall in Great Britain at 10:47 GMT in 4 days, 17 hours, 28 minutes and 6 seconds.
Skipper Steve Fossett and his crew have smashed the current time of 6 days 13 hours 3 mins 32 secs set by Serge Madec on Jet Servcies 5, 11 years ago (subject to ratification by the WSSRC).

They set off from the official line at Ambrose Light off New York at 17:19.17 GMT on Friday 5 October. They have taken nearly 44 hours off the existing record, which is a phenomenal achievement. PlayStation maintained an incredible 25.78 knots average speed all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing at 10.47.23 GMT today (Wednesday 10 October). A new 24 Hour speed record of 687.17 nm was also set during the period 22.00 GMT 6 October - 22.00 GMT 7 October.

Shortly after passing the finish line at The Lizard an elated Steve Fossett said, "This is enormously satisfying. We put it all together; an extremely fast boat in PlayStation, ideal weather and a crew who sailed brilliantly."

Navigator Stan Honey added, "I'm absolutely delighted. It is an honour to sail with Steve and these guys."

The crew were:

Steve Fossett (USA) Skipper
Stan Honey (USA) Navigator
Ben Wright (AUS) Watch Captain
Dave Scully (USA) Watch Captain
Gino Morrelli (USA) Boat Designer/Crew
Peter Hogg (NZ) Crew
Shaun Biddulph (UK) Crew
Dave Calvert (USA) Crew
Paul Van Dyke (USA) Crew
David Weir (USA) Crew

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